Chapter 1: The Accident
2 months ago
“Lena Rose Mercer, where the hell are you?”
That’s the first thing I heard when she finally answered. “I...I’m at the bonfire,” I told her through the phone. “The one that Katie Martin throw?” Her voice rang in my ear.
“Yes,” I said. “Look, mom, I’m sorry I snuck out, but you guys would have never let me go! I understand why now though. For once on my birthday I just wanted to have fun, to get away from family for a bit. That’s all.”
I heard her sigh through the phone. “Where are you, I’m coming to pick you up, so you better be ready missy!” She said in a calmer voice than she had before.
I looked around to see where I was at. I saw a sign that read, ‘Welcome to Stormy Brooks’. “I’m at the welcome sign,” I told her as I spotted it. I let out a breath of relief when I saw the sign. God knows how many times I’ve passed it.
“Okay, stay there, and keep your phone on, please.” And with that, she hung up. I quickly ran over to the sign and leaned against it.
That’s all I had to do now. I stared up at the stars in the night sky. I know I shouldn’t have gone, but Katie had begged me to come, the bonfire was for me, knowing my parents wouldn’t have let me go, Katie had picked me up a few blocks from my house so my parents wouldn’t have gotten suspicious.
I just wanted to be a normal teenager for once, not one cooped up in a house all day. I never get to go to parties like this, just my luck that I even got out of my house without my parents knowing.
The gentle wind blew my brown hair around as I waited for my mom. I clenched my small jacket closer. Sure it was only fall, but fall in Stormy Brooks was one of the windest times of the year.
I checked my phone to see if I had missed a call from mom. Right as I looked at it, I got a call from a foreign number. Confused at who was calling me, I answered the phone. “Hello,”
“Hi um... are you Lena?” the voice asked in a shaky tone. That got me worried. “Yes, this is she,” I answered whoever this was. “I’m Lily Tanner, I would just like to inform you that your mother has been in an accident.”
Right then and there is when I felt the world stop. I didn’t know what to do or what to say. “W-What...” my voice trembled as I spoke.
“Your mother has been in a car accident, we’ve already informed you father and brother, and they are already here. Where are you at so that we can get you to the hospital as soon as possible?”
My mind came to a blank as to where I was. Then I remembered I was at the entrance into Stormy Brook. The sign. “I-I’m at the ‘Welcome to Stormy Brook’ sign,” I told her. “Okay, we will send a cop you come and get you right away. Please stay there.”
That was the end of the phone call. Tears poured down my cheeks. My brown eyes clouded with tears, making my vision blurry. I leaned against the sign and slide down the side of it till I was on the ground. I pulled my legs up and rested my head against them.
I didn’t know how much time had passed, but soon I heard the police sirens I looked up. I heard a car door open and then slam shut. Footsteps coming towards me. I wasn’t sure who this person is, but hopefully, they were going to take me to my mom. “Miss Mercer?” A male voice said.
I quickly stood up. “Y-Yes, that’s me,” I said. The man smiled a sad smile. What happened to my mom? “Come with me please, I’m here to escort you to the hospital.” I nodded my head, not sure what to say.
We walked back to his car and I slipped into the back seat. Silent is all you could hear on the way to the hospital. As soon as the man, whose name I still don’t know, pulled up at the doors to enter the hospital. I quickly jumped out.
“Thank you,” I told him before sprinting into the hospital, not bothering if he replied to me or not. I looked to my left to see my brother, Mack, and my father sitting in the waiting room. When I entered the room, dad’s eyes fell onto me, like a snake catching its next meal.
“Why-” Was all I heard my father say before the doctor came into the waiting room. He came towards us, a sad expression on his face. “We are so very sorry. The car that hit hers went straight for her, right on impact she should have died. Lucky she wasn’t, but as soon as she reached the hospital, there wasn’t any time to save her, her heart had already stopped.”
I fell to my knees that moment. “We tried restarting her heart, but we never got any sign she was alive again. We are all very sorry for your loss. If you’d like to see her one last time you may head back now.” Once the doctor finished Mack and our father raced to the room, but not before my father spoke to me.
“You. Stay here, it’s your fault she is in this mess, you don’t get to see her. Ever.” And then he left the room, following after Mack.
I walked over to a seat in the waiting room. Tears fell down my face as they poured out from my eyes. She was gone. She was really gone and it is my entire fault. If I hadn’t snuck out, she wouldn’t have had to come and get me. If I hadn’t snuck out, she wouldn’t have lost her life.
After a while, they came out. “Let’s go.” My father said in an angry and sad voice. I got up and quickly headed out of the hospital, not saying a single word. I climbed into the back seat of my dad’s car before he took off towards the house.
The whole ride there, it was silent. No one spoke, not my father or Mack. As soon as we reached the house I got out of the car and headed inside before they could. When they did come inside, things were not pretty.
I felt something hit me hard in my stomach, and I hit the ground with a thud. My head banging against the hard ground.“Why did you have to sneak out? Because of what you did, she is gone and she isn’t coming back!” My dad shouted at me before I felt his hand come in contact with my cheek.
My head shot towards the side and I felt the blood rush to my cheek. I put my hand on my cheek, feeling the sting that spread throughout my whole body. I looked at Mack, who just stood in front of us with a smirk on his face.
He was enjoying this?
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Soon enough my father stopped hitting me. He stomped off to who knows where, leaving me on the floor, in pain, and with my brother.
“I think you’ve deserved enough for tonight. I’d watch your back if I were you, sister, you never know who will hurt you out there.” And with that, Mack left.
I didn’t get off the floor that night, I didn’t have any energy in me to do so. Losing my mom and getting abused by my father on the same day, and it’s my entire fault.
My entire fault.