JOY, Our Ongoing Story For All Ages: Part Thirteen

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Chapter 14: In The Distance

I gasped, but I wasn’t incredibly shocked. It took me just a minute to come up with another question. “So then, what is you real name?”

“Samuel.” He said. I still had one more question. “Will you please let me out?”

“Sure.” I heard a click, and the door opened. Standing in the ambulance was the familiar freckled face of Opulentos, my father. I held his hand, and dragged him over to a mirror. We looked incredibly similar. We sat down on the ambulance’s rickety stretcher. “So, how do you know you killed Adam?”

‘I don’t.” He says quietly, almost whispering.

“Why did you tell me you killed him? All you did was wish that he died. He might still be here. Roaming the Earth..”

He sighs. “I don’t think he would be. I have this feeling that he’s dead. I don’t know.”

“But you have no proof.”

“OK, he’s probably still alive. I did nothing to kill him. I just wished that he would die. I didn’t actually kill him. We have to find him.”

“And kill him?” I ask.

“No!” he says, horrified.

“Well… what do we do, then?”

He presses his hand into him forehead, and the creases in his forehead almost swallow it whole. “I don’t know.”

I stare at the floor in silence.

“Capture him?” I suggest nervously.

“We could, I guess.”

We both sit there, quietly, contemplating over the mess we’re in. Like we’re trapped in a suffocating bubble and can’t get out. I’m not sure there is anything we can do about it.

We sit here in silence for a while, both just thinking. We both feel trapped. I can feel it in the tension of the hand that I am holding.

I see a fluttering, blurry shape through the window. A sliver of light, drowning in all of the darkness outside.

It’s moving closer and closer.

I see jet black hair and wide green eyes that once looked curious to me. Now they looked purely evil.

And you know what? I am terrified. He tried to kill me once, and he might try again.

Someone who I once would have been overjoyed to see before, I was now terrified of.

Before, this might have been the happiest moment of my life. But now, now that I know the truth, I am scared. This might be the scariest day of my life.

I am shaking with fear. I have no idea what to do. What if he does try to kill me? These could be my last few moments. There is so much I missed out on in life.

But yet, gliding to me in the distance is someone who could end my life without regret.

I tapped my Dad’s hand.

“Dad, someone is coming toward us in the darkness.”

“They couldn’t be, honey.” He doesn’t even look up.

“Dad, I can see him. It’s Adam.”

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