centuries.â âDo you think any less of November now that you know sheâs pregnant?â âOf course not.â âIs it because Josh was your nephew, and this baby will be related to you?â Jerichoâs father started to answer, but the phone rang and interrupted their conversation. âIâve got to get to the station,â he told Jericho after he hung up. âA semi hasturned over on I-71, and the whole interstate is shut down.â He hurried down the stairs. Jericho thought about November as he got dressedâhow her world was just about as messed up as that semi.
CHAPTER 18 NOVEMBER THURSDAY, MAY 13 âGIRL, YOU PICKED THE WRONG DAY TO skip school,â Dana said excitedly the instant November answered her cell phone. âI didnât skip. I just didnât feel good. My body said go back to bed, so I did.â âWhen my body tells me stuff like that, my mother makes me get up anyway,â Dana said with a chuckle. âMy mom is still in the guilty phaseâlike me being pregnant is somehow her fault. So she let me stay home.â âIâve been trying to call you since lunchtime.â âI just turned my phone back on. What happened?â âAre you ready for this? Logan Holbrook got arrested!â âShut up!â âPrime time, girlfriend. Right in the middle of lunch. In front of everybody in the cafeteria!â âAnd I missed it? No way! What did they get him for?â November made herself comfortable on the living-room sofa. âDrugs!â âUsing or selling?â âProbably both, but they found out heâs been selling drugs to little kids at the elementary and middle school.â âLogan? I canât believe it.â Novemberâs thoughts reeled. Logan, the captain of the basketball team. Logan, the National Merit Finalist. He was one of those kids who had a path of gold already paved for him. It didnât make any sense. Why would he get caught up in that stuff? âI feel you. One of the teachers actually fainted . But most of them looked either shocked or kinda teary-eyed.â âNo way! Who passed out?â âMiss Veneterriâteaches computer math.â âOh, sheâs so fake. She tried to act like she was gonna faint at Joshâs funeral, but nobody paid her much mind, so she pulled herself together. But you still havenât told me how they busted Logan.â âSome kid in the fourth grade finally spilled her guts.â âJust like that?â âWord is her mom found some strange pills in the kidâs backpack, and the little girl told her mom that Logan had given them to her.â âHow would Logan ever even come in contact with a little kid like that?â November asked in disbelief. Dana reveled in telling November the juicy gossip. She told the story with drama and flair. And she took her time. âLogan had an after-school job.â âYeah, I know. He always had lots of spending money. He once donated a hundred dollars when we were collecting money for the hurricane victims in New Orleans. Where was he workingâMcDonaldâs?â âNope. He drove the ice-cream truck.â âOh thatâs right, I remember. Jerichoâs little brothers used to break their necks when the truck came down their street.â âSo did I,â Dana said with a giggle. âBut it turns out that Logan was selling more than popsicles and ice-cream bars. He had a huge stash of pills in the back of the truck.â âNo way!â âYes way!â Danaâs voice rose in excitement. âHe told the kids that the pills came from the health food store and would give them lots of energy. He gave them the first pill, then sold them any more they wanted. And they always wanted more.â âBut fourth graders are only nine!â âNo kidding. Thatâs what made them easy prey.