Rebecca Jacobs has overprotective abusive parents, a violent boyfriend and a treacherous best friend. How does she manage? She uses lies and secrecy to get what she wants.
When her father exposes her, she finds herself with nothing left to hide and learns to rebuild her life with honesty and integrity.
Masks: A Novella tells the story of two teenagers struggling to be normal, despite their dysfunctional families.
Rebecca Jacobs is an unremarkable teenage girl at least, that is what she wants the world to believe. But her private life is made public when her verbally abusive father embarrasses her at a school dance, and soon gossip and whispers buzz throughout the school.
One of the witnesses to Rebecca's public humiliation is David Miller, the high school bad boy. Unsure about how to help her, he settles for becoming her friend. Rebecca and David grow closer with each passing day, eventually falling in love.
Rebecca's main priority is keeping her relationship with David a secret from her overprotective parents, but there are other problems she must also confront. First, Rebecca's best friend tries to steal David away. Then, Rebecca is forced to face David's violent behavior, which closely resembles her father's temper. Rebecca's worst enemy, though, is herself. In her desperate need to keep her home life separate from her love life, she lies to her parents and to David. When the truth is exposed, she must confront reality alone.
“I heard you were back,” Diana said as she came toward her.
At her words, Rebecca’s body refused to move anymore. She was paralyzed with fear. Diana knew enough about her to truly hurt her.
The petite red-head stopped in front of her. “Aren’t you embarrassed?”
Of course, she was embarrassed. Did she really have to do this to her?
“If I were you, I would have changed schools,” Diana added.
Rebecca dropped her head using her hair to shield her from view. That was the only movement she was capable of making. It was a weak barrier against her former best friend.
Diana stepped closer staring beyond Rebecca’s hair in to her eyes. “Cat got your tongue?” She said maliciously.
“Shut up!” She hated the way her voice trembled.
“Are you going to cry little baby?” She mocked. She brought up her phone to take a picture.
Angry and hurt, Rebecca slapped the phone out of her hand. The cell scattered into three pieces. She ignored the back and the battery and located the body. With all her weight channelled in to her right foot, she lunged for the phone and crushed it. She stomped on it a second time and inspected it. A few buttons had popped, the body was bent and the screen was cracked.
Satisfied, she turned to Diana who gaped in disbelief. “Bitch!” She said and walked away. When she turned to sit on the bench, Diana had disappeared.