According To Jane by Marilyn Brant

By Marilyn Brant

It starts off at some point in sophomore English category, simply as Ellie Barnett's instructor is assigning Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". From nowhere comes a quiet 'tsk' of displeasure. the objective: Sam Blaine, the lovable undesirable boy who is teasing Ellie mercilessly, simply as he has considering kindergarten. completely unbidden, as Jane could say, the author's ghost has taken up place of dwelling in Ellie's brain, and turns out decided to stick there. Jane's clever and witty recommendation publications Ellie during the hell of early life and past, serving because the voice she trusts, often way over her personal. Years and boyfriends come and pass - occasionally a bit too speedy, occasionally now not approximately quick sufficient. yet Jane's guidance is continuing, and with regards to Sam, really insistent. remain away, Jane calls for. he's your Mr. Wickham. nonetheless, all people has anything to benefit approximately love - even perhaps Jane herself. And in recent years, the voice in Ellie's head is being drowned out via one other, urging her to appear past every thing she idea she knew and hunt down her personal, very unforeseen, satisfied finishing.

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I shook my head. ” I glanced at him once to see if I’d hit my target. I had. His face colored red and his jaw turned even more rigid. At first I thought he merely looked angry, but then I looked again. The expression in his blue eyes exposed as much worry as it did offense. I guessed I’d found a way to blister one of his insecurities while meting out my revenge. Unfortunately, it didn’t make me feel any better. ” he asked softly. “You’re not who I remember. God, this can’t all be because of me or what happened between us.

A furious male voice demanded. Sam. Camryn and I swiveled toward him. ” I said. Sam’s eyes sparked with blue fire. Guess he’d overheard some of our conversation. Oops. He speared me with a glare, then turned to his girlfriend. “Seems Ellie has become a bitter, spiteful person who never forgets the stupid things that happened in the past, and she can’t see beyond her own issues and biases. ” Every syllable leaving his mouth jabbed me like a stiletto to the heart. ” God damn him. But, yeah, he was right about my judgment being bad.

Wickham. Fear seized my throat and all-out panic gripped my stomach. Okay. Who said that? I blinked, then glanced wildly in every direction. Even Sam was keeping his distance, for once. ” I said aloud to the unidentified voice. A few students nearby turned their heads to shoot me an odd look. Sam, sounding sulky, muttered, “Don’t look at me. ” I squinted at him, suspicious. You would do well to heed my advice, friend, said the voice, and I could’ve sworn I heard an ironic little laugh right along with an unmistakably British accent.

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