"Zeke, Aimee…" I paused, unsure of what I was about to find out.
"Nothing Indi, don't worry about it," said Aimee hurriedly, not
quite meeting my gaze.
"Guys. I heard you, don't insult my intelligence and say I
Zeke sighed, a sad and disappointed look washed over his face.
"Fine, I'll tell you. But, you should know, Aimee had absolutely
nothing to do with this. She just kept the secret, against her
will. If she had had it her way, well; it's complicated."
I sat down, leaning against the base of the couch.
"Well, the thing is… I could've taken you home the night I found
"W, w, what?" I stuttered.
"I lied. Just because our parents are away doesn't mean I
couldn't take you home. We have a golf buggy thing that easily
would have made the distance. And, honestly Indi, you have to
believe this. I was going to take you home. But then I got to
know you, and I wanted you to stay. Aimee insisted we should take
you home, but I made her let me keep you her. Indi, I honestly
just wanted to get to know you."
I stared at a blank spot on the wall, trying to comprehend what
Zeke had just said.
"So, so you're telling me that every time I was upset about home,
Claudia or my parents, you could have taken me home? All
that worrying, every night when I cried myself to sleep; that was
"You cried yourself to sleep!" exclaimed Aimee. She then leaned
over to whack her brother on the head.�
"Yeah. And I honestly thought that something good had come out of
this when you kissed me Zeke. But, now I know it was all just a
"Whoa. Stop. That wasn't a lie."
"You know what, I don't want to here it. Just, leave me alone.
I'm going to pack my things." I ran out of the room, fighting
I shut the door, and let myself slide to the floor. The tears
leaked out, I didn't have the strength to stop them.
About 15 minutes later there was a knock at my door.
"Indi… It's Ai"
I interrupted before she could finish.
The door creaked open.
She walked in and sat down next to me on the floor.
"I'm sorry I had to lie to you."
"Its, hiccup, ok, sob" I replied.
She leaned over to hug me, and wouldn't let go.
"You know, he didn't mean to hurt you."
"Yeah, but it's not just me. It's Claudia. Aaron could have done
anything to her. And my parents. They will be freaking out!!!!"
I couldn't help but start to cry again.
"Shh, don't cry." Soothed Aimee.
"I want to go home now." I said.
"It's almost dark, can't we wait until the morning."
"Aimee, either you take me home or I walk."
"Fine, I'll walk."
I grabbed my bag that was on my bed. I headed slowly out the
"Indi. I'll drive you."
I headed outside, taking one last look at this place that had
been my home for 5 days.
Zeke was staring at me through the window. With a heavy heart, I
"Ready?" asked Aimee.
"Let's go," I replied.
In their cart, we drove through their backyard; along the
river, towards the main road. I couldn't help but stare at Zeke
and I watched his face slowly fade away.
***NOTE*** i have just re-read some of my writing, and I
realised that Claudia/Aaron and Aimee/Indi/Zeke are sort of a
different times. i appologise of this confuses anyone. At the
start of chapter 16 (not the next one but the one after) they
will be in sync.