"There's a person here, Roof. You need to come home."
"Here where? In the house? You let a stranger in the house?"
"Well she's just a girl. Or like a young woman or whatever."
My phone was fading again. It does that. Mom got it as a cheap add-on to her own cell.
Or: Maybe the stranger had her hands around Josie's throat?
Every single lesson we'd been taught about what to do when we were home alone--and our mom and dad take their child-rearing way more seriously than any normal parents--was racing through my head. 911 flashed in big red numbers. "Josie!" I shouted. "Can you hear me? Should I call the police?"
"No! You idiot!" No problem with the volume now. I held the phone a few inches from my ear. Then Josie's voice dropped to a whisper. "This isn't dangerous, Roof, only kind of... weird. Just come home, 'kay?"
Rufus Peters has never felt exceptional in any way. How could he, with a twin sister who outshines him at everything they do? His two problems are finding a way to wiggle out of a student exchange to Quebec, and liberating Boreas, his skateboard, from the principal?s contraband cupboard. After Amelia knocks on their door, life in the Peters family goes from plain old "Just Cheese Please" to Nick's Pizza's "Grand Slam and More." Roof makes it his mission to solve The Mystery of the Mexican Stranger.
Betty Jane Hegerat is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of creative non-fiction. A social worker by profession, Betty Jane now teaches creative writing for Continuing Education at the University of Calgary and occasional workshops in other venues. She was the 2009 Writer in Residence at the Memorial Park Library.
Betty Jane writes from a longstanding fascination with relationships and families and the secrets and lies that bind ordinary lives together.Delivery was shortlisted for the George Bugnet Prize for Fiction in the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards. The Boy was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Calgary Book Prize, the Wilfrid Eggleston Prize for non-fiction in the 2012 Alberta Awards and was a finalist in the High Plains Awards in Billings, Montana in October 2012.
Betty Jane is the recipient of the Writers Guild of Alberta 2015 Golden Pen Award for Lifelong Achievement in Writing.