“That’s it; I’m not even fucking joking anymore. I’m going for him.” Daniel shot up from the couch and started to head for the door.
“Daniel stop! You saw what happened last time you went for him. Please don’t go. I need to tell you something.” He took one last look at me and went for the door; there was no stopping him this time.
I ran upstairs to see Luke peacefully sleeping in his room; I ran over to him and shook him as hard as I could to wake him up. It took a while but he finally got up, panic had taken over my face and Luke could see this.
“Madi what happened? Where’s Daniel?”
“He’s gone, I got a text from Craig and he just flipped and left to go for him. Luke we need to get Beau to stop him!”
“Calm down Madi, we can sort this out. Skip doesn’t even know where our uncle lives so he won’t go that far, get your phone and we’ll call Beau.”
I ran downstairs and went into the living room, thoroughly searching for my phone but not finding it anywhere. I was pretty sure I left it in here. I ran into the kitchen, looking everywhere but not finding it anywhere.
Daniel probably came back in knowing that he’d not know where to go and taken my phone, this was terrible. I wish I could’ve stopped him when I had the chance but he got away, which must’ve meant that he came back into the house to get it. He couldn’t have gotten that far then.
I turned around to see Luke sleepily walking down the stairs.
“Found it yet?”
“Luke I’m scared, I think he took it. He’s probably gonna call him and then he’s gonna go and then he’s gonna get hurt! This is my entire fault, what can we do?”
“Panicking isn’t gonna get us anywhere, use the home phone to call Beau. I’m gonna go upstairs and get changed.” Luke shifted his weight upstairs as I reached for the phone, dialling Beau’s number.
It rang for a while but no one picked up, I tried again and again when finally he answered.
“Beau it’s Madi. Listen to me, something’s happened, you need to go to Craig’s house. Daniel’s gone over and he’s gonna get hurt. Beau you need to hurry up, me and Luke are the only ones home right now, please just hurry up.”
“Madi, hold up. Why is Daniel going over there? What happened?”
“Beau, just go!”
“Is this some kind of joke; is Brooke behind it just because I poured water over her? Well I can’t go because I’m on a date with Louise now, so tell her to fuck off.”
I couldn’t handle Beau right now; he was the only person I could count on.
“Beau this… this isn’t a joke. He’s taken my phone… He’s really going and he’s going to get hurt. Why won’t you listen for once?” Beau could finally here the pain in my voice. I told him that I’d meet him there with Luke.
I didn’t know what to do in the time that I was waiting for Luke; I kept pacing around the room, back and forth. Just imagining what they could do to Daniel killed me; I didn’t even get to tell him that I’m not going to die. I should’ve told him before he left; maybe he would’ve changed his mind. The voices in my head kept telling me it was my fault, and I couldn’t help but agree with them.
Daniel could’ve been anywhere by now, Luke and I had just left the house. We had to take a train; it was the quickest way to get there.
“Madi, don’t worry. We’re gonna get him back. He might not have even gone, you never know?”
“Why are you lying to me, you know he’s gonna go and do whatever he can to get revenge on them. I just wished I could’ve told him before he left.”
“Told him what?”
“I’m not gonna die Luke. They got it all wrong, but what’s the point now. I’d rather die now then watch Daniel get hurt.”
“He’s not gonna get hurt because we’re gonna get there before anything happens. For all we know; Beau’s probably already there.” I rested my head on Luke’s shoulder, why did I have to bring everyone into this? It had nothing to do with Beau and Luke; they shouldn’t have gone through all of this trouble.
We stopped at a station near to my uncle’s house. Passengers were getting on and off, then I suddenly realised Beau and Louise were two of the few passengers getting on. Why the hell did he have to bring Louise? This meant more people getting hurt; I had to stop this before it got out of hand.
“Beau, what the fuck are you doing here? Where’s your car?” Luke seemed a bit pissed off.
“It got towed away because I parked in an unpermitted area. Louise would’ve brought her car but that would’ve taken-“
“Go home.” I lifted my head off of Luke’s shoulders, gesturing him to get up.
“What no? If you’re taking Luke with you, I’m going.”
“Luke as well. All of you. This is my problem.”
“We are not leaving you to go by yourself, are you fucked? No way.” I looked at Luke with piercing eyes; he knew I was being serious.
“Listen to them Madi, you can’t go by-“
“Louise, listen to me. I don’t want any of you to get hurt. I’m begging you to go home, for me please. I just need to do this myself, can you not understand that?”
“No we can’t? You’re just going to get hurt yourself; you’re like our little sister Madi.”
“I don’t care who I am. I don’t even know who I am anymore. Please Beau.”
“No.” At this point I stood up, why couldn’t any of them just listen?
“Do you know what really pisses me off Beau; you never fucking listen to anyone? Why can’t you do what other people fucking tell you to do?” People started to turn their heads as my voice got louder.
“It’s my job to fucking protect you, face it Madi. We’re your only family you have left. You’re just gonna tell us to piss off like that?”
“I’ve still got my mum Beau.” We were at the point where we were shouting at each other and people from other carriages could probably hear us.
“Well where the fuck is she now? Oh yeah, in a mental hospital. That’s where you’re gonna be if you don’t listen to me!” I looked at Beau in shock, I brought this on myself but I couldn’t believe he just said that.
“Beau, what the fuck? Why did you just say that to Madi?” The train stopped and I got out as quickly as I could, I got trapped in between a crowd of people so Louise, Beau and Luke couldn’t find me.
Once I was out of sight from anyone, I ran. I ran as fast as I could. I knew where I was and it wasn’t far from my uncles, in fact; if I kept on running, I would be at his in about 10minutes. As I ran through different streets, the words of what Beau said kept on circling my mind. But, I wasn’t angry at him. In a way I was glad that he said that, he was right. Where is my mum? If anything, I wanted to apologize to Beau. They have been my only family, and I just take them for granted. There’s no one else that I think about, it’s always about me. I hated myself for that. What would Gina think when all her children are out to just get killed, what would Brooke think when she goes home to see her sister that finally came back into her life, had just left again.
There was only one more road I had to go through. There weren’t many people there; it was quite a secluded area so I wasn’t very surprised. Thinking about it, I ran quite far the night Daniel found me. At the time it didn’t seem that far but now thinking back, it would’ve taken at least half an hour. I guess the saying’s right. Time goes by when you’re having fun.
I was stood outside the door of my nightmares, face to face with the memories that killed me emotions. I could leave now if I wanted, leave Melbourne for good. That idea of leaving and changing my name came back into my head again, except this time when I pictured the guy I would be with, he had no face. It wasn’t even Daniel’s face. It was no one’s and there were no children. The house was old and crooked, as if the life had been sucked out of it. It was grey outside, not even a glimpse of the Sun.
My train of thought had been interrupted when I heard a shout and a crash, without even thinking, I barged into the door. Luckily, it was open. Unluckily, I had just opened the door to my nightmares.