Read Part 1 – Wallflower
Read Part 2 – Smoke
Read Part 3 – Fury
As I watch Cat and Charles, I think back to my escape from that burning house. The violent pain in my leg, which I limped on painfully through the woods until I reached the main road. Hitching to Alma’s house and grabbing the rest of my saved cash. Starting over.
I keep drinking, thinking I need the liquid courage, but it only weakens my resolve. I’m going to go home. I finally conclude. Why am I even here? I ask myself. What’s done is done. I have a good, if dull, life now. Everyone’s moved on and it’s time I did too.
In the parking lot, I’m trying to decide if I’m good to drive or if I need to call someone, when a pair of powerful hands grabs me from behind.
I wake up in the trunk of a moving car. My mouth is taped. I’m not afraid, just angry and humiliated. I’d been so foolish, thinking I was going to out all of them to the community, ruin their lives, make them suffer the way I had.
The car stops, and the trunk opens shortly after. Cat’s face is the first one I see. Meredith, Tommy, Laura, and Charles surround her. Cat’s crying softly. A gun gleams in the moonlight from Tommy’s hand.
“I never meant for any of this to happen, Casey. I’m sorry.” Cat tells me through her tears. I look at her, making eye contact, and I nod. I forgive her. I forgive them all. Why not? I never really existed anyway. None of it matters. No one will look for me when I’m gone.
Charles looks at the ground as Meredith leans into the trunk, her lips snarled. “You should have stayed away. We won’t let you ruin everything we’ve all worked for.”
Tommy steps closer, until the gun is almost pressed against my temple. I close my eyes, wanting it to be over, when I hear a scream.
“No!” Cat yells, knocking the gun from Tommy’s hand. It goes off, grazing Meredith’s shoulder. During the ensuing confusion, Cat pulls me from the trunk and we race deep into the woods as more gunshots sound in the distance. I look at Cat, adrenaline churning through my veins, and, even though I have every reason not to, I smile. No matter what happens, we are Cat-n-Casey once again.