Vanquished (The Hidden Planet 2) - Page 44

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“No problem at all, dear,” she says with a wink. “Good luck today with the interview.”

“Thank you,” I tell her, only suddenly I’m feeling very nervous. This really is my one shot at freedom. If I don’t get this job, I’m going to have to move back to Holbrook and live with friends or relatives until I can figure something out. Plus, there would be the entire issue of gas money to get home. I need this job. I need Honeypot.

Maybe moving to a new place to escape a bad situation is a horrible idea, but right now, it’s the best I’ve got.

I have a little bit of time before my interview, so I hop in my car and explore the town a little bit. Honeypot is just as cute and dainty in the daytime as it was at night. There are few cars and few people walking around, but the buildings are all kept up. I pass one house where there are kids playing in the yard and another where a father and son are playing catch.

Memories of my own childhood flash by, but I push those thoughts away. They’re all filled with adventures I shared with Margaret, and that time has passed. I always trusted her with everything, and the truth is that she might not be a bad person. Never did I ever consider her to be bad or naughty or evil, not until I walked in on her with Jacob.

Now it’s hard for me to sort through the pain.

So I want to say that she’s a bad person, but it could just be the trauma talking. She might actually be a nice girl, deep down.

I just don’t know anymore.

And to be honest, I don’t care enough to find out.

My alarm beeps, reminding me that it’s almost time for the interview, so I punch the address into my GPS and turn the car toward the south side of town. It’s time to impress some ranchers.

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