A faint memory. An unbroken promise.
After her father's lynching, Elizabeth Annabelle Freeman stopped trusting white people. Her mother made sure of it.
Being the one of the only black students in an all-white high school, Elizabeth dealt with verbal and physical abuse from the other white students. But a faint memory haunted her, one she couldn't quite put her finger on.
While walking in the halls, she saw him. Him. It was his fault, and Elizabeth was willing to do just about anything to get revenge on the boy who brought about her father's death.
Dilyn Thomas Blake lived well. Somehow his father, in the midst of the Depression, managed to save enough money to support his family. But his father despised him. He looked down on Dilyn as if he were less than human.
Dilyn vied for approval and attention, but never got it.
Dilyn was one of many white students at a high school with only a few black ones. There, he was popular. He was all the girls would talk about. But Dilyn was a nerd, a booklover at heart. He was an amazing athlete, always the best player, but incredibly smart as well. Needed help with your homework? Dilyn was the guy.
While talking in the hallway, he caught her looking at him. Her. It was all her fault. Dilyn would do just about anything to get revenge on the girl who caused his father's love for him to cease.