4. ch.4~town

I was lost in my thoughts as rain hit the windows of our bus. It was 1:00 in the morning, and from what I could tell, we where in the middle of no where. Luke had fallen asleep and his light snoring mixed with the rain made a sense of calmness wash over me, though I wasn't quite sure why.

There was nothing to do, I couldn't fall asleep, and it was early in the morning. I felt cramped, like I needed fresh air. Hopefully we would be able to stop soon, I needed to walk around.

My brain was clouded with thoughts of my brother and what was happening to him. Also with thoughts about freedom, and how I could do anything now that I ran away. I could fly anywhere, buy a house, get a job and settle down. Start over. Someday I would come back for Matt, if he didn't get out on his own.

I was pulled out of my thoughts by a buzzing noise coming from my phone. I immediately answered when the name flashed across the screen.

" Matthew?? "

" No, Delilah. This is your mother speaking from Matthew's phone. "

My heart dropped at the sound of my mom's voice. I was speechless and couldn't even manage to choke out a "what?"

" Listen carefully, Delilah. " she spoke, quietly, as if she didn't want anyone to hear her except me. " The bus you took, it's stopping in a town in about an hour. Get off there, there's an airport. "

I was completely confused. " Why are you helping me?? " I choked up.

" It's something I should've done a long time ago. " she said before sighing, and hanging up.

I didn't know if there was some kind of catch or not. It didn't make sense why my mother would decide to help me now, after 18 years of my life in that house.

I sighed and decided that it was the best thing I had, and I didn't want to sit on this bus anymore.


The bus pulled into a silent stop and the door opened. I grabbed my book bag and climbed around Luke to get off. I thanked the bus driver for the ride and stepped off.

I was greeted with cold air that made me pull my sweatshirt sleeves farther down. I glanced back at the bus once more before walking off towards the middle of the city. Maybe from there I could find the airport.

It was quiet, and a lot of the city lights were off. It was around 3:00 in the morning. I sighed and realized it was so cold I could see my breath.

Soon enough, I reached the center of the town, which had a large fountain in the middle of it. I had an uneasy feeling of someone following me, but every time I looked back, there was no one there.

I scanned around, looking at the little signs that pointed in different directions. I finally found the one that said ' A I R P O R T ' and started walking down the street it was pointing to. I wasn't sure of where I'd go, but I had to leave. There was no

going back.


The airport was small, and looked run down. But it was still open, and my only option. I went up to the desk to buy a ticket. But I stopped dead in my tracks when there was someone in front of me, someone with blonde hair and black skinny jeans.

" Luke?? " I asked. The man turned around and greeted me with his blue eyes.

" Oh, hey Delilah. " he smirked.

" Have you been following me?! " I scoffed. I knew this boy was weird, but stalking me?? That was new.

" Yeah " he shrugged.

" Why?? "

" Why not? We both are runaways, no where to go. Don't you want someone to be with you through all this? "

I paused to think about his words. He was right about us both having no where to go.. and I would like a friend through this, but not a stalker.

" You're crazy. And a stalker. " I said quietly.

He laughed and shook his head. " No I'm not, I promise. "

I raised my eyebrow. " Then how come you where following me?? "

He glanced at the floor before looking me in the eyes. " Because I like you, you seem like a cool person to be friends with. "

I looked at him, puzzled. No one had ever wanted to be friends with me, or even acknowledge me. Why was he so


I figured I better stick with him... there may not be anyone else like him for a while, or at all for that matter. I nodded, " Okay.. where are we going? "

He smiled brightly before saying

" You'll see. "

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