Fear Me Page 41

He hesitated before asking, “How old are you?”

“Eighteen.” He nodded before leaving. I sat back on the floor once they were gone and cried until I had nothing left.

* * *

Pepé was curled comfortably in my lap as I sat in Willow’s bedroom staring out the window. He must have sensed something was wrong because he hasn't left my lap since I got here. He was usually finding places to conquer and items to steal. I was pretty sure he already ran off with my keys as usual, before he came back to cuddle with me. He was probably ensuring I wouldn't search for them, which was the reason for his unusual cuddling.

“Are you going to tell me what is wrong? You look like you've seen a ghost or something.”

I took a deep breath before answering. “Keiran broke into my house and –”

“Oh my gosh! What? Where you there? Are you okay? Say something!” Willow had jumped off her bed and ran over to me shaking my shoulder.

“Willow, I'm okay for now but I won’t be if you keep shaking me. You'll give me whiplash.” She looked apologetic before releasing me.

“Sorry. I knew something was up between you two. It wasn’t adding up and by the way I didn’t buy that, ‘I don’t want to be friends with you bullshit’ for a second, but tell Keiran I said “nice try”.

“Willow, about that, I’m sorry I –”

“Don’t worry about it. I figured the only way I could help you now was to play along until you talked to me. So, what happened?” I ran down the story ending with the police arresting Keiran. “Wait…you said you were on the stairs when you heard the phone ring?” She was frowning now and I figured she was just upset.

“Yeah, what –”

“And you already saw the light cut off and footsteps downstairs before your phone rang?”

Yes. Willow –” She interrupted again holding up her hand to silence me.

“When you reached your room and grabbed the phone, I was the missed call?”

“Yes,” I stated simply knowing she didn't expect more than that.

“The only missed call?” I nodded this time, not bothering to say anything.

“It couldn't have been him.” I gave her a puzzled look and she explained. “Lake, I passed Keiran coming home from work. I stayed late to help with inventory.”

“Yeah, I told you, he dropped me off late after the party.”

She shook her head before stating, “I saw him turning down your street and that's when I called you. I figured he was coming to your house due to your recent “relationship”. I wanted to know what he was doing coming by so late.” She waggled her eyebrows suggestively but I only gaped at her as dread gut punched me and caused my head to swim. I leaned over placing my head between my knees, pissing Pepé off. He jumped off my lap and scurried out the room.

“Oh God. Oh no,” I chanted, rocking back and forth.

“Lake, no worries. We just go to the police and clear him.”

“No, you don't understand.” I sat upright and looked at Willow with tears in my eyes. “He'll kill her.”

* * *

Morning came and I had little sleep. I tossed and turned all night keeping Willow awake as well since we shared her bed. I didn't rush off to the station knowing the damage was already done but I didn't delay it too long either. I went home to shower and dress. Since I didn't know who the intruder was, I gratefully accepted Willow and Buddy’s offer to come with me.

Thirty minutes later I made my way to the station with Willow. She was still spooked over my confession last night. I regretted saying anything immediately but I knew the damage was already done when she freaked. I blew off her questions and went to bed. She has been giving me the silent treatment since then.

We arrived and entered the station hearing loud voices. The scene that greeted me immediately made me want to turn and run.

“You pigs just haven't had enough. Where is he? You don't have shit –” He stopped when he saw me, his eyes narrowed as they pinned me to the spot. Willow and I instinctively took a step back.

Dash shook his head before running a hand down his face. “You didn't have to do this, Lake. He never would have –”

“We don't have to explain shit!” Keenan roared, interrupting Dash.

“Young man, I need you to contain yourself before I throw your ass in jail along with your cousin.”

Sheldon burst through the door as the officer was reprimanding Keenan. “Keenan, stop being a douche. We don't know what happened,” she scolded.

“She's right, son. Settle down,” an older man stated.

“She won't get away with this Mr. Chambers. Not again.”

“Guy, you seriously need to chill. She's not after your precious cousin so settle down so we can do what we came to do.”

Willow had just laid down the law and if this were any other situation I would have found it amusing. Just then an officer came through with Keiran who looked tired in his rumpled clothing. He walked up to the desk to sign papers and collect his belongings. We immediately made eye contact and everything from last night came rushing back. I was so sure it was him that broke into my house to scare me.

“You are free to go, Mr. Masters.”

I frowned not understanding how he was already free to go. It was my understanding that they could hold someone for forty-eight hours without charges. Keiran was only here for eight. Don't get me wrong. I wanted him released but I hadn't even cleared him yet.

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