The Complete book of Hope's Unfinished Works

This book has every one of Hope's unfinished stories. She thought it would be nice to have all of her stories documented into one big book. So here it is.
Life in a New Standpoint
Tale as Old as Time
Thrown for a Twist
What to Do with the Wotters
The Tale Untold
Trouble in Paradise
The Divine


32. Just Peachy

Chapter 1:

When I told the police what I saw they practically laughed at me. They told me I was imagining things. When I said there was someone in the house the night that Elizabeth committed 'suicide' they said there were no signs of a forced entry and the security company reported no strange movement on the motion detectors by the main entrances to the house.

I don't know how he or how it got it, but I know it was here I know I wasn't imagining things. I also know that Liz didn't kill herself, most suicide victims don't stab themselves in the heart before they hang themselves. She may of been depressed but she would never do something like that. I think something bigger than a suicide is going on here, something that I can't explain yet. I promise myself and Liz that I will do her justice and figure out what really happened.

I sit at my dining room table staring at my computer screen. I don't exactly know where to start on this whole solving a murder thing. I first go to the town newspaper website. I look at last weeks headline. 'Town's College Graduate commits suicide.' How bout gets murdered, I shake my head and scroll down to today's newspaper headline. '2nd Suicide in two weeks shocks town.'

My eyes grow wide at the graduation photo of Julia May, she was in my computer analysis class. My mouth drops as read through the article.

'-Julia May was found by her ex-boyfriend hanging in the closet. Authorities say that Julia first stabbed herself in the chest and then hung herself. Police are also saying that her motive for her suicide was guilt over breaking up with her boyfriend Thomas Thatcher. Thomas was there picking up the last of his things when he found Julia. He claims that an intruder was in the house when he got their but police say there was no evidence of a break in.-'

I run my hands through my hair and close my computer, not believing what I had just read. My hand shakes as I reach for my phone and scroll through my long list of contacts. I have Thomas's number in my phone, we need a project in civics. I press call and go to outside on my porch to get a breath of fresh air.

I sit on my porch swing as the phone rings. Thomas's deep voice picks up, "Hey Laci.." He says quietly into the phone.

"Thomas. No small talk this is urgent. Meet me at Toni's in 10. Be there, it's about Julia and Liz. I think I've figured something out."

There's a moment of silence and then he speaks, "Laci.. I don't know I'm kinda not in the mood to do anything."

He shake your head and press your hands into your against your forehead. "Fine, can I ask you a few questions at least?" You inquire.

You hear him sigh, "Sure."

"When Liz died there was a man in our house that night too. Police also said there were no signs of a break in. I found Liz hanging with a knife in her chest. The man told me Don't ever leave, he was pale, young and was bleeding out of his chest region. Did the man look like that? Did he say anything to you?" You spout out quickly.

It's almost like you can hear the suspicion in Thomas's head now. He stutters as he begins to talk. "H- He did look like that. Exactly like that. Well he did say something but I don't know what he meant.." He stammers off.

"What did he say." He question.

"He placed a hand on my and said she should of never left." He begins to get choked up.

You purse your lips, the man said something similar to you, but it was different. "Thanks man. Take it easy okay. I'll tell you if I learn anything new."

I slip my phone into my pocket and quickly run inside the house and grab my keys and computer. I need to get away and clear my head for a bit, this is really starting to freak me. I walk down the curved and tattered side walk towards my favorite burger joint. I hold my computer under my arm and walk forward keeping my eyes on the ground.

All of a sudden I am being slammed against someones chest, I almost fall backwards but he grabs my arm keeping my from falling. I notice to sets on feet but don't even take the time to look up at the faces.

I shake my head, "Sorry.."

I continue to look down at the ground as I walk forwards. The man who bumped into calls out to me.

"Wait!" I turn around furrowing my eyebrows at the two men.

The one that helped me is tall, broad chest, long hair, and has some killer biceps. The one standing next to him is a bit shorter with a completely different hair cut, his perfectly crafted jaw line and smirk gives me the chills.

"Yes?" I reply.

They both walk towards me with their hands stuck in their pockets. Something about them was so amusing.

The shorter one speaks first, "Where ya' off to in such a hurry miss bump and go?" He chuckles.

I cock my head to the side, "Whats it to ya'?

He begins to say another sarcastic remark when the taller one breaks in, "What he is trying to say is you look nervous and in a hurry, everything okay?" His voice was reassuring and almost soothing.

I fake a smile, "Just Peachy. Thanks for asking." I turn to walk away but he asks another question.

"Can you point us in the direction of 203 second street?" He asks moving a piece of hair from his face.

I squint my eyes at the two of trying to see if I know them from somewhere. He has just asked me for directions to my house.

I shake my head, "Why are you asking?"

He tilts to the side, "Well, we are with the police and we are just looking to do a follow up with a girl named Laci Brett." He finishes while reading my name from a small piece of paper.

"Oh great. Police my favorite people." I leer at both of them. "I'm Laci. I'll take you too my house it's just a little ways away."

Both of the men look at each other in a confused way and then follow me down the sidewalk. I look back only once to see the sarcastic one looking at my ass,. When he see's me look back he quickly looks up and a flashes a large smile and raises his eyebrows. I roll my eyes and hold back a laugh. It's hard to think these guys are actually cops.


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