33 || Let Her Go

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"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting." -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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SO, THIS MIGHT just be the last thing that we'll be doing together this vacation.

And everyone seems to be forgetting that?

"...So then, here I am, sitting on the park bench with him," said Whatzhername to the crowd of people, "and when he leaned closer, he didn't kiss me, he licked my face!"

The crowd broke into laughter, a few laughing at her and a few laughing with her. "It was all a prank?" asked Whatzhername's brown-haired friend.

"Yeah, it was! And I actually liked him!" Oh, give me a break.

I only stopped by to listen to the story because I was practically dying of boredom, and I would go join the twins, Elliot, Aaron, or even Alissa, but the twins and Elliot went down the basement with a bunch of guys, and I'm pretty sure I'll be the only girl down there if I enter. Beats me where Aaron or Alissa went.

As I was making my way to the kitchen, I heard a faint scream and a couple of 'ooh's coming from the living room. I snapped my head back, quickly making my way over there. If it was possible, the crowd got twice as big after about five seconds of my disappearance. Nicki Minaj's 'Va Va Voom' was playing for awhile, but then someone turned off the music.

"Whoa, what happened?" asked Topanga, who's the strawberry-blonde I can vaguely remember spending a little time with at Macaulay's beach party. Because of her height, I can just make out her head out of the crowd.

"It was horrible," replied the voice she was talking to.

"Who did this, Tyler?" asked a deeper voice.

Tyler?

Something snapped inside of me. "Out of the way, people. Move it," I commanded as I tried to push through the crowd, causing many people to give me looks of disgust. "He's my brother."

Eventually making it through the crowd, I can see Ben (I actually called him Prince Charming back then?), who I also vaguely remember hanging out with at the beach party. I can recognize a few others, as well, but I didn't bother to learn their names. Worst of all, I can also see Macaulay, but the rest of the people are like complete strangers to me.

I finally found Elliot, and standing next to him is Terrence, holding handles to a wheelchair.

With Tyler sitting on it.

"Tyler, what the hell are you doing?" I asked him.

"Don't you know, Willa? Tyler here was attacked!" replied Terrence, suddenly looking distraught, placing his hands on Tyler's shoulders.

Tyler shook his head, feigning sadness. "The horror!"

I glanced at Elliot, and he wore the same 'what the fuck?' expression as me. Tyler let out a chocked sob and nodded, licking his lips. "It's true! I was just returning from an orphanage, which I've been secretly volunteering for the past month, and those-"

"You were secretly volunteering for an orphanage?"I asked in disbelief.

"Yes, he was. Continue," Terrence said.

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