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 Category:  Mystery and Crime Fiction
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Chapter 7 of the book Pushed Too Far
Jessica realizes how much Jeremy cares for her.
"Jessica's Discovery" by Mistydawn

Jeremy was tormented by Paul and his gang his entire life. Their victimizing intensifies after graduation. Jeremy is taken hostage by Jeff and Tony. Jessica the love of his life is beaten by Paul. 
Barry saves Jeremy and then he and Jeremy save Jessica. 
Barry offered to help take care of Jeremy's enemies. The lad refuses. Jeremy beat Jeff and then put him in the trunk.
Paul was attacked by the wild boar trying to escape the woods.

Jessica wakes up to find her surroundings have become eerily dark. The moonlight that had once glittered around the window has completely diminished. The soft soothing glow from the exterior lights is gone.

 Jessica sees a tall figure standing over her when lightning brightens the darkened room. A scene from a horror movie quickly comes to mind. She gasps as she shuffles to the far side of the bed. The figure continues to stand motionless beside her. A bolt of light flashes again. Jessica discovers the stranger is her IV pole. I need to stop watching horror films. She giggles.

An unsettling sensation washes over her, despite her latest discovery. Bloodcurdling evil oozes into the darkened room. This villainous ambiance quickly covers the entire area and then hangs heavily in the air. She pulls the blanket around herself as she nervously glances around. The horrific perception intensifies with every fleeting moment. Jessica pulls the covers Over her head, leaving just enough open to see. It's just my imagination elevated by the storm. She tries to convince herself as she continues to look around. The area remains still. It's just my imagination, she repeats. She takes a big gulp of courage as she pushes the bedding down. A childish fear.

The monitor's soft beeps soothe her frayed nerves. Her eyes become laden. Jessica struggles to stay awake. The medically induced sleep becomes harder to resist. My assailant wouldn't dare come for me in here. She was told that Paul was her attacker, but she finds that hard to believe. "Why would someone ask me to marry him and then try to kill me a few hours later?" she argued. I wish I could remember.

Jessica is almost asleep when she hears footsteps tromping down the hall. She turns to find a tall, slender figure slinking her way. An earlier event races through her mind. This horrid imagery leaves her in a paralyzed state. The intruder continues towards her. The terrifying moment flashes through her mind again. He wants to make sure I'm dead. "Help me, please somebody help me," Jessica screams. The hall remains deserted. The invader continues towards her, unaffected by her desperate plea. "Somebody, please, help me," she yells again. A second figure joins the invader. He's quickly followed by a third.

Realizing that no one is coming to her rescue, Jessica springs out of bed. The wires connecting her to the monitors pull her back down. Jessica removes the devices and tries again. She feels a sharp sting in the center of her arm. She looks down and discovers her IV has grown taut. She grabs the plastic tube and jerks it from her arm. Blood spurts across the freshly polished floor. That's the least of my worries

Jessica scans the room in search of a weapon as the goons walk through the door. Not finding anything in reach, Jessica darts toward the bathroom. Jeff grabs her arms and shoves her against the bed. Her frail body collapses against the mattress.

"You're not getting off that easy, you little whore." His friends laugh as they step closer.

"Somebody, please help me," she cries.

"Miss Webb, Miss Webb, wake up honey, wake up," a soft voice says.

Jessica gasps as she sits up in bed. She hears voices but they seem to be a distance away.  She shakes her head hoping to clear the fog.

"Are you alright, honey?"

She glances around to find she's still in her hospital room a nurse and two orderlies by her side. "It was only a dream."

"I'd say it was more of a nightmare."

"It was, it definitely was. I dreamt Jeff and two of his friends were coming after me."

"Don't worry honey, we'll keep you safe."  She points towards the officer outside her door.

"What if he has to step away?"

"We'll make sure you're always protected."

Jessica sighs with relief. "I appreciate it, I really do."

"I know you do, honey. Now, why don't you lie back and get some rest."

"Have you heard from Jeremy?"

"Not since he left you a few hours ago."

Jessica glances at her cell. "He hasn't called either."

"He probably doesn't want to disturb you."

"You're probably right."

The nurse straightens her covers. "I caught the little stinker trying to sneak past me several times before he managed to get in."

Jessica chuckles. "That sounds like
Jerr Bear."

"He must care a lot about you."

"He does." More than I realized.

"I even heard he apologized to your parents for letting this happen and for not saving you sooner."

"Wait, Jeremy's the one who rescued me?"

"You didn't know?"

"No one told me and the only things I remember is Paul taking me to the cabin and then waking up here."

"Jeremy even refused treatment until he knew you were alright."

"I asked him about his cuts. He said it didn't matter that he was just glad I was alright."

"Sounds like he'
s a really sweet guy."

"He is. He's always been there for me no matter what."

"And you for him." She grabs the collage of pictures from the nightstand. "I saw it when I was in here earlier."

"Jeremy left it. Said he wanted to remind me of happier times."

"You're one lucky girl to have someone care so much about you that they're willing to risk their life for you."

"I am lucky, aren't I?"

"He sure loves you and it's obvious you care a lot about him."

"Do you think fate did all of this to bring us closer together?"

"It doesn't matter what I think, honey. What matters is what you feel in your heart. Now lay back here and get some rest." She fluffs the pillows.

"Jeremy asked me to marry him before this began. Said he'd raise the baby like his own."

"You don't find
a love like that every day."

She's right you don't. "Could you hand me the pink teddy, please."

"Sure honey."

"I know I'm a little old for stuffed animals, but this is the bear Jerry won for me at the fair."
She wraps her arms around it. "The bear smells like him too."

"There's nothing wrong with a little comfort."

Jessica starts to settle in when a horrid image pops into her head. Frightened, she sits up in bed.

"Is something wrong, honey?"

"Paul and I weren't alone in the cabin."

"Do you remember what the visitor looked like?"

Jessica tries to picture it in her mind. "Their faces are blurred."

"There's more than one?"

"I think so. Oh, I don't know for sure."

"Maybe it'll come back to you once you get some rest."

"Yeah, maybe."


Huge bolts of lightning flash across the black cloudy sky. Clashes of thunder violently shake the slushy ground around him as heavy raindrops continue to ping from the hood.

Barry pulls his coat over his head as he climbs out of his truck. He glances down the road and discovers the cops are busy searching for Paul. Five minutes is all I need. He slides his hands into a pair of rubber gloves as he crosses the dirt path.

Barry discovers the wild boar at the bottom of the
pile. Paul's motionless body draped over top. This couldn't have worked out better if I'd planned it. He chuckles to himself.

Barry pulls his gun from his pocket and then looks towards the cabin again. Two more minutes, boys, just two more minutes. He locks the suppressor in place and then flips Paul on his back.

Paul lifts his blood coated arm as he weakly whispers: "Please help me."

"I'll help you, alright. I'll help you by sending you straight to hell." The thunder roars above them. Barry holds his weapon at an angle and pulls the trigger. Paul gasps a final time; his eyes roll to the back of his head.

"No one hurts my kid and gets away with it, no one." The thunder crashes louder than before as he pulls the trigger again. The rain quickly washes the fresh blood downhill.

Barry grabs Paul's arm and tosses him across the beast. Now to get rid of the evidence. He opens his knife and digs the spent casings from the dirt. This will come in handy with my plan. A villainous smile spreads across his face as he heads to the truck.

Grabbing his cell from the dash, Barry dials a number. "Hey, Jeremy it's Barry, I have some great news for you, son. I found your enemy dead in the road." ... "Yeah, that's right. A wild boar tried to make Paul his dinner." ... "You know what they say about Karma." Barry chuckles. "Well, I don't want to bother you, but I thought you'd like to know." ... "Sounds good, talk to you soon." Real soon. He smiles as he hangs up his phone.

Jeremy, Highschool graduate, always being bullied by his peers because of his disease, chronic tic disorder. 
Jessica, Jeremy's best friend she was raped at a party and was pregnant with Paul's child.
Paul, Tony, Jeff, bullies, Jeremy's enemies
Barry, Jeremy's biological dad Jeremy doesn't know it yet.
Bonnie and Max Webb Jessica's parents

Berryville PD
Joe Bower, captain
Rachel Bower, sergeant, Joe's wife, Jessica's older sister.
Jerry, a detective was a sergeant his health forced him to step down


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