45. Charlie Manning - Short WalkMature

Charlie Manning

Once I'd introduced Scarlett to the Order, she sat in silence staring into her cardboard cup of tea. I couldn't bare seeing her like this. Silently, I promised myself that I would make Lucas pay for his unforgivable acts. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do it, but I swore that I would... somehow.

The more the silence hovered in the room, the more I couldn't stand it. Finally, I had to say something. "Scar?" When she didn't reply, I spoke louder and slightly more harshly. "Scar."

She looked up, the pain in her eyes evident for a moment until she masked it. "Yeah?" she said shakily.

"Let's go for a walk."

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Outside, the air was musky and so I took Scar through a route of the alleyways that would allow us to end up at a lake on the outskirts of Dreamland that I had discovered when I first came here, but that I had kept a secret from everyone until now. I felt that Scar deserved a place where she could feel completely isolated and safe from everyone else.

For the entire walk, Scar had just stared slightly ahead of her and down on the floor. I was worried about her. Really worried. This wasn't like her at all.

"Scar. Look up. You're completely safe now - from everything." It took her a few seconds to raise her gaze to meet mine, but when she did, there were tears in her eyes. "Come here." I pulled her into my arms, holding her like I'd never let go again. She shouldn't feel like this. Nobody should ever make anyone feel like this.

"Charlie..." I heard her try to speak, but I shushed her quietly and let her cry and hold me.

God knows she needed it.

I don't know why I did what I did next. All I wanted was to bring security into Scar's worlds. I probably made everything worse. I just hope she took what I did as a sign that I meant well and that I was going to take care of her, that I was going to get rid of Lucas - for good. Even if it meant I died.

So sue me. I kissed her.

The End

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