The Next Morning
Jude was running down a dark alley, someone was chasing her. She was running as fast as she could but the person was gaining fast. The person grabbed her around the waist squeezing so hard she fell to the ground. She kicked and punched trying to get away. It didn’t work. The figure was pinning her to the ground and was punching her.
“SOMEBODY HELP ME…HELP!!” Jude screamed to the people passing by the alley, but no one came.
“No one can hear you; this time there will be no escape!” The dark figure laughed evilly. A thin blade of light grazed the person’s face; Jude gasped seeing the man’s face for the first time. She recognized him. She was still kicking when she started shaking, almost as if she was going into convulsions. When she was just about unconscious, the person beating her suddenly stopped and walked away, leaving her for dead. Suddenly Jude felt someone’s arms around her. She started screaming. “Jude.” she heard someone calling her name, but she couldn’t make out whom. “Jude.” She struggled to get away the best she could, but nothing was working.
Jude awoke with a start, tears streaming down her face.
“Jude, wake up.” she felt someone shaking her arm, “Jude, are you okay?”
She rolled over to face Tom and said. “It was just a nightmare,” as more of a question than a statement. Tom nodded and pulled her close and gently stroked her hair, “You wanna talk about it?”
Jude shook her head and said a little shakily “It was only a dream right.”
“Everything is gonna be okay Jude, you know that right?” Tom said softly.
Jude shrugged and mumbled “I guess.”
Tom looked her in the eyes and smirked and said in a macho tone trying to lighten the mood a bit, “Besides if he tries to hurt you, I’ll kick his ass.”
Jude smiled up at him and snuggled into him and said, “So you’ll be like my protector” as she closed her eyes.
“Yeah, something like that.” Tom smiled and kissed her on the top of her head before resting his head on top of hers, both drifting back to sleep.
The next morning, well when the sun came up anyways, Jude opened her eyes and looked around and smiled when she saw what position she was in, wrapped up in Tom’s arms protectively. The events of last night flooded back and she thought At least he won’t leave me like the others, since they tend to run when they find out that someone pretty much wants me dead as she closed her eyes and laid her head back down on Tom’s chest. Suddenly the sweet aroma of coffee filled the room.
“I smell coffee.” Jude said quietly. Her curiosity for who was making coffee and her desire for caffeine caused her to carefully get up. As she and walk towards the door, Tom said “Hey girl.”
Jude turned to him and said “Sorry I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“It’s alright, how’d you sleep?” Tom said
“As good as could be expected, but having you there made it better.”
“I’m glad I could help.”
Jude smirked and said “Me too.” and she turned to walk out the door.
“Where you going?”
“Someone is making coffee. It’s not me and it’s not you, so I am gonna see who it is. Plus I need caffeine.”
Tom nodded and started to get up, but Jude stopped him “You don’t have to come with; you can stay here if you want.”
Tom shrugged and said “Coffee sounds good right about now and I would like to see who came in ever so quietly last night just to make coffee.”
Jude smirked and shook her head as they padded down the hallway, having a good idea to who was making coffee.
“Good morning Mason.” Jude said before the door was completely open. Mason turned to her and said “Good morning.”
“How’d you know it was me?” he asked, pulling her into a one-armed hug. Jude walked over to the cupboard and grabbed a few coffee mugs and placed them on the counter next to the coffee maker “Who else would come here and make coffee, well besides Sadie, and I pretty much knew it wasn’t her considering the way she left last night. I don’t think she will be back this morning.” Jude said smirking slightly.
Mason’s eyes went wide and said “Oooo, do tell, what happened?”
Jude shook her head and said “Mase, the last thing I wanna do this morning is talk about my sister’s sex life.”
Mason gave her a look that said you brought it up, so now you have to finish. Jude rolled her eyes and said “Fine, it was actually pretty funny.” and sat down at the table across from Mason and next to Tom. “When I came home last night, after I was done at the studio, I walked in on Sadie and Kwest making out on my couch and not just plain making out but it was like really hot n heavy.”
Tom laughed into his coffee and said “Kwest?”
“Yep, Kwest and Sadie…on my new couch.” Jude mock shuddered “Then they left, so yeah, no idea where they are and I don’t really wanna know.”
“Just after they left, that’s when he called” she said quietly “I think whoever it is watching me. Otherwise why would he call right when I was alone?”
Mason replied, “Maybe it’s just a coincidence”
“No, it isn’t.” Jude said flatly.
“You never know.” Tom said.
Jude shot a look at both of them and said, “Whatever, all I know is that I am not moving again.”
She stood and walked over to the sink to rinse her cup, before putting it in the dishwasher. Walking into the living room she thought to herself, they don’t know what they are talking about. Watching her as the swinging door moved back and forth Tom turned to Mason and said, “I’m a little confused.”
“Well, let’s just say the last time this freak was stalking her there were pictures and letters on top of the phone calls. Then there was the night he attacked her. After that, he disappeared and everything was over, or so we thought.”
Tom nodded and Mason continued “But what I don’t get is why? Why come back after almost three years?”
“Wasn’t it almost three years ago when she quit singing?” Tom asked.
“Well, she told me that she lost her voice for awhile,” Mason nodded for him to continue, “Don’t you think it’s weird that she got this call like two days after D made the announcement that she is releasing a song.”
“So this isn’t a coincidence.” Mason said.
“I don’t think so.” Tom answered taking a final sip of his coffee and placing the cup in the sink. “I think we need to talk to someone that can help keep him away from her.”
“Yeah, let’s go get her.” Mason answered. With that both men walked into the living room to talk to Jude, but she wasn’t there. As they were searching the house for her Mason got a phone call.
“Hey, I've got to go, D is having a conniption” Mason said in a tone stating that he didn’t really want to go.
“It’s okay, Mason, I think I know where she is.” Tom replied.
“Tell Jude I will call her later, bye.” Tom nodded.
Soon after Mason left, Tom walked up the stairs to the second room on the right, the one that is a ‘getaway’. He lightly knocked on the door before entering and saw Jude sitting in the chair near the middle of the room, writing.
“Hey.” Tom said as he walked up to her and sat in the chair next to her.
“Hey,” She replied quietly “sorry about just walking out, but I need to think.”
Tom nodded and said, “Mason had to go, he’ll call you later.” He then stood and gave her space to think. A few minutes later Jude pulled out her cell phone and called G-Major thinking to herself I hope I am doing the right thing.