“Stop.. Stop it don’t touch me. HELP!” I woke up out of my slumber. Sweat dripping down my face. Thank god. It’s a nightmare. After 9 years you would have thought this gets easier. “Lani? You okay?” My mother ran into my room to see why I was screaming. She doesn’t quite understand what goes on through my head but it’s okay, neither do I. “Um yeah mom I’m fine” I told a lie. How was I supposed to tell her my dreams are coming back. “You really are milking this trauma you speak about. You need to stop. It was 9 years ago get over it” my mom tells me that I’m fine. She doesn’t want to ruin our picture perfect family. My mother is a teacher. She teaches at my old highschool. Geometry. 10th graders. My father, he’s no where to be found. Do I miss him? Not sure. I’ve never met him. And my brother. His name is Leon. Leon might just be one of my best friends and the only person who believes me. Sad really.
“Okay mom I’m gonna get ready” I only tell her that so she will leave me alone. I don’t have class until 10 but because of her I’m leaving at 8. It was just a dream. He’s gone. God I hate him. I get ready, grab my keys and head to my usual smoke spot. Where I meet my friends.
“Yo Lani, you’re here early. Wanna smoke then get breakfast at Dotties?” My friend Lizzie says. I known her for a bit. She’s new around here but has found a new interest in Leon. “Sure.” Dotties is a restaurant where all us “delinquents” go. Dottie is one of the coolest women you will ever meet. She treats us as her own.
“LANI!! Hey baby girl how you been? You okay?” Dottie asked me with much concern. No I’m not okay but I obviously won’t allow you to know that cause I actually like you. “Yeah I’m fine.” I say through my teeth. “Liar” a tall stranger at the other side of the room says. “Um excuse me?” I say with shock.
The tall stranger makes his way over to me and looks me up and down. He is taller than me. About 6’3, messy black hair with a strip of dark purple in it. He has a tan. Not to much of a tan, kinda like he’s been in the sun to long. He’s standing there. Reading my every move.
“Um hello?” I say to get his attention. “You lie. If you were okay you wouldn’t have such a worried look when you walked in. And by the way you are covering your self up shows you are insecure. You are severely underweight and your eyes are red. Stoned I assume. Should I go on?” He stood there proud of himself as if he deserved a cookie. I turned around and walked out. The tall stranger followed me as I went to light a cigarette.
“No.” He took my cigarette away and stomped on it. “Hey! I don’t know who the hell you think you are. I suggest you stay away from me” I tell him. I’m so angry. Who is he? “Knight.” He says. “What?” I question him. “My name is Knight. And yours?” He asked. I don’t know why I told him but I did. “Lelani. Lelani Delarosa. I have to get to my university so bye. Knight” I say and just like that I’m off. I’m in my car and turning left.Who does he think he is. Knight. He seems mysterious. Like he has something to hide but doesn’t everyone? Doesn’t everyone have a chapter in their book that they don’t release to the public eye. Because if they do, everything will change.
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