Her friend answered immediately. Ayn told her what had just happened and asked if she knew where Nev was.
“I think he had to work after school today,” she said, sounding worried. “I’ll find out.”
“Do it now,” Ayn whispered.
“I will. Call you right back,” Mearzt said.
There was a knock on the bathroom door. “Ayn,” her dad’s voice called from the other side.
“Just a minute, dad,” Ayn called.
“I need to talk to you.”
“Be right there,” she said. She opened the door just as he raised his hand to knock again.
“Come with me,” he said, walking towards her room.
Ayn noticed Letting lingering at the end of the hall and felt the heat in the chest again. Her mom used to tell her to always be kind to people, especially those who were less than kind to her. That was the best defense, she’d said. Ayn wondered if her mom had ever encountered someone like Lettie? Would that have changed her philosophy?