But it’s not strictly necessary.
Thu Jan 31, 2019 16:29

Jessica listened to the speech with almost-well-suppressed impatience, keeping it off her face but not able to keep it out of her eyes. Blither, blather, it’s important to be yourself and love yourself, et cetera et cetera and so forth - all very new age politically correct nonsense, as far as she could tell.

At least there was one promising word in the end.

“Usually,” she repeated. “But not always. Will letters from my old teachers help? If you’ll just let me call home, I can probably have those by the end of the week. I think Daddy is about to go out of town again, and Mommy will go see Grandpa, but the school knows my chauffeur and my nanny, they can probably get in touch with everyone...I know that liasion said we’re not allowed to talk to our parents while we’re here,” she added, flushing again, her voice cracking on the effort it took not to cry in front of a teacher at the thought. She had done everything right, always. She hadn’t done anything to deserve to be shipped off to the middle of nowhere, held against her will, and denied the right to even make a single phone call to her family. She thought most murderers in prison were still allowed to do that sometimes. Meanwhile, Jessica was being treated like she was in Guantanamo. “But there has to be some rule about talking to them in emergencies, and mine will agree this is one. They were promised that this was a good facility - I’d still get a good education while I’m here.” This was with a tone of slight reproach; she was still too close to tears to be completely composed outwardly.

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