I sat down on Aimee and Zeke's couch. They were staring at me; I
shifted my weight uncomfortably.
"Indi." I interrupted. "Call me Indi."
"OK… so Indi. Can you tell us what happened?" asked Zeke.
"Yeah. But it's a long story."
"We've got time."
"Well. It all started a few months ago when my best friend
Claudia began dating this guy Aaron. He's 2 years older than her.
She was so excited that he was going out with her. She was happy
all the time. And, I was happy for her too. At the time. But
then, I got to know him. He was always rude to me. Not in an
obvious way, but in subtle ways. He'd ignore me or interrupt�me.
And I just thought that he didn't really like me that much.
One day, after they had been going out for about a month, I
walked past his car and it was lined with beer bottle and
cigarettes. When I questioned him about it, he just denied it. He
said that his friends had been in there the night before and that
he hadn't had a chance to clean it up yet. But I saw him with
alcohol and drugs again and again. He'd be at a night club or
even just on the streets. I mentioned it to Claudia once or
twice. She just laughed and said; 'Aaron would never do that.
He's so sweet and kind. He loves me.'
But… but it got worse. One night I saw him making out with some
girl in the park. I confronted him the next day. 'Sure, I made
out with her. She was hot.' He, he didn't even try to deny it!
And then was when it clicked. They way he was always staring at
her breasts. Aaron didn't care about Claudia. He just wanted her
for one thing."
I paused, blinking back tears.
"I kept trying to find ways to stop Claudia from hanging out with
him. Sleepovers, girls night out, anything really. But he figured
it out. He was too smart.
It would have been about 3 days ago. The three of us were hanging
out at Claudia's. I didn't want tot be anywhere near him, but if
I was there; he couldn't do anything. We were just chilling,
eating pizza and drinking lemonade. He must have spiked my drink,
because I started to feel funny; all dizzy and lightheaded. He
offered to drive me home. I tried to insist I was fine, be
Claudia thought it would be better.
Instead of driving me home, he took me to the forest. Before I
got out of the car, he blindfolded me. He kept saying that
Claudia was all his now, for whatever he wanted.
He left me in the middle of the forest. By the time I got the
blindfold off, he was g, g, gone."
I started to sob, though I was determined to finish my story.
"I was in the forest for that night, and then I slept the next
day until dusk. I found my way to the river, but I couldn't think
straight. I think I passed out. Then, I woke up here."
I stopped, and looked up at Aimee and Zeke. They were speechless,
and Aimee was pale. She reached over to hug me.
"Indi, it's going to be ok. I promise."
Zeke reached over, making it a three way hug.
"Yeah." He agreed. "It will be ok."