How ‘For Britta’ relates to ‘Safe With Me’

I know it’s been a while since I published Safe With Me, and certain events may have slipped readers’ memories. In For Britta, Susie expands upon (among other things) the background from these two scene snippets in the last part of Safe With Me:   Tyler, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 (A phone call after she’s released from a night in jail). She produced a painful sigh. “Tyler, please drop it. I appreciate your anger but seriously, I just need it to be over.” Another sigh. “I’m sure you read that note she posted. I don’t like going to court. It brings back some really bad memories. I’m so ashamed that everybody knows about it now.” “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I waited while she cried again. It made me want to cry, too. How could anyone be so heartless, putting all of someone’s life out there like Kate did? Everybody now knew that when Susie was fourteen, she and two other girls her age were involved in some kind of scandal involving nude pictures and video taken by her pastor’s son, a guy named Elliot Haney, who had just graduated from seminary. Since the girls were all under age they were witnesses at a trial and their names weren’t listed in the public court records but we assumed from other things we read that the people in her town knew who the girls were. We found old newspaper articles about the trial online. Corbie and Michael said they recognized a second guy involved who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: Jerry Lyons. They were pretty sure he was the tattooed guy who...