Chapter 20: Chapter 20

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Kate shuffled towards the side of the hospital bed. She hated being in the bed and moving made her feel like she was actually doing something, regardless of the pain.

“Good to see you out of bed.”

Kate stopped and turned slowly. She tried to smile to the sweet voice as she maneuvered back around. Hazel was over her quickly and assisted the rest of the way. Once settled, Kate looked at her friend. She could see her features were drawn into a more serious scowl than they had been since the nightmare had started. Kate waited for more bad news, more evidence that maybe she hadn’t experienced what was so vivid in her mind. 

“What happened?”

“It’s Alex.” Hazel paused, and it was clear she didn’t want to be the one saying what was to be said. 

“Just tell me.”

“She was in an accident.”

As the words left her mouth Luke appeared. His expression was one Kate hadn’t seen. It was a mixture of pain, anger, and exhaustion.

“What happened?” she asked directing her question to Luke.

“Looks like she was run off the road. No witnesses.”

“She’s going to be okay,” Hazel added in a forced reassuring tone.

Kate didn’t take her eyes off Luke. He wasn’t there to tell her about her friend. He was there to interrogate. He was going to ask questions she knew she couldn’t answer.

“You need to tell me what’s going on. What have you guys been up to?”

“I don’t understand.”

“Alex hasn’t been herself lately and I know it has to do with you. She’s on some mission to prove you right. I don’t mean to be insensitive to your situation, I really don’t.”

“But?”

“No one close to Kate has been themselves,” Hazel countered. “I don’t know what you’re getting at.”

Kate appreciated Hazel's protective response but Luke had a point. “It’s fine, Hazel. Say what you need to say, Detective.”

“Who’s Jeremy?”

“I don’t know a Jeremy,” she smoothly lied.

He sighed with a slight chuckle. “You two are so alike and it’s infuriating. How many more people need to get hurt?”

Kate didn’t respond, and Hazel took the cue. She quickly suggested he leave and let her rest. When he was gone Kate threw the sheet off and tried to move from the bed, but with the sudden movement her body rebelled against her actions and she instantly doubled over from the pain. 

Hazel was to her in one step and gently guided her back to a lying position. “What are you trying to do?”

“I caused this.”

“We can all take on some blame, but no amount of guilt will change what is, we have to look at what can be done from this point.”

“What?” Kate asked in sincere shock. There were few scenerios she could imagine were Hazel encouraged perilous behavior.

“She wanted so badly to make it all right.”

“I’m more than aware and it’s why I wanted her to stop her quest. I wouldn’t be able to handle losing her or you over something I pulled you guys into.”

“I’m not going anywhere and she really is going to be okay.”

Those words gave her false hope. The numbness that had enveloped Kate was washed away by a sudden feeling. A new sensation that only anchored her in the place of darkness. She became paralyzed by the guilt. This was her fault, all of it. From the beginning, Alex fought with her and for her. When the train derailed no one was safe. She couldn’t go back and she didn’t want to go forward. Isolated and alone on an island.

 

 


Submitted: October 17, 2020

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