Losing a Brother
"We have to jump!"
"Are you ready? One, two, jump!"
And they were both falling and falling into the waters away from the Indominus Rex.
Or so Zach Mitchell thought.
When he couldn't find his brother in the waters, he desperately kicked up to the surface when he heard a terrible and familiar scream.
"Zach! Help me!"
Zach watched helplessly as the I-Rex chewed up his brother. Having killed another prey, the Indominus wheeled back into the forest to search for more food and things to kill. Zach was numb, he could not think or move. He just floated in the water as his mind replayed the scene over and over. His brother's screams imprinted into his head as the damn genetically-modified dinosaur crushed Gray's body into nothing.
With a jolt, Zach woke from his nightmare. A nightmare that never faded ever since that incident in Jurassic World ten months ago; ever since Gray was eaten by the stupid Indominus. For that, he blamed his aunt. No, it was not her fault since she didn't create that thing but she was somewhat in charge of the park right? She at least gets to decide which and what kind of dinosaur can be placed in the park. But nooo, it just had to be something that is part crocodile, part raptor, part cuttlefish and who knows what other genetic stuff of other random predators bunched into one. Zach remembered that after the incident, he had screamed at his aunt Claire for creating the Indominus, "What the hell were you thinking?! Why did you create something stupid you can't even control?! Gray's dead and it's all your fault! How am I gonna e-e-explain to mom and dad when they get here?"
Yes, Zach cares for his little, adorable brother, no matter how silly he can be sometimes. He may have ignored him a lot when Gray tried to get his attention but he really loves him. For the hundredth time, Zach asked himself why did he not spend time with his brother when he had the chance. Now he is gone and will never ever come back. Burying his face in his hands as the tears started falling, Zach asked in a choked whisper:
"Why didn't you jump, Gray?"
Not being able to sleep again, Zach got out of bed and reached for his new Samsung phone. There was a new text from his girlfriend, asking him if he was alright and if he was available to another date. Zach did not care for dates anymore, so he simply tossed a careless reply right back. He could not give a damn about whether or not his relationship was stable or shaky. All he kept thinking about now is his little brother and how he'd failed him.
"Hey, I'm right here and I will protect you."
Zach snorted and tossed his phone on the bed. He glanced at the family photo on his bedside table, Gray looked so happy and he himself looked extremely content while wrapping his arm around his little bro's shoulders. Oh, how he wished to turn back time and return to those days where they were still together. Sighing, Zach lay back down on his bed while replacing his phone on the table. 'Might as well catch a few more hours of sleep,' he thought as he closed his eyes, hoping that the nightmare will not come back.
And it didn't.
Zach was heading downstairs when he heard his mom's voice, "...Been getting worse and he's not even responding to his girlfriend anymore."
"Come now, sweetheart, Zach needs more time."
"He's had all the time he needed! Ten months, Scott, ten. And while I do miss my younger son, we have to move on. Claire told me that Zach literally put all the blame on her and she was crying. If you think my sister really wanted this to happen—"
"Karen, honey, I know what happened at Jurassic World was a terrible blow to all of us. But think about this from Zach's point of view, he didn't exactly treat Gray right: always ignoring him or brushing him off by giving him random, lame responses. Zach is regretting the time he did not properly spend with his little brother and he is wallowing in depression and guilt. If you were our son, how would you feel?"
There was a sigh from Karen and she said, "I just hope he gets over this, I know it's hard for him but he's got to move on, none of us likes it any better."
"I know, honey, I know."
Zach decided to make his appearance, "Hey, mom, dad,"
Scott Mitchell looked surprised, "Oh, hey, son, we were just about to head off to work. You okay on your own? We've got your breakfast ready too." Zach resisted the urge to roll his eyes, "Yeah, sure, thanks guys. Um, do you guys mind if I skipped school today?" Karen and Scott looked at each other, "Whatever helps you, Zach." Karen sounded sad and resigned.
With that, the couple headed off to their respective work places and Zach to the kitchen for breakfast.
Zach was sprawled out on the couch reading when his phone vibrated. Dropping his book, he reached for the phone to see an unfamiliar number on screen. Turns out that it was a message from Lowery Cruthers, one of Claire's colleague from the park.
Hi, Zach, the name's Lowery. Y'know, the guy who stayed behind in the operation's room? Yep, that's me. Anyways, will you come and meet me later at the Starbucks nearest your house? We need to talk. It's somewhat related to your, uh, late brother.
Zach stared blankly at the message, he dimly recalled meeting a man who'd stayed behind at the controls to watch over their progress in the park. He had also been the one to open the doors to the T-Rex's enclosure for it to fight the I-Rex. What did he know about Gray? Why is he saying something like this? Curious about what Lowery wanted to say, Zach texted back, agreeing to be at the cafe in a few. 'Just what does he want with me?'