She was gone.
Emma. My other half. My partner in crime. My twin sister.
She was gone.
I stayed up all night in hopes that Emma would come back, that window stayed open and untouched all night. I have been up since she left last night, not moving once or sleeping. I didn't care about the bags under my eyes from lose of sleep, my body had shut down hours ago, the tears that overflowed my eyes all night had dried and left me with silent tears.
Still I sat curled with my knees to my chin, the blanket surrounding me and every inch of my body wishing to crawl in a hole and die. Since the window was open all night the mid-November air crept in and chilled the whole room chilling me to the bone, though my body and heart was still numb.
I didn't dare look at the clock because that would just add to my misery, but living in my house it was a matter of time before-
"Emma!! Jenna!! It's time to get up!!" My mother burst through the door and looked at me then Emma's empty bed and her usually messy side of the room that was now spotless. She sighed with relief, "It's about time she cleaned her side of the room god it was a catastrophe, and she even went to wash her sheets. This is a miracle, Jenna where is your sister I have to give her the benefit of the doubt?"
She looked back at me but I just sat still in my spot, "I don't know."
"Well I'll find her later she probably went out with Robin, but Jenna sweetie please get out of bed and go take a shower you shouldn't just laze around all day." With that she walked out the door leaving me still on my bed, you see a normal mother of that saw their child disoriented and completely depressed she would find out what's wrong. But my mother just told me to stop lazing around and that I needed a shower, Now I know why Emma never got along with her, she never liked to be bossed around.
Then it came to me, my mother drive my sister away it wasn't because Emma did something wrong. It was just my mother's bossy way and strict rules.
“I just wish I could have done something." I whispered to myself, slowly I laid down and curled tighter in my blanket. I stayed that way all day until my dad came home at 8 that night, I guess something finally clicked when he noticed he didn't see me or Emma. Because all at once him, my mother, and Cory all came into my room cautiously.
“Jenna sweetie are you okay?" He asked but I said nothing, “Jenna what's wrong?"
When I didn't say anything my mother came close, “Jenna did something bad happen."
“Yes." I croaked. She looked at my dad who found no words, but I heard a squeak and saw Cory had taken a seat on Emma's bed.
“Where's her sheet she doesn't do laundry?" He asked. My eyes began to water again and my mother saw this.
“Jenna where's your sister?"
A moment of hesitation but I managed, “I don't know."
“Jenna I know you know where Emma is tell me right now." She demanded. When I didn't answer she jumped up and over to Emma's bed, she looked under and back up, “Her laptop is gone."
This got my father's attention and he rushed to the closet, the right side which had all of Emma's stuff was empty only with a few stay hangers. This caused my dad's breath to quicken and I tightened the group on my knees as I watched my parents search the entire room, from her drawers which held nothing but a few stray pieces if clothing and some of my stuff, to her side desk where her photo album piece was and the frame of me and her from our fifteenth birthday, last they looked for her lava lamp.
“That held $6,000 of her college fund." My mother screamed, she pulled out her phone and called Emma's cellphone.
But it rang once before that deep voice came on, "I'm sorry the number you have dialed has been disconnected...."
"She disconnected her phone."
My dad yanked out his phone and started to dial, "I'm calling 911!"
My brother coward against the wall as our dad screamed into the phone, his eyes met mine and in that second he knew I knew something. But before he could say anything my mother was in my face her eyebrows creased, "Jenna where is your sister?"
I studied her face as a tear rolled down my cheek, "Gone."
After the police were called everything came in a blur, my parents rushing around calling all of Emma's friends, trying the neighbor's to see if they saw something, and most importantly trying to get me to talk to them. It helped nothing she left late at night so no one saw her and I wasn't going to say anything, I promised her I wouldn't and I planned on keeping that promise.
Ding Dong. The door bell rang and to my surprise my mother managed to get me out of bed and onto the couch, she rushed to open the door as my father paced. The door squeaked open and two men stepped forward one who was dark skinned and had no hair as the other was short and a little chubby with blonde hair.
"Good morning ma'am I'm detective Spencer and this is detective Tise, we're going to be the main detectives in your missing daughter's case." Said the dark skinned one named Spencer. My mother let them in and as they came in eight different people followed the, "This is the investigation team, they will be getting evidence and searching your daughter's room and anywhere you think would help."
She nodded, "I'm Shannon, this is my husband Daniel, my son Cory, and my daughter Jenna. She is twins with Emma."
"Hello everyone, I'm here to help find Emma."
I groaned, "Obviously. Why else would you be here?"
"Jenna!" My mother screamed but I just rolled my eyes.
The cop grinned, "It's perfectly fine we get that a lot."
The other cops went through out the house but Detective Spencer and Tise sat on the couches across from us, the looked at me and Cory. Tise smiled and reached his hand out, "Hi guys I'm detective Tise, Jenna you and your sister look very much alike."
"We're identical twins."
He dropped his hand and pulled back, Spencer sighed and looked at my parents, "Mr. and Mrs. Dexter is there anything that you think might of made Emma want to leave home?"
They looked at each other and my mum shook her head, "No she is a very happy spirit, and she has a loving family. I can't think of anything that would make her up and leave."
The made me scoff and she shot me a confused look this got the detective's attention, "Jenna is there something you think might of made your sister runaway?"
"She was a happy person and she still is but my mother drove her away."
"It's true!!" I shot back.
They all looked at me as I sat back, "Jenna do you know something?"
I looked up at my dad as he asked and looked away, I could feel all of their eyes on me and started to feel anxious. Tise cleared his voice and his eyes softened, “Jenna we're here to help you find your sister, but if you know something it could really help."
When I didn't say anything he continued, “I know kids like you, you've promised your sister you wouldn't such on her and keep her secret. But Jenna you don't understand that your sister could be cold living in the streets, and it's very dangerous late at night for a fifth year old to be by herself. Could you live with knowing your sister for just because you knew something but didn't tell us?"
That made me want to puke, I looked at my parents and covered my face in my hands, “I don't want anything bad to happen to her."
“Then if you know something you have to tell us." Detective Spencer said, I sighed and told them everything starting from that Halloween night to when I woke up to Emma's loud packing noises. They all listened and my mother left the room when I got to the part where Emma said she had to leave because of our mother. When I finished I couldn't bring myself to look at anyone so instead detective Tise spoke first, “Thank you for that Jenna that's goin to help, but I assume she said nothing about where she was going?"
“No she just said she had to leave and climbed pout the window with Tony."
“Yes we talked to Tony' s foster parents and they haven't seen him for two days, so we have an idea of what to look for to find them." Spencer said ad he stood, “Thank you Jenna, Mr. And Mrs. Dexter we'll be in touch. If anything comes up please let us know, Mrs. Dexter we'll have family court contact you."
My mother looked pale as she nodded and walked them to the door, every cop piled out the door and she shut it slowly taking in a deep breath, “Cory go to your room.."
“But..." She stopped him.
“Now." She said more forcibly and he looked at me one last time and walked to his room, I gulped knowing she was coming for me. My father watched my mother with scared eyes as she made her way over to the couch, she stood before me and glared down I could feel her eyes burning into the top of my head but I didn't look up.
“No Daniel. Jenna why would you tell them that?"
“What you mean the truth?" I asked looking into her dark eyes as they narrowed.
“You had no right telling them I was the reason Emma left."
I rolled my eyes, “It's the truth."
"Go to your room."
"Jenna now." She said more forcibly, I growled and stood up my nose almost touching her face.
"Now I see why Emma hated you." With that said I turned to leave but she gripped my arm harshly pulling me back to face her.
"You will not blame me if anything this is your fault you didn't tell us she left!! If anything you're to blame for her being missing, if you had just stop being a coward..." my hand stuck her right cheek before she could finish.
It all happened in slow motion my hand coming up to her face, the SMACK sound that rang through the halls, and the bright red hand print on my mother's cheek. She looked up at me in utter shock, I narrowed my eyes at her, "That's for hitting my sister, and driving her away."
Once I spun on my heel and to my room I heard her shout my dad's name loudly, it brought a smile to my face. But once on my bed with the door shut reality came crashing down, Emma was gone, my family was a mess, and I had just smacked my mother. But for some reason I looked at my blood red trembling hand and grinned, I felt proud for hitting my mum she deserved it she had no right to hit my sister.
But hitting her didn't bring Emma back, I sat back my head on my knee back against the head board I cried. By now I thought my tears would be all gone but no they were still here plenty of them, and until Emma came back they weren't going to stop.
"Jenna?" My head shot up and I quickly wiped my eyes as Cory walked in.
He walked father in but still lingering in the doorway, "Can stay in here with you tonight?"
"Sure of course you can." I agreed and he shut the door and sat on the edge of my bed, "You heard all of that didn't you?"
"Even the smack sound, does your hand hurt because that was loud." I hadn't even thought about that, now that I did a stinging sensation came over my hand.
"Now it does, I'm sorry you shouldn't have heard any of that." I whispered and he laid down on my leg.
"I'm another reason she left aren't I?"
I was taken back, "Why would you think that?"
"Because I was always bothering her, never leaving her alone, I was always a jerk to her."
"Hey you cant help that it's in your blood, you were meant to be a jerk" he smiled "and Emma had many reasons for leaving, you weren't one of them, she just needed some time away."
I nodded, "With Tony."
"Is she gonna come back?" He asked in an innocent, but I didn't answer him instead I turned off my side lamp and pulled the blanket over the both of us. He gripped my torso the same way Emma did the night mum hit her, tears pricked at the corner of my eyes and I kissed the top of his head.
"I don't know buddy, I really hope she does."