I’m running from my demons and when I find out she’s trying to escape her past, I know what I have to do.
One broken cop. One woman fighting for her life. A fragile love.
Sinister secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
They’ve been to hell. The hard part will be finding their way back together.
Right before I cross the street the little girl on the front porch stops
me mid step.
that they probably just bought, coloring.
to sound casual, but the blood in me is boiling, it must be ninety-five degrees
outside and she’s wearing enough clothes for
a trek across the frozen tundra.
girl from the porch makes it to her mother and hides behind her, yanking on her
and say “Hey there, beautiful. What’s your name?” She doesn’t reply, and
instead she lowers her gaze so she is looking at her feet. “I’m Jackson,” I
reach out my hand, but drop it when I know she won’t take it. I gesture behind me, as I say “I live in that
house right over there. I used to know
your great grandma.” I’m trying to draw
her into a conversation with me, but nothing I say engages her.
used to make him cookies, so you know what that means, she must have really
liked him.” She rubs her daughters
name.” She smiles at me, right as a car
back fires. She yells and puts her hands to her ears.
and I vow to protect them.
face. I stand there inside the house and
watch them rushing to the corner and hide.
world. I walk up to them “It’s ok, it’s
just a car, it was nothing but a car.”
to comfort the little girl who is sobbing quietly in her mother arms. “No one is here baby.”
one here, baby.” She rocks Lilah back
and forth. Her back against the wall while she soothes her baby girl whose sobs
are slowly stopping, her eyes closing.
her not sure how to even start to dissect this.
some food for us. Does she like pizza?”
your help. We will be fine. Please, it’s ok, you can leave.” She rests
her head on the the wall closing her eyes, the defeat of the day leaving her
outside anymore today. Then I’m going to
pick up pizza for myself. You won’t have
time to cook, so I’m going to pick one up for you. I want to eat with you guys, but I’m not
pushing myself on you either after today.
Now I don’t want to fight with you or even discuss this, so just nod
that you understand?”
I don’t need a hand out,” she says while trying to push herself up to go get
now. “I don’t want your money, now or
ever. I have no doubt you can take care
of yourself. Consider this a
housewarming present.” I get up going to the door not even giving her a chance
to say anything else.
quietly so as not to wake Lilah.
She has demons, they both do. Whatever
happened to them, it’s in there deep. The
both of them are so scared, you can practically see the fear coming off of
them.” I look over at Brenda who is on
her porch watering her plants. “Tread lightly, Jackson, or better yet walk away
if you aren’t going to do anything about it.”
softly, leaving me fighting my own demons.