Chapter 20: Unsure
“Here, you should probably text your parents that you’re coming home early,” Ren said passing his phone to me.
“Oh, you’re right! Thank you.” I responded, as I casually took his phone. I started to text my father to let him know it was me and began to explain to him why I was on my way home.
“I hope you don’t mind me asking, but where’s Eli? I would think he would be the one taking you home after something like this.” He asked nervously as he began to drive.
Finishing the last few words, I clicked send and handed the phone back to Ren. I then gazed out the window a watched the many houses we were now passing.
“I honestly don’t know, I haven’t heard from him in 2 days. So I’ve just been assuming he’s been sick or something, but I’m not sure...” I answered him with a sigh as I continued to look out the window. I really wanna know what Eli is doing? Is he okay? Is he still upset after seeing Ren at my house that day? All these questions were making me feel so uneasy with worry and grief. That I felt so lonely without him by my side.
“Oh...I’m sorry I asked, I thought you knew where he was at.” He apologized as he nervously tapped his finger on the steering wheel.
“It’s okay....now do you mind if I ask you something?” I asked turning my head to face him.
“Huh? Yeah sure, ask me anything!” He responded with surprise in his voice, he then gave me a quick glance and saw the smile in his eyes.
“Did anyone say anything to you about your face?” I questioned him as I focused on his black eye that was starting to fade away. It didn’t look that bad anymore, but it was still fairly visible.
“Oh, no not really. I got a few stares from a few people, but nobody cared to ask or even pay attention to that matter.” He explained calmly as he began to park the car.
Switching my gaze, I looked at the other side next to me to realize that I was finally home.
“Well, I can’t tell you how terrible I still feel about what happened. If only I didn’t go to that stupid party that night, then maybe you an Elijah wouldn’t have ever fought!” I voiced out feeling upset with myself.
“I’m glad you came, I was starting to get bored at the party. But when I saw you, I was honestly surprised but mainly happy that you showed up. I just wish you would’ve had a different experience...Luna, it’s not your fault how things turned out that night, so don’t ever blame yourself, okay.” He said trying to comfort me as he reached over to unbuckle my seat belt.
“Okay...umm, thank you for giving me a ride, I appreciate it,” I answered him shyly.
He was really close to me, so close that I could smell the cologne that he was wearing. He smelled of peppermint almost, but it wasn’t strong or unpleasant. As he leaned in his body more, I could almost feel his body heat being pressed up against me. I was too nervous and I felt awkward to look at him at that moment, so all I could do was look down at my hands that were squeezing one another. I then heard a clicking noise and looked to my right, he had opened the door for me.
“You do the most unnecessary things to help me, you know that,” I said to him as I stepped out of the car without looking at him.
“I guess I’m just too nice when I’m with you....be careful when you go out alright. Especially at night, it’s not safe.” He voiced out sounding concerned, turning myself around I grabbed the car door and looked at him with a calm smile.
“Alright mom, I’ll be sure to do that,” I said jokingly sticking my tongue out, I then closed the door and waved him goodbye. He gave me one more bright smile before taking off.
I wonder if that was our way of telling each other that things are good now between us? I would like to be friends with Ren, but I still don’t think that will ever work. For one, my boyfriend hates his guts and two being that Ren likes me more than just a friend. So no matter how I look at it, there’s just no way I could ever have a mutual friendship with him.
Entering the house I saw my father talking on the phone with someone on the living room couch. Paying little attention to his conversation I closed the front door behind me and made my way to the kitchen.
“Yes that’s fine, I’m sure she will like that- Oh! She just got home right now, would you like to talk with her?”
Grabbing a cookie from the pantry I turned myself around and looked at my dad who was also looking at me nonchalantly. Who is he talking on the phone with? And why would they wanna talk with me?
“Alright, I’ll let her know then. Thanks for calling I’m sure she’ll be happy to see you. Okay, bye.”
I watched my father hang up the phone and started to walk towards the kitchen where I was.
“Uh, Dad, who were you talking to? I asked curiously while taking a bite of my chocolate chip cookie.
I practically almost choked on my cookie as I tried to swallow it.
“Whoa, easy there. Don’t die on me now.” My father playfully said while patting my back.
“I’m..fine, but what? Why did Eli call? Did something happen? Is he hurt?” I asked, drowning him with questions. I was happy but also a bit confused about why he would call my dad.
“Whoa there! I could only answer one question at a time missy. He just called me to let you know that he will be coming over later on today.” My father responded with a smile as I watched him put his phone away.
“What! Really!? When is he coming over!? And how is he?” I yelled out excitedly with eagerness in my voice.
“Sweetie what did I just say.”
“Oh! Sorry Dad, I just haven’t talked to him in two days almost. It feels like forever, so I just wanna know what’s going on with him.” I explained with an anxious look.
I can’t believe how paranoid I’m getting with these questions, but it’s not my fault! Eli has always been by my side, so I’ve grown used to always talking to him and knowing what he’s doing.
“I know, but you can ask him when he comes over in a few hours, alright?” My father voiced out as he made his way back to the living room.
“Okay....uhh. Where’s mom by the way?” I asked my dad while I finished up eating the rest of my cookie. I didn’t see my mom’s car parked outside, so I wonder where she could’ve gone?
“Oh! I forgot to tell you this morning that your mom went back to work. She’ll be working overtime again though, seriously. I don’t know why my wife loves working so much? But I guess I can’t complain, after all. Your mother always loved helping others, even back then when we were a lot younger. It was one of the main reasons why I fell in love with her honestly, I just hope she takes it easy.”
It was cute listening to my father talks about my Mom, I could easily tell that my Dad was still head over heels in love with her after all these years! That’s what I adore, it gives me a sense of hope that my love for Elijah, will stay strong forever. I just hope Eli feels the same way about me.
“I’m sure Mom knows her limits, but I’m glad she’s found something she loves to do. An did Elijah tell you what time he’ll be coming?” I asked my Dad while adjusting my backpack over my shoulder.
“No, he just said he’ll be dropping by later on today. I’m sure one of the reasons why is because of the tragic incident that happened last night.” My father implied as he gave me a look of worriedness in his eyes.
“Yeah...I don’t wanna talk about it. Everyone at school was already freaked out, and I just don’t wanna discuss what happened anymore....” I responded to my Dad with tiredness in my voice, though I looked down at the floor. Because I wouldn’t know what look to give him.
“Sweetie? Did...you know those girls personally?” My father asked with a questionable tone.
Honestly! Like, what do I say?! I don’t know how to respond to that. Do I tell him that they were bullying me the other day and now they’re dead?!
“Uh...No, I’ve never seen them at school before.” I didn’t want to lie but at this point. I kinda feel like I had to.
“Oh, okay. Well, it’s a real shame, those girls were still very young and they looked like sweet innocent teenagers. I don’t know what kind of sick bastard would do something this horrible.” My father said raising his voice with a bit of anger in it.
“Dad, can we please stop talking about it? I just wanna forget the whole thing already and focus on my school work.” I explained to him as I began walking towards my room.
“Huh? Is something wrong sweetie!?” My father asked with confusion in his voice as I continued to walk down the hall.
“I’m fine! I’m just tired, I’ma be doing my homework okay.” An with that I closed the door behind me hastily, I didn’t even give my dad a chance to respond, but I was just mentally exhausted already. Throwing my backpack on the floor, I let out a deep sigh of heavy emotions.
Stepping towards my bed, I let my body drop on the mattress. I then closed my eyes and adjusted myself on the bed to feel more comfortable, maybe some sleep is what I need? I haven’t gotten a good night’s rest lately.
I know I have homework to do, but I have all weekend to do it. So there’s no rush, I’ll just take a little nap until Elijah comes. Though I wish I knew when he will be coming, that way I won’t constantly be thinking when he’ll show up!
“Eli...I really...miss.. you.” I said to myself quietly as I began to drift off to sleep.
Hmm...is someone calling me? I’m still sleepy though.
“Sweetie wake up, I have to get going in a bit.”
“Huh! What? Where’s what?” I mumbled with my own words as I sat myself up quickly still at a daze.
“I’m sorry for waking you sweetie, but I just got a call from my boss and I need to leave for work right now.” My father explained while fixing my bed head.
“What! Really? Wait, what time is it?” Looking up at my clock I noticed that I’ve been asleep for 5 hrs! Wow, I guess I needed some sleep.
“I didn’t wanna wake you earlier, so I let you sleep a bit more. I made dinner so make sure to heat it up later when you get hungry alright. I have to get going in a bit, and I won’t be back until tomorrow night probably. Though your mother should be coming around in the early morning.” My father explained as he pulled out his phone to look at his schedule.
This sucks! I’m usually okay with staying alone, but not when there’s a killer on the loose! But I can’t let my dad worry, I have to be strong. Besides, what are the chances of the murderer breaking into my house anyway? I have to think positive and I’m sure Eli-
“Wait! Where’s Eli?! Did he stop by already?!” I quickly asked my dad without a second thought.
“Relax sweetie, he hasn’t come yet. But he will come, I’m sure of it. However, he needs to be out of the house by nine o’clock, understand?” My Dad said giving me a strict look, as he put his phone away.
Letting out a sigh of relief, I slowly got off the bed and stood myself up.
“I understand dad, I promise I’ll kick Elijah out of the house by then,” I said responding with a bright smile.
“Alright then, Eli is the only boy I trust being alone with you. Since he practically sees you as his little sister. So I know I have nothing to worry about, but make sure you both have the front door locked, understood!”
It was so hard to keep a straight face and not laugh. I guess one of the perks of having a boyfriend who you grew up with has its traits. That being that both our families could never picture Elijah and I dating.
“Alright, alright! Will make sure, now get going Dad or you’ll be late.” I voiced out grabbing my dad’s shoulder to reassure him, I was starting to feel anxious now. It feels like forever since I last saw Eli! All I wanna do is give him a huge hug and never let him go! An that’s exactly what I’ma do when I seem him today!
“Okay, well I love you sweetie and I’ll see you tomorrow.” My father said placing a light kiss on my forehead. He then hugged me and left the room, I heard his steps echoing through the house as they began to fade away. Not too long after I heard the front door being shut, letting me know that I was now all alone.
This feeling of being alone felt uncomfortable for me for some weird reason. I’m not sure why? So hopefully Eli comes soon! Looking at the clock in my room, it was already 7 o’clock. Maybe I should take a shower while I wait for Elijah? That way I don’t have to take one later on.
Closing the bathroom door, I began to strip out of my clothes and felt the chill air hitting my skin. I then slowly stepped inside the shower and reached for the knob, though I stopped myself as I stared at the ring that I was wearing.
“Maybe I should take it off when I shower?” I said to myself as I began to step out, reaching for the towel on the counter I began to wrap my body with it.
Just as I was about to take off my ring. I suddenly heard the ringing of the doorbell, not even thinking twice about putting my clothes back on, I quickly opened the bathroom door and rushed down the hall. I didn’t even care that I was only wearing a towel, all I cared about was seeing Eli! Reaching the door I quickly unlocked it and felt the excitement brewing up inside me! Not wanting to wait for another second longer, I swiftly opened the door wide open.
However, that cute bubbly feeling inside me quickly came to a halt. Because when I opened the door, it wasn’t Elijah who I saw...it was nothing, there was no one outside waiting.
“Umm... hello? Is anyone out there?” I voiced out quietly as I looked around the dark neighborhood. Just as I was about to take a step outside someone’s hand covered my mouth and pulled me back inside the house with such brutal force that I wasn’t able to breathe as easy anymore!
I began to struggle with fright as I tried to get away from whoever was clamming my mouth shut! How did this person get in the house, if all the doors were locked?! The person behind me soon reached his hand out and shut the door right in front of me, locking it closed. I could hear his heavy breathing as he pressed his body closer behind me. This only made me want to struggle away from him more! My eyes were starting to water with fear as I tried to scream for help! But it was no use, he was too strong.
I then had a moment of realization, could this be the psycho killer!? Is he going to rape me and then cut my head off!?
No! Not over my dead body, he isn’t! So I thought of the next best thing that I was good at! I opened my mouth wide and bite down on his hand with all the force I had. He immediately let me go as he let out a painful grunt, taking the chance I ran straight down the hall at full speed towards my room. Though I wasn’t able to get very far as I felt my body being pushed down to the floor right after!
“No! Let me go! Please I beg of you! Eli! Please help me!!” Shutting my eyes shut, I began to scream for help as I felt his body on top of mine. I tried my best to fight him off but he grabbed both of my hands and pinned them right above my head, my body was now trembling non-stop as I felt his breath closing in on my face.
“Please...don’t do this...”
I said chocking out my words as the tears came running down my cheeks.
“Luna...please stop crying.” He said whispering right next to my ear as I felt his fingers rubbing softly against my cheek.
That gentle touch of his and his tender voice, I knew actually who it was! I automatically opened my eyes and looked at the person who was right on top of me...