Susan met Gillian not long after starting Coal Hill School in 1963. Susan and Gillian began hanging out together. When weather got colder, they made snowmen together.
Susan and she would often encounter a bully named Francis Minto. "F.M." liked to destroy their snowmen.
One day, however, the snowman he attacked did not disintegrate. It came to life and attacked him. He was put in the hospital after this ordeal and Susan and Gillian were punished with detention for a week.
One day, more snowmen came to life and attacked the teachers and children before school started, killing many of them. They left the school in search of Susan's grandfather, who she hoped would be able to help.
One night Gillian and Susan went off to a club, trying to pass as adults. There they met Zack, a bike rider who tricked Susan into admitting that they were too young to be there.