House Of Healing

Rebecca Jones

Juliana and Emily are two girls who met as freshmen and became best friends not long after. Emily was pretty, smart, and completely cynical. She had a long-term boyfriend with whom she planned to spend the rest of her life. Juliana was painfully beautiful, and torn between her near-perfect life at Emerson High with Emily and Mason and her best friend Ken, and her life back home in Jerson, where the love of her life still lived, and she was unsure weather or not he missed her. But she knows she can never go back, so, grudgingly she accepts her life, and realizes she can love it. She gets a boyfriend and hooks up with a few more pals. The Ken starts to hit on her, saying sick things and asking questions she knows she shouldn't answer, and before she knows it she's told the principal and gotten him expelled. Then Emily lands in the hospital because she was raped, tortured, and strangled, but managed somehow to live. Juliana knows, when she finds a note on her locked the next day that's written in blood and has a picture of Emily on it that the person who did it was Ken, but she doesn't tell Mason because she knows what he would do. Instead she goes to the police, but discovers that since she has no hard evidence she'll have to wait until the investigation's through. Then she gets hit by a car and infected with rabies and another disease that's destroying her joints. In the Hospital she's roommates with Emily, because they believe that will help the healing process, but Emily is on several medications that cause her to sleep most of the day, and Juliana is immobile, so she resorts to picking up an old book she finds on her table entitled, "The House of Healing". Engrossed in the story, she reaches the last page before she realizes it is unfinished, but so then, is her life, and with both she must continue. Authors Note:

For those of you that know me, you will realize that this story, though loosely, is based on fact. But please keep in mind that, though the things "Ken" says to Juliana (who is based on me, yes) are fact, the other actions "Ken" takes are things I could never, not even in my wildest dreams, imagine him doing. And you will find that every single other character in this book is also based (except those in the notebook "House of Healing") on one of my good friends, and if you happen to be one of those people and have an issue with the way you are portrayed, please tell me so, and I will see what I can do. (Though I think I have most of your permission.)