Safe.

Flashback...

03:34am on Friday, June 29, 2007

{ Racing red and yellow lights as they drove through the streets of Philadelphia. John looked into her eyes and for the first time he saw that she was frighten because of what she had just endured. All that kept running through his mind, was if he came in one second late...

In the car, he didn't know how to treat Denise. She was in shock. John had so much sorrow and remorse in his eyes while a cloud full of fears flooded her eyes. John looked over at Denise and saw that she was silently crying. He felt powerless because he couldn’t help her. John placed his hand on her hand and her body stopped shaking. 

As soon as they reached his home, he lit the fireplace, and made something to eat. He gave her fresh clothes to switch into and put a blanket in front of the fireplace.

John turned the radio on to an R&B station, Aaliyah’s "I Care for You" was playing. Denise walked down the steps from the bathroom and saw John running around trying to make everything perfect. A smile crept on her face.

“John, what are you doing?” She said sweetly.
“I’m trying to make you feel comfortable. You're safe, remember that!” He said.

They both sat in front of the fireplace.
Denise whispered, “John, will you hold me?”

Denise curled up into John arms. She could feel the tightness of his strength around her, smothering her with his love. They sat there eating a creamy soup and admiring the sparks in the fire. They both sat in front of the beautiful fireplace, listening to the radio.

One of Denise’s favorite song played and she began to dance. She grabbed his hand and they started to move in the same rhythm. They timidly looked into each other’s eyes and began to kiss until he touched her like the man before him did.

“AHH! Get off of me!” Denise yelled with tears in her eyes as she push John away from her.

John trying to defuse the situation said, “It's okay!"

She started to cry, "He almost raped me, John..." She said as she slammed herself back into reality.

John didn't know what to say but he replied, "I know, but I stopped it. And I won't let no man do that to you!!"

She started to shake and she uttered, "Why... would... he?"

She looked into the distance while John slowly walked up to her.

John replied, "I don't know, but know this, you are with me, and you'll always be safe with me."

He walked up to her and wrapped his arms around her allowing her body to cry. She broke down in his arms.

John whispered in her ear, "Denise, you're safe with me. I will protect you, no matter what. Trust me. I promise!” }

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