Glimpse

Life is normal for 16 year old Lissa Bennett, until the day she starts seeing the future. When images of events that have not yet occurred begin to appear to Lissa for no apparent reason, she and her best friends try to piece together what’s happening and what it means.

When her visions seem to revolve around Daniel, the local ‘loner’ whose brother has gone missing, should Lissa risk everything to help, or leave well enough alone?

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10. Chapter 10

I was growing more and more anxious the closer I got to Daniel’s street. I slowed down as I approached his front door. After standing there for a moment, I knocked and it was a few moments before he appeared in the doorway.

“Back so soon?” he said jokingly, but there was no laughter behind it. His voice sounded hollow.

I took a step forward and asked, “Can I come in?” He hesitated for a moment before standing aside. The moment he closed the door behind me, I spun around to face him. “He told you something didn’t he; about Charlie?” I searched his face and saw worry in his eyes.

“They took him.” His voice was quiet. “When Charlie found my father, they got a look at him; he was still in his school uniform.”

“I don’t understand.” I frowned.

Daniel continued, “The guy that my father was in debt to, his name is Derek. It wasn’t money he owed, it was himself. My father has being doing ‘jobs’ for Derek for years, apparently, and when he wanted out, Derek wasn’t happy.” He leaned back against the wall, putting his head down, looking exhausted. “Derek had helped my father out when he left home. He had nothing, so Derek provided everything for him, the price being he did jobs for him. Theft, drug deals, things like that,” his voice was bitter. “Derek got pissed off when my father tried to get out of it, saying that my father owed everything to him.”

“Tyler told you all this?”

He looked up at me. “He heard his father talking; he knows people. He’d go crazy at Tyler if he knew he was telling me all this stuff.”

“Why would they have taken Charlie?” I asked quietly, afraid of the answer.

“To use him as a pawn,” Daniel’s expression darkened as he spoke. “Tyler told me that Derek had one last job for my father and he refused to do it. Derek sent men to threaten my father, but they saw Charlie and they realised that he was his son. They took him, after school the next day, and they’re using him to threaten my father into doing whatever it is that Derek wants.” He ran a hand through his hair, frustrated. “Tyler is going to try and find out whatever he can, find out what this job is, where they have Charlie. They’re still in town, apparently, so I should be able to track them down.” He had determination in his voice.

“Daniel, you can’t. You must tell the police,” I took a step forward, panic rising in my voice.

“You don’t think these guys haven’t dealt with police situations before? They’ll know how to escape if police come after them.” He was scrunching his fists at his sides. I knew that he was going to do everything he could to help Charlie and I feared that it would cause my vision to come true.

“You can’t do this on your own,” I pleaded with him. “If you find anything out, you can’t go after them yourself.”

“You don’t understand, Lissa,” he was getting wound up. “I don’t have a choice!”

“Yes you do, you can chose to get help,” I tried to persuade him.  He turned away, storming down the hall, into the kitchen. I followed him. “You said it yourself; these guys aren’t to be messed with. You’ll be walking into a death trap.” I raised my voice, trying to get him to understand.  

He spun around, wild-eyed.

“You were the one who told me not to give up on him, to go looking for him myself if that’s what it took!” He turned his back to me, facing the kitchen counter.

“Well I was wrong,” I tried to keep calm.  “You can’t face them by yourself; you need to tell the police.”

“What would you do?” He gripped the edge of the kitchen counter, his knuckles turning white. “If it was Jade, what would you do?”

I moved closer towards him.

“I’d want all the help I could get to find her.” I walked up behind him and cautiously placed my hand on his broad shoulder. He tensed. “Now is not the time to play hero, Daniel.”

He pulled away from me, suddenly, causing my hand to drop back to my side.

“You think that’s what I’m trying to do?” He turned around, eyes burning. “Play hero? I am trying to protect my brother from a man who won’t stop until he gets what he wants.”

“I didn’t mean it like that,” I tried to explain.

“I think you should leave,” he said suddenly. “This has nothing to do with you so just forget I told you anything.”

“No,” I shook my head. “You can’t just brush me aside.”

“I don’t need your help, Lissa!”

His words stung.

I opened my mouth to respond but my mind was blank. He turned his back to me again and I realised that I wasn’t going to get through to him. I stood there for a moment longer before I turned, defeated, and headed to the front door. Part of me hoped that he’d call me back as I opened the door, but there was only silence.

I closed the door behind me and stood there, taking in what had happened. Within twenty four hours, I’d gained a close connection to Daniel, and managed to push him away again. I walked home completely disheartened. What else could I do to help him?

I flung myself down on the sofa once I was home. Dad was sitting on his armchair.

“Everything alright, sweetheart?” he asked, his face full of curiosity.

I knew I could count on him to tell me straight, no questions asked. “What lengths would you go to help someone you care about?” I stared at him while he pondered.

“I’d do all I could,” he stated.

I continued, “Even if it caused them to turn against you?”

“If it was going to help them, in the end, then yes.”

I could see that his eyes showed concern, but he didn’t want to pry.

“Thanks dad.”

I got off the couch and went upstairs, to my bedroom. I figured that I should probably call Adam and Charlotte, but I just didn’t have the energy to talk to anyone. I lay down on my bed and thought about the confrontation I’d had with Daniel. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so pushy in trying to get him to call the police. But after the vision I’d had, who could blame me for wanting to make sure that it didn’t come true?

If he wasn’t willing to listen to me then there were only two things I could do. I could call the police and tell them the information from Tyler, but Daniel would hate me for it. Or I could tell him about the vision, making him think I was crazy. I couldn’t win either way. I was cornered.

I heard my mother come in from work and about an hour later, she called me down for dinner. Jade was sitting at the table when I got downstairs. I realised that I hadn’t spoken to her since the Halloween Ball. I’d forgotten about the whole costume drama, there were more important things playing on mind than wasting time being bitter about a stupid costume.

She looked down at her food the minute I stepped into the dining room, avoiding eye contact with me. I tried to escape from any small talk during dinner, feeling disengaged. I just wanted to go back to my bedroom. Jade and I were grilled for details of the Halloween Ball by mother. We both kept fairly quiet, not looking at each other.

Finally I managed to escape the dinner table, going straight upstairs. I heard Jade walking up behind me and heard her door close a few moments after mine. I sat at my desk, trying to concentrate on some school work. It was impossible. My mind was still racing.

I got a text from Charlotte, asking how things had gone down. I called her and explained what had happened.

“Is there something going on between the two of you?” I was taken aback by her sudden question.

“Well, I… He kissed me,” I told her.

She drew a breath. “Did you kiss him back?”

“What is this, twenty questions? Yes, yes I kissed him back.” I didn’t really want to be reminded of how I’d grabbed my opportunity with him and thrown it down the drain again just a few hours later.

“What do you think will happen now?” Her voice was barely louder than a whisper.

“I really don’t know, Char.”

After I put the phone down, I flopped down onto my bed, burying my head in my pillow, trying to block out the day’s events.

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I awoke the next morning with an awful headache. I crawled out of bed, went downstairs and shuffled into the kitchen to take some painkillers. Dad walked in as I was massaging my temples.

“Headache?” I nodded. “You won’t want a morning coffee then?”

Coffee, just the word brought images of Daniel flooding into my mind. I grabbed another glass of water and went into the sitting room to curl up on the sofa.

Mum came downstairs soon after, looking preened to perfection, announcing that she was going to see Aunt Joan. I silently prayed that she wouldn’t bring her back to the house for wine later, that was all I needed right now. With a kiss on the cheek from dad, she was out the front door.

A few minutes later, I heard the door open a second time and saw Jade walk in.

“Where have you been to so early?” I raised a brow at her.

“Next door,” she muttered, “with Stacey.”

She looked up at me then, looking like she wanted to tell me something, but thought better of it. I stared after her, curiously, as she made her way into the kitchen. She’d looked conflicted. I began to wonder if maybe Stacey was finally starting to reveal her true self to Jade. At least, I hoped so, anyway.

I went back up to my room to throw some clothes on and spotted my phone on my bedside table. I stared at it for a while, debating whether to call Daniel. I decided against it and took a quick shower. The urge to call him cropped up again, though, as I was drying my hair. I grabbed the phone before I could change my mind and called his number. To no surprise, he didn’t pick up. I hadn’t really been expecting him to want to talk to me, but it would have been nice just to hear his voice. I threw my phone down, onto my bed and pulled on some comfy lounge clothes. I didn’t plan on leaving the house today. I just wanted to wallow in my own self-pity.

After a few hours of wandering aimlessly around the house, looking for ways to distract myself, I started to get fed up. I put my shoes on and decided to go and see Adam. His mother opened the door and greeted me in her usual, cheerful manner.

“He’s got all the visitors today.” I looked at her, confused. “Charlotte’s just left, she came here this morning.” Oh had she now?  

I made my way up to the loft and opened the door.

“Hey you,” Adam jumped slightly. “What was Charlotte doing here this morning?” I asked curiously.

He gave me a look, “We were just reading more of that book. Why didn’t you tell me you were planning to call round, anyway?”

I sat down next to him on the sofa. “I didn’t know I was calling round until about ten minutes ago. Did you find out anything useful?” I looked at the book, which was placed next to him.

He shook his head. “What happened with Daniel? Charlotte told me you called her last night.” I let out a heavy sigh before telling Adam what had happened. “Do you think he’s going to find out where they are and go after them?”

“I hope not,” I told him.

“You think that’s your vision? Him getting hurt trying to find Charlie?” he asked. I nodded. “You could tell him, about your vision.”

I shook my head. “He’d think I was crazy. And even if he didn’t, it still wouldn’t stop him. He’d do anything for Charlie.”

“Have you tried talking to him since?”

“No, he won’t talk to me.” I thought about how he’d looked when he told me he didn’t need my help.

Adam moved closer to me on the sofa. “He’ll come round, Liss,” he said softly.

“I hope so.” I leaned my head on his shoulder. “These visions are a curse, ignorance is bliss.” When I thought about it though, I wouldn’t have even spoken to Daniel if it wasn’t for that vision in the hallway. So I was thankful for that.

“Lissa?” Adam’s voice was quiet.

“Yeah?”

“Do you think Charlotte still has feelings for Ben?”

I moved my head to look up at him, taken aback.

“I think she has never gotten over the fact that he cheated on her with Stacey,” I told him. “But I don’t think she has feelings for him, just a lot of ‘what ifs’.” I looked at him, wavy hair falling into his eyes. He looked like he wanted to say something else, but couldn’t quite find the words. “It’s okay, Adam, I get it.”

He gave me a weak smile and we sat there a little while longer, an unspoken understanding between the two of us.

I felt my phone buzz in my pocket; it was Hayley, reminding that I had to pick up the clothes I’d left at hers on Halloween. I told her I’d be round to pick them up soon. Adam walked me downstairs, to the front door.

“You know,” I turned to face him on the doorstep, “you could just ask her to a movie. Alone. Without Hayley and me.”

He smiled slightly. “We could always double date with you and Daniel.” I gave him a playful shove before walking off, down the path.

When I arrived at Hayley’s house, ten minutes later, I could tell she was buzzing with excitement from the moment she answered the door.

“Have you heard the gossip?” she asked, eyes sparkling. I waited for her to tell me. “It’s Ben, he broke up with Stacey after we left the Halloween Ball!”

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