I hear the sirens, the house is dark, though it's only about 9:30 p.m. laying on my nice memory foam mattress waiting for Noah to come out of the bathroom, "oh he's going to love this" I thought, Chloe and I spent the entire previous day lingerie shopping we wanted to surprise our men. They worked so hard to win the homecoming game, I'm brought back to the moment when Noah comes out of the bathroom dancing and singing 'pour some sugar on me' by def leppard, I laugh; "he's such a dork" I say to myself. "Baby come here!" I call out to him, he just keeps singing, I laugh more. Then the lights start dancing on my wall, blue and red, police car light. "Uh Mia, the cops are outside." Immediately I get a sickening feeling in my gut... this can't be happening something's wrong... as we decend the stairs I can see the men outside aren't angry, or happy... I watch Noah open the door. "Is this the Erickson household?" the older policeman asks, "yes this here is Mia, is everything okay officer?" Noah replies, he can sense my fear. "My we come inside?", "Yes of course, sorry, I'm just a little confused, did we do something wrong?" I finally speak up, "Well Miss. You may want to take a seat, we have some news." "Oh no, no, no, their hurt, they crashed, their plane crashed," I think. "Well your parents were staying at the Monroe Bed and Breakfast, well I'm so so sorry to tell you this but uhh, it was burned down last night, it was arson, everyone inside perished, we don't know who did it yet, but we're assuming it was an angry previous customer," I'm speechless, I didn't expect them to be dead, hurt, maybe; not dead. I'm numb I can't feel a thing not even Noah hugging me crying into me, I'm not even crying I'm too shocked, finally I'm brought back to earth "Mia?" Noah gets out between sobs, he was so close to my parents "yes?" "Will you come live with me?" I pause for a moment and look around, there's no way I want to be alone here but I dunno if I can bring myself to leave..
I'm startled awake, where am I? oh yeah, the dreams again… every time I think my nightmares go away they come right back, maybe that's my parents reminding me to not forget them, don't know I just know I miss them. I hear the shower running, so I glance at the clock 6:30a.m. Why is he up...its Saturday! Noah was always up early, always. I find the energy somewhere in me to get up too, I open the bathroom door and hear the radio is this always necessary... ha wait yes I can use this as I question his radio/shower habits I remind myself I can easily take over his shower this way, he can't so I quickly run my brush through my long blond hair and swish some mouth wash through my mouth real quick and slip off my oversized shirt and stealthly slip in the shower behind him, trying to contain my giggles I lean real close to his ear while he washes his face, and say all deep voiced "Don't drop the soap", "Mia! Oh my god, don't do that!" He responds, "Well I just thought I'd remind you...may I see my shampoo please?" I ask in my sweet girlfriend voice, "I guess, just don't drop it." He wins back at me, "Oh you'd like that though", "I would," and he knocks the bottle out of my hand, and turns me so I'm facing him but up against the cold, damp shower wall "Hey!" I call; "Heeyy" he purrs back, and then finds my mouth with is while his hands feel my body. Maybe I should do this more I think to myself, as he starts really getting into it, there's a knock on the bathroom door, "Mia!!" I hear Chloe yell, "Mmm, what could she want..." I say to Noah, "Yes Chlo?" "There's someone here to see you!" "Who? This early?" "A cop!" "what did you do?" Noah asks, jokingly. "Uhh I'll be right out!" this is weird, I haven't done anything wrong, I haven't even gotten speeding ticket… as I try to scour my brain for something that I could have done, my parents linger in my mind. Maybe this has something to do with them? Noah and I get dressed quickly then head downstairs. There's two police officers sitting at our dining table coffee in hand chatting with Josh, about fishing I think, they all look over when we get to the bottom of the stairs. As I approach the table the officers stand, "Mia, I'm detective Andrews and this is Officer Daniels, we're on the arson case for the fire that killed your parents. We need some information." "Oh, of course. Anything you need, I still have their house, and if you want to see anything you can. I pretty much left it alone." "Would you like to know anything about the case?" "Yeah I suppose," "Your still taking it pretty hard huh?" "Yeah, it's still day by day sometimes." "Well so far, we've uncovered it wasn't a previous customer, and we're quite sure it had nothing to do with the owners, but we're not out ruling it out yet. There was only one other couple staying there at the time and we're investigating their pasts as well, we're not saying this was linked to your family, but we have to check everything." "I understand detective." "Any questions?" "No, is that everything?" I could feel the tears in my eyes, but they just wouldn't fall I don't know why but I couldn't cry in front of strangers, I never could not even when I was little. Now it was even more so. The police excused their selves and left me their card; we made an appointment for the following day to go through my parent's house.
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It was great to finally get out of the trashy town of El Mirage, Isabella loaded up her ex boyfriend's 1994 Honda Civic and double check the faded address on the envelope, 4859 Cedar Avenue, New Meadows, Clarksburg. Can't wait to meet you sis she snickered to herself. She got on the road a made a call "Hello? Iz?" came José's familiar voice, "I need some, I need it to last, I'm going out of town and I don't know if I'll be back and forth much." "Well how much cash you got?" "I can spare 300" "we'll just see what that gets you," he laughs into the phone, and she knew exactly what he was meaning. "I'll be there in about 20 minutes." "See ya' then babe" and the phone clicked in her ear. Ugh José creeped her out, but there wasn't anyone in the area who could get high quality heroine like him, and he did know a thing or two about making meth.
She pulled in his driveway, checked her appearance in the cracked mirror, put on a little more lipstick, and tousled her hair. She got out of the car and headed up the driveway, she knew what she was going to have to do, and she wasn't thrilled. He opened the door right as she got to the stairs "Hey chica, come in" "Hey José!" she said excitedly, "How've you been?" and she went to give him a hug like he was an old friend "Get off me bitch!" and he slapped her hard across the face, ughh he stopped using again. "Well Iz, how much cho need?" "About a month's worth I guess" "Oh and how much you wanna pay?" "500's all I got, the rest I need for gas and somewhere to stay." "Well then Iz, looks like your gonna have to do something for me" he whispered in her ear while slowly sliding his hand up her shirt oh well, this should be quick. And he grabbed her hair and drug her to his room…