Out of Darkness
“CHARLOTTE, WAIT’ my mother's voice rises to another octave and even with the traffic between us, I hear her loud and clear.
‘Run, Tyler RUN’ I whisper hoarsely at him. He gets my drift and accelerates back toward the school office pulling me along with him.
“CHARLOTTE! you wait right there, do you hear me? Victoria yells at me, harsher this time as she attempts to cross the road between cars that swerve sharply missing her within centimeters.
‘Charlie what is it, what’s going on?’ Mr. Barrett the school principal looks up from the reception desk where he’s bent over talking to the school secretary, as we explode through the front door.
‘Sssir my mothers here and she wants to see me. Please help sir.’
I don’t need to explain anything more. The school already knows Victoria is prohibited from seeing me and not allowed on school property.
‘Where is she?’ he says looking at Tyler.
‘In the car park Sir’
‘You stay with Charlie, I’ll go out and deal with her. Mrs. Simpson, please ring the police and Charlie’s Dad in that order.’
‘Both of you wait in my office’
I slump down on the sofa in the Principals office and hold my head in my hands, trying to catch my breath from the fifty-meter sprint to the office.
‘It’s OK Charlie, it’s OK, Barrett will take care of it, your dad and the cops will be here any minute, there's nothing she can do to you now!’
Tyler is squatting in front of me, hands on my thighs. His voice and his touch still the waves of tremor that hit my body. I fall against him and hold him tight. He wraps his arms around me and moves to sit beside me. I rest my head on his shoulder, shut my eyes and will the scene from my mind.
But her face haunts me and vivid memories flash back into my vision. I cover my eyes with the heels of my hands and wish I could smash the pictures out of my head.
I vaguely hear the receptionist make the calls and tell me Mitch is already on his way. An eternity longer I hear the only voice I want to hear.
My dad rushes to my side and I clutch hold of him like I’m drowning. Tyler stands and moves across the room. He knows I need my dad right now.