Being followed, again

Sequel to 'Being followed' Event happening 5 years later.
Mandy's and Benedict's marriage could have been perfect. They have a son, Jonah and they love each other. But when the past comes back and haunts them, things change forever.

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3. Chapter 3

In the evening when they’re eating dinner, Mandy keeps thinking about how to tell Ben what had happened. Jonah’s bedtime was soon so she had time to talk then. After they were finished eating, it’s was time to clean up. Jonah was a great boy who did never complain. He was also a fast learner. He tied his shoes since he was two years old. Mandy was really proud of him. She wouldn’t let anyone take him away from her. Her biggest fear now was him finding out the truth about his father. While Ben is reading a story to Jonah in his bedroom, she cleans up in the kitchen. After a while, he gets back and sits down at the kitchen table again. He reads a few lines from the script he’s brought from the theatre and then looks at her when she sits down across him. She keeps looking at him. He knew from the look on her face that she was worried about something.
“What is it, love?” He asks and puts the script down on the table
“Oh nothing” She smiles a little
“I know you and something is wrong”
She thinks a while and decides to take the bull by the horns.
“I have to explain why I have acted the way I have”
“Alright, I’m listening” He leans his back against his chair

She takes a deep breath and sits up straight.
“Five years ago when that thing happened, you know. I told you I forgave you but the truth is I didn’t. I was only glad it was over but deep inside I still suffered. Then Jonah was born and I forgot about it. I was still upset but I didn’t know why. Then this morning he asked me who his real father was and I told him it’s you”
“Hold on. Where did he get that from?” He’s puzzled and sits up straight
“A friend of his had heard his parents talk about it”
“Isn’t he a bit young to understand rumours like that?”
“That’s not the point here. You haven’t heard the rest of it”
He looks at her doubtfully. He has an idea where this conversation was going.
“This can’t be happening. Say it isn’t so”
“Unfortunately yes” She takes the piece of paper from her jeans pocket and shows it to him “Lee is back”
“How can that be? He got at least 15 years. He killed Annette and tried to kill me. He’s probably here to finish the job”
“I don’t know how. He claimed it was for good behaviour” She’s about to continue but he interrupts her
“Wait a minute. You met him? Did you forget to mention that?” He gets a little upset
“I was about to. Patience” She smiles a little
“I’m sorry. Go on” He calms down
“I went to meet him to tell him to leave us alone. All he wanted was to get to know his son”
“I swear if he ever comes near that boy again I’ll…” He grit his teeth together
“I won’t let him. I get a restraining order if he does”
“Sure that will stop him. Can’t you see he’s trying to get you back and you’re falling for it?”
“No Ben, I won’t. I promise” She touches his left hand
“Be careful. You know what he’s capable of. I don’t want to go through that again”

“Mummy” A sleepy Jonah has woken up in his PJ’s and is standing at the door
They both look quickly at him. Had he heard what they had talked about?
“What is it dear?” Mandy stands up and gets to pick him up “Did we wake you?”
“I’m thirsty” He rubs his eyes
She puts him on the chair and takes a bottle of water from the fridge to pour it in a glass from the cupboard. He drinks a few sips and then gets down from the chair. He takes her hand and she escorts him back to bed.

“Do you think he heard something?” Ben asks when she gets back
“I don’t think so” She sits down back down on her chair across the other side of the table
“What shall we do? We can’t let him meet Lee again”
“I’m getting tired. Could we talk about this tomorrow?” She yawns
“OK” He stands up to get some water
It was almost midnight when they finally get to bed. Their situation wasn’t hopeless yet but they didn’t know what was coming to them.

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