Petals on the Wind - Dollanganger, Bk 2 Author:V. C. Andrews 2nd book in Dollaganger series, following Flowers in the Attic.ver children to escape such terror! — For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist. — And grandmother was convinced they had the devil ... more »in them.
But that wasn't their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do.
She now had the powers she had learned from her beautiful mother. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way all men looked at her.
She knew it was time to put what she knew to the test. To show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten... Show them.
Show them--once and for all.
White pearls... Black promise...
Though I'm not sure, I thought I saw a woman dressed in black--her head and face covered by a black veil--duck behind a tree as we approached the road and the parked car. She was hiding, so we wouldn't see her. But I caught a glimpse--enough to reveal the rope of lustrous pearls she wore. Pearls that were there for a thin white hand to lift and nervously, out of long habit, twist and untwist into a knot.
Only one woman I knew did that--and she was the perfect one to wear black.
I'd see to it that all her remaining days on earth were black. Blacker than the tar put on my hair. Blacker than anything in that locked room. Blacker than anything the darkest shadows in the attic had given us when we were fearful, and young, and needed so much to be loved. Blacker than the deepest pit in hell.
I'd waited long enough to deliver what I must. Long enough. And even with Chris here to stop me... even he wouldn't be able to prevent what I had to do....« less