Echo online

Echo has never been allowed to leave her family's house. Trapped wasting her days on a chat line, sixteen year old Echo has met someone. Eighteen year old Brandon lives with his alcoholic mother. Will these friends find what they're supposed to be or will this friendship lead to something more...

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9. The SOS sign

                                                                                                Echo1998:SOS...

  I stare at the screen. "Echo..." I breath. " I Have to get to New York, now. "Brandon? What are you doing?" My mother sounds poisonously sweet. "Um... reading." I grab a book. "Brandon, you don't read." her sweetness vanished. "Mom I've got to go." She glares "Where might I ask?" I shake my head. "New York, now I've got to go!" I push past her and grab the car keys. And here I go. To the bus stop...

 

  "Mom stop!" My mother is hitting my laptop with a hammer. "Echo, I'm doing this for you!" She keeps hitting it, screen smashed, plastic dented, keys all over. "Mom!" She starts to scream. "Echo Boys are what took your sister away, I'm not letting that happen to us again!" I began to get angry. "So just so you and dad don't miss me, you want to ruin my life, make it so I can never leave, never be happy, Never find LOVE!?" I became so angry, then I realized something. My sister had had her first crush. I was only four, but I remember. "Mom, why can't I like him?" Mom's eyes had fury in them. "Because love will take you away from us!" Willow began crying. "Don't worry, love won't." And that night she was gone. "Mom stop! I hate this!" And I ran. To the bus stop. A teen girl with little money and no experience. "Where to?" The man asked. "North Carolina." And the bus began to move      

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