Chapter 18 - The truth

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Chapter 18 – The truth

Ashley was sitting in a dark room. There didn’t seem to be any electricity in the entire house. There was something the woman did to make it light wherever she was, and it seemed little Ashley knew how to do it too.

She hadn’t learned anything about it, so she was stuck in darkness.

Every second she had to fight the urge to listen in to the conversation the woman and Scott were currently having.

When five more minutes passed she gave in to temptation. She released her hold on her enhanced hearing.

“She’s listening.” She could hear the smile in the woman’s voice and almost wanted to hit something. How had she known immediately if she were listening?

“I’m sorry Mrs. Kane, I don’t think I can forgive her. She may be your daughter, but she went behind our back to talk to you.” There was a sort of defeated tone to his voice that had her heart dropping. Why did she want to hear what they were saying?

“She had good reason to talk to me, I am her mother after all. We all overreacted. She deserves a second chance.” Her voice was back to being serious, but Ashley still heard a hint of humor.

“She-” His voice faded out and she could no longer hear anything else.

What happened? Had she found a way to block her out? If so, why hadn’t she blocked her out before?

She strained to hear anything else, but it was as if the entire house was silent; as if the rest of the world was silent.

She moved toward the door, intent on finding out what they were saying, but it was quickly opened.

Now, she was staring right at Scott and the tears immediately started to flow. Why would he go in the room with her if he didn’t plan on giving her a second chance? Why did he have to torture her?

“Oh, Ashley, don’t cry.” He moved forward and enveloped her in a hug. She allowed him to be close for the moment. If he was leaving this might be the last time he held her; it might be the last time she saw him. “Don’t cry.” His hand rubbed her back soothingly.

She relaxed against him, letting the tears calm. As they dried she knew she would’ve normally pulled away; she knew she should’ve pulled away, but she couldn’t make herself do it.

“Don’t leave.” She found herself whispering. “I can explain everything. Just don’t leave.”

His arms tightened around her to the point it would’ve been painful had she not gotten stronger in Verden.

It was a mystery how she had her strength in this body when she hadn’t trained with it at all, but she wasn’t going to complain about having it.

“I’m not going anywhere. I’m here to stay, and you don’t have to explain anything. Everything’s been cleared up.”

Finally, she pulled back, only slightly making him release his hold on her. He seemed unwilling to let her go. Her hands were on his chest as she stared up at him. “But… I thought… what you said… Mrs. Kane…” She shook her head, trying to understand everything.

“You listened in on our conversation.” She nodded, not understanding what he was getting at. “The first things Mrs. Kane had said to me was that you were in the house, and that I had to listen to everything she said.” That just made her even more confused. “What she said after that is that you have better hearing than before because you got help with your abilities in Verden, which we can talk about later, and that you would most likely listen in on us even though she specifically told you not to. She said I had to act like I wasn’t going to give you another chance to teach you a lesson. I hated doing it, but I couldn’t go against what she said to do. She wouldn’t let me.”

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