3. Abused

After school, the three met up, and walked home.

"So what's the secret?" Gabi asked

"I- I uhh" Jason startedk

"Are you ok? If you're uncomfortable, we don't have to talk about it" Marlene said.

"I don't know how to put this" Jason said. "I don't want to go home"

Tears were developing in Marlene's eyes. There was a moment of silence.

Gabi saw Marlene and asked "are you okay Mal?"

Mal couldn't take it. She screamed "I WISH I WERE DEAD"

Two pairs of eyes slowly drifted upon Mal.

"I get abused too, that's why I bully everyone" Jason whispered.

Gabi just sat in shock, as she didn't know what to do. Her bestfriend is abused?

"I- I'm sorry." That's all she could manage to say.

They got to Jason's house and dropped him off first. After they dropped Jason off, they headed to Gabi's house.

There was silence and Gabi broke the silence by asking Mal a question. "Mal?"

"Yeah?" Marlene asked

"Why didn't you tell me about this sooner?"

"..." Marlene hesitated

"If I called my mom and asked her if you could live with us, would you?" Gabi asked

"......yeah I guess it wouldn't hurt" Marlene said

Marlene sat in thought after she'd said that.

"...but then again, my parents would try to find me, and what if they did?" She asked.

"Well... I'm not really sure. We could put up a restraining order" Gabi said.

"That wouldn't do" Mal said.

"Well you should just start packing your stuff and run away" Gabi said.

"They'll catch me" Mal said.

Gabi called her mom. "Call the police" she said.

"NO!" Mal screamed

"Why not?"

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