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My parents were away for the week, but I answered it anyway. A low voice came through, “don’t you dare say one word.” I shut up. “I know you better than you think and you’re about to feel what you deserve. About to feel how terrible you make others feel.” The phone cut out, they hung up. I was terrified, so I called Aaron. No answer. This day kept getting more and more unusual. I tried Aaron again. He picked up but all I heard was breathing. I was practically yelling his name in tears through the phone, but still not a word. The breathing got slower then slowly faded out, he hung up. I was a mess at this point. I couldn’t reach my parents or Aaron. That creepy caller never called back and I couldn’t do anything more. I was scared of the dark voiced caller and I eventually I must have cried myself to sleep. I hate February 4th. I woke up and yesterday was a blur. I felt like it was all a dream and I’m not positive it wasn’t. I waited outside for Aaron to come pick me up but he never showed. He’s so selfish, he must have overslept and not have time to get me. I’d missed the bus so I had to walk to school. I still got there a couple minutes before the bell and I could feel all eyes on me as I walked down the checkerboard tiled hallway. I didn’t feel like dealing with them, so I ignored it. As I walked past the office to my locker, Principal Johnson called me in. We had Steven Ponzini become pretty well acquainted over the years, I was no angel student. He didn’t look mad this time, more concerned. “Hi Leigh, how have you been?” This is odd, he usually just hauls off on me and gives me a couple detentions right off the bat. I replied with “I’m fine... why am I here again?” Johnson realized that he had to get to the point. “Your boyfriend, Aaron Daniels, how has he been lately.” My eyes couldn’t roll back far enough. I snapped back, “I don’t know considering he decided not to answer my calls and make me walk to school this morning.” Johnson looked speechless. He always had something to say but today he seemed different, he couldn’t find the words. “Ms. Brown I have some devastating news. Your parents e-mailed and advised me to share it with you. Aaron Daniels was murdered last night and the killer is unknown.” My jaw dropped to the floor and I ran. I don’t remember when I stopped running. I remember crying and running away for what felt like hours. I couldn’t breathe. I heard the sirens above me and I could feel the paramedics putting me into the back of the ambulance. I didn’t care. I wasn’t positive what was happening or where I was going. Half my life seemed to be a blur these days. I woke up. I was confused as ever. I couldn’t completely tell where I was. Shoot, I couldn’t tell what reality was. I saw my mom sleeping on the chair next to the bed so I tried to speak, but only a little mumble came out. My mom woke suddenly and called the nurse into the room while saying, “I’m so glad you’re okay. The hospital called and someone must have called the police and an ambulance when they saw you drop. Your dad and I got so worried.” “What happened?”, I managed to get out. The nurse gave my mom a sympathizing look and began to take my pulse. “Well Leigh, honey, you were running so much and crying that you lost your breath and fainted. Nobody knew where you were going and you were so in shock. You’ve been asleep for a couple hours, it

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