Framed - A Short Story
Blood is everywhere…
It’s all over my hands and clothes – red DNA is spread all across the street. What haunts me the most was that it’s coming out of her. My best friend. I can barely breathe as I see the cold, dead look on Jess’ face. I hear the faint sound of yelling coming towards Sophie and I. Sophie screams at me “Georgia, RUN!” But I can’t move. The next thing I notice, she grabs me and starts dragging me until my feet eventually caught up.
My heart is beating 100 miles an hour – Sophie is just in front of me but I can’t catch up. I’m begging Sophie to slow down between gasps of air. “We have to keep going – just keep running…”
She turns to me as she says this and I can see the tears in her eyes. I speed up and tackle her to the ground – making sure she can’t get away.
She bursts into tears. I knew that Sophie and Jess were very close – this was hard for me too, but I can’t imagine what it must be for her.
“It’s all our fault. I knew we shouldn’t have gone to the stupid party!”
“No Sophie, no… It’s definitely NOT our fault – how were we supposed to know the cops were there?”
She looks down like she was staring at Jess on the ground. “C’mon,” I say. “Let’s get out of here.”
We end up going to Maisie and Remme’s house – we can’t go home, our faces are all over the news. I can hear the usual singing and loud music pounding against the walls which made me feel better, somehow. They’re always the type of people who don’t dwell on things so they might be able to distract me for a couple minutes. Maybe.
They welcome us in and they immediately know something is wrong. Probably by Sophie’s red, swollen eyes and the cuts dripping with blood all over our bodies. They have this ability to feel what someone else is feeling – is scary.
“Oh my God what happened?!” Exclaimed Remme. They obviously haven’t been watching the News.
“Take a wild guess.” I reply sarcastically. I am not in the mood for anything, clearly.
“Let me guess… Jess is dead because you’re covered in blood and she’s not here. I’m pretty sure you didn’t do it because you look like you’ve just seen a ghost, and obviously the cops showed up because you ran all the way here and you’re drenched with sweat and tears. Am I correct?” Maisie said. I don’t know how she does it - I swear she could actually be psychic.
“You are spot on actually.” Says Sophie, confused as anything as Maisie and Remme fist bump and do a strange little dance.
After that fiasco was over the girls take us inside to clean up.
“I’ll make us some of my world famous chocolate shakes!” Remarks Maisie.
“Weird flex, but okay…” I was feeling gloomy – like a big black cloud was hanging just above my head. I could see the girls were trying to cheer me up but I couldn’t, I didn’t want to. I wanted to grieve and I wanted to feel hurt. As soon as I saw Jess’ face on the ground I went immediately in shock which to me would explain why my feelings are everywhere.
We all snuggle together and Remme asks us to ‘spill the tea’. I know, her words not mine. So I told them everything and the first thing Maisie said in response was not anything I’d ever think someone would say after hearing this kind of story…
“Well, what else is news?”
“That’s it?! You’re not at all concerned for our safety or the fact that Jess is dead?” At this point I was fuming. Seeing someone die does something to you, especially if it’s your friend. My feelings soon got the best of me and I got up and flipped my chair like a wild animal.
“Georgia calm down! Jess is dead, she’s not coming back and personally I’d love it if none of the rest of us died because one of us murdered them!”
“Sophie’s right G.” Remme continues. “I’d really like my gravestone to not say that you murdered me. That would be lame.”
“Yeah that’s my job!”
“It’s not funny! This is ve-” I stop as I feel my stomach drop at the sound of a knock on the door. I get a dreadful feeling as Remme gets up to open it.
“Hmm strange. We weren’t expecting anybody.”
I wish I could say it wasn’t the last thing that was said that night, but it was.
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