What do you think you saw?

“I don’t know”

“What happened?”

“He…”

“What?”

“He came after me, but I handled it.”

“You’re 10 years old. What did you do?”

“He’s a bad man, but it’s over now.”

“It’s not over until you answer the question.”

“I was in danger.”

“You weren’t.”

“…”

“So what happened?”

“I was playing Pokemon on my Gameboy in my room. A man walked in, I didn’t know him. He acted as if he knew exactly who I was. I refused to talk to him but he would as things like “You’re a lot different after the crash.” I didn’t understand what he was talking about. What crash?

He gave me strange looks, as if I was the creepy one. I didn’t know what was wrong with him, but something wasn’t okay. He always kept a knife in his hand and always was getting calls from someone named Doctor Serios. I was scared of him.

I hooked up some old baby moniters, one in his room and one in mine. I listened all night. He kept talking to the man on the phone. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He’s so different.”

This man wasn’t anyone I knew. And he got scarier each day. I knew that I had to run away.

The next morning, he was asleep and I ran out with a backpack full of survival equipment. I ran to the forest in front of my house. There had to be a city nearby.

I had been gone for about an hour. “Jacob!” I ran to whoever was calling my name. It was him. I ran as fast as I could but he was faster. I was terrified. This man was going to kill me. I opened up my backpack. Inside was a survival guide, rope, and a box of matches. It was the last option. I tried to strike the first match but it wouldn’t work. The second match lit. I was ready. He was 4 feet away from me when I threw the match on the ground. The fallen leafs set fire all over where he was standing. It spread all across the trees and bushes. I ran to the nearest town and here I am now”

“Why?”

“He was going to kill me.”

“Why would you kill your father.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Remember the car crash? Your head hit the windshield. Your dad didn’t suffer any major injuries but you lost your sanity. That was your father. You killed him. You belong in this white padded box. I just wonder. What do you think you saw?

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