True loves first kill...

I sat there, nothing but tears were my companion, the heavy woven hay satchel cut into my eyes sending agony to them, steel wire slit slowly into my soft skin, one by one my fingers slit open, a sudden uncomfortable feeling of fear took over my senses. What happens to Haley when her formal best friend returns for revenge...


2. Home

As my eyes slowly opened I had to blink a few times to see my surroundings. “Morning sleepyhead” Charlie said from above me, I looked up and saw him smiling at me I gazed straight ahead and recognised that I was huddled up upon his chest and had my arm wrapped around him, I immediately jumped up in shock forgetting what had happened to my leg the night before, I shrieked in pain and nearly fell but he caught me luckily “I told you you couldn’t resist me” he winked. I blushed wondering how I had ended up there.

“I’m sorry…I don’t even know how i…”

“It’s okay, you kept me warm anyway” he interrupted. I went pinker; he smiled as his stomach grumbled

“Time for breakfast grizzly”

“Finally, I’ve been watching you sleep for over an hour and you don’t wake up from anything my stomach grumbled around eight times and your ear was just above it” I laughed and for some reason I was in a great mood. The sun was out and what looked like a never ending, gloomy and isolated forest yesterday was now a colourful and open area of beautiful flowers that could get anyone smiling. He had taken a backpack with him out of his car which was destroyed by Matt’s gang when they found out Charlie was following them, he managed to remember his backpack and phone when he was getting out. His backpack had a chocolate bar, his phone, a bottle of water from the party and some gum. We halved the chocolate bar and both took a sip of water, he poured some of the water in his palms and threw it onto his face and hair.

“Ready?” he said as I watched in amazement how when he swished his hair back and forth he looked like a model. “Hello?” he said waving his hand in front of my face

“Sorry guess I’m still half asleep” I said

“You slept longer than me and I’m not even tired, now jump on its 8:40am and we should be home before noon”

“it’s okay the night’s sleep let my leg rest and its healed a bit since yesterday, so I can walk but I might have to lean on your shoulder” I said trying to get up, he put me down since he was still carrying me when I got shocked that I was cuddled up near him all night. I managed to stand, I staggered a little but was able to walk at a reasonable pace, I had one arm around his neck and I put all my other weight on myother unharmed foot and by 10:00am we had stopped to take another break.


We took another drink of water and both had a piece of gum to take our mind off our aching legs.

“Shouldn’t be long to go” Charlie said

“How do you know where we are going?”

“When I was a boy, around nine years ago my grandfather took me for a walk in this area every two to three days and we would go fishing by a pond not too far from here. By the time I was twelve I had every square of the forest floor memorized.”

“Oh wow.”

“I used to live by here but we moved when mum recognised the trip for school was too long so we moved somewhere nearer, which is where we live now and that’s why I go to St Divines with you.”

“What year did you move to St Divine’s?”

“I’ve been going there for five years now so in year seven like you”

“Oh okay, is this the quickest way back to the city, back home?”
“It’s either back where I got you from or this way it shouldn’t be too long now.”

“We better get moving then”


We got back up ready to walk; Charlie had told me that we should be home in 40 minutes if we keep up the pace but we decided to have a light jog since my leg was healing and wanted to get home before noon. We started walking and talked aboutschool, we were in the same grade but had only began being best friends in year nine when he was in my tech, math and English class and because our last names were next to each other each class we would be seated together and since then we would talk more and more and soon became best friends. Now here we are a girl in trouble and her closest friend coming to rescue her.

We looked at Charlie’s phone and the time said ‘11:28’ we should be home in ten minutes I was told but my leg felt numb and I was in agony. He offered to carry me but I know that he was in just as much pain as me, by now we could see the city lights and now it was my turn to lead, I knew every street and every suburb of the city and from what it looked like my house was only about five to ten minutes away. His phone finally received signal and we were able to call a cab because if we walked any further we were going to pass out, in the cab we called my mum who I found out had called a search party for us with Charlie’s parents. Tiffany was one of my other closest friends she was best friends with me and Matt in year seven and has been ever since, we were like the three amigos that done everything together, the three musketeers that no one and nothing could tear apart… until Matt had somewhat gone insane and lost his family.


“What the hell do you think you’re playing at Haley? That’s not funny! I thought you died! And Charlie too! At first I thought you two had gone off together somewhere to make out, we all knew that was coming, but when you didn’t come back I got worried and called you and MATT picked up Haley…MATT! So I freaked out and hung up and didn’t ring again but I’m going to shoot you next time I see you!” was all I heard from Tiffany for about three hours, I couldn’t believe her so I just hung up half way through the conversation, not waiting to hear her different plans on how to kill me. She didn’t know how close I had been to death, if she had, I doubt she would be throwing around the phrase “I’m going to kill you!” around so lightly. When I get dropped off in front of my house all I could see were the police cars and their sirens could be heard from a mile away, what looks like half the neighbourhood is gathered in the drive way and I can see mum and dad talking to an officer, mum has tears running down her face and dad is trying to calm her down tiffany is in the corner her face red from balling her eyes out but she looks like she has calmed down when I called her. I couldn’t believe they went to all this trouble to look for me then again I have been missing for two days. I looked mum up and down and could see the worry inside of her I sprinted up to her “Mum!” I shouted as I ran, she looked at me like she hadn’t seen me in three weeks.

“Haley? Haley!” she questioned at first then ran at me the fastest I had ever seen her run in my seventeen years with her. She hugged me so tight that I felt like I couldn’t breathe then from behind her I could see dad’s eyes tearing up, I hadn’t ever seen him cry and to see tears roll from his eyes made my eyes well up again, he walked towards me and gave me a cuddle as I heard the cry that I could recognise from a mile away. I let go of my parents and walked over towards Tiffany and sat next to her on the bench.

“I was worried about you…” she spoke as I sat down, “I didn’t know where you went after the party and when I couldn’t find you I got anxious and when I couldn’t find Charlie I thought you two had just gone off together but I couldn’t find you and you normally would tell me If anything was going on between you and Charlie so I called your parents who waited another half an hour then called the police and when I tried calling you a few hundred times in a row it closed straightaway and I started worryingI tried telling myself your phone died or you had no reception but I couldn’t calm down and when I called you and It finally started ringing I heard Matt’s voice, that’s right the voice I never wanted to hear or think about ever again in my life since three years ago.” She spoke so fast I could just make out what she was saying and the fact that she was sobbing wasn’t helping, I gave her one of those everything is okay nowhugs and started speaking

“I know you were worried, I was too… the whole time I was gone I remembered memories of us and my family the good and bad and just remembered all the past. My phone had gotten lost in the van and when Charlie saved me I had to use his phone and…” she interrupted and looked up at me

“Van? Charlie saved you? How? Where? What happened?”

I told her all about how Matt had grabbed me and pulled me in the van, I told her how he tied me onto a chair and was a few seconds close to stabbing a knife through me because he thought I killed his dad and how I was carried away by someone I thought was a stranger, how I got tingles when I saw Charlie’s face, how he froze to help my arm heal, the fact that I felt protected and safe in his arms at night and somehow woke up snuggled against him and most of all how after Charlie rescued me I felt happy the whole time, I couldn’t think of a better person to be my knight in shining armour but the thing is…I never thought of him this way I never imagined him, Charlie Cambel, my best friend to make me feel those tingles or make me feel so secure.

“I’ll tell mum, dad and the cops, can you just please make sure Charlie doesn’t leave, I asked Tiffany.

“Sure” she said with a wink as she walked off.

I told the police and my parents everything I told tiffany except about how I felt about Charlie because I’m sure they wouldn’t have been very interested in that. I spent half an hour by then and they took a description of Matt he asked where the suspects’ location of “unsuccessful murder” was and what my number was since my phone was with him.

Charlie's parents were standing beside mine talking about how they couldn't believe what had happened and they don't know what they would have done without us. I walked over towards my hero and covered my hands on his eyes from behind,

"Who's that?" He said walking in circles with me behind his back so he couldn't see me, "Haley?" I didn't reply but I couldn't help giggling under my breath, he grabbed my hands and turned me around to face him his eyes looked deep into mine and I couldn't seem to look away once, the thing about him is that once you look at him you get lost in his eyes like nothing else in the world matters to you except him. He locked his hand into mine and walked me over to the little swing around the corner of my house we both sat down with silence between us,

"Thank you" I whispered looking down at the floor "Thank you for everything for rescuing me, for risking your life for mine and for protecting me I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you."

I slowly pushed the swing back and forth with my legs softly.

"It was nothing..."

"Nothing?" Today would have been my last day on earth if it wasn't thanks to you"

"Your my best friend... I would do that all again to know just to know that your safe... And to spend it with you was what was the best part of all. I don't mean that as in I want you to go through that again I just mean I liked spending time with you, wait not when you were in danger just when..."

I giggled his cheeks were flushing pink as I he lifted my chin up with his warm palms. I had fallen into the spell of his beautiful entrancing brown eyes, the ones that shone in the sunlight with his wavy locks swinging back and forth in the wind, I couldn't look away, I had fallen and couldn't get back up. He lent in and put his lips on mine, this was it my first kiss and the most amazing one I could dream of I let out a quiet moan and kissed back his lips were soft and the touch made tingles go up my spine, but was this right? He is my best friend...did I want to ruin what we have? I pulled back and looked down but heard him swear under his breath,

"I'm sorry" he whispered as tills began to fill my eyes.

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