My Guarded Heart

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    March 15th, 2019 at 04:23am
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    Hazel sat in the corner of the dark and dank cell refusing to sit not he cot next to the light. There was were he wanted her. It was the spot were he could watch her. He had stripped her down to her bra and purple pokadotted panties. She sat so her legs were hiding most her body and her hair covered her as well. When she would feel tired she would snap her hairband against her skin. It was getting hard to stay awake but she could tell that the moment she fell asleep that he would be back and she would wake up to something terrible. Hazel's eyes drooped and she startled herself awake panting. She knew she should stand and pace getting the blood moving but she had been up for probably close to 30 hours now and it was wrecking havoc with her body and her mind.

    Hazel heard the heavy door that she had spent hours tearing at in the first couple hours creek open. He man walked in carrying a girl stripped as naked as her and placed her on the bed. He smoothed her hair back and smiled touching her painted lips before looking at Hazel. She felt her heart beating dangerously fast before he turned and left the room. She tears streamed down her cheeks as she looked at the girl. Hazel stood hiding her body best she could. The worst thing was she was pretty sure this girl was a replacement for Penny who had been gone for three days after the screaming with meant whatever sick game he was playing she would be next on his list of play toys. She looked over at the water and food that was pushed under the door and wondered which of these vital meals would be laced. Hazel grabbed the paper plates and the water bottles and came over setting them on the table with the lamp. Hazel leaned over the girl and shook her her gently. "Hey wake up." she looked at the door suspiciously before looking at the girl again. She didn't know how soon the girl would come out of the drugged stir that the pycho behind the door had put her in just like all the others.

    Hazel knew as soon as the girl woke the mind games would begin. He would get inside their head, the main goal was to get the new girl trained better than the last girl. Hazel knew soon she would have to play his individual game but for now she would have to see if this new girl had any more information that might help them escape. If there was anything Hazel could use she was determined to live, no matter the price later. She decided she rather pay for the therapy than wind up in a coffin because of this freak. Hazel drank the water and nibbled at the food. It would be sparing here soon but she wasn't going to tip the other girl on food, she would need it too.

    Hazel shivered wishing to go hack to her corner. She could feel him watching looking at every inch of exposed skin. Just then the hot air vent burst making Hazel flinch and gasp. She glared over at him and he chuckled before moving away from the peek hole. "Perv." she muttered and tried waking the girl again. "You got to get up and eat before he starts his twisted games." she said and gently trickled some water on the girl trying not to waist too much. The girl's eye popped open and Hazel stood back drinking the water. "I'm serious you need to finish before the games start or you will be starving and weak later." she said and placed the food down in her lap eating her own bread. "I saw it happen to others." she said her eyes hard.
    March 16th, 2019 at 02:16am
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    June's shift had lasted longer than it was supposed to. She was supposed to leave hours ago actually, but when her co-worker had knocked over the beautiful birthday cake June had just finished decorating, she'd been forced to stay late into the night to redo the whole thing. She was irritated and tired and sore, so she didn't feel the eyes watching her that usually would have sent a shiver up her spine. She didn't feel the dark presence following behind her silently. But she did feel the quick prick of a needle in her neck and before she could fully spin around to face her attacker, her body was already going numb and the world was going blank.

    No time had passed, or a whole lifetime had, when June started to feel awareness creep back into her. She shivered feeling the cold air biting into her bare skin and cold hands carrying her. This is just a bad dream. June thought to herself, her head feeling foggy. But the feeling of getting set down and fingers on her lips felt too real. She struggled to find her way out of the fog, trying to force her eyes open.

    "Hey wake up," a voice said and she felt shaking. I'm trying... she thought desperately, trying to move her fingers, open her eyes, anything to gain control of her body. A few moments later she felt the cold trickle of water on her bare skin and that was the shock she needed to break out of the fog. Her eyes opened and she blinked trying to make sense of her new surroundings. A girl, stripped to her bra and underwear before her. June looked down to see she was stripped similarly and she instinctively folded her arms across her chest in a futile attempt to cover herself and warm up.

    She grabbed a bottle of water and took a sip and then drank thirstily, realizing her mouth felt like cotton. She forced herself to stop though, her brain catching up with her actions and realizing that their water supply may be limited.

    "What is happening?" She whispered to the other girl, taking a bit of the food like she was told. "What does he want?" She asked, starting to remember flashes of a man's face and cold, rough hands touching her, feeling her. She shivered again and picked up some bread and nibbled.
    March 16th, 2019 at 03:17am
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    Hazel looked at the girl as she sat up eating. It was the lack of panic in the girls hat gave her hope. If they could just keep cool heads and not waist time on panic then they might get out of this. Hazel finished her food. "Eat faster the games will start soon." she frowned and gulped in water. "I will explain more afterwards just eat. When the games begin just try not to get burnt." she said and looked around trying to blink away the tears of fear and despair. Hazel finished her food. "You won't be able to save anything so finish up." she said and set the bottle down and licked her lips.

    Hazel had started the games with two other girls Penny and a girl who never gave up her name before he took her. It was how they fought him that he seemed to have decided to cut down on how many girls he brought in. "I'm Hazel. What's your name?" she asked and glared over at the door a moment before looking back at the other girl. Hazel started to pull her hair back into a pony tail. It would help her see better once it was wet. She had been lucky the first time because of Penny but this time she would be on her own and need to look out for this new girl. It was the role of the one there the longest and it gave her something else to fight for.

    Hazel was starting to see that there was going to be only one chance for her to get out of this and it was going to be with not eating the laced food or drinking the water and staying awake. If she could be awake when he took her to play then she would be able to get the jump on him. It was all going to spend on when she believed he was going to make his move. She would need June's help. June would need to be on board because it was only her that could hide the laced food, she would need to eat it when it came to that.

    It wasn't long before the music started to play. It was the kind of song that people usually had fun to and she could hear the smile as he stood behind the two-way mirror. "We have two minutes and then the water and steam won't stop for another 20 minutes. Finish up then stand up and be ready to run." she said. When June stood up she pushed the bed tot he wall and unplugged the light. It was dim but then lights above them flipped on like flood lights. Hazel was shaking event though she tried to hide it standing tall and clamping her teeth shut.

    Hazel couldn't help the yelp that came out as a vent released on the other side of the room a tear leaking out and running down her cheek but she refused to push it away. Hazel looked at June. "Just remember what you are fighting for. Your life depends on your very reasons to live, hold them close." she said and suddenly a flood of freezing water showered over them soaking them in seconds. The flood so strong it blinded and plastered ever cloth and hair to their bodies. Hazel pulled June towards the center of the room and pressed her forehead to hers shielding their eyes from the worst of the water and conserving body heat. That lasted for several seconds but it felt like hours. The water shut off and Hazel pulled back shivering. "It's about to get hot in here." she shivered and looked down at the floor. "You can hear it better than you can see it but there is a puff before the steam comes out." she said.

    A puff of hot steam let out right under Hazel and she jumped back just in time. Hazel pulled June away from the wall as a large spray of steam came out of the wall. "It's not just the floor you have to worry about but it is the worst. If your feet get hit you won't be able to walk or run and it's over." she said looking into her eyes. "You got me!" She said and then pushed back as a stream came down from the ceiling. The music tempo picked up as the song started to play for a second time, and so did the steam puffs.
    March 16th, 2019 at 03:43am
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    June did as she was told and started to eat faster and drank more water. This girl knew the routine and June knew if she wanted to stay alive, she'd have to learn it too. "I'm June," she said and moments later the sound of carnival music started. She jumped and stood, a shot of panic at whatever games Hazel had been talking about were about to happen.

    She stood in the middle of the room with Hazel, her fear growing as Hazel urge her to keep fighting and then freezing water poured over them. June couldn't hold back the gasp that tore from her throat at the sudden shock of cold. Instantly she began to shiver violently and no longer caring that she and Hazel were practically naked, they gripped each other in an attempt to get warm. "We-we-we're going t-to get-t out of this-s-s," she quietly to Hazel through chattering teeth when their foreheads were pressed together.

    Finally the freezing water tapered off, leaving the two girls freezing and June worried what was next when Hazel said the heat would come next. She dodged the sudden blasts of steam as best she could, forcing her protesting legs to move fast enough. Dread filled her heart when the music picked up tempo and so did the steam. She had tried to keep close to Hazel but the steam was forcing them both to dance around the room and June knew that this was the game this man wanted them to play. Dancing around, half naked for his entertainment. She felt sick to her stomach but the danger of getting burned kept her focus off of throwing up.

    After what felt like forever, the music shut off and the lights above them went dim. June could feel herself shaking, still chilled to the bone from the icy shower and yet, sweaty from the intense heat of the steam. She felt more exhausted than she thought possible. She sat down on the cot, feeling silent tears begin to flow down her cheeks. Why hadn't she gotten an Uber home? Why hadn't she paid attention to her surroundings as she walked? She'd seen the news, heard the chatter about the bodies of girls her age being found around the city, but it all felt so far away. Why was this sicko doing this??

    She couldn't stop the tears but she was resolved to stay strong. Seeing Hazel so strong and trying hard to keep them both alive, she couldn't let this other girl down if they were going to get out of here. "Hazel?" she whispered. "We need to escape this hell."
    March 16th, 2019 at 04:37am
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    When the music shut off Hazel collapsed to the floor and just laid there shaking. The steam made the room feel like a sauna and yet she was still so cold. She let the tears come now. She didn't know how a monster like this was born but she hoped one day she would get the chance to watch him die. Hazel let herself relax into the floor and looked over at June. She recognized the angry self blame and knew it would pass when she came to realize that there was no reason that she had to be mad at herself in this moment when it was this sick psycho that was to blame because in truth there was no reason in the world he should be doing this.

    It was hard to remember that there was so much that didn't matter right now. There was only life and how to survive. That was all hat mattered, not what could have been or what happened back then, but what was happening now and what was possible in the future that would give them reason to live. Hazel didn't have the energy for anything other than how to survive and it was working for her, she was here and alive.

    Hazel hummed tiredly as June called to her. she managed to turn towards her covering her body by curling up. When June's fight came back she smiled and nodded. "I know. I have a plan." she said. "He won't be back tonight. But in the morning he will be back with our last drops of water for a couple days. Sometime soon he will bring laced food and water meant to drug us. That is when he will take me and most likely kill me, or he will try to." Hazel pushed herself up and whimpered. She had a salad on her thigh. Hazel moved to the bed and sat next to June. she leaned into her and spoke so only she could hear. "If we are going to get out of this we need to do a lot of trusting and be really strong.

    Hazel went through the last couple girls that had come and gone and all Hazel had saw in as short as she could telling her everything important she could think of. "The point if that if we try and fight him he is ready for it. The only time I have ever seen him be caught off guard is after he took a girl out of the room." Hazel then told her about her plan. "When he comes with food and water we will dump out the water in the drain but you will need to eat all the food. If he thinks he has drugged us both then he will feel safe." she whispered to her. "That is our only chance." She said and yawned. "June..." she was silent for a while and looked sad. "I haven't slept in so long. Do you think you have enough energy for me to get a few hours? Then we can trade off." she said and looked pleadingly at June really hoping she would be able to get some sleep now. They had talked for hours and they had so much more planning to do before he came back to watch them again and please himself with the fear he had placed inside of them.
    March 16th, 2019 at 05:22am
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    June listened in horror about the other girls and nodded hesitantly in agreement to eating the laced food. She didn't want to be vulnerable like that again, and what if Hazel couldn't get away? No, no, she had to stay strong. Hazel was right, this would require a lot of trust in each other but if it was even the smallest chance of escaping, they had to take it. "I can do that. Just.. promise you'll come back for me when you get away..." she said, fearing the thought of being alone and drugged in a few days time. Hazel looked even more exhausted than June felt so June said, "Get some rest. I can keep watch." She settled in near the other girl, sitting and watching and listening while Hazel slept.

    Over the next few days they endured more of the same freezing and burning games. One of the times June wasn't quite fast enough to dodge the steam and earned a sizable burn on one of her legs and several scrapes and bruises. Her and Hazel finalized their plan and though June was still nervous about getting drugged again, she hoped the laced food would come soon while she and Hazel still had the energy to attempt their escape.

    Eventually, it came. After a particularly rough "game", one that lasted longer than June thought any of the others had gone, he brought them food and water. And just like they planned, June ate all of it, trying to use to body to block Hazel dumping the drugged water behind her. She felt the drugs kicking in quickly and she climbed onto the cot with Hazel, weakly squeezing the other girl's hand until she couldn't control her body anymore. The last thing she heard was the sound of the door squeaking open loudly and the feeling of the Hazel's hand disappeared.
    March 16th, 2019 at 05:53am
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    The days drew on and Hazel grew to rely on June. She could never leave someone behind in all this but she still had to figure out a way to sedate the psycho so she could get her and June out. It also didn't help that she had no idea where they were. One night Hazel asked if anyone had been looking for her at all while she was gone the three weeks and June had looked sad not saying much and Hazel understood her silence.

    The days went past and she knew it had to be soon. After a hard game and the food came Hazel looked at it and then June. They proceeded with their plan and Hazel just hoped that the laced food times two wouldn't hurt June but it was a risk they had to take. Hazel held June's hand and forced herself to calm her breathing and to relax with June. She was so thankful for all the times she practiced yoga and mediation as she let her mind wonder to another place. As the door creaked open she knew it was time and she had to relax and let him take her. Hazel felt him lift her from the bed and she relaxed into his arms her breathing even as she felt him take her out of the room. This was it, she had to act now before he got the chance to do whatever he wanted to do to her and June alone.

    Hours later, Hazel came back to June limping and pretty beat up. It had taken more than she realized it would but she had knocked him out, drugged him up with his own drugs and tied him up with his own devices. Hazel opened the door and went to June. "June you have to wake up we have to run now." she said holding the keys. She had been lucky when she searched his pockets she had found his wallet and keys. Hazel pulled June up and helped her out of that awful building piling into an old beat up van and driving them away from that hell.

    Hazel sat in the hospital bed as the cops stood outside of her room talking. They hadn't found the man but with everything she had described and the things she knew about Penny they had believed her. Hazel had rushed drugs and sedation thought he doctors were instant she needed rest. She told them she would rest when the bastard was in jail and on death row.

    Hours later Hazel watched the cops as a new man approached. He stood just in front of her window and looked in kind brown eyes meeting her eyes. Hazel looked down and hugged her knees to her chest. They had given her actual cloths over the hospital robes. The hospital psychologist said it might help her rest better because of the trauma she had suffered. Hazel wasn't telling anyone everything that happened to her and everyone was telling her it was going to be okay but it only made her angry but the way this man outside her window was looking at her was more than the false sympathy that everyone else was giving her..
    Drake stood at the door to his new ward. She was a small pretty little brunette but she looked like she was in a rough way all skin and pale. She had been through a lot. His debriefing had told him everything they knew so far but When Drake turned to look at the woman in the bed and her eyes meet his he could tell there was more there than she was telling anyone. He didn't blame her, if it wasn't going to help them catch this guy then why didn't she need to tell them.

    Drake wasn't like the other cops around, he specialized in the victims unit as a personal bodyguard in the FBI. He actually graduated from Quantico with some of the highest marks in many areas but he had a couple missions under his belt by now. Drake shook the cops hands and sent them to go get coffee. He was sure June was pretty overwhelmed with all he people after such an event. Drake knocked and popped his head in. "June may I come in?" he asked a waited until she agreed before slipping in and leaving the door open a crack so she wouldn't feel trapped with him. "My name is Special Agent Drake Stevenson but you can call me Drake." he said staying a good distance for her but close enough to be able to use a calm voice without her having to strain to hear him.

    "I have been assigned as your bodyguard. We have a safe house we will be taking you to after you are discharged." he said. Drake stood relaxed with a calm presence his hazel green eyes resting his gaze on her eyes. He was perceptive but not intrusive. "Do you have any questions for me so far June?" he asked her softly.
    March 16th, 2019 at 07:04am
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    Kelden had arrived with his partner, Agent Stevenson, to the hospital where two girls inside had managed to escape from a sadistic creep that the media and the public were now calling The Boiler after details had leaked about the bodies having various burns and now the two girls with burns of their own. The girl, Hazel, had been a huge help in tracking down where they had been kept, but unfortunately the bastard had cleared out before the police had gotten there. They'd learned now of the sick "games" he'd played with his victims, the girls recounting some of their experiences but he had a feeling from the look in their eyes that there had been more too it than they were letting on.

    He had been talking with Hazel's doctor outside her room, and glancing in, he met her sharp gaze. He could see the darkness lurking behind her eyes but also a fire. He instantly recognized her for the fighter she was, thanked the doctor for letting him know that the two girls were now being released into the agents' care.

    He knocked on the door and cracked it slightly. "Hazel, I'm Special Agent Kelden Hanover, may I come in and speak with you?" He asked, waiting for her approval and standing so that he wasn't blocking the door but also didn't get close. He couldn't imagine what she'd been through and the last thing he wanted to do was make her feel trapped again.

    "You're being released from the hospital, but my partner and I, Special Agent Drake Stevenson, are going to be relocating you and June to a safehouse in a different part of the city. We've been assigned as your bodyguards until we catch the man who did this," he explained. It was implied that they believed the guy would attempt to come back and finish what he'd started but Kell didn't want to say that out loud. He was sure she had already figured it out and saying it wouldn't do any good. "Are there any questions you have for me?"
    June sat in the hospital bed, not sure if she actually believed it yet. She'd been so, so fuzzy when Hazel had gotten her up and out. She couldn't even really remember how they'd gotten to the hospital, just flashes of the city blurring by as she and Hazel hurried down the streets. The drugs were finally out of her system now, the nurses having kept her hooked up to fluids to rehydrate her as well as flush out anything left. She stared hard at her hands, digging her nails into her palms to prove to herself that this was real, that she was really out of that hellhole.

    A knocking sounded and a man poked his head in the door, asking to come in. She nodded, relaxing her clenched hands to avoid anyone questioning her mental state.

    She listened, trying to push away the flashes of memories and focus on what the Agent was saying. A safehouse? But.. Did they think the man would come back for them? Oh god, they did. Why else would she have an FBI agent assigned to guard her in a safehouse? The realization that she wasn't just going to be able to slip back into her normal life hit her like a ton of bricks. Even without being kept under guard in a safehouse, did she really think she was going to be able to go right back to her old routine with no issues? It was stupid to think that she could have. So instead of asking about her job, asking about her apartment, she thought of what really mattered anymore and realized pretty much only one thing did.

    "Is Hazel ok?" She asked. She'd tried to ask doctors, nurses, and policemen since she'd arrived and been separated from the girl who, after going through this horrific experience together, she felt closer to than a sister. No one had answered her, throwing question after question in her face instead. What had happened, how did they escape, where did they come from, who had taken them, why, how did she get taken, just question after question bombarded at her and most of them she didn't have an answer for. "How much longer until I'm discharged?" She asked.
    March 16th, 2019 at 08:15am
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    Hazel looked over the agent her eyes untrusting and calculating but they were hiding a vulnerability. She shook her head. "When do we leave?" she asked wanting to get out of this hospital now. She was tired of the tests and the questions and the feeling of being trapped. "Also I rather go somewhere not in the city. I'm tired of buildings." she said and stood pushing her hair back looking at him and grabbing the hoody she had been given by a very sweet nurse. She pulled the blue hoody over her her head and pulled up the hood grabbing the shoes. Tennis shoes, it made her stomach turn. She had been out on a run when she had been taken. She had been trying to get into running rather than her normal workout routine, that had been a mistake but now Hazel was determined that no matter what this asshole did to her she was not going to let him be present every time she did something that reminded her. She was going to deal with it until the pain and the flinching went away. Hazel tied up her shoes and walked over to the agent holding herself high. "And just for the record when this asshole comes back for me I'm not relying on you to save my ass. I have already done that myself." she said implying that his protection wasn't needed. Hazel walked out of the room. Maybe it was the safety this guy was trying to give her that made her so angry. She had told the police earlier they were useless as well and they couldn't do their damn jobs. Hazel was angry and in so many ways she had a right to be.

    Hazel popped into June's room and softened. "Hey lets blow this joint." she said and grabbed the shoes on the dresser and took them over to June's bed. "How are you doing?" she asked and touched the end of her hair tenderly. Hazel knew June had so little time to really build up the defense that Hazel did to everything and she wanted to be there to help June through it. She would need someone to show her that they could go back their lives. Hazel knew somewhere in the back of her mind that she was still using taking care of June as a defense mechanism but she couldn't focus on that right now or she would break in front of everyone. The last thing she would be able to stand is being locked up in a looney bin and sedated. Hazel looked at the other body guard as he smiled gently. She rolled her eyes. "Come on June the agents are getting us out of here. We can't hank them for that." she said and smirked a moment before moving to the window and looking out going still and waiting for everyone else to be ready to leave.
    Drake was about to answer June's question as Hazel waltzed into the room and answered them all for him. "We have some time if you needed a moment though June." he said seeing Hazel was anxious to get out of here. He pressed the nurse call button and she came in and unhooked June from all the machines. She put a bandaid on her hand squeezing it gently before leaving. They were in the clear and ready to go.

    Drake realized Hazel was in a really bad way and looked over as his partner came in as well. They were careful not to block the door to make the girls feel trapped. There was so much to consider and even if they did everything right it was still no guaranty that the girls would react well anyways but Drake was determined to do his best to help their woman start to heal. Drake could tell by the short interaction that Hazel didn't trust in their abilities to protect them but more she was angry because it was the easiest thing to hold onto, it would get her through. Drake would suggest to Kelden some fighting training for her, it would let her get that anger out and let her start to work through the other emotions.

    For June was was still trying to figure out what would help her, first some normalcy he was thinking. "Would either of you like to stop by your apartments and gather some things?" he asked. Hazel looked over from her dazing at the window and scoffed. "No." she said and Drake looked at June. "Would you like to pick up some cloths or anything else June?" he asked so she knew she still had the option even though Hazel didn't want anything.
    March 16th, 2019 at 08:01pm
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    Kelden nodded. “It’s not quite in the city, a more private area. It’s quiet, lots of trees,” he assured her. He waited as she got ready, occupying himself with watching the doctors passing by. He listened as she approached and stared down at the anger burning in her eyes, hearing it in her voice. He wasn’t going to argue. “Alright,” he nodded. “You can handle yourself, I got it. I’m just here to take the guy in, if he comes,” he shrugged. Kell wasn’t really expecting the guy to be able to find them in the first place with all the safety precautions in check. Despite that, he still wasn’t taking the case lightly. He’d dedicate his body and soul into making sure the bastard was caught.

    He followed her to June’s room, moving in beside his partner. He watched the girls’ close interaction and it was dawning on him that they were going to need each other to get through this still. Again he wondered at the finer details that had bonded these two so closely but he certainly wasn’t going to push to find out. They had the info they needed to best protect these girls and anything else was not his business.

    June got ready quickly and declined stopping at her apartment and off they were. Usually they would have taken the girls separately but the psychologist at the hospital had mentioned that letting them stay together would be better to help them heal. He hadn’t argued and so now he drove them across the city, the buildings growing smaller and far and fewer between until they reached a house, nestled among trees and hidden away from prying eyes. Not many people lived out in this area, it was primarily undeveloped except for a few houses spaced out far with little of note between.

    “You guys are welcome to anything in the house, it’s stocked up with food and any human essentials. You’re not trapped here, it’s only a precaution to get you away from the city, but if either of you needs to leave the house for whatever reason, Agent Stevenson or I will need to accompany you,” he explained. He pulled out a couple of cellphones, handing them to each girl. “These are only to contact each other, or one of us with. All the numbers are already programmed in,” he said.
    June relaxed visibly as Hazel came into her room. A small spark of light came back into her at the thought of getting away from the hospital and the city and she put on her shoes and was ready to go in minutes. She didn’t want to stop at her apartment, nothing there felt important enough to get after what had happened.

    In the back of the car, June held onto Hazel’s hand and watched the city disappear slowly. She felt like it was slightly easier to breathe the further away she got from where the nightmare had happened. When they pulled up to the house she was surprised at how nice it was. When she’d heard safehouae, she’d pictured something small and rundown like in the tv shows, but the house was decently sized and had been well maintained.

    She listened to Agent Kelden speak, giving them a few minor rules about only going out with an agent and having cellphones in case they needed them. She wasn’t exactly sure how she felt about the agents yet, part of her was glad that she wasn’t just being sent home to deal with the fear and paranoia alone in her apartment, but another part of her didn’t really like the thought of being stuck with two men she didn’t know and having to be accompanied every time she wanted a breath of fresh air.

    But for now, she knew one thing for sure and that was that she was hungry. “I’m going to make a little food,” she said, following everyone inside. “Does anyone.. want anything?” She asked, trying to be polite but feeling a bit awkward. With their answers, she looked around for the kitchen and poked around for ingredients. She needed to cook her own food to make sure it was safe to eat, even at the hospital she had refused any food brought to her despite her hunger. The thought of it being laced again had sent her into a panic and caused problems with the nurses. She pushed the thought away, trying to focus back on what to make. She just had to keep her mind off of it and maybe someday it would all go away.
    March 16th, 2019 at 09:27pm
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    When they got to the warehouse she got out and went inside looking around. She would take a more detailed tour later including exits and windows and everything else. She looked up when June offered her food and she shook her head. "I will get something later." she said and then nodded to Kelden. "Come on playboy let's take a walk." she said seeming more relaxed but still observing everything. She couldn't stop, couldn't turn off. Even the car ride had made her clench her hand that wasn't in June's. It had taken everything in her not to hang out the window the entire torturous ride.

    When Hazel got outside she sighed and let her eyes close a moment standing on the back porch. She opened them and looked at Kelden before she started through a wooded path just behind the house. She moved slowly through the trees letting the plants brush her palms and over her body. She looked back at Kelden. "So how does an agent get picked to babysit?" she asked as she continued down the trail. She was planning on just walking for a while to enjoy the outside but also she was surveying the land while the light lasted. If she had to escape the house she needed to find places that it would be easy to run and hide or escape if she was in that much danger.

    They walked down until they got to a lake and she looked out at it. If she went down he path some more she could go tot he little dock. It was a good place to hide. He would not expect her to hide in the water. If it was dark she could stay under the water as long as needed. If she kept going downtime fork it looks like it kept leading into the forest but after a 15 minute walk she was ready to head back for some water. She didn't want Kelden to really know exactly what she was doing. Hazel silently turned after a while and headed back to the house.
    Drake smiled as June asked if anyone wanted anything. He shook his head. "Thank you June." he said and set his bag down looking outside as Hazel all but darted outside. At least she invited Kelden with her. He would call that progress even if she basically called him eye candy. He chuckled softly to himself and ran a hand through his hair. Tonight was going to be rough. He was pretty sure that Hazel would be up all night and June wasn't going to sleep well. He might be surprised though. Drake went and put his bag in one of the rooms before he headed into the kitchen. "Hey June." he said softly so she knew he was there and he had a seat at the table in the kitchen. "Finding everything alright?" he asked. All the safe houses were pretty much set up the same so he could help her find anything she needed. He was glad though that she was eating. It was the doctors biggest concern letting her leave but he mentioned to the doctor that hospital food was not the most appealing. The doctor laughed agreeing and told him to keep an eye on it anyways and let him know if she didn't resume eating.

    Drake watched her move confidently around the kitchen. She must have cooked often before all of this. He was a terrible cook but he did make a mean chili and corn bread. There was something about it he could live off of forever so he learned to cook it. Maybe he could recruit June to help him make it one day. He had a feeling they were going to be here a while. The big dogs didn't think they would be here longer than a month but Drake had studied this case and this psycho was a mad genius, escaping authorities and keeping evidence that normally would be on the bodies off of it. Drake volunteered for this job because he had a strong belief that this psycho was going to come back for the girls out of sheer narcissism. There was no way with his control issues he was going to let his favorite "playthings" go. It made Drake sick but it was his job to be able to understand this guy. His skills in psycho analysis was a great resource with June and Hazel.
    March 16th, 2019 at 11:19pm
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    Kelden followed Hazel outside, resisting the urge to sigh at her nickname for him. As far as wards went, she was definitely far from the most unpleasant he'd had to deal with, but he could still tell that she wasn't going to make this too easy on him. "You can call my Kelden or Kell if you want," he mentioned as they walked outside. He watched her and kept his senses sharp on their surroundings, but all was peaceful around here. She seemed observant as they went down the path and if he hadn't done the same thing hundreds of times, he wouldn't have recognized it. But he had, so he could tell she was checking her routes for escape should something happen. He didn't plan on letting the chance happen for her to have to use it but he was still pleased that she was planning ahead anyway, even though it meant that she didn't think him capable of protecting her.

    He couldn't blame her after what she'd been through though, so he didn't mention anything about it. "Pays better than babysitting," he said lightly in response to her question. He thought back to babysitting his little brother and other neighborhood children as a teen to earn extra money. "It's just a matter of where we're sent though, its part of the job. I'm sure a lot of the newer recruits think that getting the glory of taking down the bad guys is better, but in the end, all of it is the same good work."

    Kell stood at the end of the dock with her until she started heading back towards the house. "Hazel, what would you think of doing some hand to hand combat training?" he asked, suddenly. She was a natural fighter, the proof of that was the fact that she was standing before him now, a survivor. With some training behind that strength, she could give some of the trainees he'd worked with a run for their money.
    June heard Drake coming to join her in the kitchen before he said anything, she'd learned to rely on her hearing a lot more. She glanced at him and gave him a small smile as he sat down at the table. "I think I'm ok, thank you though," she said, looking through the cabinet. She was pretty sure she had seen everything she'd need to make what she wanted. She began boiling some pasta and chopping veggies. Her stomach growled as the smell of food hit her.

    "So," she began, stirring the pasta. "How long have you been in the FBI?" She asked, cringing a little at the poor attempt at small talk. She had to admit she was curious though. She had never thought in her life that she'd ever be involved in anything with the FBI. Then again, she had never thought she'd be a survivor of a serial killer either and look where she had ended up. A flash of anger sparked in her chest and she paused her stirring a moment to breathe. Focus on anything but that, she thought to herself.

    She put some final touches on the pasta and even though everyone else had declined food, she'd made enough for anyone else to have some too. She grabbed a small bowl and sat down with Drake. Her stomach growled and she took a small bite. The first good, real food she'd eaten in she wasn't exactly sure how long. A couple weeks maybe? Tears began to form at the corners of her eyes and she set down the fork as they started rolling down her cheeks. She quickly tried to wipe them away, embarrassed and ashamed to be showing this emotion over some stupid pasta that probably wasn't even very good.

    "I'm sorry," she apologized, frustrated that the tears just kept coming.
    March 17th, 2019 at 02:58am
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    Hazel smirked as he told her to use his name instead of her creative nicknames. "I think playboy is more fun." she teased but would make a note of it for the future. She guessed he wasn't a bad guy she should probably be kind enough to use his name. When he answered her about babysitting she laughed, her laugh was short but genuine all the same. It wasn't probably as funny as a joke but it wasn't what she was expecting him to say for sure. "I think if you are a smart man and you seem to be to me so far then you put your money were your going to get the bad guy... he won't give up and he's smart. I just happen to be highly motivated." she joked and smirked though it wasn't funny and it made her shiver. She hoped he was smart enough to let the subject drop.

    Hazel looked back at Kelden as he asked her a question. She frowned thinking it over. "It's a thought." she said after a long pause the house coming back into view now. She grinned at him as she slowed to walk beside him. "You thinking about giving me some free lessons on survival?" she challenged him watching him closely to see how he would take the bait she laid out for him. The last thing she wanted people to label her was a survivor, a fighter fine, she always had been but you didn't survive something like this you fought through it and either lived or died, everyday was a fight and it would be as far as she could see because everyday there would be a chance to trigger some fear or emotion and then the choice became to let it defeat you or fight back.
    Drake nodded. "Yeah I'm here to help." he said and smiled. He sat there watching her cook. She asked about him and he smiled. It was a good start. "Five years come December." He said and watched her fight through the emotions. He was proud when she took the food sat and started to eat. He was sure there was so much that had triggered her just then, some she might not even be aware of.

    She had made too much food than just for herself and it touched him to see that kindness could still be very much a live in someone that had every right to be selfish after all she had been through. He watched her eat not staring at her intently but just noting as he looked out the window talking with her casually until he noticed the tears. He stopped talking and placed his hands in his lap. It was something he never knew how to deal with and yet it was his job, the tears of the hurt. She apologized and he shook his head grabbing a tissue and handing it to her. "You have absolutely nothing to apologize for. I would think something was wrong if you didn't cry." he said thinking of Hazel, she didn't stop long enough to let it hit her and it would take longer for her to heal. "Tears are healthy and are the beginning to healing. You can cry as much as you like and if you need more tissues or something to hit I will be there to help you through it." he said and sat back down looking at her with soothing and supportive eyes. "Unfortunately I am not very funny but I have some really bad jokes if you needed. Sympathy laughs are my bread and butter." he admitted.
    March 17th, 2019 at 04:01am
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    Kelden scrunched up his face. "Well, I mean if you want to learn survival tips I know a few things like starting a fire and skinning fish and other small animals," he said. "But no, I meant some offensive and defensive maneuvers in case you get into a fight with someone." He thought for a moment. "You'll get to hit me a bunch if that sweetens the deal for you," he said, a slight grin on his face. "Just something to think about, you don't have to give me an answer right away," he said after a few moments of silence. He didn't want to pressure her into it, but he had a feeling it could help her burn away some anger and also be beneficial to her in case anyone ever tried to mess with her again. Truly though, he hoped she would never need it.

    The sun was beginning to set, and the golden rays through the leaves dances all around. It was a really beautiful sight. "Can't get views like this in the city," he chimed, stretching his arms above his head and glancing at the sunset. He followed her up onto the porch and noticed that she didn't quite look ready to go inside yet so he leaned up against the railing and looked out across the yard. He spotted movement down the trail they had come from and he stiffened for half a second before relaxing. "Hey look, deer" he whispered, gesturing to a deer and a fawn walking across the trail.
    June took the tissue, appreciative though still highly embarrassed. She continued to dry her eyes, hiccuping and trying to get her breathing back under control. When she started to regain composure, she looked at Drake and gave a small nod. "I'll take a bad joke or two," she agreed, grateful that he was trying to cheer her up. She didn't really feel much like smiling but he had kind eyes that looked eager to stop her crying.

    The joke was indeed awful and she couldn't help but crack a small smile. "You're right, that was a terrible joke," she said, but the smile remained on her face.

    "I don't think I can eat anymore right now," she admitted. She'd only taken a few bites but it was already feeling like more than she'd gotten at any one time in the cell. She gently pushed the bowl away from her. "You're welcome to have it if you want," she offered. She didn't particularly want the leftovers, feeling like it would get drugged if she couldn't kept an eye on it the entire time. She remembered how much she loved leftover Chinese food in the mornings after ordering a bunch of takeout the night before. She wondered if she'd ever be able to bring herself to eat takeout again if she couldn't prepare it herself.
    March 17th, 2019 at 05:14am
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    Hazel grinned a little as he went nan entirely different direction with the survivor training than she would have. "Naw I think I will stick to beating you up." she said and smiled as he mentioned her being able to hit him a lot. She was sure he would hold his own and help her to hold her win as well. She didn't completely agree to it right then but knew it would be something she would feel driven to do. She had the basics, foot, nuts, eyes and run. It was the stupid thing they taught girls to protect themselves. It didn't always work but it had been the start of a winning battle for her.

    They got up onto the porch and Hazel stood there watching Kelden lean against the porch. She smiled softly and looked up at the sunset and nodded as he spoke. It was beautiful and it was something she had thought she would never see again at one point or another. Kelden tensed and so did Hazel her eyes searching for what caused him to spook. When he pointed out the dear she sighed and ran a hand through her hair. She frowned and thought of the kind of life they had. How often they ended up dead and she wrapped her arms around her self staring at them then shook her head and turned going inside perfectly content with how the screen door made a creek and banged on the door jamb as she went inside. Hazel went to the kitchen and got some water from the sink and downed it. She leaned against the counter with a sigh noticing how June and Drake looked at her. "Sorry the door was heavier than I thought it was." she lied and then rooted in the fridge grabbing some food and making a plate. she ate the food June made and ended up melting into a chair by June. "Good pasta June." she said and looked at her seeing she had been crying. It wasn't something unusual for them but still Hazel touched her hand gently and smiled reassuringly. "You need me to beat up the big one?" she nodded towards Drake who grinned at her teasing. Hazel looked at Drake. "Kelden offered me some combat training so I would watch yourself here soon." she teased and he chuckled. "Good to know. I will be on good behavior." Drake said and made Hazel grin before finishing her food and cleaning up after her self.
    Drake smiled as she suggested a joke. "Okay but I warned you." he said and thought about it a moment before just going with his classic favorite. "What do cows like to do on the weekend?" he asked a waited a moment until their eyes meet and he grinned. "They go to the moovies." he said emphasizing the moo like a cow did. He chuckled unable to help it. Some jokes were to terrible not to laugh at in his opinion. She cracked a small smile and it soothed his heart. He was glad that he could help even in a small way.

    When she pushed the food away he nodded understanding. "Alright, well the kitchen is always open." he said and tossed out her food in her bowl for her then put the other stuff up in the fridge later for the others. He would eat later, he had a late lunch. "I'll clean up you can relax and drink some tea or something." he smiled and nodded towards the single serve coffee and tea maker. "Pretty sure they added hot coco, better drink that up before anyone else knows it's there." he said grinning softly as he washed the pot and put the dishes in the washer. "Were you wanting to take a walk or something? I think there are some movies by the tv out there." he spoke with June. He just wanted to help her take her mind off it all for a little while. She had already done so much today that he felt distracting herself wouldn't hurt her.
    March 17th, 2019 at 05:44am
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    Kelden let his head drop in disappointed frustration as he heard the door slam behind him. He'd fucked that up apparently. He stayed a few moments longer, watching the deer pass out of view and then followed inside, making sure to close the door more quietly. He locked it behind him.

    He heard voices in the kitchen and headed that direction, smelling something delicious. It looked as though June had eaten and Hazel was finishing up food of her own. Good, they deserved some real food finally. "Thanks for cooking June, I'll be having some of this later," he grinned at her, noting that her eyes were a little red and puffy.

    He grabbed a water bottle and did a perimeter check around the inside of the house, making sure windows and doors were secure as he went. He would do another after the girls had gone to bed. In the meantime, he explored the safehouse a bit, checking to see what books and movies this one had. As an agent he was able to keep boredom in check better than most but he still enjoyed a good movie or novel.

    He heard Drake and June head out the front door and looked around to see where Hazel went off to and found her wandering the house, he suspected she may also be checking the doors and windows for ways to escape. "Looks like you get first dibs, which room do you want?" He asked, knowing there were a few to choose from. He and Drake would figure out theirs strategically after the girls had picked their own. "Is there anything you'd like here? When we get resupplied, we can get you just about anything you think you might need."
    June jumped hard at the banging of the door and even though it was Hazel, she still kept a tense. She did relax however, as Hazel teased Drake and they went back and forth a bit with some banter. They all chatted for a bit and when the talking died down, Drake offered her some opportunities to go do something to get her mind off of things.

    "A walk would be nice," she said. It'd been a long time since she'd been outside the city and she wanted to take in the fresh air. She stood up and made her way to the front door, waiting for Drake to follow since she knew he would need to go out with her, and after seeing it was getting dark, she grabbed the large flashlight sitting by the door.

    "Don't stay out too late you crazy kids," she heard Kelden call from the living room. She was starting to get a sense that Kelden was kind of a jokester.

    Right now it was still light enough to see without the flashlight so she didn't turn it on yet but started to take a path off the side of the house. Maybe it was the fact that she hadn't really had a real, regular conversation in a while, but June was feeling talkative. "I think I'll watch a movie later, when we get back," she said. She had a feeling she wasn't going to be sleeping very well tonight. "You're welcome to join me if you want, though I have to warn you that I have a soft spot for rom-coms," she said with a smile, looking back at him.
    March 17th, 2019 at 06:35am
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    Hazel moved on to her mission earlier while everyone was out. She also took one of the paring knives from the kitchen and pocketed it. As she walked the opposite way she had seen Kelden go she checked windows wondering how hard it would be to get it open with a crowbar. She really wished they had some wooden pegs to put in the windows as well so they couldn't be opened unless you took out the peg. She checked the locks on the doors pleased to see a deadbolt and a safety latch up top. She knocked on them glad they weren't just wood either. At least someone had been thinking about that entrance. She had looked in the bedrooms and found one that had the escape advantage facing the back of the house towards the path she had explored earlier. It also had large furniture she could use as a temporary block. She really wished that there was that security latch on the door as well. She bit her lip closing the door and looked around the house finding a couple places she would want to explore later when Kelden wasn't walking about the house.

    Hazel had just been in the bathroom checking out what was in there when she ran into Kelden. When Kelden offered her first pick of the rooms she smiled. "Thanks." she pointed out the room that she had thought safest earlier. When he then asked about supplies and sighed. "Yeah actually I have a few things in mind. I will get you a list." she said and chuckled. It was probably a typical girl thing to make a small request into a list ordeal. "And June probably could use some cloths of her own as well." she said wanting to be sure she would be taken care of. Hazel was sure he would look at her list and be surprised. But if she was staying here for a couple weeks or more she would feel better with a few things as far as security went. When this was all over she was going to buy a house and make it her own. She smiled at the thought. She was starting to believe that there would be an end to all this and though she wasn't going to admit it yet she believed some of that had to do with Kelden. He treated her like she was normal and she appreciated that.

    Hazel looked down at her shoes and tapped her toe against the heel of her other foot. "I think it would be a good idea to take you up on the training. The sooner the better. I... I also would like to try some running." she said tensing up at the thought of it. The entire point was that she wanted to be able to outrun and out fight this psycho and the memory of him was not going to stop her.
    Drake smiled as he watched June take the flashlight. He liked that she was thinking ahead. Normally he wouldn't encourage walking as dark was coming but June had been cooped up long enough and it was a good idea to get her out for her own mental health especially after what happened at dinner. Drake chuckled hearing his partner. "Don't burn down that house while we are gone." he teased his partner back before walking out the door walking beside June.

    June started to talk and Drake smiled nodding. "Yeah I might sit in for a while before I make my rounds." he said. "I don't mind watching anything." he said knowing they had many kind of movies but there was always one they stayed away from when stocking the houses and he was glad because he didn't like horror movies, there was too much real life horror for him already.

    "So when the house is restocked we can get you some more things, is there anything you want or need, just let me know and I will make sure they pick it up." He was enjoying the simple walk with June. She was good company. He was surprised by the girls, they were stronger than anyone gave them credit for. He had seen grown men loose more of themselves under better circumstances than what these girls had been through. Drake found himself wondering what June was going to do when all this was finally over and she could move forward. He knew that once they caught the psycho that there would most likely be trials and his hope was that he would get the death sentence. There was still so much that these girls would have to endure and he hated that above all else because they had already been through so much.
    March 17th, 2019 at 04:09pm
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    Kelden wasn't surprised that she seemed to already have a list of things to get. He had a few things to add as well.

    "Yeah?" He asked, a bit surprised she was already taking him up on the offer. "And running? I try to go for a run every morning, you can join me for that. Even if not, we can still start the hand to hand tomorrow as well," he said, already planning some lessons in his head. They'd need some sparring gear, another thing to add to the list of supplies.

    "Did you see the gym room?" He asked. "Well, it's not really enough to be called a gym, you should see the one back at Quantico, but its decent," he said. "It's too dark to start sparring in the yard, but if you want to start something, we can start with a bit of kickboxing." He started to head towards the room that held the equipment. He could do with some boxing himself right now.
    June thought for a moment. "Yeah, I'll need some clothes. I maybe should have thought of a jacket," she said, noting that it was a lot chillier than it had been in the day. Still nowhere near as bad as the icy showers she'd had to endure. That reminder sent a shiver down her spine.

    She glanced down at the holster on Drake's side. She'd lived a fairly sheltered life and couldn't think of a time she'd ever really seen a gun in person. June wondered if she should start carrying now. Though she wasn't fool enough to believe that it would have changed anything, when she'd been taken she hadn't had any time to react, the pepperspray in her purse hadn't even been touched before she was out from whatever drugs he'd pushed into her. Again, she blamed herself for not having been paying attention. She looked away from the gun and focused back on the path ahead.

    When they reached the dock, June sat down and crossed her legs under her. It was too cold to stick her feet in the water right now but sitting here, the sounds of crickets so loud around them was peaceful. In the lake's reflection she could see the stars above and she looked up with a quiet gasp. She'd known that stars were easier to see outside the city but she couldn't remember a time ever being far enough away to see this many so clearly.
    March 17th, 2019 at 07:09pm
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    Hazel walked with him to the gym and looked around seeing some mats and weights and a punching bag. It was more than she had ever used. He sounded excited to get started. "I think first thing in the morning will be soon enough." she said and leaned against the doorjamb looking at him. "But if you wanted to I am sure that punching bag in the corner would be happy to be your partner for the night." she said and stretched. "I'll see you in the morning. When June get's back will you be sure to lock up the doors?" she didn't wait for his answer before turning and walking back out to check the rest of the windows. Hazel knew she would be up throughout the night checking doors and windows and searching in the attic as well.

    Hazel finished her tour, or rather inspection, and headed to the bathroom to freshen up. She put the towel on the counter and stripped. She turned on the shower and watched as the steam started to rise. She started to shake the terror seizing her. Hazel looked in the mirror and clenched her teeth and her hands. She forced herself under the stream of water. It was a good temperature but her knees still gave out and she sat on the shower floor weeping uncontrollably. She forced herself after while to grab the soup and cleaned up before reaching to turn off the water. She was still trying to stop the tears and get her breathing to come back as she watched the water circle into the drain. She opened the door and grabbed the towel crawling out of the shower and lay on the shower floor wrapped in the towel sobbing silently until she heard a knock on the door. Someone else needed the bathroom. Hazel stood dried off and looked in the mirror. She put on a scowl and opened the door. "What?" she didn't even really register who was standing there before moving off to her room holding her cloths under one arm the other gripping her towel.

    Hazel got in her room and locked the door checking the window and pulling the blinds before checking the drawer. She found some basic cloths and dressed in whatever was there. She crawled into the bed and lay there under the covers. If there was a true ability to sleep with your eyes open that is what she did now.
    Drake took off his and offered it to her. "Yeah I should have suggested it." he shrugged. Drake could feel her checking out the gun in his holster now that he had taken off his jacket it was exposed. He wasn't sure if it made her feel safe or not but he was an agent and it was his job to carry it. He rather have it for the moment he would need it then be without it.

    Once they reached the dock he stood beside June as she sat down looking at the inky water that was full of the sky. He smiled looking out at the night. It was so beautiful out here. When June looked up he moved sitting next to her in a very easy state that he could pop up from at a moments notice. He leaned back on his arms and looked at the sky with her and grinned. "We forgot just how vast it is out there." he smiled. "It can either make you feel very important or very insignificant." Drake chuckled. "I guess I feel both. I am humbled and yet I feel very special to be the only known life as far as my eyes can see the smallest dot of light out there." he looked over at June. She looked amazing with her eyes holding the galaxy.

    Drake's senses were heightened as he listened to the night. He wasn't going to let his guard down. It wouldn't be fair to June. She didn't need to be afraid or a left if she didn't want to be, it was his job to protect her and be on alert for her and he took it very serious. "See those three up there like a belt?" he pointed towards them. "That is orion's belt, you can see it nearly everywhere but only in places like this can you see his sword and arrow." he said pointing it out to her. "He is the warrior of the sky, a guardian to all. He points the way home, or that is the way the stories go." he smiled. He could talk about the stars for hours. The mythological connection between the stars and the stories were so interesting he wasn't sure how anyone could get bored looking at the night sky when it was full of stories.
    March 18th, 2019 at 12:01am