“I’m ashamed of myself for loving you.” she whispered, and walked out the school doors.
The blood drained from my face and for a second I was sure I’d pass out.
Her words kept echoing in my mind as a stood there, paralyzed in shock.
She loves me?
Loved, the realistic side of me sneered.
How could this happen? One second Sophia and I are together and happy, and the next second we’re fighting because something or someone came between us.
But this time feels different. Out of all the times we’ve fought, and trust me there’s been a lot, it’s never been like this.
Before we loved to hate each other, we enjoyed the arguments we had, but now it was so much more serious. This time Sophia didn’t leave with steam coming out of her ears, she left with tears falling down her cheeks.
She sounded so fed up with everything, so tired of all the drama and pain.
This time it seemed final. We might be broken forever.
“Whatcha staring at?” someone suddenly asked, causing me to jump a foot in the air.
“Oh I didn’t mean to startle you.” they said apologetically, coming to stand in front of me.
I knew before I saw, that it was Candy, but seeing her face made my fists clench in anger.
The last person on earth I wanted to see right now was her.
“What do you want.” I said slowly between clenched teeth. I had no patience for this right now.
“I know it’s not your fault Garrett’s dirty little secret got out.” Candy said, ignoring my question.
I just began walking away because I was going to flip if I was in that girl’s presence any longer.
“It was her fault!” she called after me.
This caught my attention, so I paused my walking, which was enough encouragement for her to continue.
“I heard her scream it in the halls. The next time she wants to tell a friend’s secret, she might want to whisper.” Candy explained as she caught up to me.
It took me a second to register her words because I couldn’t believe someone would go that far to get a guy. Who would try to ruin someone’s life just to get what they wanted?
“Now we can be together because she’s out of the way.” Candy concluded quietly, putting her hand on my arm.
I shoved it off and spun around to face her. I’ve never hit a girl before, I don’t believe in that, but right now I was seriously considering it.
So before I could do anything I may or may not regret, I walked over to the lockers against the wall and punched one as hard as I could.
A loud rewarding bang echoed through the hallways, followed by the sound of Candy’s heals as she ran away.
I probably terrified her. Good. Maybe now she’ll leave me alone.
Now that I was on my own again the anger I had seeped out, replaced by a pain in my chest I haven’t felt in a long time.
I sat down with my back against the locker I punched, and put my head in my hands.
What the hell was I suppose to do now? I’m sure if I told Sophia what I just found out, she wouldn’t believe me, so how was I suppose to get her back?
And would she even want me back?
‘I don’t deserve this and you don’t deserve me’
'You’re just like him′
‘I’m ashamed of myself for loving you’
Everything she said kept replaying in my mind but those were the worst.
She compared me to her psycho ex. She compared me to the person who ruined her life, and took away her family.
Am I really like him? Surely not, I mean I haven’t kill anyone, and I haven’t purposely done anything to hurt her ever.
She might not be right about me being like her ex, but she’s one hundred percent right about me not deserving her. I don’t deserve such a strong, brave, amazing girl like her.
I’m just not good enough for her. I’ve never been able to protect her, or make her truly happy. All I’ve given her is heartache.
I was brought back to reality when I heard frantic footsteps close to the hallway I was in.
Seconds later Alex came around the corner, and I saw his shoulders relax when he saw me. I know he’d never admit it but he cared about me.
“What the hell is going on?” he asked when he got to me, then sat down beside me.
“I don’t know man.” I groaned, running a hand through my hair as I spoke.
“What happened to your hand?” he questioned, taking my hand to get a closer look.
I looked down at my hand and sure enough, there was a couple cuts in my knuckles that were bleeding quite at bit, which surprised me because I didn’t feel a thing.
“I punched a locker.” I explained, shrugging nonchalantly.
Alex looked over at me and frowned. His eyes were running over my face for any clue to what was going on, but I guess he didn’t find what he wanted to because he sighed loudly a minute later.
“Where’s Sophia?” he asked instead if asking what happened again.
I tended at just the sound if her name and it felt like someone stabbed me in the chest.
“She left.” I whispered, looking down at my battered hand.
“She left the school, or she left you?” Alex asked, but I’m sure he already knew that answer.
“Both.” I replied.
Saying it out loud made it so much more real. Sophia’s gone. She’s not my sweetheart anymore.
“She left me because she thought I told the school about Garrett. And guess what? It was Candy. I’m so sick of that thing trying to ruin everything!” I ranted.
“You need to go clear things up with Soph. You’re important to her and I know she’s important to you.” Alex advised.
I stood up and was about to run out of the school but Alex grabbed my arm.
“You need to see the nurse about your hand before you do anything though.”
Two hours, a lot of stinging, and ten stitches later and I was free to go.
By now it was the end of the day and all I wanted to do was go home and sleep, but there was something I had to do before I could relax.
I needed to get my girl back.
I texted her a few times a while back but she never replied, which didn’t surprise me too much.
I also got a text from my cousin Dave telling me he was in town, which brightened my mood a little bit.
So my plan was to go home, get cleaned up, and go over to Sophia’s.
I got asked a lot of questions on my way to my car but I ignored everyone. There’s only one person I want to talk to right now.
Once I was home I had a shower because I had blood covering my clothes from when I punched the locker.
That was a pretty stupid thing to do now that I think about it.
Once I was out of the shower and in a fresh pair of clothes I headed over to Sophia’s and that’s when the nerves hit me.
When I was standing in front of her door I needed to remind myself how to breathe. This talk could go great, or it could go worse than the last time we saw each other.
I took a few deep breaths, then knocked on the door.
When I didn’t hear anyone coming after about minute I knocked again, a bit harder.
Still no one came so I checked the doorknob. It’s unlocked.
“Sophia?” I called out as I entered the house. If she was in here I didn’t want to startle her.
When I didn’t get a reply I walked around the first floor. Empty. So I went upstairs, maybe she’s sleeping or something.
But why would she keep the door unlocked? She never did that.
I walked into her room and she wasn’t there.
Where the hell could she be?
I sat down on her bed and looked around. I never really looked at her room before. Sure I’ve been in here but I was too focused in Soph to actually she’s her room.
It was pretty and simple, which suited her even though she’s anything but simple.
As my eyes swept over her desk something caught my eye. The letter she received while I was with her, along with another one, was sticking out from under her laptop.
Curiosity got the best of me when I remembered her reaction after she got the letter. She looked terrified, and nows my chance to know why.
I walked up to her desk and sat down in the chair, then I pulled out both letters to read.
I didn’t bother to see who they were from, I just wanted to know what they said.
I opened one of them and my blood ran cold as I read it.
My dearest star
Living so happy and free
With the mistakes you’ve made
That will never be me
I know what you’ve done,
Brushed me under the rug
I’d do that to you
But you’re like my drug
So my love, be ready
I’ll come for you soon,
And don’t run or hide
Because I’ll always find you.
This must be her psycho killer ex.
After a moment of hesitation I opened the second one and read it.
To my dearest star
I haven’t seen you in years
With the pain that you’ve caused
You deserve to live all your fears.
I know what you want
Is me locked up till death
But we’ll be together my love
Until your very last breath.
Holy shit. These are a threat. He’s coming back for her, and its not gonna be pretty.
Why didn’t she ever tell me? I would have protected her.
I looked at the envelope for the name of the sick bastard who sent these and if my blood had run cold before, it was frozen now.
That’s my cousins name.
How could this be my cousin? It can’t be! He’s such a nice guy and that’s a pretty common name.
You know the truth a voice in the back of my mind sneered.
Sure Dave’s always had some anger problems but was he really capable of doing what Sophia said her ex did?
What if the reason I haven’t seen him in so long is because he was in jail? And now he’s back for revenge on Sophia.
This can’t be one big coincidence, him being gone without a trace, Sophia getting those letters, Dave suddenly coming back, and now Sophia not at home.
Was Dave really her ex?
If he was that means he has her, there’s no doubt that he does.
“Fuck!” I yelled, running my hands through my hair and pulling the strands.
This is so fucked up.
I need to save Sophia. I’m the only one that has a chance at finding her. I know Dave better than anyone, or at least I thought I did.
Where the hell could he be?
I paced in Sophia’s room furiously, thinking and fuming.
That bastard has some nerve. If he so much as breathes on her I’m going to kill him.
Where could he be? Where could he be?
Then it dawned on me. He’s at the old farm.
Years ago we were hiking in the forest in the edge of town and we stumbled upon an abandoned farm.
We decided to make that our secret spot, the place we went when we didn’t want to be around humans.
That’s had to he where he is.
With that in mind I sprinted downstairs and to my car, pulling out my phone to inform the police of what’s happening as I sped down the road.
I have to save Sophia.