The Never Ending Tunnel - Chapter Fifteen

Updated on November 23, 2017

Chapter 15 / 18


"Good morning sir. Just for confirmation, are you Jess Brown's father?"

"Yes I am. Has something happened to my little girl?" Panic starts rising in John's voice.

It wasn't common for Jess' dad to receive a phone call regarding his daughter from the hospital. The only time he had ever received a call from the hospital was when they wanted to meet with him and that day he had sensed that something bad happened to Jess and he was right. The second he picked up the phone he knew that something bad happened and he was already starting to panic.

"I'm afraid your daughter has gone missing. She can't be found anywhere. We wanted to inform you and check whether she had come home."

"What? Missing? Where the hell did she go? Don't you have any security over there? What am I supposed to do now? Where the fuck has my daughter gone?"

His voice getting louder as he's getting angrier. Jess' step mum rushes down the stairs, two steps at a time, alarmed by her husband's anger.

"What's going on? Who's that on the phone?"

"It's Jess....she's gone missing."

Panic starts to arise in the Brown residence. Her dad is absolutely clueless on what to do.

"I need to go and find her. I need to find my baby girl."

Jess' dad grabs the car keys and runs out of the house. This was all happening again for him. Just a few months back he had almost lost Jess when she attempted suicide and now she could be gone forever. He had to let her go when they informed him that she couldn't leave the psychiatric hospital as she was danger to herself and he couldn't lose Jess again. No person wants to lose their child, especially after what they have been through.

Hours passed by and there was no new news regarding Jess. Her dad hadn't found her and he had left the hours a good seven hours ago. He was going mad. He kept driving around the same area four hours, hoping to see her walking by. He couldn't accept the fact that his daughter was missing and he absolutely wasn't ready to go through this again.

He pulled up the car and stood there, staring outside the rainy windows thinking about his daughter and how he could have been a better father to her. He should've been there for her especially when she was going through her mum's passing. He knew that his daughter wasn't coping too well but neither was he and he didn't know what to do. He wished to receive a call from the police informing him that his daughter has been found safely but such call never came. He kept on driving around until he became too tired to carry on.

When the hospital rung Will's parents they didn't quite react in the same way. His father answered the phone and when he received the news he started drinking; drinking the problem away. His mother on the other hand didn't take the news too good. She started freaking out too.

"What do you mean he's missing? How is it possible for him or anybody else to fucking escape that goddamn hospital?!"

His mother's rage was followed by tears. She cried her eyes out. She couldn't believe what she had just heard. Just like Jess' dad she stood in his room and thought about how bad of a mother she had been these past years. She stood on his bed, the bed he used to sleep in when he was a child and the bed she found him lying there half dead with the empty bottle of pills. That memory rushed through her head. It all came back. She started seeing the events which took place that night one right after the other. She certainly had fucked things up but she wanted to make things right. She wanted a chance to prove how much she loved him because after all, she really did love him. She wanted to be there for him once again. She wanted to be a proper mother to him.

Two days had passed and there still was no sign of either Jess or Will. Will and Jess had been appearing in the news headlines all throughout the week which meant that they had to be careful when in the presence of others. They had to stay low key. Days had gone by and they were running out of money. Neither of them had a clue of what they were going to do once they spent all of the money.

Jess' father had been spending all day driving around the neighbourhood trying to find his daughter. He would always return home around three o'clock in the morning when he absolutely couldn't drive anymore.

"What are we going to do Will? We're in the news for fucks sakes. Sooner or later somebody is going to recognise us and we have no money left. How are we going to buy food? What are we going to do?"

"I don't know yet Jess but we will figure it out. As long as we're together there's nothing that we can't get through."

Those words reassured Jess that everything is going to be fine after all, even though that was a hard and impossible promise to keep. Ever since Jess met Will whenever she needed some words to make her feel better about the situation Will was always there. He always found a way to make her feel better and for that reason she trusted him with her life and loved him with all her heart. As long as she was with him she was happy and she felt as though she could get through anything with him. She felt safe and her mind was always at rest whenever she was with him and she couldn't be more grateful that she could finally tell him how much she loves him.

"I wonder how my dad is coping" Jess says to Will as they sit back in their seats in one abandoned side street, full of sewage rats trying to find some source of food.

"Well my dad is probably drunk." Will responds trying to cheer her up a little bit.

"I wish things didn't have to be this way Will. I wish we had a normal life where we could live without fear of getting caught and we could just be happy together."

"Me too Jess and I promise you that one day that day will come. And once it comes, it will be the best time of our lives and nothing will ruin it. We just have to go through this shit first."

Jess smiles at Will and kisses him. It was getting dark again and they had to find a place excluded from any houses. They had already been on the run for around a few days now and things hadn't been easy for them. However, they were getting used to the system. They had to be very cunning and try and stay as low key as possible at all times.

They hadn't had a proper night's sleep in weeks and they were exhausted. Every night they would be on the alert just in case somebody found them or something of that sort happened. They were tired of everything and the weight of everything was slowly taking its toll on them.


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        Thank you so much - your comment is greatly appreciated :)

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        17 months ago

        Nice work! :-)


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