Chapter 9 | Moody
My two days of peace are over. It’s time to go back to school, back to the real world.
I have an appointment at the free clinic next week. I’m going to get tested for any and every STD known to man. I’ve known Jeremy all my life, but that still doesn’t reassure me that he’s clean. If he’s willing to rape, I’m sure he’s had sex before, and I don’t even want to know who with.
God... I hope he hasn’t done this to anyone else. The thought of another girl feeling what I felt, terrifies me. I’ve been feeling guilty over promising Lexi not to say anything. Hell, I should be the one to say something. I should have went to the hospital right when it happened, and put him away. His DNA would have been right there, ready for testing. There would have been no denying it.
Still, the threat he made rings in my ears anytime I feel the need to tell someone else.
Is Jeremy crazy enough to actually kill me if I try to turn him in? I’m not so sure that’s a risk I’m willing to take, especially when it involves my own life or those around me that I care about.
I’ve never been this conflicted before in my entire life. I don’t know what to do.
Thankfully, it’s Thursday, so I only have today and tomorrow before I can go back to hiding out in the comfort of my bedroom.
“Dallas, hurry up, or I’m leaving without you!” I hear Liam shout from downstairs.
My eyes widen in alarm, as I remember the last time I had to walk to school.
I quickly throw on my grey sandals to go with my simple grey skinny jeans and red hoodie. I grab a hair tie and slide it on my wrist before grabbing my phone and rushing downstairs. I’m still incredibly sore, but I don’t want Liam to leave without me.
He’s my annoying brother, I’m sure he would.
I wince as I reach the bottom of the stairs, before I hurry into the kitchen to grab my bag and a water bottle from the fridge.
“I’m ready.” I deadpan as I head for the front door.
“About time.” Liam smirks while following me outside. Liam locks up the house while I make it over to our jeep. I get into the passenger seat, and Liam scoffs over having to drive.
“You never drive.” He glares.
“Why would I when I have you?” I smile sweetly while leaning to turn on the radio.
I silently grimace as I feel a pain shoot up my side.
“Are you okay?” Liam asks while looking at me.
“I’m fine, let’s go before we really are late.” I instruct, leaning back in my seat and bringing my gaze out of the window.
“We’re picking up Ethan first.” Liam replies and I nod.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to react while being outside of the house that Jeremy currently resides in. Every time I even think about him, I get goosebumps, and definitely not the good kind.
I suppose I just have to swallow the lump in my throat and try to act normal.
I don’t even know what normal is anymore. My mind is a mess after what happened.
Liam stops beside the curb, and the front door to Ethan’s house opens. I begin nervously biting my lip when I see Jeremy walk outside. He begins to head for our jeep, and my stomach drops.
I try my best not to squirm, as Jeremy gets closer.
“Hey my favorite twins!” He greets coyly.
“We are the only twins you know.” Liam deadpans.
“Still my favorite.” Jeremy replies. “What’s up Dallas? Haven’t seen you around lately.”
“Just busy with school.” I shrug, not even giving him a glance.
“Well you and Lexi should come by this weekend; the guys and I are grilling steaks.” He says with enthusiasm.
“We’ll see. I might be busy.” I say.
“With what?” Liam asks.
“With stuff.” I snap. “Not everything I do is your business.”
“Fine, grouch.” Liam taunts. “Anyway, where’s Ethan?”
“He should be coming.” Jeremy says. “ETHAN HURRY UP!” He then shouts toward his house.
A few seconds later, Ethan comes rushing out of the door. “I’m coming!”
“Told ya.” Jeremy laughs.
Ethan climbs into the backseat and shuts the door. “About time you’re coming to school Dal.” Ethan comments and I notice Jeremy turn his gaze to me from the corner of my eye.
“Yeah well, I haven’t been feeling good.” I shrug.
“Oh no, what’s wrong?” I hear Jeremy ask, and this makes me snap my gaze directly to him.
“Oh you know... female issues.” I glare.
“Well, I hope you feel better soon.” He smiles, and I literally want to lean over Liam’s seat and rip his disgusting lips from his face.
“Yeah, so do I.” I admit while facing forward and crossing my arms over my chest.
“Man, girls are so moody.” Ethan laughs from behind me.
I reach behind me, and punch Ethan in the leg, which causes him to grunt in pain.
“What the hell was that for?” He whines.
“One of my many moods I guess.” I smirk just as Jeremy begins walking back to his house.
Liam pulls away from the curb and starts heading toward school.
At least at school, I know Jeremy won’t be there.
After convincing Lexi that I was well enough to be at school, I cast her a smirk as I use my hair tie to wrap my hair up in a messy bun. She rolls her eyes as we both shut our lockers and I wave goodbye as I head to first period.
The day drags on, but when the bell rings signaling lunch, I rush to the cafeteria.
Okay I didn’t rush, because my ribs are still healing, but I did get there in record time for having a slight disadvantage.
“Dallas!” Lexi shouts from the cafeteria line.
I walk over to her and step beside her.
“Hey, you can’t cut the line!” Some guy calls from behind us.
“She was already here, I was just holding her place, moron!” Lexi lies as she shouts back.
I laugh as we walk forward in line.
After we get our food, we walk over to an empty table on the other side of the cafeteria.
“How do you eat so much food, but stay so skinny?” Lexi glares at me as we sit down. I glance at my full plate that consisted of a well-done hamburger, and two helpings of fries.
I shrug. “A blessing in disguise.”
“Dallas we should just build you your own cafeteria, so you can eat anything you want.” I hear Ethan say as he and Liam approach our table and sit down.
“Don’t you two have real friends you can sit with?” I glare.
“Nope. Just you and Lexi.” Liam smirks. “Aren’t you both so lucky?”
“I think you said the word, cursed, wrong.” Lexi deadpans.
I laugh while Ethan and Liam both frown.
“That hurts Lexi, that really hurts.” Ethan sighs.
Lexi only shrugs with a smile.
“Is it the weekend yet?” I mumble to myself.
“Yeah, about that, just what are those things that you might be busy with?” Liam suddenly asks and I resist the urge to slap him for bringing it up again.
“Why are you suddenly so concerned with my personal life?” I accuse.
“Since you started hiding things and not participating in stuff that we’ve done for years.” He challenges with a raised eyebrow. “You can’t blame us for being concerned with your change in behavior.”
“Well, if I need your concerns, I’ll request them.” I reply harshly.
“Okay, relax. You’ve been a royal bitch these last couple days.” Liam rolls his eyes. “No need to get crazy.”
“Liam, stop.” Lexi urges.
“No, it’s time we talked about the elephant in the room. Why don’t you share your top secret plans with the rest of the group?” Liam says and that’s when I snap.
“For your information, something has happened that I don’t want to talk about with anyone. It’s personal and only involves myself, so back the hell off! If I want your rude accusations or concerned questions, as I said before, I’ll request them. Until then, just mind your own damn business!”
After that, I get up and storm out of the cafeteria. I don’t give anyone a chance to respond.
I hear someone following me, and I assume it’s Lexi.
I assumed wrong.
“Dallas, what the hell was that?” Liam glares as we both stand in the empty hallway just outside of the cafeteria.
“Nothing! Just leave me alone!” I shout as I begin to walk away.
“No, Dallas, stop!” He’s quick to reach out and grab my arm, and I completely freak out.
“No, stop it! Don’t! Let go!” I scream while using all of my muscles to pull away from Liam.
He let’s go of me instantly as his face fills with concern. He looks horrified.
“Dallas... what the fuck is wrong?” He begs for answers while looking directly into my tear-filled eyes.
I snap out of my trance, and try my best to act normal.
“Nothing, I’m just tired, okay? I’m going to the bathroom, see you at home.” I sigh while leaving a very confused Liam in the middle of the hallway.
Once I’m in the bathroom, I break down.
I rush into a stall and lock myself in. I sit down on the floor up against the wall and quietly cry into my lap.
I can’t believe I was scared of my brother. I’ve never been physically or emotionally scared of him before. It was almost as if I were right back in the alleyway with Jeremy.
My breaths are short and rigid. I need to calm myself down before I have a real panic attack.
This is not how I wanted to spend my first day back at school.
| Liam’s POV |
I stand in the hallway, completely defeated.
“Hey, where’s Dallas?” I hear Lexi ask from behind me. “Ethan went to class early to turn in some homework.”
“She’s in the bathroom.” I mumble.
“Liam what happened?” She asks.
“She... she looked terrified of me.” I furrow my brows. “She’s never been scared of me before. I’m her brother. Her twin.”
Lexi looks confused for a moment, but then it’s as if something clicks in her brain as her eyes slightly widen.
“I’m gonna go talk to her.” She quickly says while starting to walk away. I reach out for her arm and pull her back.
“Wait, what the hell is wrong with her? I know you know something.” I accuse.
“I don’t know anything Liam.”
“Bullshit. Just tell me what happened to her, because obviously something did happen.” I glare at my childhood best friend.
“I don’t know anything Liam. I promise.”
“I’ll go see what’s wrong with her, maybe she’ll tell me.” Lexi tries to reassure as she pulls me in for a quick hug. “I’ll be back.”
She takes off toward the girl’s bathroom, and I blow out a breath as I lean against the wall.
Something is definitely wrong. I can feel it.
I just hope for the sake of Dallas, Lexi finds out what that something is.
We need to nip this in the butt fast, before it gets out of hand.
Deciding that I can’t wait for answers, I walk over toward the girl’s bathroom, and listen just outside of the door. I can just barely hear the whispers of my sister and her best friend.
“You need to tell someone what happened. This is getting to be too much Dal.” Lexi says quietly. I can tell they’re both inside of a stall.
“I can’t... he’ll hurt me.” Dallas whimpers.
My eyes widen, as a sudden rage washes over me.
Who is he?
“He’s already hurt you, and he’s continuing to hurt you the longer you hold this inside.” Lexi tries to persuade. “We can’t keep lying to everyone.”
“Not yet Lexi, not yet. I need more time to figure this out. Don’t tell anyone anything, I mean it.” Dallas urges. “Promise me.”
“Ugh, I promise. But I don’t like it.” Lexi sighs in defeat. “By the way, I think twin A is getting suspicious.”
I’m twin A? Must be because I’m older. I smirk to myself.
“What do you mean?” Dallas replies harshly.
“I mean, you need to figure out what you’re going to do and do it fast, before someone else finds out and the entire thing explodes in your face.” Lexi says simply, and that’s when I hear the bathroom stall open. I hear them both shuffle out, and then water starts running.
Suddenly, the bell rings, and it almost scares me.
“I got to go, see you later.” Lexi says, so I bolt away from the bathroom and down the opposite hallway.
So... something did happen to Dallas. Something bad.
My mind is spinning with different scenarios, each more gruesome than the last.
I need to figure out what happened, and who’s responsible.
Whoever he is... I’ll kill him.