When I woke up, I realized it was morning. And I was in my own room. I tried to get up, but the pain of the cuts on my back refused. So I went back to lie down. Suddenly, I heard the door open. It was Jake. I tried to hide under the blankets so that he won’t see me in pain and misery… But when he came closer, he removed it from me.
“Jane, don’t go to S.P.A. first. You need the whole day to rest.”
I nodded in response. When he sat beside me, and kissed me on the forehead, I shuddered. Then he whispered in my ear,
“Remember this Jane; even though I let you study in the S.P.A., you are still under my control. You will never escape from me.”
My eyes grew wide as he had said those dreadful words. So does that mean I have no freedom…? Unfortunately, I don’t… So I wept softly as he tried to comfort me.
The next day, I went back to attend my classes. Daniel suddenly approached me at my back. Again.
“Hey Jane! What’s up? Why weren’t you here yesterday? I missed you…”
“Daniel, please leave me alone first…”
“It’s your fianchuh? Tell me, who is your fianc”
“Aha! I knew it! He’s a cold-hearted menace, Jane! Why him Jane!?! Why!?! Why did you pick him!?!”
“It’s a long story Daniel… Look, I have to go… Don’t sit next to me first okay?”
“Okay… Talk to you later Jane…”
So he followed what I said. During classes, he doesn’t sit next to me, he doesn’t glance at me every time, and also, he doesn’t even go near me to ask any random question. But during break time, everything changed…
“Jane… Please talk to me… Look, I’m really sorry for what happened yesterday…”
“It’s okay Daniel. Just eat your lunch. I’ll stay on another table.”
“No, please… stay with me… I can’t stand it when I avoid you… just tell me what’s wrong… I’ll help you with it.”
“You don’t need to know what’s wrong. I’m fine now.”
“Jane, I can help you run away from him. Just please give me a chance to talk to you… “
I stopped as soon as he had said, “run away”. I couldn’t run away. I just can’t. I know what would happen if I did. He would beat me up so hard. Or worse, he would kill me…
“Daniel, I’m not going to run away. I’m not planning to…”
“I know you want that Jane. I can see it in your eyes. Just talk to me. I have a plan.”
I sensed the ‘please’ in his eyes. So I gave up.
So I sat next to him and told him the whole story on how I ended up with Jake. After telling him the whole story, he got furious.
“Now I’m really going to kill him!!!”
“Don’t Daniel! Don’t put your life in danger just because of me!”
“But you’re so important to me. You matter to me… I care for you… I loved you since the day I met you and as I gazed into your beautiful and magnificent eyes…”
When he had confessed this to me, I got astonished. Then he went near me to kiss me. And this time, I did not let go. Because he was the only guy who told me the truth about how he felt for me. But, I wanted to ask him something.
“Uhh, can I ask you something?”
“Do you know a lot about Jake Smith?”
“I know what he did to some people.”
“What did he do?”
“Well, these are the only people I know he murdered. There was Johnny Rice, Jonathan Thompson, Mandy Richards…, Mr. Luke and Mrs. Jenny Anderson…” I cut him off with a gasp at the moment when I heard my parents’ names.
“I thought they got into a car accident…”
“Jake killed them in the car when your father was supposed to drive already. After killing them both, he made the engine run and the car move to the road until they hit a tree so they wouldn’t suspect that he murdered them.I saw him do it when I was hiding behind the bushes to spy on him. I loathe him so much because of what he does to people… Even to the ones I loved…like Mandy… my sister…”
“I’m sorry for your loss, Daniel…”
I shed tears as I thought about what he had said about Jake…I guess Jake really is the type of person who gets what he wants…
“Anyone else he killed recently …?”
“Well, I know two.”
“Who are they…?”
“Are you sure you want to know…?”
“Well, I’ll tell you someone you don’t know first. His name is Allan Sawyer.” I sobbed even more in his arms knowing that Allan was murdered and had not made suicide.
“Why what’s wrong?”
“He’s my recent boyfriend…”
“I’m really sorry Jane… And I think you know the second one he killed…”
“His name is Nathaniel Anderson. I’m guessing he’s your brother…”
“He is… Now I don’t have anyone who is family to me…” tears started swelling up my eyes.
“I’m still here for you Jane. Don’t worry. I won’t let anyone hurt you. Not even Jake.”
He lifted my face up to face him. He gave me a loving embrace as he pulled me closer, when our eyes met each other, we kissed each other passionately. Daniel was really the one whom I love now. And suddenly, I felt better.
“So, your real name is Jane Anderson eh?”
“What an adorable name!” (Chuckles)
After classes, when I got into the limo, Jake wasn’t there yet. So I relaxed myself and fell asleep. As soon as I arrived at the condominium, it was dark already. So I went straight to the room. When I got in, I planned to prepare dinner for Jake and myself. So I cooked steak and mashed potatoes. I followed the recipe book so that I won’t make any mistake. After an hour, it was finally done. The aroma was revolving around the apartment. Then at that moment, Jake arrived.
“My dear Jane, are you cooking?”
“Yes. I’m all done, Jake.” In my mind, I felt like strangling him. But I knew I couldn’t. He would whip me again. I’m sure of it.
So, we ate together. And again, like the first time we ate together, he kept smiling and staring at me while he ate. Then I felt uneasy.
“Uhh… Jake, is there something wrong?”
“Nope. There is nothing wrong. I just noticed that you grow even more marvelously ravishing.”
“Again with the blushing! Don’t you realize you are really beautiful?”
“Well, believe me. You are marvelously beautiful.”
“Thank you for the compliment.”
After eating, we both changed from our casual clothes into our sleeping wear. And for the first time, he made me sleep in the master’s bedroom with him. Then, as he fell asleep, his grasp got tight around my waist. As if it was unbreakable that makes it impossible for me to escape him.