My eyes fluttered open as I regained consciousness, I woke up in a bed , but not mine. I looked around trying to figure out where I was, the window was shielded by brown blinds and the walls were a cream colour; there was a bed side table with a clock which read 13:30, how long had I been out for. I sat up in bed to be greeted with a sore stinging pain in my side, I whined in agony as it caught me by surprise, just then I notice I wasn't in my black dress but in an over sized t-shirt , exactly like the one I have at home.
I managed to get out of bed even though the pain was excruciating. I opened the door and looked down the hall to where a open lounge was in sight at the end of the hall. I walked quietly on the carpet as I didn't know what to expect . When I was nearby I could hear voices in the open plan room.
"You need to ask her" one deep voice pleaded with frustration.
"Ask what ?" I asked causing both men to look at me there stood Sam with a rather tall man with brown hair and brown eyes, he had a light stubble and was dressed in blue jeans, a black top and black boots.
I leaned against the door frame as I still was weak. Sam showed a weak smile before the unknown man came up to me and put his hand out before saying" hi , I'm Jake" he shared a smile which showed his pearl teeth.
" im-" I began as I took his hand and shook it before being cut off by Jake as he said.
"oh I know who you are Annie" he teased as he looked at Sam and stoped shaking my hand. I went to sit in the chair but it it felt like my side was on fire , I couldn't help but groan at the pain. Sam rushed to my side helping me sit. " thank you" I said hardly audible.
" is this mine" I asked pointing to the over sized shirt and shorts I was wearing.
"Yeah they are" Sam replied.
"How did you get these and did u dress me?" I asked confused.
" yes I dressed you and I went to your flat using the keys you had in your bag and packed your things" he replied as if it was normal, the thought of his dressing me made me blush and embarrassed.
" Didn't you take me to hospital?"
"no i was to risky, Jake fixed up your wound , he's reliable"
"what do you mean risky and why did you pack my stuff, I am going home" I laughed as this was stupid.
"you can't go home." Jake butted in looking at the floor.
"what? Why?" I raised my voice. They looked at each other then at me.
" Someone is trying to kill you Annie" Sam confessed. At first I didn't believe them but them I remember someone stabbed me, they weren't lying. It went quiet before Sam spoke up.
"Annie when I went to your flat this was posted through your letterbox" he handed me an article with a picture of a burned house and the word accident was highlighted in red. Everything come back to me , I began to shake and my breathing got quicker.
"no no no no no" I repeated quietly as a tear ran down my face.
Annie" Sam said softly as he held my hands and crouched down in front of me so I could look at him."tell me what happened". I was still shaking, Jake sat next to me running my back comforting me " take your time " he said softly giving me a sympathetic smile.
"when i was younger my mother got married to a man called Richard , he was a horrible man who did horrible things, I wanted him gone no matter what I had to do. One night he went crazy and locked me,my siblings and my mum in separate rooms as the house was on fire. I managed to escape and call the fire brigade, I watched and heard everything , I couldn't save them , I was too late. " I confessed.
"But why would someone want you dead?" Question Jake.
"Because he didn't really start the fire, I lit a few candles and forgot they were by the curtain when I ran upstairs to help my mum pack our things as she decided to leave him. The fire got to the curtains and before I knew it the house was burning. I started the fire, I was too blame but nobody knew and now I'm going to pay for what I did" I confessed to them as I began to cry, Sam straight away hugged me not letting go like he was going to loose me. Jake looked at me pitifully and was trying to get his head around everything I told them.
Sam let go but cupped my face in his hands making me look him in the eyes even though I was still crying.
" it's not your fault Annie, we all make mistakes and do bad things. I won't let anyone hurt you , I promise"
" b-but the mistake I-I m-made cost me my family. I didn't mean to kill them" I cried through sobs.
"I know Annie. Annie I've done bad things that I regret but we can't change the past , I will protect you with my life" he said sincerely as I looked him in the eyes. I didn't know why he cared so much, but I knew I didn't want him to let me go.