Chapter 36 Drowning Lessons

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I run over to her, despite my sore legs.

"No! You weren't supposed to find me!" She screams.

I stop my actions.

"You have to come home." I say, in a serious tone.

She stands up on the edge of the dock. I thought she was going to walk over to me, I was wrong.

"I ran away. I should've died though." Peyton states before jumping into the ice cold water.

"Peyton!" I scream, without thinking I jump in.

I grab her, as she sinks. She tries to get out of my grip by kicking. I would never let go. She screams, all the air escaping her mouth. She couldn't hold her breath much longer. I kick my legs fast. We reach the top of the water and she gasps for air.

"You-." She begins but starts to cough.

I pick her up and put her on the dock, before I climb up. She starts to shiver and rub her arms with her hands. I pick her up and hug her.

After she catches her breath she opens her mouth to talk.

"I think, I actually wanted you to find me." She manages to say before her teeth chatter.

"I found you and I'm not letting you leave again. Remember, I promised."

She nods, nuzzling her head into my neck.

"Let's go home." I say, picking her up bridal style.

I call a cab and we get in the back seat. She places her head on my shoulder.

"Sing?" She quietly asks me.

We hold in our hearts the sword and the faith
Swelled up from the rain, clouds move like a wraith
Well after all, we'll lie another day
And through it all, we'll find some other way
To carry on through cartilage and fluid
And did you come to stare or wash away the blood?
Well tonight, well tonight
Will it ever come?
Spend the rest of your days rocking out
Just for the dead
Well tonight
Will it ever come?
I can see you awake anytime, in my head
Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?
From the lights to the pavement
From the van to the floor
From backstage to the doctor
From the Earth to the morgue, morgue, morgue, morgue
Well tonight
Will it ever come?
Spend the rest of your days rocking out
Just for the dead
Well tonight
Will it ever come?
I can see you awake anytime in my head
All fall down
Well after all...

We get back home and I take her inside. She's still shivering. Lindsey runs downstairs and stops the second she sees Peyton.

"Peyton!" She practically screams.

She runs oven and pulls her into a long hug, even though she's soaking wet.

Bandit walks down the stairs.

"Told ya daddy! Hey Peyton, what's up?" Bandit says, casually.

Peyton laughs and continues to hug Lindsey.

"Why do both of you look as if you just went swimming?" Lindsey asks confused.

"I'll explain later." I say before going upstairs with Peyton.

I look at her in the eyes and you can still see the hurt in them. I wondered if it would ever go away. I've never noticed it until now, she's always been hurt. She always will be hurt.

"Go take a hot bath." I say to her.

She nods and goes into her room.

I explain everything to Lindsey. We both sit there, thinking about what too do about Peyton.

"I'm going to go talk to my old therapist, ask him about Peyton. I'll be home soon." Lindsey says, kissing me goodbye.

I nod and mouth "I love you."

Peyton's not going to automatically be okay now that she's home. She's always going to be scarred from her past. What everyone's done the her, destroyed her. She's always going to be the girl that pretends to be okay.

She's not okay.

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