Continuing with my YA coming-of-age mystery, Shades of Blue. (You can catch up on the earlier excerpts here.) Last week's snippet ended with JoJo in peril because she foolishly went into the woods with Chip Wiley on the way home from school. He doesn't rape her, but he touches her inappropriately and makes her touch him as well. As bad as that is for JoJo, she's almost more hurt by being overpowered and paralyzed with fear, because it completely shatters the tough image she's always had of herself. This snippet takes place after JoJo finally manages to scream, although they're in the middle of the woods where nobody will hear her. Or so they think.
When I stopped screaming, Chip was laughing in my ear.
"Next time we'll—"
He broke off and let go of me abruptly. When I opened my eyes to see why, he was on the ground with Sam on top of him. My knees buckled and I slid to a sitting position against the side of the tree house as I watched Sam’s fist hitting Chip in the face over and over.
That was when I saw the bruises on Sam’s back through the thin material of his sweat-soaked T-shirt. They registered in my brain but were quickly overshadowed by fresh terror when Freddy and Danny rushed out of the tree house and grabbed Sam. I watched them pull him off Chip and realized the three of them had planned this to get Sam out here so they could gang up on him.
Then everything began to go gray.
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