Senior Year at Stellar Academy was over.
The Star High Chronicles had ended as
breathlessly as they had begun. Mary sat up
in her bed, reached for the phone and dialed.
"Victoria," she spoke quickly, "I have the
"Me, too. What a finish!"
"Scarier than the war between the Stroids!"
"Much, A larger enemy!" Victoria agreed.
"The language at the end," Mary marveled.
"So incongruous with their final mission--"
"But so literal in its use--"
"And effective!" Victoria ended the sentence.
They had been together at St. Luke's Academy
when they had discovered the Chronicles but it
seemed now that they had been at Stellar Academy.
"Victoria." Mary paused. "Will you always be
my best friend?"
Victoria let the question sit for dramatic effect.
"I will... if you buy me coffee at Ismael's in
Nancy Drew and Star High,Too
I held the Star High books, the complete set, in my hands
for my mother to see.
"I bought these back from Kathy Rodegher's Bookstore,
Mom." I opened one of them, showed her my name neatly
printed inside the front cover. "They were mine in the first
place. What did Kathy give you for them? Thirty pieces of
"I exchanged them for some other books. No dollars and
cents changed hands."
"No sense exchanged hands, you mean," I said. "Did you
think you could get back at me for leaving home for that
job out of town this way, by selling my Star High books? How
was I to know things wouldn't work out."
"I'm sorry, Laurette."
"Don't you know these books were like your Nancy Drew
mysteries when you were growing up?" I turned away and
looked out at the gloom of late autumn that matched the
melancholy in my room.
"Did you give away my favorite ski jacket, too?" I drove
onward. "How about my prom dress? No, probably not that
because you made it for me."
I had driven too far. My mother's eyes glistened. It was the
first manifestation of anything like that since my dad-- my
My voice trailed off and I embraced her, hugged her tighter
than I did that day four years ago.
"Can I buy you lunch, Mom?"
She nodded through her sobbing.
I wiped my eyes at the same time.
"I'll get my keys."
"Okay," she managed a smile. "I'll go get my coat."
"And I think I'll wear my ski jacket,' I returned. "You bought it
for my birthday, remember?"
I went off to get my jacket and the keys thinking how nice it
was to be home again.