Katie's head hung limp as the man
forced her to walk to her to her death. Her eyes were closed for
she had admitted defeat. Her hands were tied behind her back. She
stopped and stood at the edge of the cliff.
"Any last words miss Jones?" Katie shook her head and
jumped. The ground rushed toward her, the air blew all around
her. Her hair whipped her face. The ground came closer and
closer, then…and then…
"Hello, earth to Jenny. Wake up!" I snapped out of my daydream
and back to reality.
"Kayla, why did you bring me back? I was getting to the best
Kayla laughed, "I brought you back because the bell rang two
minutes ago and we are going to be late."
I raised my eyebrows, "Really? Wow, I don't think I've slipped
that far before oh well. I guess we should go to the boring class
and get this boring day started." We got up and walked to our
first period class. I walked in and sat down in my corner at the
back and class started.
Halfway through the class a boy came through the door, "Um,
are you Ms. Tailor?" my breath caught in my throat, I knew that
voice, but it couldn't be, could it? No, it's impossible. I
turned my head to see a boy with light brown hair and sparkling
blue eyes. His, sparking with interest, met mine, wide with
shock, for the slightest moment before I whipped my head around
and stared at my English book.
Ms. Tailor nodded, "And who are you?"
"My name is Cameron, I just transferred, here's my schedule."
Ms. Tailor looked at the piece of paper, "This looks exactly
like Jenny's." I could sense that he had suddenly stopped moving,
he knew the name, he recognized my face, my eyes.
He walked over to me, sitting quietly trying to hide behind my
I cursed silently and lifted my head to look at him, "Hey
His eyes went wide, "Wow, you look…Um…" I laughed in my head
as he took in my used to be blonde but now black hair, my heavy
eyeliner and blood red lips. "You look different."
I laughed arrogantly, "Yeah no duh. So Why are you here?"
"Foster parents live around the corner, when did this happen?"
I glared at him, how could he ask such a stupid question,
"When do you think? Ever since you and your dad and that stupid
truck of yours left I've been slipping into fits of depression
every so often. And my name isn't Katie."
Ms. Tailor looked confused, "Jenny, you know Cameron?"
Now Cam looked confused, "Jenny? I knew you've always loved
that name but I never thought you would change it."
I sighed, "Yes Ms. Tailor sadly I know Cameron, and yes Cam I
changed my name but only in hope of you never finding me. Katie
is gone, she doesn't exist, she's a character in my imagination,
and if it weren't for you coming back she would still be there!"
I grabbed the edge of my desk, trying to stop myself from either
punching him or crying. "Ms. Tailor may I please go for a walk
around the school?" Ms. Tailor examined my face for a moment
before nodding. I ran out the door and down the hall.
In the class Cameron was shaking his head, "Miss, can I go
after her, because until we talk this class is never going to
work?" She nodded and he ran out the door after me.
Katie was standing at the edge at the cliff.
"Any last words Ms. Jones?" she shook her head and jumped.
Again, the ground came closer and closer, the hair whipping her
face as she fell. She was so close to the ground, the air was
coming so fast she could hardly breathe. At any second she would
surely be dead. She said a prayer, she…she…
I blinked and looked up frustrated, "Can't you people let me
die before bringing me back to reality?" Then I realized who it
was. "Oh, go away."
Cam chuckled slightly, "You're not getting rid of me that
easily, besides, we need to talk."
I rolled my eyes, "And if I don't? What are you going to call
your dad to kidnap me again?"
He smiled, "Hey, just remember that you had fun when you were
stuck with us."
I sighed, remembering the past, "That was a long time ago." I
started to have a flashback.
Katie struggled to get away to no avail, the boy had her
"Come on Katie," he said, "you can't get away just say
She shook her head, "No way, I'm not letting you win." He
laughed quietly, pushing her hands above her head. He leaned down
and kissed her lips softly. "Ok," she said breathlessly when they
separated, "You win."
He put his arm around my shoulder, and I came back to reality
"No matter how long ago it was I still feel the same now as I did
then." I pushed off his arm and pushed farther into the corner,
hiding my face away in my hands. "Hey, if you don' talk to me
things are going to get worse. I guarantee it."
I turned my face and glared at him, "How could it get any
worse? I finally got over the fact that I was left for dead on my
parent's doorstep after a year of being gone. I just got over
that, I moved on and then you show up and I'm back to not knowing
a god damn thing. Why won't you just go away!" I jumped up and
tried to run but Cam was always faster than I was and caught me
easily. He took my waist and tried to hold me still, but I was
always stronger than he was and I easily got away.
I whipped around to face him, "I'm not Katie! Katie is gone
and she's never coming back. I'm Jenny, you don't know me, and
you never will!" I turned and ran again and this time Cameron
just stood there, watching me run with eyes filled with sadness,
but I never looked back, I kept on running until I got home. I
sat on my bed and cried, why did he have to come back? Why was he
doing this to me? I took out my phone and looked through my
contacts until I found Kayla.
'Hey Kayla can u bring my stuff 2 my place after school?'
'Thanks.' I put my phone back in my pocket and kept crying.
For the rest of the day all I did was cry, read, and try not to
get leaking eyeliner on the pages. I eventually gave up on the
book, because my eyeliner was ruining it.
Katie slowly woke up from being forced into
unconsciousness. She was groggy and in coherent as she observed
her surroundings. She was tied to a chair in a dull gray room.
Beside her there was a bed and another chair. But what she didn't
notice was that there was a boy sitting in the chair beside her.
When she finally noticed she jumped and whimpered. The boy pulled
out a knife and approached.
"Hey, calm down, it's ok." He cut the ropes around her
wrist. "I'm sorry my dad has a bad habit of overdoing things like
this, but don't worry you'll be home in no time. My name is Cam,
"M-my name is Katie. Why am I here?"
Cam sighed, "My dad has a bit of a problem with his head,
and has no money to pay it, but it should be on his benefits plan
at work but they took it off last minute. In his mind this solves
the problem no matter what happens; if he goes to jail he gets
help, if he doesn't the ransom will pay it."
"But that doesn't make sense; if he wanted to get it back
he could just try and sue the person he works for."
He sighed, "That's what I told him but he doesn't want to
listen. And I have to warn you, he is a bit abusive toward me and
I don't know about you, but I will do everything I can to protect
She looked away, "I want to go home." She whimpered.
He put his arm around her shoulder, "I know, I'll get you
out of here, I promise."
Then there was a knock on the door that pulled me out of my
flashback. When Kayla walked through the door she only took half
a second to take in my streaming eyeliner mixed with tears and
she ran to my side.
I let her hug me, "You know when I went missing for a year,
and then I turned up and told you where I was and who I was with
and why I was back?"
She nodded, "Yes, you said you were kidnapped and that you met
this wonderful person but they brought you back and left, that's
why you got so depressed." I nodded, "So, why are you bringing it
up? I don't understand."
I sighed, "Do you remember that wonderful, awful person's
I nodded, "And did you know there is a new kid at school?"
She looked at me with a 'no duh' expression, "Yah, Cameron,
he's so cute and…" her face fell when it clued in. "Is he…? I
nodded. "Oh my gosh, Jenny I had no idea I…"
I shook my head, "It's not your fault; it didn't clue in. But
the reason I'm crying is because he's trying to get me back and I
don't know what to." I broke down into more tears, I would've
thought I'd run out by know.
"Hey, hey, it's okay. You'll figure it out, I know you will.
Now, how about we clean off your eyeliner and go get some ice
I laughed suddenly, "When in doubt get Ben and Jerry?"
Kayla laughed with me, "you bet." I went into my washroom and
cleaned off my face. I was about to reapply with my usual
eyeliner when I decided against it and reached for the water
proof bottle. Kayla and I walked to the store and bought a tub of
vanilla ice cream and four two liter bottles of root-beer. We
walked back to my house and made a dozen root-beer floats each,
watching one of our favorite movies. By the time the movie was
over we had drank all the root-beer and ice cream.
Kayla looked over at me, "You feeling better?" I nodded, "You
alright to go to school tomorrow?"
I shrugged, "I don't think I really have a choice."
She smiled and gave me a hug, "I think you'll be ok, I should
be getting home. I'll see you tomorrow ok?" I nodded and watched
as she walked out the door.
The next day at school I was sitting in class, waiting for
'you know who' to come in the door. When he did he glanced at me
and then went to sit at the other side of the room. Class
continued as normal but when the bell rang, as I was trying to
run out the door, he approached me and put a hand on my shoulder.
I shoved it off and tried to walk away but when I heard his voice
I couldn't move.
"Kat…Jenny, I know you don't want to talk to me and that's ok
just take this." He handed me a piece of paper and walked out of
the class room. I stared down at the paper; it was folded into
three like a letter. I unfolded it and read
'My Dear Katie,
I'm so sorry for what I'm about to do. My father is beginning to
get frustrated with us, and I fear for you getting hurt. Please
forgive me for this, but I must leave you here. My father needs
help and I'm going to get it for him but it will be dangerous. I
will come back for you someday, and until that please know that I
still love you dearly.
My eyes filled with tears, as I looked at the date, Monday
October 23rd 2007, the day I was left sleeping on my
parent's front step. He had left me to keep me safe, he had said
he would come back, he still loved me. I ran to my next class,
Cam was in this class as well. Instead of going to my corner at
the back I took a seat beside Cam, he looked surprised as he
noticed that my eyeliner had started to stream down my cheek. He
smiled knowing I had read the letter.
I looked down and wiped my face with my hands, they came off
black and I cursed myself for not using my waterproof eyeliner. I
took a piece of paper out of my book and scribbled barely
readable words onto it. 'Can we talk at lunch…alone? There's a
park just across the street.' I passed it across our desk; he
took it and read it. A minute later the paper was pushed against
my hand, I looked down at it. 'Sure and thank you.' I smiled and
waited for the bell to ring. When it did I grabbed my lunch and
walked across the street to see that Cam was already there.
"How did you get here so fast? Your locker is on the other end
of the school."
He shrugged, "If I told you that would mean you could find a
way to beat me here next time."
I laughed, "Next time? Who said I'm coming back?"
He shrugged again, "I don't know, me?" then he got an idea and
pushed me onto the grass, pinning me down.
I looked shocked, "What are you…?"
"Don't you remember the first time you tried to run away?"
"Let me go!" Katie screamed, "Just leave me alone!" She
pushed the boy onto the ground and ran. The boy grabbed her foot
and scrambled to get on top of her, pinning her down.
"Katie please, it's going to be ok, it's going to be fine.
If you run away now my dad will just go back and get you again
and I won't be able to stop him. Katie please just listen to me,
everything will be ok I won't let anything happen to you."
I stopped struggling to get away and looked him in the eye. He
stared right back, "You do remember?"
I sighed, "Yes I do remember, you pinned me down and started
talking to me, saying comforting things to me and telling me it
was going to be alright, that you wouldn't let your dad hurt me.
And I remember that I started to trust you after that."
He smiled, "Now do you see what I'm doing?"
I nodded, "You're trying to get me to trust you again." He
smiled and lay down beside me in the grass. "Cam, why didn't you
give me the letter, that day when you left me?"
He sighed, "I tried to, but my dad stole it away before I
could give it to you. And I still mean every word that was
written." I rolled over and looked him in the eye, I could see he
I lay my head on his chest, "I know, and I believe you, and
He stroked my hair gently, "Yes?"
"All those things I said yesterday, before I left, I didn't…"
"It's ok Jenny."
"Katie." I said.
"What?" Cam sounded confused.
"You can call me Katie, but only you."
He smiled and kissed me gently, "I love you Katie, and I will
never leave you again."