When Christmas break ended, Jane was much more excited to start school, than she had been at the beginning of the year. Of course, she still had to see Breanna Lindsay, Audrey Crabtree, Janessa Holtz, Samantha Fisher, and April Hart. But the worst they had done was give her dirty looks and talk about her behind her back. Jane did not care about that as long as they stayed away from her and her friends.
Olivia and Carmen also did better, both seeming to start the second semester on the right foot.
There were no more instances of bullying, and everything seemingly returned to normal.
A Mysterious Lull
Summer returned and still, no sign of drama. Everything seemed to flow so well for the Markowitz’s and the Bennett’s that the hot days of June, July, and August seemed to fly by. Things were going so well, it was almost like a dream. But bullies like the Crabtree’s and their minions didn’t just disappear forever. People like them always had ways of showing up again.