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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7. Chapter 7

After 30 minutes Mandy is in the living room with Jonah. She looks at the time and wonders why it took so long for Ben. She gets to the window and looks outside. He was still out there on the driveway and it seemed he had a heated conversation with Lee. She didn’t hear what was said. She understood Ben had a lot to take off his chest so she wouldn’t go and interfere. She gets back to her son. They hadn’t talked about what had happened after school. She sits on the couch and tells him to come and sit beside her so he does.

“How was your day? Had a nice day in school?”
“Yes, mummy. Jon was ill so I played with the other boys”
“Where did you go after school?”
He didn’t say anything. He had a toy in his hand and touched it with his fingers. He was silent and it made her worried. Had something happened?
“You can tell me. I won’t be mad” She caresses his hair
“I can’t tell you”
“Did something bad happen?”
“No” He shook his head
“Is it a secret so you can’t tell?”
He was silent again for a while and then he looks at her.
“Mummy, I’m sorry”
“About what dear?”
“I don’t believe in tooth ferries”
She looks puzzled at him.
“It’s OK. Could you tell what happened after school?”
“Sh it’s a secret” He whispers with his forefinger in front of his mouth
“Jonah, did that man who gave you that note do something to you?”
“His name is Lee and he bought me ice cream” He smiles a little
“You know you should not go with someone alone without telling anyone. Mummy was very worried. Promise me you will only leave school with me or Ben”
“Or Lee”
“No, you can’t go with him. He’s not trustworthy. Never trust him, OK?” She insisted
He looks at her like he didn’t understand why.
“But I want to go the park and play football”
“You can do that with Ben”
“But I don’t want to” He resists
“Why not?”
“I don’t like him. I like Lee” He looks down at his toy
“Darling, you must understand. He’s not what he says he is. He’s done bad things. Bad things to mummy” She caresses his hair
“Jon likes him too” He looks up at her
“Jon? Has he met him?” She’s surprised
“Yes, yesterday. He told me”
This was worrying news. What was Lee up to? He’d also been talking to Jonah’s friend and that proved he could do anything. She had to warn Ben about this.
“Honey, I’m going outside for a moment. Promise me you’ll stay here and play” She says to Jonah and he nods

She stands up and gets to the front door. The two men were yelling at each other and as soon as Lee sees her, he gives her a smile. She quickly gives him upset look and then whispers in Ben’s ear about what she had heard.
“So you’re into small boys now” He says angrily to Lee when he has heard
“What, I’m not. What are you talking about?”
“You talked to Jonah’s friend. About what?” Ben asks
“Nothing I swear” He really was surprised about the claims
“So you mean Jonah is lying?”
“No. OK I did ask about what people have heard and I just wanted to know what”

Suddenly Jonah has come out from the house and runs to him. That boy was really stubborn and that’s exactly what Lee was too. When Mandy saw their connection, she realised she had been keeping the secret for too long.
“Jonah, come here. I want to tell you something” She says and he does “You wanted to know who your real father is and I think it’s time for you to know”
Ben looked at her in disbelief. She was about to reveal everything. He didn’t want this to happen but it had to happen eventually. She crouches down to Jonah level.
“Jonah, Lee is your father” She looks in his eyes
He turns his head to look his way. After a shocking moment from him, he walks to Lee. He smiles and lifts his son up in his arms and they hug. She stands up straight.
“What are you doing?” Ben whispers upset in Mandy’s ear
“It’s time” She whispers back with a smile on her face without looking at him
Lee looks at her and mimes a thank you. Some of their neighbours have come out to the street and they applaud. Embarrassed they all look at each other. The only unhappy was Ben. Disappointed he gets inside. Mandy notices he does but she doesn’t follow. She was happy to see something good had happened. She only wanted to make her son happy. She gets to them and takes Jonah in her arms while looking at Lee. The happiness on his face made her happy too. But she hadn’t forgotten about the past and she didn’t want to trust him. It would take a long time before anything would happen between them. She did that mistake before and she would be more careful to fall too deep.

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