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I'm back with Ethan's story. A quick re-cap: Addison's house was broken in, Ethan worries about here being on her own over night and grabs his swag and stays overnight.
Today's prompt is BLOOM.
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Ethan grabbed filled a glass of water and returned back into Addison’s bedroom. Gently, he lifted her head. “Sweetheart, I need you to have a couple of sips of the water. You have to stay hydrated,” he whispered.
He pressed the glass to her lips and she slowly drank a few sips.
“Thanks,” she croaked.
And even though he assumed the water to be a relief to her parched mouth, he asked, “Feeling better?”
She gave a slow nod. “Getting there.” Her hand moved over her face and Ethan noticed the tears. “I’m so sorry. I can’t believe—”
But she wasn’t able to finish her sentence when the phone started to ring. He had a feeling he knew what she wanted to say, anyway.
“I’d like to answer that call in case it’s Matt from the police?”
She nodded and he laid her head back down on the pillow before following the sound of the loud ringing.
When he finally located the phone where he’d left it only minutes earlier in the kitchen, he answered, “Hello. Addison’s residence.”
There was a moment’s pause, when a female voice asked, “Can I talk to Addy.”
“My apology, she currently unavailable. Can I leave a message for her?”
“It’s her mother here.”
Ethan’s knees nearly buckled underneath him. How was he going to tell her parents what had happened? How much could he assume they knew already? Closing his eyes, he pinched the bridge of his nose with his thumb and forefinger, remembering the picture of finding a dead possum in the backyard amidst a bed of blooming flowers.
“Yes? And who am I talking to?”
“Apologies. My name is Ethan Tomlinson. Addison is my son’s teacher.” Then he took a deep breath and told Addison’s mother what had happened the previous twenty-four hours.
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