Emily was loud and had a complete disregard for convention. She was my good friend in junior high and I was hurt when she accused me of having no backbone. She was right, but that wasn’t the point. When my stepmother and I fought and I tried to run away from home, Emily was who I ran to. I knew her mother would let me stay there and wouldn’t rat me out to my parents. Emily was my concert buddy and I developed my fondness for a live show because of her.