Saved By JonahMature

Taking a day from school had its perks. For one, there were no bullies around that made me feel like dirt beneath their otherwise perfect shoes. I felt…free.
I could walk around without the fear of being pushed down to the floor, or into school lockers, no looking over my shoulder and waiting for the bullies to strike. No name calling, no spit balls, rubber bands, food or shoes thrown at me.
Smiling, I strolled along the sidewalk; taking in all of the sites and watching people drive past in their cars or riding their bikes. It was just an ordinary day with ordinary things.
Waking up today, that last thing I wanted to do was go to school and be tormented just for existing; I didn’t want to brace myself for their horridness and inexcusable behaviour. I just wanted a day of peace and quiet, but unfortunately that didn’t last very long.
“Alvera!” I stiffened at the voice and slowly turned around to see Jared sauntering toward me.
I swallowed at the sight of him, his hair mussed from school; his eyes alight with a strange light.
“J-Jared” I stuttered.
He grinned at me as he looked me up and down. “You weren’t in school today Alvera, you don’t look like you’re sick” he tilted his head to the side and studied me. “Did you skip on purpose?”
I bit my lip and nodded jerkily.
Jared shook his head and let out a tsk. “Naughty, naughty” he murmured mockingly.  I did my best to avoid looking at him, but I couldn’t resist. The look in his eyes made my heart stutter and palms sweat, my crush for Jared increased more and more every time I saw him, no matter what he did to me, what he said or threatened to do, he was the epitome of perfection in my eyes.
Jared’s hand snuck out to trail down my cheek softly. “Such a shame it came to this” he whispered.
Before I could react, Jared grabbed my arms in a rough grip and tugged me over to his car.
“Let me go!” I shouted and ignored the thrill of his hands touching me, skin on skin, ignored the little happy dance my heart did. “You’re hurting me.” I whimpered softly.
Jared laughed and only tightened his grip on me, dragging me closer and closer to the waiting car.
“Help!” I cried out.
Jared slapped his hand over my mouth and held me tight against his tense body. “Shut up Alvera or I will be forced to get very rough” he growled in my ear.
Gooseflesh dotted my skin as cold fear slammed into me; it became clear that it wasn’t a game. Jared was going to hurt me; I could see it in his eyes, feel it in the rough grasp of his hands on my sensitized skin.
I fought his hold frantically, kicking my legs out and struggling to get free. “Stop fighting me” Jared snapped in frustration. I shook my head, continuing to struggle and fight against his hold.
“Let her go” a familiar voice snapped from behind me. Jared froze and looked toward the voice.
“Who’re you?” He asked in surprise.
“A friend, now let her go before I make you let her go” Jonah said warningly.
Jared laughed and shook his head. "That's a lie, I know Alvera doesn't have any friends. She's nothing, a nobody." Jared sneered.
I felt my face go bright red from shame. Jonah scowled at Jared and took a small step forward. "Let her go." He snapped.
Jared laughed again and tightened his already painful grip on me. "Get lost, this doesn't concern you." Jonah's face hardened into one of anger and determination.
"Don't make me tell you again, let Alvera go." I gulped at the rough growl of Jonah's voice.
Jared slowly let me go then pushed me forward, straight into Jonah. I slammed into him, almost knocking him to the ground. Reacting fast, Jonah caught me and held me steady as he watched Jared get into his car and speed away.
Jonah sighed and faced me with a rueful smile. “Hi Alvera” he said with a small finger wave.
I scowled at him. “Jonah what are you doing here?” I asked him in confusion.
He grinned with a small shrug, “I was just visiting the library and saw you with that guy, and I couldn’t just walk away and let him take you to his car, so I intervened.” I blinked at his explanation and sighed.
"Thank you for help me, I really appreciate it" I whispered to him softly.
“You want to come to the café with me? I’m really thirsty” Jonah said abruptly.
Biting my lip, I nodded. He gestured for me to follow him and led me down to a small café on the main road.

We sat at a small table outside, watching people walk by as we sipped our cold drinks in silence.
“About yesterday…”  Jonah began.
I looked to him expectantly, waiting for his explanation.
“I was thinking, if you’re really serious about Voodoo, I can teach you. I know my way around it quite well and if you wanted, I’ll show you the true and proper side of Voodoo.” I stared at him in silence for a beat before nodding enthusiastically.
“I’d love that, there’s nowhere and nothing around that has proper knowledge of Voodoo, so anything at all, I would greatly appreciate it” I said in excitement.
He smiled and handed me a piece of paper with his name and number on it then stood.
“Contact me when you’re ready and I’ll tell you where to meet me.” He paused and looked down at me with a raised eyebrow. “And no more skipping school and getting into confrontations with people, I may not be around to save you the next time” he murmured then walked away without a backward glance.
Frowning, I studied the piece of paper and thought over what he said. If only he knew that going to school put me in worse confrontations than the one with Jared today. What would he say if he knew? Would he even care? He must if he stepped in and saved me today then offered to teach me things about Voodoo.
Maybe this was the time in my life when things started to turn around and shine a light within the shadows to keep my tormentors and demons at bay.
I scoffed and stood up to head home.
“If only…” I muttered under my breath.

The End

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