Tuesday, September 11, 2012; 12AM
~15~ (Tuesday, September 11, 2012; 12AM)
“Hey, Ben.” I said to the computer screen. I decided to skype my brother to let him know what was going on. “Do you have class soon?”
“Not for another hour.” Ben said. “So…is it true? I saw online…is Luke missing?”
“He’s missing.” I said. “Luke has been missing since Wednesday. He left school during his lunch break, went to Starbucks, and got into a car. We don’t know who’s car and we haven’t heard from him since.”
“Can’t they track his phone?”
“They tried.” I said. “But his phone stopped emitting signals only minutes before he walked out of school Wednesday. So either his phone died or it was shut off.”
“And there’s nothing they can do?”
“Well, they told me that Dad called him only five minutes before he left school.”
“Did you ask Dad what they talked about?”
“Yeah, Dad just said that he said he missed Luke.” I explained. Ben was aware that Dad cheated and left us.
“Do you believe that?” Ben asked.
“I think he knows where Luke is.” I said. “Or I think Luke is at his house.”
“Oh God.” Ben said. “How are you and Mom doing?”
“Mom’s drinking, like always.” I said. “I’m trying to keep it together on the outside but on the inside I’m a mess and it’s all just so overwhelming. After Dad left, Mom started drinking again, Luke and I only had each other. Now he’s gone and I’m alone.”
“I feel bad.” Ben said.
“You’re not around! You’re halfway across the world!” I snapped.
Ben looked hurt by that.
“I’m sorry.” I retracted. “That wasn’t fair. You have the right to live your life.”
“I’m coming home.” Ben said. “I’ll come home for a little bit. Just to help you guys through…this.”
“Are you sure you want to do that?”
“Do you not want me to?”
“Of course I want you here!” I said. “But if it’s going to put an inconvenience in your life…”
“It’s worth it for family.” Ben said. “Jack, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize it was that bad there.” There was a pause before Ben started speaking again. “I’m looking up flights, and I’m getting on the first flight home.”
I smiled and the thought of him coming home and me getting some support around here.
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