My body starts to quake, and my heart beat is getting more rapid by the minute. I open my eyes and realize I’m back in my room at home, and he’s not there. He’s not there to haunt my every thought and stalk my every move. Feelings of tranquility rush through me and I leap up in joy from my comfortable bed. My bright phone screen reads 7: 02 am, it’s Friday and tonight is the school dance I’ve been waiting for. I rush to get ready and go downstairs to see Mom making eggs and bacon and Dad at the kitchen table helping Cameron with multiplication flashcards.
“Okay, 12 times 11,” Dad holds up a flashcard and Cameron looks at it with curiosity.
“This is impossible,” Cameron whimpers.
I grab two pieces of bacon and head out the door. As I get into my car, his face appears in my rear mirror and I nearly scream at the top of my lungs.
“It was self defense!!!!” I start hyperventilating, look in the rear mirror and his face was gone.
I slap my cheeks and turn on my radio and head to school, ignoring my encounter with him. School is going by slow, all I want to do is go home and get ready for the dance. When I get home I immediately start to get ready. As I’m doing my makeup, he appears in the reflection of my mirror and I fall to the floor.
“Leave me alone!!!!!!” I belt out.
“Maddie?” My mom comes up to my room, “who are you yelling out?”
Then he was gone. Confusion and frustration fill my whole body, why does the boy keep appearing out of the blue? Is he here to haunt me for my sins? I quickly shake these thoughts out of my head and finish up getting ready for the dance. I slide on my dress on, and head downstairs where my date, Tommy is talking to my dad, we awkwardly take those basic “candid” pictures, and then leave for the dance.
“Maddie, you look so beautiful tonight,” Tommy says in the midst of an awkward silence.
I look at him and bite my lip and he smiles. Tommy and I have always had chemistry and everyone knows it, he’s a real gentleman. We go the dance for about a solid twenty minutes and then leave straight to Erika’s house for the after party. I change in Tommy’s car and we head in. Music is bumping and there is people from my grade all around her basement. At the bar, there is multiple bottles of vodka and I decide to help myself to a mixed drink. I grab bacardi pineapple and sprite and start downing it, then I make myself take a shot of 99 bananas and I try to go find Tommy, but instead I run into the perviest kid I know, Kevin Walters.
“Maddie you look like you’re having fun,” he smirks.
“Do you know where Tommy is?” I slur.
“Nope, but you wanna go smoke outside? It will only take like five minutes in my car,”
“Okay,” I say.
We go out to his car and I slide into the passenger seat, it’s a foggy night and the only light source we have is the dim streetlight in front of Erika’s house. Kevin starts to take out his weed and lighter, and I find my head getting very heavy.
“I don’t think I should be smoking, I’m pretty drunk, and I need to find Tommy,” I barely get that sentence out without sounding half stupid.
“You’re not leaving this car,” Kevin grabs my thigh and I quiver.
“What are you doing?” My head starts spinning, my heart starts racing, and my whole body starts sweating.
“You’ve been a tease from the start of 10th grade, Mad, you know what I mean,” He says.
I feel myself wanting to throw up, but my mouth is so dry I can barely even produce saliva. I try to break free from the car, but he grabs my whole body. He is a lot stronger than I think.
“Stop fighting it, damnit!! Get in the back right now.” He demands.
I start to cry out and he grabs my mouth and covers it. I climb in the back, sobbing, and he rips my leggings in half. Why me? I didn’t do anything to this kid and now I’m his victim in his evil plan to assault me. He’s about to do it when I spot a pocket knife in the back side door cup holder. Without thinking, I grab the knife.