I groaned as I felt my body regain consciousness. I opened my eyes and realized I was in a pitch-black room.
I bolted straight up, but I immediately began to wince at the sharp pain that ripped through my body.
Suddenly, I remembered Seth hitting me in the head with the silver pole.
“Where am I?” I thought aloud.
I listened carefully as I heard the sound of voices. I tried to focus on what they were saying, but it was indecipherable.
As my eyes adjusted to the dark, I began to look around my surroundings. I quickly realized that the room was practically empty except for the cot that I was sitting on and another cot across the room. There was also what appeared to be a small lamp next to the other cot.
Suddenly, the voices became closer.
“I can’t believe you really thought that you could get away from me.” cackled Seth’s gruff voice.
I heard the sound of a quiet whimper, but I couldn’t make out what it was.
“What have I told you about talking back to me?” he barked. I heard what sounded like someone being slapped. “You’re going to have to pay for that—” he began, but was interrupted by a voice calling his name.
I heard the squeak of the door opening and a little bit of light streamed in.
“I’ll deal with you later, bitch.” he spat as he shoved a small feminine figure into the room. “Maybe a little quality time with Mr. Pitiful over there will put you in a better mood.” He pushed her again with a force that caused her to fall to the ground. He chuckled as he slammed the door.
I gulped as I climbed off the cot and walked over to the small figure.
“Caitlin?” I whispered quietly. Half of me hoped it wasn’t her. I didn’t want to believe that Seth had her. The other half of me hoped that it was her, because that way I could watch out for her.
She slowly lifted her face and looked up at me with a shocked expression.
“Justin?” she gasped.
I nodded slowly as I felt tears fill my eyes. I tried hard to swallow them back. It wasn’t manly to cry.
“Oh, baby,” I pulled her close to me in a tight hug and she began to sob. It felt good to feel her warm body against mine as I held her in my arms. I never wanted to let her go. “What has he done to you?”
She didn’t answer my question, “It’s really dark in here.” she said as she pulled away. She slowly fumbled through the room until she found the lamp I spotted earlier.
She turned it on and a soft glow filled the room. It wasn’t strong enough for me to get a good look at her, but it was enough for me to quickly spot the black and blue bruises and the red handprint mark on the side of her face.
She bit her lip and tucked her hair behind her ear. She shivered slightly and I cautiously moved towards her again.
“Are you cold?” I asked as I pulled my jacket off and draped it over her shoulder.
“What about you?” she questioned shyly.
“I’m alright,” I lied. I was freezing. It felt like Antarctica, but I’d failed at taking care of her once and I wasn’t going to do it again.
“What are you doing here?” she asked. I noticed she had a terrible limp as she struggled to sit on the small cot.
I shrugged as I sat next to her. “I don’t really know.”
“Don’t lie, Justin.” she said. “You’re here because of me, aren’t you?”
I nodded reluctantly. “I was so worried about you and seemed like no one was doing anything, so I just came after you.” I said.
Caitlin stared at me. “That was stupid.” she finally spoke.
I lost my countenance and allowed a hurt expression to plaster my visage.
“I mean, I appreciate it, but Seth...” her voice trailed off for a moment. “He’s no one to play with. He always gets what he wants— even if you don’t want to give it.” Tears filled her eyes, but she quickly blinked them away. “You shouldn’t have come after me, Justin. You can’t get away from Seth, trust me, I’ve tried.”
“That’s exactly why I did come after you, Caity.” I slid closer to her. “I let you go once—I let you get hurt once. I’m not going to do it again.” I reached out and gently stroked her cheek, but she turned away.
“Justin—” she stopped mid-sentence as she lifted her eyes back up to mine.
“Please,” I whispered as I gently lifted her chin. “Let me protect you. Let me lov—”
She shook her head slowly.
“Justin, I—” she paused. “You hurt me, Justin. I needed—wanted you to be there for me, but you weren’t.”
“I didn’t think you wanted me to be there.” I responded. “When I told you I was leaving, you didn’t shed a tear.”
“Of course not, at least not in front of you! I didn’t want to hold you back from your dreams.” she exclaimed. “But inside, I was dying. I was hoping for you to say that we could still work out a long-distance relationship, but instead you said the opposite.”
“I didn’t want to appear selfish.” I explained. “I was hoping that you’d beg me to stay or something, but you didn’t and I thought that you didn’t love me. I figured that I’d read to much into the relationship.”
She shook her head again. “No, Justin, no. I was head-over-heels for you and then—”
I didn’t wait for her to finish her sentence, instead I pulled her close to me and slowly began to lean towards her.
My heart pounded in anticipation of feeling the sparks I’d yearned for so long.
I heard the screech of the door opening. Instantly, Caitlin’s body tensed from fear as Seth moved towards us. He held a glass beer bottle in each hand. Involuntarily, I pulled her closer to me.
“What the hell is going on?” he growled.
Caitlin swallowed hard.
“I-I was cold, and uh, Justin was just warming me.” she stuttered as she spoke.
Seth glared at her for a moment. “Do you really expect for me to believe that?” he shrieked. “When are you going to learn not to lie to me, Cate? Hmm? We’ve been through this a million times, but you still don’t seem to catch on.”
“I’m not lyin—”
Seth threw the bottle on the floor in front of us and it shattered to a million pieces.
“Look what you made me do!” he exclaimed. “You got me so damn worked up, I dropped my bottle. Pick it up.” he ordered.
Caitlin and I both stared at him without moving.
“I said, pick it up!” he screamed as he dropped the bottle in his right hand too.
I could feel Caitlin’s body shake in my arms as she began to bend down, but I held her steadfast. I wasn’t going to allow us to be ordered around. We didn’t have to do what he said.
“Let’s try this one more time.” Seth slurred his words slightly as he pulled out a pistol and held it in front of Caitlin’s face. “Pick. It. Up.”
Caitlin slowly slid on the floor and began to pick up the shards of glass.
I began to help her, but Seth stopped me.
“I didn’t tell you to do anything. Go over there.” he gestured to the cot on the other side of the room.
I hesitated, but Caitlin silently begged me to obey.
Once I’d reached the cot, I began to look around the room for a weapon of some sort, but of course, there wasn’t one.
“Hurry up, bitch. I don’t have all day.” Seth yelled as he raised his hand at Caitlin as if he was going to hit her.
“Don’t you dare hurt her.”
Seth pointed the gun towards me. “I’ll do whatever the hell I wanna do.” he said as he kicked her. “And that includes shooting you.”
Caitlin fell to the ground in pain.
“I’m serious.” I spoke through gritted teeth.
“And so am I.” he shot back as he bent down and grabbed Caitlin by the hair and slammed her against the wall. All the while, he still held the gun steadily aimed at me. “I’m in control here. Cate’s had to learn that the hard way, haven’t you, sweetheart?” he asked her. She bit her lip as tears rolled down her cheeks. “She has.” he answered for her. “Now, you can be like Cate and learn it the hard way or you can be a good boy and simply obey. Which one will it be?”
I wanted to charge towards him, but the pleading look in Caity’s eyes forced me to submit and sit down on the couch.
Seth turned to Caitlin with a wicked smile on his lips. “You’re right, he is smart.”
He placed a forceful kiss on her lips before shoving her on the couch.
“Now, we’re going to behave and keep our hands and lips to ourselves unless I tell you otherwise, correct?” he asked us both.
Caitlin nodded, but I just glared at him.
“Correct?” he repeated as he walked towards me and pressed the gun against my forehead.
“Correct.” I muttered.
“Good.” he smirked.
I watched as he marched out of the room and slammed the door behind him.
I wasn’t sure how, but I was going to kill Seth McIntosh and that was a fact.
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I hold you in my heart ~ Phil. 1:7