Carmen Stevens: What They Don't Know

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Carmen slammed the front door shut and locked it. She felt down her thigh for which pocket her mobile phone was hiding in, then pulled it out. The next few seconds became a horrifying blur as she explained down the phone what had happened to the emergency operator on the other end. 'My mum has been stabbed' stuck in her head once she said it. It repeated over and over, reverberating like footsteps echoing in an empty corridor.

Once she put the phone down, she took a moment to breathe.

When she opened her eyes, Carmen noticed her mother's eyes were flickering. A wave of panic washed over her as she fell to her knees beside her and checked her pulse. The relief to discover she still had a strong pulse only calmed her to a very small degree. She knew the paramedics would be on their way, along with the police since the house was now a crime scene. They would have to check the entire house.

Carmen ran to her room and opened the door. In no time, she threw the duvet off Rhys and grabbed his legs. She was half the size of Rhys so moving him was no easy task. It took several pulls to finally get him off the bed and onto the floor. Carmen was already out of breath when she paused to really look at her brother. He was stiff and he already smelt foul. She tried not to cry at her situation as she dragged him out of her bedroom. It would be the last time he would ever be inside it, a sentiment that both calmed and terrified her.

She tried to imagine what was going to happen after she hid the body. How was she going to explain his disappearance? The police would search the whole house and garden when reported missing. There was absolutely no way she would get away with this.

She could hear the sirens faintly as she reached the back door. She turned the key that always remained in lock. Throwing the door open, she found a bit more strength and dragged her brother out with more speed. Her garden was about the same size as her house with a shed that looked like the perfect place to dump the body for now.

Adrenaline controlled her. She couldn't stop apologising to her brother when his head hit every step on the way down from the back porch. She kept Rhys on the path until she was close enough to the shed. She didn't want an obvious trail on the grass that would lead anybody directly to the dead body. This way, it would look like a path trail and not something suspicious. Any wrong move at this point, no matter how small, could land her in serious trouble. She turned Rhys with great force before she dragged him to the shed door.

Carmen almost cried out when she saw the locked padlock on the door. She looked around frantically. There was nowhere else she could think of to put him. She could see the ambulance lights at the front of her house. She pulled Rhys around to the back of the shed, carefully placing his body against it to keep him out of sight from the house. She stood back and observed him for a few seconds to make sure he wouldn't slump to the ground and give away his position. Rhys stayed firmly in place.

Carmen bolted up the garden and back into the house. She closed the back door as quietly as she could. She skidded down the hallway to the front door just as the paramedics knocked on the door.

She unlocked the front door and swung it open frantically. 'She's right here!' she shouted.

The paramedics entered. 'Step back,' the first female paramedic told her. She obeyed instantly and allowed them easy access to her mother. The other paramedic assessed the situation as the female examined Caroline's condition. 'She's going to need to be taken to the hospital right now.'

The male paramedic lay down the stretcher beside Caroline. The female turned to Carmen.

'Do you know what happened?' she quickly asked.

'She just stumbled into the house. I thought she was drunk but then she collapsed with the knife in her back. I don't know what happened, I'm sorry. I didn't see what happened.'

'We're going to take her to the hospital. There isn't anything we can do for her here. Do you want to come with us?'

Carmen was about to say yes before she remembered she had a dead body out in the open. 'I need to wait for my brother to come home, I can't leave without him.'

'I'll notify the police and tell them to come to this address,' the female assured a shaking Carmen. 'Just hang tight, we will look after your mother. Come to the hospital as soon as you and your brother are able.'

'I will,' Carmen said nodding. 'I mean, we will.'

She watched as both paramedics loaded her mother onto the stretcher, keeping her on her stomach. Carmen remained rooted to the spot as they lifted her out of the house. A part of her craved to go to the hospital with her and make sure she would live. A bigger part told her she had other things to take care of first.

Carmen closed and locked the front door as soon as the paramedics left. She had never felt this emotionally exhausted all in one day before. As she walked through the now quiet house, Carmen's mind went to dark places. She had already lost her brother and was about to lose her mother, she just knew it. She started to think about joining them, to take her life and escape the sufferings she will inevitably face from the fallout of having nobody left in her life.

She escaped the house and strolled down the garden. As she moved, she regained her strength enough that she wasn't worried about dragging the body further away. Carmen hoped she would turn the corner and see her brother breathe. She wanted him to wake up from his permanent sleep so her life wouldn't be completely ruined by him. She knew she could have dealt with what he tried to do differently but something possessed her when she smothered him.

Her heart sunk when she saw him in the same position she left him. She looked around for a better place to hide him before the police arrived to interrogate her. In her state, she would probably crack and tell them everything.

The fence at the bottom of the garden had a gaping hole large enough to crawl through. Beyond the fence was narrow woodland, perfect to keep Rhys until she could take him somewhere else. Carmen grabbed his feet and started running backwards. She reached the hole in the fence and stopped to crawl underneath.

The air was bitter out among the trees. It was uninhabited; the sound of the babbling brook in the near distance was the only sign of life. Grabbing her brother's feet, she dragged him through the hole. She rolled him over, away from the entrance to her garden and kept him propped against the fence.

Kissing his forehead, she scrambled through the hole and sighed as she entered her garden. She wanted to run back to the house, lock the door and hide, but she physically couldn't run anymore. She looked around the garden as she walked along the small pond and the deck chairs that had never been used in years. She glanced at the fence separating her house from her neighbour's house.

The woman next door was staring back at her.

The blood drained from Carmen's face. Elle looked at her before she quickly ducked out of view. Carmen wanted to keel over and die. The guttural realisation dawned on her – she was not getting away with murder.

 The guttural realisation dawned on her – she was not getting away with murder

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