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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: For Real
By Pat Guy
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Gripping the side of her bed, Chariss starred at the floor. Her mind was racing – uneasy. She knew what she had to do but she had no desire to get moving. She wasn’t hungry this morning so she shuffled off to the bathroom to take a shower. For once she’ll enjoy the cleansing feel of the hot water.
Chariss hesitated in front of her sister’s apartment. Disgust mingled with concern as she wondered, Why does she always have to live in such a dump? She could live with me and we both could save some money. Her fingers ached from their grip on the steering wheel as taunting thoughts continued to hold her back. This is NOT a good day.
She glanced over to the apartment and noticed her sister motioning for her to come in, ‘Oooh boy, this is it.’
‘I could hear your junk heap a mile away Char.’
‘Well, if we lived together maybe we both could do better.’
‘Ok, ok. You have breakfast?’
‘No, I’m not hungry.’
‘How ‘bout some coffee?’
‘Sounds good – fresh ground?’
‘Yep, as always lil’ sis!’
While Noreli busied herself with preparing the French Press, Chariss waited silently, fidgeting around the small living room.
‘Ok Char. Out with it. You sit outside like a scared rabbit forever, and now you can’t sit still. So ok - it’s Creeps birthday. Who cares? I’m glad he’s dead! I’m glad he suffered. He deserved it and I wished I could’ve seen it! The only good thing he did was not tell anybody. If I’d known …’
‘What Nori … if you’d known … what? Pull the plug? Remember what you told dad when you left?’
‘… What do you mean?’
‘You know … .’
‘… Char … what do you mean?’
‘You know … if he ever … .’
Noreli froze. Staring at Chariss’ lowered gaze, her controlled tone belied her volcanic anger, ‘That creep!’ she hissed. ‘I told him … ’
She rushed to her sister, embracing her trembling body.
‘I told him if he ever touched you I’d kill ‘im. I meant it. It’s why I showed up… to make sure … he’d better not … I’d …’
‘I know Nori … I know you did … it didn’t … stop.’
Nori dropped her head to her hands. ‘He put it on you, didn’t he?
‘Nori! Nori! That’s not why I’m here! I need to tell you something else!’
‘Why didn’t you tell me! Why didn’t you tell me! … He said he … he said … Oh Char … I’m sorry …why didn’t I … ? If I’d only known …’
‘You would’ve what Nori? Then what? You would’ve been taken away from me. You’d be in jail. I couldn’t …’
‘I have no life now Char… what does it matter?’
‘Nori. You have FOREVER! Don’t let him do this!’
‘What are you talking about?’
‘I’ve found a way … to forget – a way for it to go away.’
‘DON’T – even – go there, if your gonna talk about God! What good is God when he doesn’t hear kids so scared they’re cryin and beggin’ Him to make ‘it’ go way? And He DOESN’T! Just DON’T!’
‘Nori, you know what I found out though? It’s all gonna be gone one day! For real! Everything’s gonna be new again. Even us Nori! ‘It’ll’ be gone … and we won’t remember. We won’t remember … ever again … forever! Don’t let him take this away too! We can be together – we can be free … it’ll happen Nori … really! Please … I …’
‘Char… tell me … what about Creeps? Where will HE be? I want to see him burning in HELL! I want to watch him scream and beg!! THAT’S what’ll make me feel good - to know HE’s bein’ tortured … forever! That’s all I want.’
Noreli turned away from the Hope in her sister’s eyes, yet her heart ached for the Life that shone on her face. She didn’t want to take that away from her. She loved her too much. Whatever it was - her sister had found a way… a way to escape this torture.
If only ...
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