I Know You're There

At every single school, there's always an emo that gets bullied. The one at Tori's school is different. He still gets bullied, and he never speaks, and no one ever sees him outside of school. There are rumours. Many of them. The main one, his parents have abandoned him. Tori starts suspecting that he lives in the abandoned house next to hers. As she starts getting close to him, and unveiling the horrific truth, she realised his pure beauty. If only everyone else could too...


14. 'Touch her ever again, and I will kill you.'

My heart stopped. Was he serious? No, he couldn't be. Reuben would never break Daniel's neck... Though he sounded pretty serious.

I was jogging, trying to keep up with his long stride. Mind you, I wasn't doing a very good job of it. He didn't speak, he just kept his jaw tight, a shine of hatred in his eyes and anger in his pace. I frowned, trying to think of a way to stop him.

"Don't," I took one big leap, and stood in front of him.

He almost walked straight into me, but skidded to a halt just in time.

"Tori! Move!" he whined, trying to walk around me.

I intercepted him, making it kind of awkward. He sighed, and waited patiently.

"You don't even know where he is," I told him, folding my arms across my chest.

"Yeah, I do. He's with your brother in the park," he replied matter-of-factly.

I pursed my lips, wondering how he knew that. Probably a Facebook status or something. He pushed me to the side, and continued walking. Tutting, I chased after him, getting annoyed. I know what Daniel did was horrible, but I was scared for him. Reuben could seriously hurt him if he wanted. Reuben was ten times stronger than Daniel, and a lot of damage could be done here. That made me twenty times weaker than Reuben. Well, I trusted Reuben, so that doesn't matter.

All too quickly, I saw the park come into view. Sure enough, Ollie and Daniel, plus a bunch of their other friends were hanging around the swings. I cringed as Ollie saw us coming.

Ollie gave me a look of what-are-you-doing-with-him. I ignored it, and tried one last time to stop Reuben. It failed, like the many other times. He pushed the gate open, his knuckles going white where he clutched the bar. I followed him in, wanting to stay there, but I couldn't.

"Tori... what are you doing?" Ollie shouted as we approached.

Daniel turned around, saw me, saw Reuben, and turned a new shade of white. No one else spoke. There was just a deadly silence, apart from the crunch of our shoes on the gravel. I thought Reuben would stop once we were in speaking distance, but he didn't. He stormed right up to Daniel, clenched his fist, and brought it across his cheek.

Daniel yelled out, and I may have smiled a little bit...

Daniel clutched his cheek, doubled over in agony. Blood was gushing from his nose, and I could tell Reuben was only just getting started with his punishment. Everyone gasped, and I honestly felt like we were in some mucked up film.

Whilst Daniel was bent over, Reuben placed his hands on his shoulders to hold him there. I wondered for a moment what he was doing, but it was soon answered. Reuben brought his knee up with a lot of force, directly into Daniel's... you know...

I slapped my hand over my mouth to stop myself from laughing. Daniel looked like he was in so much pain...

Reuben muttered something in Daniel's ear, and grabbed his wrist. Reuben dug his thumb into Daniel's pressure point, making him fall to his knees, yelling in agony. Reuben let go and stepped away.

"Touch her ever again, and I will kill you," he spat, literally, on Daniel's upturned hand.

I shuddered, and felt a lot of guilt. It wasn't really my fault, but it felt like it was. Everyone backed away from Reuben when he turned around, making a break in the crowd so he could walk through. I followed him, trying to avoid the stares. 

My mind was racing with thousands of thoughts. What if Reuben got arrested for that!? They were probably too scared to do that. I knew I was scared. Not exactly scared of Reuben, just what he could do. Then again, there was some security mixed in there somewhere. 

He kept the silence, but not the tension as before. It was more relaxed. Well, he was relaxed. I was hyped with adrenaline. He was the one who did all the hitting as well. Finally, he broke the silence.

"This doesn't mean we're getting back together," he stopped walking too.

We were just standing in the middle of the pavement, and my heart stopped beating, "What? Why not?" I whispered.

He sighed, "You got bullied for going out with me. It's going to get a whole lot worse for me, after that, so you should stay away from me," his blue eyes were a shade darker, like the life had left them.

"You're not going to be bullied after that! They're all scared of you!" I said, trying desperately for this to work out.

"You think I want them to be scared of me!? I want to be normal, not some emo freak that everyone thinks I am!" he raised his voice, and I took a slight step away.

I stuttered, not knowing what to say. I hated to admit it, but he had a point. Not that he was an emo freak, that's just what everyone else thought. Everyone else. I stared at the ground, the cracks between slabs twisting into a sickening knot. Another knot sharply tugged in my stomach, killing all of the butterflies. After taking a few deep breaths, I looked up. 

He wasn't there.

Neither was anything else.

Just an emptiness.

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