Aaron's pants had fallen on the floor, and Claudia was whimpering
as he inched closer. Her body was tense, and her mascara was
running down her cheeks in black streaks.
She knew she had to take control, so mustering her strength; she
forced her leg at his groin. It connected with a thud, and he
fell to the floor in pain.
Not waiting to see if he would follow, she grabbed her dress and
ran down the hall. Once she was in the bathroom, she locked the
door and quickly slipped her dress on. The small window above the
toilet was open. Claudia, knowing this would be her only escape,
clambered onto the toilet. She hoisted herself through the narrow
gap, and squeezed through. Her bare feet hit the hard ground and
she winced in pain. Not bothering to think twice, she bolted down
The night was pitch black and Claudia couldn't see much. Her feet
were killing her and her dress really wasn't designed for
running. Fighting back tears, she continued running.
Out of the corner of her eyes she saw an approaching shadow. She
tensed, was he back? The shadow then disappeared, it was just a
Claudia had lost all sense of direction, she didn't have a clue
as to where she was. Had she ran far enough. Even the thought of
being anywhere near that house made her shudder.
The scenes of the night kept replaying in her mind and she
couldn't fight hard enough to stop them. How had it all gone so
wrong? The dinner, the house, his kiss; this time she didn't try
to stop the tears.
In the darkness, she crashed into a bush and fell flat on the
ground. Taking deep breaths, she scrambled to her feet.
Again, scenes where flashing through her mind. The way he had
slowly directed her to his room. The look in his eyes as he
pushed or onto his bed. The relentless way he removed her
It all became too much, she stopped and let the tears flow.
In the darkness, she could just make out a cluster of trees. She
moved to them, sat down and curled herself into a ball.
Indi had been right the whole time. Aaron had just been using
her. Thinking of Indi made the tears some again. Where was she?
How had she gotten lost?
Sitting still in her thin dress made her realize how cold she
was. An icy gust of wind blue through, she pulled her knees
tighter to her chest.
The tanbark was surprisingly soft, so she leant against a tree
and closed her eyes. Maybe she could wake up and find it was all