RTN 19

“Cassie…we’ve been looking everywhere for you. We have to talk.” I whirled around and frowned at my friends. “Did you two know about this?” I crossed my arms and narrowed my eyes at them. “No!” Rena gasped. “Of course not. I would’ve said something…after I stomped his ass into the ground.” She added. “I had a feeling.” Amy admitted. “I knew he was no good.” She shot Sid a dirty look. “But that’s not why we’re here. There’s been a development…with Jennie’s case.” She bit her lip nervously. My heart began to pound loudly in my chest. “Spit it out, Amy. What’s going on?”

“Her body was found last night…near your house. Eddie’s too! I didn’t even know that he was dead. I can’t believe someone killed him!” She exclaimed. “I can.” I muttered quietly. “You’re wanted for questioning by the police…it’s been all over the news.” She gazed at me with pity. “Cassie, I’m afraid that they’re going to try to pin both murders on you. We know that you’re innocent though…we’re here for you.” She squeezed my hand to comfort me.

7

“I’m far from innocent.” I made eye contact with Sid. “Your secret is safe with me. I might be a fool when it comes to relationships.” He laughed dryly. “But I’d never turn you in.” Amy raised a brow. “Turn you in? For what?” I took a deep breath and spilled my guts. “Eddie confessed to killing Jennie then he attacked me…and while I was fighting him off, he was stabbed with his own knife. It was self-defense.” I insisted. “Sid helped me dispose of his body and when that detective came sniffing around a few days later, I got scared and ran away from home. And here we are.” My friends stared back at me in utter shock.

8

“Maybe this is it though.” I rambled on. “It’s the end of the road for me. I’ve been going nowhere my whole life. I should turn myself in and just pray that everyone believes my story. But if I end up having to do hard time then to hell with it…I have nothing else to live for anyways.” Amy grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me. “That’s not true and you know it! Lizzie will always need you! And your mom. Your friends. Me.” She stroked my cheek then briefly pressed her warm lips against mine.

9

When the kiss was over, I was totally speechless. “We don’t have time to talk about it right now anyways.” Amy winked at me knowingly. “We need to get you out of here.” She looked at Rena. “Are you coming with us?” Rena shook her head sadly. “I can’t. I’m sorry.” Amy hugged her tightly. “I understand. Wish us the best.” Sid nodded his head towards me, his face still red from where I’d smacked him earlier. “Good luck, Cass.”

“Thanks.” I mumbled. “I’ll need it.” With a final wave to everyone we were leaving behind, Amy took me by the hand and lead me away. To a new life.

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