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Chapter 30: The Rips
1967: Kya jumps into her boat and heads for dangerous waters. The sea is furious, and her boat tips dangerously with the waves and begins to fill with water. She finally makes her way to a small sandbar and recovers a bit, reflecting on how her life has been filled with rejection. She knows that she must “do life alone” and realizes that she has known for a long time that people don’t stay. She equates Chase with any other male in any other species, using alluring mating strategies to hop from one female to the next. She heads for home via a safer route, her head full of the poetry of Amanda Hamilton.
Chapter 31: A Book
1968: Tate finds a publisher for Kya’s work, and advance copies of her first work arrive in her mailbox. With the advance payment of five thousand dollars, Kya makes significant improvements to her shack and pays the back taxes on her land so that she can be assured of her ownership of the property. She invites Tate to stop by for a copy of the book, and he asks her to inscribe his copy. She writes,
To the Feather Boy
From the Marsh Girl
Tate is encouraging, telling her that this is only the beginning of her work. Kya also takes a copy by to Jumpin’ and tells him that she’s going to be okay now. He displays the book in his window like a proud father.
Chapter 32: Alibi
1969: After talking to Jumpin’ and Tate, Joe learns that Kya was supposedly in Greenville on the night of Chase’s death. Miss Pansy Price stops by to tell them that although Chase’s mother is telling everyone that Kya is a suspect, Miss Pansy herself watched Kya get onto a bus on October 28th and return on the 30th. Joe and the sheriff find it suspicious that Kya gave herself an alibi on this particular night when most nights she would be home alone with no alibi at all. They decide to seek a warrant and examine the bus schedules to determine whether it would be possible for her to leave for Greenville and return in one night.
Chapter 33: The Scar
1968: After many years, Jodie shows up at the shack. He has graduated from Georgia Tech and served two tours in Vietnam. He tells Kya that their mother died of leukemia two years earlier and shares the painful details of her life after she abandoned them. Jodie feels like a coward for leaving his baby sister with their monster of a father, but Kya assures him that he was just a kid himself. He gives Kya paintings their mother created in the years after she left; one shows all five siblings together, and one shows a young Kya with Tate. Jodie stays a few days, and the siblings share memories of joy and pain. He encourages her to reconnect with Tate before leaving and promising to keep in touch.
Chapter 34: Search the Shack
1969: Joe and Ed arrive at Kya’s empty shack. Since they now have a search warrant, they go through her things looking for any evidence connecting her to the crime. Joe finds a red wool hat with fibers that appear to be an exact match with those found on Chase’s body, and they plan to send the hat to the lab for further investigation.
Chapter 35: The Compass
1969: Another published book, this time on seabirds, appears in Kya’s mailbox. Additionally, a gift tucked into a milk carton appears on the old feather stump: a compass from Tate that had belonged to his grandfather. Kya’s feelings continue to leap back and forth between love and pain, but soon...
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