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[story] Adventures of Hannah episode 11

Episode 11

Joe’s word echoed in Hannah’s head as she

walked the streets searching for Ben. How

typical

of Joe to blurt it out like that at her

casually as

goodbye or hello or have a nice day.

Okay, it hadn’t been that casual but it

caught

her by suprise. And she’d been very aware

of

Ruby in the backseat, her face filled with

pain.

Hardly the moment to tell him the feeling

was

mutual and that she adored him, body and

soul.

She checked her watch. She’d been

searching

for nearly forty minutes now. Her phone

buzzed

in her pocket. Joe’s name showed on the

screen.

“How is she?” she asked as she took the

call.

“Broken bone in her wrist. When she felt on

her

arm like that I was pretty sure that’d be the

case.

“But she’s okay?”

“She’s fine. Getting a cast put on as we

speak.

“I’ve checked at the school or local shops.

Ben’s

nowhere to be found.” she reported.

“All right. I’ll come join you once I’ve got

Ruby

home.”

“Mom’s there to look after her.”

“Good, that’ll save me from calling my

mom.”

“If we don’t find him soon, we should

probably

think about calling the police,” she said.

“Yeah, I know.” his voice was heavy with

worry.

They agreed to communicate more when he

got

close to the house, then Hannah ended the

call.

She went towards the direction of the

highway.

She was passing the local playground when

she

caught a flash of something out of the

corner of

lher eye. She stopped in her tracks. Ben had

been wearing a white T shirt.She peered

into the

park.

“Ben? Are you there? she called.

She held her breath waiting. Nothing but

silence

greeted her. She walked further into the

park

and saw there was a log bridge and she

saw a

pale shape huddled in the darkness.

Ben. It had to be.

She ran fastly to the bridge and dropped to

her

knees.

“Ben. Thank God. Are you okay?”

He flinched away as she has half expected.

“Go

away.”

“I can’t do that, I’m sorry. Your dad’s

worried sick

about you.”

Silence.

“Ben, why don’t you come out and we can

go

home and talk? No one’s angry with you, if

that’s

what you’re worried about.”

Silence. Then sobbing.

Hannah realized he was crying. Had been

crying

for a while.

“Ben. Its okay.” she said.

She crawled a few feet inside the pipe so

that

she was sitting next to him. She wanted to

put

her arm around him very badly but doubted

he’d

tolerate it.

“Are you worried about Ruby? Is that it?

Because

I just spoke to your dad and he said she

was

going to be fine/”

Ben’s sobbing increased.

“Come on, let’s go home, she said again.

“Don’t

you want to go home?”

He was crying so hard she almost didn’t

hear

what he said.

“Can’t.”

“Why can’t you come home, Ben?”

His voice was broken and small and

Hannah had

to strain to hear his reply. “Because it’s my

fault.

They’ll all hate me once they know.”

She frowned. “I haven’t known your dad and

Ruby as long as you have, but I know that

there

is no way they could ever hate you, BEn.

They

love you. Absolutely they love you.”

Ben pressed his hands to his face. “That’s

only

because they don’t know.”

“I’m sure that whatever it is, it’s not as bad

as

you think.”

“It is. It’s the worst.”

“Would it help if you told me? Maybe you’d

feel

better if you got it off your chest.”

He shook his head.

“What if I promised not to tell anyone else

unless

you give me permission?

Ben sniffed a few times, thinking her offer

over.

“You can’t tell anyone.”

“I swear it will be our secret.”

There was a long silence. “The day Mom

died, I

was supposed to get a lift home from

karate with

George’s mom, but George and I had a fight

during class and I called MOm and asked

her to

come get me.”

“If i hadn’t asked her to pick me up, she

wouldn’t

have been in the accident. It’s my fault she

died,” Ben said brokenly.

Bloody hell.

For a moment Hannah was filled with a

huge

sadness. Joe’s son had been carrying this

misplaced guilt around with him for two

long

years. No wonder he’d been so angry and

sad

and withdrawn.

“See, you hate me now. And Dad and Ruby

will

hate me if they find out.”

Tears pricked her eyes, for a moment she

was

overwhelmed. “Ben, I want you to look at

me.”

His head came up. His face was streaked

with

tears and his lip trembled with emotion.

She held

his eye.

“What happened was not your fault. It was

an

accident. No one could have known that it

would

happen.”

“But she wouldn’t have even been there if it

hadn’t been for me.”

“Accidents happen all the time, for no

reason,”

she said. “I know that’s kind of scary to

think

about, but it’s true. You can’t take

responsibility

for an accident.”

Ben frowned in the darkness. He shifted and

sniffed , wiping his nose on the sleeve of

his T

shirt.

“Has anyone ever told you how gross that

is?”

she said lightly.

As she’d hoped, it shocked a laugh out of

him.

“Yeah. Grandma. All the time.”

She pulled out her phone. “I’m going to call

your

dad, let him know I’ve found you so he can

stop

worrying. Okay?”

She kept the call short, letting JOe know

they

were on thier way home. When she ended

the

call, she simply sat in the silence for a few

seconds.

“You ready to go?”

“I guess.”

They crawled out. They were both silent as

they

walked through the park to the street. Ben

didn’t

speak up again until they were about to

turn into

their street.

“Are you goint to tell him?”

“Your dad? No. I promised you I wouldn’t,

and I

won’t. But I think you should.”

They both started walking again, Ben’s face

in

concentration as he thought over what

she’d

said.

“If you want me to, I could tell him with

you.

Would that make it easier?” she said.

Ben didn’t respond. They walked towards

the

house.

“Okay,” Ben said so quietly.

She glanced at him as Joe walked out onto

the

front porch. Ben stopped in his tracks and

they

stared at each other across the space of a

few

feet.

“You okay?” Joe asked, his vioce rough with

emotion.

Ben nodded. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to

hurt

Ruby,” Ben said.

“Your sister is fine, although she’s probably

going

to drive you crazy asking you to sign her

cast.”

“There is something I need to tell you. It’s

about

Mom,” BEn said.

“Okay. Why don’t we go inside?”

He started to herd Ben toward the house,

but

Ben hung back and glanced over his

shoulder.

“Hannah, too,” he said.

It was the smallest of shifts, but it pierced

her

heart.

“It’s okay, I’m coming. she said with a

watery

smile.

Then she followed Joe and Ben into the

house.

Posted by on February 15, 2019.

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