The Quiet

I followed her gaze to the other side of the room, where there were two windows. One was closed tightly. But the other was opening slowly. I could see some kind of shadow come over the bottom.

Someone was coming inside.


36. Nightmare

His name was Ethan and he was beautiful. We met when both of us were in our mid-twenties, while we were at a coffee shop. He was taking my order. Cliché, I know, but that’s how it happened.

Talking about this wonderful romance turned nightmare is something I haven’t done in such a long time. Not since Alec found me that night, huddled in the corner of the small apartment Ethan and I shared.

Everything was unraveling fast, and in each of these teenagers eyes, I could see the pain they felt for me. They pitied me now. Hours ago, they were ready to fight me, to kill me for what I had done to them.

I’m not the person they think I am. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m still a monster. I’m just a different kind now.

“If you loved him,” Cari whispered, “how could you have done something like that?”

“It was an accident,” I choke out. I felt like that was the one phrase I had been repeating over and over to myself since it happened.

It was an accident, it was an accident.

I shook my head, trying to clear my mind. I needed to tell them everything. I needed them to know I didn’t mean it, in case I didn’t live through the rest of this horrible night.

I wouldn’t when Alec found out.

Words exploded in my head, suddenly, and I gripped onto the fact that one was very true. It would occur soon, that I was sure of. I don’t think I minded anymore, because it was what I deserved.




All were or are true. I was everything my mind told me. I had killed someone. I had betrayed someone. For that I would die.

It was inevitable.

I cleared my throat when I felt tears start behind my eyes. I looked at Clay and Cari, both of which were staring at each other, and something tugged at my heart.

“I need you to do something,” I said, looking at all three of them.

“What is it?” Clay asked.

I hesitated.

“I need you to stop Alec after he kills me.”

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