THIS CHAPTER CONTAINS SCENES WHICH MAY BE DISTRUBING FOR SOME READERS.
TYLER’S POINT OF VIEW
Ever since Summer agreed to move in with me, I’d been in a world of my own. I couldn’t remember the last time I was ever this happy, and I knew that one day I’d ask her to marry me, and I hoped she would say yes.
Summer headed straight to her house after work. She wanted to pack her things in the morning, so she planned to stay at hers the night before to get an early start. I thought about surprising her if I managed to get the rest of my work done that I took home. There haven’t been many nights where I haven’t slept next to my girl, and those rare nights I couldn’t sleep at all. When we’ve been apart, my insomnia always resurfaces. I can’t be without her.
About an hour into work, my doorbell rang. I stood from my work desk and greeted my guest. “Hey, mom.”
“Hey, honey. How are you?”
“Is Summer with you?”
I shook my head. “No, she’s staying at her place tonight to get an early start on her packing.”
After I stepped aside, my mom walked into my home. “Oh, that’s right, dear. She’s moving in with you over the weekend.”
There was a hint of worry in my mother’s voice and I could tell by the way she absentmindedly stared in the distance. “Mom, is everything okay?”
“I just tried to call her,” she sighed. “Honey, Kyle has made bail.”
“What!” I shouted. “How is that possible?!”
“He’s out of prison until his trial.”
I swallowed the anger which coursed through my veins and released my fists as they rolled into a ball. “How can they do this again?”
“I can’t fathom it either, but Summer needs to know.”
“Mom, try calling her again and I’ll do the same.” Both of us tried to call my girl, but neither one of us had any luck. “Something isn’t right, mom. We need to go and see her.”
SUMMER’S POINT OF VIEW
“Of course, you recognize my voice.” Kyle sucked the air between his teeth. “Did you miss me that much, or did you just miss my cock?”
“I’m going to say both.”
I swallowed hard and found the strength I needed to get back on my feet. Kyle took this as an invitation to step closer to me. “Didn’t you learn from last time that you shouldn’t fight me?”
“Didn’t you get the message not to come near me when I kicked you in the nuts?”
“Well, that wasn’t very nice of you. I think you need another lesson.”
“I guarantee you won’t be able to touch me this time.”
Kyle’s lips curved up. “Oh, really?”
Inside my heart thumped against my ribcage, but on the outside, I tried my hardest to look confident. “Yes.”
“Do you seriously think you can overpower me?”
“I know I can.”
“We’ll see about that.” Kyle’s evil cackle resonated beneath my skin.
I swallowed the bile that threatened to come up. “So, the other two girls you raped. They’ll win this time.”
“No, they won’t,” he chortled. “They are just like you. Whores who deserved what they got.”
“No one deserves to be raped you sick fuck.”
“You did. They both did.” He stepped even closer. “And you’ll get what you deserve for what you did to me. Embarrassing me like that in my own home.”
“You deserved a beating and more. You should have been in prison for my rape!”
“Well, Elanor is going to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
My jaw clenched at the sound of the woman’s name who betrayed me. “She’ll fail this time. I know she will.”
“What makes you think she will?”
“You broke into my home. You’re threatening to rape me again.”
“Oh, beautiful girl,” he growled. “It’s not a threat. I’m going to have you again.”
You can do this Summer. Just like you practiced.
As he stepped forward, Kyle swung his arm to try and hit me again. I blocked the punch, grabbed his wrist, and kicked him in the side of his stomach. When he bowled over and writhed in pain, I kicked him in the face until he fell back.
I decided to run, but Kyle wrapped his hand around my ankle which caused me to fall to the carpet. “Fuck!” With his hand till around, I kicked him repeatedly until eventually I struck his nose.
After stumbling to my feet, I ran as fast as I could, but Kyle chased after me. His voice echoed louder as he inched closer. “I’m going to kill you! Fucking whore!”
I found myself in the kitchen and looked for anything I could use to protect myself. The closest thing I could grasp was my chef’s kitchen knife, which I kept hidden behind my back.
Kyle smiled the moment he saw me. “You’ve got nowhere to go. I won’t let you leave.”
“And I won’t let you hurt me.”
He chuckled before he ran up to me. I jumped over the kitchen bench and fell to the ground. Kyle forcefully grabbed me and flipped my body over. “Just how I like them.” He licked his lips. “With me on top.” Without warning, Kyle leaned over to try and take what wasn’t his. “Ahhhh!” His eyes narrowed and his mouth gaped open trying to catch whatever breath he could. I had the knife facing upwards and he didn’t notice when he climbed on, which caused him to stab himself. As the blood poured out , I used my strength to push him off me until he fell on his back with the knife protruding from his stomach.
I dialled 911
TYLER’S POINT OF VIEW
“Mom, you need to drive faster,” I urged.
“Honey, I’m driving as fast as I legally can.”
In between moments of panic, I tried to call Summer, but her phone continued to go to voicemail. “Something’s wrong. I know it.”
“Let’s not think the worst, dear.”
“I have a bad feeling about this.” And that sense had sunk deep within my stomach to the point I felt like throwing up. My heart roared along with my anger.
Summer didn’t live too far away from me, and I’d never been more grateful than at that moment. I tried her again and I gasped when it finally rang. “Mom, it’s ringing. Please pick up. Please pick up. Please pick up!” Nothing. “Damnit!” I tried again and my heart raced with every minute.
“Hello? The fear in her croaky voice resounded through the receiver.
“Baby! What’s wrong?”
“Tyler?” She wept. “T..tyler.”
“Where are you? Are you okay?”
She managed to whisper a few words in between sobs. “H...home. K...Kyle is h..here. Kitchen.”
“Fuck! Mom you need to hurry!” I begged. “We’re two minutes out. Stay on the phone with me, baby.”
I’m going to kill him if he touched her. Fuck. He’s a dead man.
My mom veered into her driveway, and I bolted out of the car before she hit the break. Summer gave me spare keys to her place, so I used them to unlock the door. I ran to the kitchen and noticed Summer crouched on the floor with her head between her knees. “Oh, God. Baby!”
I wrapped my arms around her shaking body to give her comfort she desperately cried out for. She glanced up to see me and I spotted the large bruise across her face. I pulled her into my chest and held on tight. “He fucking hurt you! Where is he? I need to kill him.”
She cried for a few moments and I glanced down at my girl then noticed the crimson blood on her top. “You’re bleeding. What did he do to you?” I yelled out. “Mom, call the paramedics.”
“It’s not my blood,” Summer whispered.
“Oh, my God. Tyler.”
My attention shifted to my mom whose eyes were focused on the floor out of my sight. “What is it?”
She pointed behind the kitchen bench. I stood to see what had her so worried. “Oh, shit!”
Kyle struggled to breathe as he sprawled out on the floor with a knife stuck out from his stomach. Needing to check on Summer, I sat down next to her and held her again until the police and paramedics arrived.
SUMMER’S POINT OF VIEW
“Don’t let me go, baby.” Tyler sat down and pulled me into his arms.
“I won’t ever let you go.”
“Excuse me, ma’am.”
I glanced up at the woman who stood next to Tyler and me. “I’ve just called for another paramedic to come and get you checked out. I’m officer Radley,” she greeted with a gentle voice, as though she didn’t want me to fear her. She noticed the bruise on my face. “Did he do that to you?
I nodded, while the tears streamed down my face. “Yes.”
“They’ll take him to the hospital to get checked out. I’m not sure if he’s going to make it. We’d like you to come down to the station to answer some questions.”
“Perhaps another time?” Alice interjected
“Is tomorrow okay?” Office Radley asked.
“My name is Alice, and I will be representing Summer. She will not be answering any questions without me being present.”
“Of course. Both of you can head down to the station tomorrow. We’ll also need to collect the evidence including your clothes.”
The officer handed Alice her business card before she walked away.
“Am I in trouble?” I asked.
“It was self-defence, honey. We’ll make sure to get photos of everything including your face.”
“I recorded everything,” I admitted.
“I’m sorry, dear. What?”
“I recorded everything on my phone.” I unlocked my cell and played the voice memo to Tyler and Alice. Tears filled both their eyes while they listened to the struggle between Kyle and me.
“I’m so sorry, baby.”
“It’s not your fault.”
“Send me that recording. Send a copy to your e-mail and to Tyler.”
My attention shifted to my boyfriend. “I don’t want to stay here tonight.”
“Come back to my place.” Tyler corrected himself. “I mean our place.”
My lips curved to a soft smile. “Help me up.”
After getting changed as quickly as I could, I put the blood-stained clothes in a bag and handed it to the police officer who waited outside. The paramedics checked me over, and when I was cleared, we said goodbye to Alice and made our way to our home.
“Tyler, I’m scared,” I confessed. The warm blanket covered my body which had only stopped shaking from fear.
“Of what, baby?”
“Kyle got away with what he did. They’ll probably charge me for trying to kill him or something.”
Tyler wrapped his safe arms around my body. “My mom is a great lawyer, Summer. She will make sure it doesn’t happen.”
“I have no faith in the system,” I croaked. “It failed me.”
“I’m sorry, baby. I just know that my mom will never give up and neither will I.”
Tyler’s words provided me with comfort. My eyes closed as I rested against his body, but they flung open as soon as I heard his phone ring.
“Hey, mom. You’re on speaker.”
“Hello, dear,” she greeted. “I called because I have some news about Kyle...”