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She Said/She Saw

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Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.
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But before he got a word out, his eyes shifted from me to the driver’s-side window.BOOM ! BOOM ! BOOM ! Something stung my cheek. It turned out to be a shard of glass. Something splattered all over my face and my hair and the front of my coat. It turned out to be blood and brains and tiny pieces of bone. Someone screamed. It turned out to be me.
Tegan was in the backseatwhen her two best fr iend s we re g un ned dow n in front of he r.Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn’t see who did it and doesn’t know why it happened. Nobody w ill believe her. Not the police; not her fr iend s; not the fa m ilies of the victim s; a nd not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than sheis saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.
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Text copyright ©2011Norah McClintock All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
McClintock, Norah She said/she saw [electronic resource] / Norah McClintock.
Electronic monograph in PDF format. Issued also in print format. isbn 978-1-55469-336-8
I. Title. ps8575.C62S54 2011a jc813’.54 c2010-908040-8
First published in the United States,2011Library of Congress Control Number:2010942099
Summary: When Tegan witnesses the murder of two friends, she must struggle with people thinking she knows more than she is saying.
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Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Cover design by Teresa Bubela Typesetting by Nadja Penaluna Cover photo by Getty Images
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KeLLy
Two things I know: One, everybody has a story to tell, and everybody tells their story in a different way. Me, I’m cinematic. I see life—my life, everyone’s life—like a movie or a  drama, or, sometimes, a comedy. My sister Tegan, on the other hand, sees her life like one of those big, fat, old-fashioned novels with herself as the tragic (or triumphant) heroine at the center of it all. Two, nobody sees the whole story. Nobody can. Here are always things in other people’s heads that you can’t know, not for sure, not even when other people tell you what they’re thinking, because, let’s face it, not everyone tells the truth. Sure, you can guess and maybe even get
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pretty close to the truth sometimes. But just as often, even more often, you’re wrong. And I can guarantee you that almost all of the time there are pieces missing—the things that people are thinking to themselves that they would never say out loud, the things people don’t even want to admit to themselves. So, if you want to get the whole story (or as close to the whole story as is possible) about my sister Tegan— Did she see or didn’t she?—you need to pull the pieces together and then take a good hard look at them and decide for yourself what’s true and what isn’t. Hat’s what I had to do. ere are the pieces.
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ʼ i N t .S B K E l l Y E D R o o MD A Y         [that’s me], , paces in a tight circle on the throw rug in her cluttered bedroom. He walls of the room are plastered with movie posters. He shelves are stuffed with videocassettes, s and books, most of them about movies and writing screenplays. She is talking into a cell phone.
K E l l Y What am I—my sister’s keeper?
She turns to the camera as she listens to whatever the person on the other end is saying.
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ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) (to the camera) Jeez, am I ever getting tired of the same questions over and over. (into the phone) I already told you—I don’t know. I wasn’t there. (pause) Right. Fine. Great talking to you too.
She snaps the phone shut.
Asshole.
ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) (muttering)
She flings the cell phone onto the double bed that domi-nates the room and faces the camera again.
ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) (to the camera) What’s wrong with people? Why do they think I’m supposed to know every detail of my sister’s life just because we’re “practically twins.” (making air quotes) What does that even mean? You can’t bepracti-callytwins any more than you can bealmostunique.
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Twinning is absolute, not relative. Well, you know what I mean. You either are a twin or you’re not. Tegan and I arenottwins. We were born in the same year, which, if you ask me, was bad planning on someone’s part—Mom, are you listening? But we weren’t born on the same day. We don’t have that special bond that twins are supposed to have. We don’t spend all of our time together. We don’t have a special twin language. Most of the time, we don’t even talk to each other. I’m not being bitchy or self-serving when I say that that’s mostly Tegan’s fault. She’s the problem in our so-called relationship. She’s always pulling the big-sister routine on me, like a ten-month lead makes her smarter or wiser or better than me. Hat’s bull. I was potty-trained before her, for God’s sake. Okay, so she gets better grades than me, most of the time without even trying.
She picks up a brush and starts to brush her hair in front of the mirror on her dresser.
ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) She’s prettier than me too. She looks a lot like Mom, whereas I take after our dad, who was one of those super-nice guys that everyone liked, especially the ladies, even though he was kind of plain and vertically
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challenged, not to mention follically challenged. But so what?
She glowers at the mirror and throws down the brush.
ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) Tegan hangs out with a different crowd too, mostly kids a year ahead of us in school, and mostly, if you ask me, because she’d rather die than find herself in the same social circle as me. Hat’s fine with me. Do you think I want to be around my snobby, bitchy big sister every hour of every day? It’s bad enough being in so many of the same classes with her. Do you think I care if she wants to act allI’m-way-cooler-than-you and get off hanging out with guys like Clark Carson and Homas Skelton, guys with too much money and even more attitude? Well,I don’t. Besides, I have my own thing going. I swim. I’m good at it too. I have a wall of medals to prove it. I’d rather be in the pool where it’s all real, where you make it based on what you can do, not on who your parents are and whether you can score booze and weed for your parties while your parents are out of town for the weekend.
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A V o i C E (in the distance, muffled by the door) Kel-ly! Time to set the table!
   opens the door and sticks her head out.
It’s Tegan’s turn!
K E l l Y (shouting)
t h E V o i C E She isn’t feeling well, so I told her she could lie down and we’d call her when supper was ready.
K E l l Y (rolling her eyes and muttering to herself ) Of course.
She looks at the camera again.
ʼ K E l l Y ( C o N t D ) For those of you who don’t know my sister, congratulations are in order. But since you’re going to meet her, there’s something you should know. She’s a
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