TD 20 – A Hopeful Heart

It took a lot of pleading but somehow I managed to convince Detective Martin (or Frank as he asked to call him) to come to my improvised prom. He showed up right on time in his sharp solid black suit and the first thing I did was drag him to our makeshift photo studio to get our picture taken together. “I’ll make sure you get a copy before you go home. Then you can put it in your wallet and think of me every time you see it.” I winked at him.


Then I showed him off to my friends and we tore up the dance floor for a bit. I was surprised to learn how good of a dancer Frank was. After a few more songs, we took a short break and I brought him over to meet my dad, who was in charge of the refreshments. Dad actually seemed to like Frank. He even joked about us getting married one day. It was pretty embarrassing for him to say it out loud like that but who knows…it could happen.


A little while later I caught Frank trying to slip away unnoticed. “Hey, were you going to leave without saying goodbye?” I put my hands on hips and tried to look stern. “No…I was just going out for some air.” He shrugged nonchalantly. “The party is over anyways.” I slipped my hand in his and whispered into his ear. “So…should we go back to your place now?” His reaction was the opposite of what I expected though. “Miranda, stop.” He grunted and pulled away. “You need to put all these fantasies about me to rest. I was doing you a favor by coming here tonight but instead I just made it worse.”


“A favor?” I huffed. “How can you say that? You can’t deny that there is a connection between us.” I crossed my arms and glared at him. His eyes were still hidden behind his sunglasses. “I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but I’ve never had anyone else get under my skin the way you do.” Frank mumbled. “Quit trying to get rid of me then…because it’s not going to happen. I need you in my life.” I smiled sweetly. “Maybe I need you too.” He admitted finally as he leaned down to kiss me. He sighed and offered his arm to me. “Let’s get out of here.” My heart was full of hope as he led me to his police cruiser and along with that was the realization that I’d never be afraid of the dark again.

The End.


TD 19 – A Familiar Face

A couple of months passed and it was finally summer. Even though I’d missed a whole lot of school, I was able to make it all up and graduate with the rest of my class. But unfortunately, I’d also missed out on going to my senior prom. Sierra then came up with the great idea that I should host my own. My parents gave us permission to decorate the basement and now we were at the park with Crystal, discussing who we wanted to invite.


A few moments later, I noticed Deputy Trout making his way to us. He looked a lot different in normal clothes. “Hey Randi, are you enjoying the warm weather?” He asked as he sat down on the bench opposite of us. I tugged at my sticky fishnet undershirt. “Ugh. Not really. I’m ready for fall.” I laughed. Then introduced him to my friends. He seemed to hit it off with Sierra right away. “So what are you doing here, Deputy Trout?” I asked. “Please call me Lee.” He smiled. “And today we’re having something like a company picnic for the police force…well for those of us who are off duty anyways.”


“Wait…this place is going to be crawling with cops soon? Maybe we should go.” Crystal mumbled into my ear nervously. “Oh come on, they’re not all bad.” I joked. Then I glanced up and made eye contact with someone I hadn’t expected to see again. “I can’t believe it.” I gasped. “Isn’t that him? The guy who kissed you?” I nodded in response. “Whoa, look at the size of those biceps. He could be a bouncer from a club.” She giggled. “Detective Martin! Wait!” I took off after him.


As I jumped the fence to get to the sidewalk, I could hear Sierra inviting Lee to our party. I decided I liked that idea, they actually would make a cute couple. I caught up with the detective and tugged on his arm. He whirled around with a scowl on his face. “What do you want, Miranda?” I put a finger to his lips to shush him. “I have an important question to ask you.”
“Will you be my date to prom?”

TD 18 – A Dirty Secret

It was the first sleepover I’d had since middle school. We spent a few hours listening to music and gossiping then Sierra began to ask about my time at the police station. “So were any of the cops hot?” She waggled her eyebrows in jest. “Yeah, a few. ” I sighed as I remembered all of their faces…but only one stood out in my memory. “There’s something I have to tell you guys. It’s a secret though! You can’t tell anyone!” After Crystal and Sierra both promised they wouldn’t, I took a deep breath. “I got my first kiss!” I blurted out.


“You’re lying!” Sierra snorted. “Am I?” I grinned at her mischievously. “But how? You were either in a cell or talking to the detectives the whole time.” Crystal pursed her lips and peered over at me skeptically. “Yeah, what she said.” Sierra nodded her head. I shrugged. “I just got lucky, I guess?” My friends looked at each other in disbelief. “Uh huh. What was his name then?” Crystal asked. “Uhh…I don’t know his first name.” They seemed satisfied that they may have caught me in a lie. “But his nametag said Martin!” I exclaimed. “Wait…that was the guy who questioned me!” Crystal gasped. “So he’s real? Tell us everything!” Sierra moved her chair closer to me.


“Okay…well, he visited my cell late at night after the other detectives had gone home. He was big and burly…kind of like a bear.” I giggled. “Despite how rough around the edges he appeared, he was really kind. He even brought me flowers one time. I think he felt sorry for me…and the kiss just sort of happened, ya know?” I recalled vaguely. “No details?” Sierra teased. I shook my head and smirked. I wanted to keep some things private.


“Anyways, I don’t know what I thought would happen afterwards but a few days before I was released, he said that he was going out of town for a case…and he told me that I should just forget about him. But I never will.” I murmured solemnly. The room was quiet for a moment. “Randi got her first kiss! Woo!” Sierra suddenly yelled and pumped her fist in the air. Then Crystal started clapping and I just had to smile.”Yay, go me!”

TD 17 – A Happy Reunion

I was surprised to come home and find Sierra already there waiting for me. Apparently she got stuck babysitting my brother while my parents went to pick me up. She handed Iggy over to my mother and threw her arms around me. “You don’t have any idea how happy I am to see you, bestie!” She squealed into my ear. “Sierra!” I gasped. “I can’t breathe!” She let me go and put her hands on her hips. “You better not EVER disappear like that again.”


“I won’t…as long as I can help it. But anything can happen.” I laughed dryly and shrugged. “I see your sense of humor is still intact.” She nudged me with her shoulder. “But seriously…no more running away.” She gave me a solemn look. “You’re stuck with me until we’re two old ladies that sit on the porch in our rocking chairs harassing anyone who walks by.” We both erupted in a fit of giggles. “That’s a mighty fine plan.” She grinned at me.


I felt a tug on my leg and looked down. Iggy had his arms stretched out…reaching for me. “You want ME to hold you?” My eyes grew wide. “Are you sure?” He whined and stamped his foot impatiently. “Okay, okay.” I lifted him him up and once he was situated onto my hip, he rested his head against my chest. “Aww.” I cooed. “I can’t believe I’m saying this….but I really missed you little guy.”


Later that afternoon, there was a knock at the front door. “Come in!” I yelled. A moment later, Crystal was standing in our living room, biting her lip nervously. “I hope I’m not interrupting anything.” She mumbled quietly. “Of course not. You’re family too.” My warm smile was enough to let her know that I forgave her for ditching me at Pete’s house. “Hey mom, can my friends spend the night?” I asked suddenly. “Aren’t you a little old for a sleepover?” She teased. “Never! Come on guys!” We raided the kitchen for snacks and then I led the way to my bedroom. It was good to be home.

TD 16 – A Final Piece

I quickly changed into clean clothes my parents brought to the station then I met them in the hallway. I was surprised at how happy they were to see me. “Oh Miranda.” My mom gave me a tearful smile. “We’ve been worried sick about you. The detective told us what you went through.” She sniffled and reached for my hand. “I’m just glad you’re okay.” I held back tears of my own. “I wouldn’t say that I’m okay…but I’m getting there.” My dad stood and took my other hand. “We’re sorry you felt like you weren’t wanted. That was never the case. You’re our little girl and we’re always going to love you.” When they both wrapped their arms around me and held me close, all the anger I felt towards them began to dissolve. “Let’s go home.” I choked out hoarsely.


We were heading for the door when I heard a voice that made me stop dead in my tracks. “I always knew Pete was bad news. Just couldn’t prove it. But man, I wish I could’ve been the one to bring him in.” An old guy was leaning against a desk talking to a much younger woman. “There will always be another criminal for you to take down, Henry.” She giggled flirtatiously. She called him Henry but I knew exactly who he was. It was Harry…the man who sold me to Pete. And he was a cop.


“That’s him.” I whispered and tugged on my mom’s arm. “What, dear?” She glanced in the direction I was pointing. “Who is he?” She asked. “A very bad man.” I hissed and tried to hide behind her before Henry spotted me. But it was too late. “Hey…what are you doing in here?” He looked like he was about to lose his lunch. “Shouldn’t you be locked up?” He began to reach for his gun.


At that moment, Detective Gallagher strode in with my sketch in her hand. She held it up next to Henry’s face. “That’s pretty spot on. Wouldn’t you say so, Sergeant?” She asked her father. “Yep. Looks like we’ve caught ourselves a crook.” He drawled. “Henry Rourke, you’re under arrest.” The sergeant forced Henry to ground and cuffed him. “Enjoy your interrogation.” I smirked at him as they led him away. I sincerely hoped they didn’t go easy on him.

TD 15 – A Second Chance

“I was a bit hasty in arresting you but what did you think would happen, Randi? You had just confessed to my deputy that you killed two people and from the appearance of the crime scene, I took your word for it.” Detective Gallagher admitted. “But upon further inspection, I realized there was more to the story than you were telling me…which is why we’ve been having these long conversations. Now let’s move on, shall we?” She chirped as she shuffled through her files.


“Well…I think that’s about it.” She nodded to the sergeant in the corner who then climbed his feet and walked over to me. I blinked up at him confusion as he leaned down to unlock my cuffs. “What’s going to happen now?” My voice came out in a shaky breath. “While we were talking, another detective spoke with Crystal. Her story matches yours…we believe you both. We were already quite aware that Pete was dirty but we had no idea how far gone he was.” She muttered darkly. I stared down at my raw wrists in silence.


“Before I release you to your parents, do you think you could sit down with our sketch artist? I’d like a better description of Harry.” I gaped at her. “Release?” I repeated. “Randi, you didn’t do anything wrong. You had to make some tough decisions but ultimately, you did what you had to do to survive. Now you get a second chance.”¬†She smiled. I sat there in shock until she placed a comforting hand on my shoulder. “Why don’t you take a break for a bit? Go stretch your legs.” She pointed to the door. I ended up bumping into Deputy Trout in the hall. “Hey…can I buy you a soda?” He asked politely. “If you want.” I shrugged.


We took our drinks and sat down together. “So I heard you’re getting out of here. That’s some good news, huh?” He tried to make small talk. “I guess.” I mumbled as I took a swig of my cola. “You don’t look too happy though.” He noticed. “Yeah. I can’t decide if I’d rather be locked in a dark cell or go home with my parents.” I snorted. “Hmm.” He said while he thought to himself. “You don’t have to stay with them but I’d suggest that you at least hear what they have to say.” I stood and threw my can in the trash. “Thanks for the advice. I’ll think about it.”

TD 14 – A Safe Place

“I expected the calvary to ride in and save me….but there was only one officer. A young guy who didn’t really seem to know what he was doing.” I raised my eyebrows in question. “Yes. Deputy Trout…he’s fresh out of the academy. We all have to start somewhere.” Detective Gallagher shrugged and smiled. “Right.” I mumbled. “At least he was kind to me.”


“I ran straight to him, screaming like a mad woman through my tears. I’m sure I looked insane…and I’m really glad he didn’t shoot me.” I smirked. “Then I kind of collapsed against him and dragged him down to the ground with me. I laid my head on his chest and I could hear his heart racing. He was so nervous.” My cheeks flushed when I realized how quiet it was in the room. “I know it was inappropriate but I just wanted someone to hold me…and finally he did. I felt so safe in his arms as he kept repeating that everything was going to be okay. He was wrong about that though.” I shook my head miserably.


“When I told him that I killed two people, his face paled in horror and he nearly tripped over his own feet trying to get away from me. He used his radio to call for backup then he made me wait inside his car alone until they arrived.” I sighed. “But I guess I can’t blame him for that. I would’ve been scared of me too.”


“Then you showed up.” I glared at the detective. “You took a quick look around and then without much questioning, you read me my rights while you handcuffed me. And here we are…”


TD 13 – A Loaded Gun

“Once we were in Pete’s backyard, we could see lights on at the next door neighbor’s house…we hoped there was someone home. We were only feet away from their property when Pete scrambled outside and shouted for us to stay where we were. The click of his gun’s safety being turned off caused us to stop midstep.”


“He strode over to us and motioned for us to head towards the stairs to the basement. Crystal told him she was never going back down there and that he would have to shoot her. I think he intended to. He lifted the gun and pressed the tip of it into her forehead then threatened for her to begin walking or she’d be sorry. In one swift motion, she kneed him in the groin and used her elbow to knock the gun from his hands. That only seemed to piss him off even more though. He grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.” I let out a shaky breath.


“After that, everything kind of happened in a blur. Suddenly I was the one with the gun. I pointed it at Pete and demanded that he let Crystal go. He actually laughed at me…I guess I didn’t pose too much of threat to him. Or so he thought.” I mumbled quietly. “My finger seemed steady on the trigger…but what do I know? It was my first time holding a gun. I didn’t even realize it’d gone off until Pete collapsed to his knees. He gave me an incredulous look…like he couldn’t believe I’d shot him. I couldn’t believe it either. Then Pete fell down face first into the grass.”


“I waited a minute…to make sure he was really dead before I dug around his pockets and found his cell phone…and also his badge. Crystal started freaking out when she saw that he was a cop. She said we should just leave before anyone figured out that we were there but I knew we had to call for help. When we heard police sirens in the distance a little while later, Crystal took off into the woods and left me to face the music on my own.”

TD 12 – A Way Out

“I figured Allie might pick a fight with us or try to stop us from leaving but I never would’ve imagined that she would rat us out like that. I tackled her to the ground and punched her in the mouth so she’d stop screaming before Pete heard her. But the harder I hit her, the louder she screamed.”


“Crystal tried to pull me off of her. She shouldn’t have tried to get in the middle of it though.” I hissed. “Allie latched onto her like some kind of rabid animal and bit her leg. She tore through the skin and all. It was a bloody mess.” I wrinkled my nose as I remembered the wound. “I rushed over to them and shoved Allie towards my bed. She crashed into the metal frame headfirst. She got up and staggered away from it with this dazed look on her face then she finally fell. I knew she was dead as soon as she hit the ground. I killed her.” I peered at Detective Gallagher through the tears streaming down my cheeks.


“I’d wanted her to stop screaming and finally it was quiet. I could hear Crystal crying behind me as I got down on my knees to check for a pulse. Allie was still warm but she was gone.” I whispered. “Randi, you can’t blame yourself. It was an accident.” The detective told me in a soothing tone. “Was it though? I know you’re going to say that I was trying to protect Crystal. But I think I meant to do it.” I admitted. “I just wanted to go home and I probably would’ve done anything to get there.”


“We should’ve taken her body with us but Crystal was already hurt and we couldn’t carry her. No matter how awful she was to us, she didn’t deserve to die. We found her key in the pocket of her shorts then we left her down there. Alone in that dark cell.”

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