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Jake asked Will, “Is our relationship really that bad?”
“That was part of it,” Will replied hesitantly.
“Jeff said your eyes said something different,” Jake said.
“Yeah, I thought he might’ve told you that,” Will said quietly.
“What was the other part?”
“It happened a few days ago,” Will said hesitantly, “I don’t want to talk about it.”
“It’s too painful.”
“Would I remember it?”
“At least give me a clue,” Jake pleaded.
“Okay, do you remember that night I was over here, and you went somewhere?”
“And you didn’t come back for a long time; something happened while you were gone.”
“I went outside; when I came back in I forgot to lock the door.”
“What’s wrong with that?”
“Someone got in the house,” Will replied solemnly.
“Did they take anything?”
“No, they tried to, but I stopped them.”
“Okay, what’s so bad about that?”
“He tried to kill me.”
“He knew I was trying to stop him,” Will said quietly, “He had a knife, and he pinned me on the stairs.”
“Why didn’t you tell me about this?” Jake asked, concerned, but Will ignored his question.
“He said I should stay out of the way. He tried to slit my throat.”
“I pushed him away and ran outside, and hid in the backyard.”
“Why didn’t you say anything when I got home?”
“I don’t know - I wasn’t sure it was real.”
“Do you remember what happened after I came home?”
“You were sitting on the stairs, staring into space. I asked what was wrong,” Jake said, pausing. “You said nothing.”
“I don’t remember that.”
“Why didn’t you say anything?” Jake asked again, “We could’ve talked about it.”
“I was scared,” Will replied, his voice shaking.
“Did you think I would get mad at you?”
“Will, I wouldn’t have been mad at you,”
“No, I would’ve been worried that you got hurt.”
“You should’ve been there, you were supposed to protect me!” Will said suddenly.
“I’m sorry,” Jake said sympathetically, “I wish I could have, but you’re not a little kid anymore. I can’t protect you from everything.”
“I know, I guess we both have some growing up to do.”
“You should’ve told me.”
“What happened, why I didn’t tell you,” Will replied distantly.
“I guess I can be kind of tough on you sometimes.”
“I should’ve been able to stop him,” Will said bitterly.
“No, from hurting me, he shouldn’t have been able to do that to me,” Will said fiercely.
“Will, you were just scared.”
“I shouldn’t have been.”
“If I had been in that situation I would’ve been scared too!”
“Really?” Will asked in surprise
“Yes, really,” Jake said solemnly; Will started to cry. Jake reached over and hugged him. Will just sat there, while Jake tried to comfort him. “You’ll be okay,” Jake said soothingly.
“You really think so?”
“Trust me, you
will,” Jake replied seriously.
was a noise. Will jumped. His heart was pounding,
and his palms were sweating. 'Why am I so freaked
out?' Will thought. Only one answer came to him.
The killer was back. Or at least that’s what Will
thought. ‘Don’t be ridiculous, the police had put
his attacker in jail, he couldn’t come back,’ Will
thought with relief.
‘Oh no, what am I going to do now?’ Will thought fearfully. This wasn’t supposed to happen, the man that was supposed to be in jail was here, and all he wanted was to kill Will. Suddenly the footsteps closed in on him. Will could feel someone standing behind him. Will slowly turned around, and found himself facing his greatest fear.
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