“What’s the little blinking light mean?” Lily asked.
“It means… wait, blinking light?”
“Yeah, it’s red and bright.” I looked at the controls, and there it was, a red blinking light. I didn’t do much research on the helicopters, but everyone who knows something about flying, knows that a red blinking light is never good.
I tried to play it cool, “Oh, ah, yeah.”
“It just means that everything is running properly.”
“You know, for someone who steals things, you’re not very good at lying. A red blinking light never means everything is ‘running properly’, even I know that.”
“Well, I just didn’t want to frighten you. You are 12.”
“14,” Lily said irritated. “My brother doesn’t even know how old I am. I’m lucky if he even knows my name.” she mumbled.
“Jesus christ, Lily! We don’t have time for arguing.” Then, the helicopter started to shake back and forth. Before I knew it, we were plummeting to the ocean. “Shit! Lily, stay in your seat. I’m going to look for a parachute.” I could barely stand up, but I eventually got to the back. I searched everywhere and couldn’t even find anything worth helping us. “God damnit!” Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something yellow, the parachute. “Lily, come back here.” I strapped us both in and jumped out as soon as possible. I tried my best, because I had no idea what I was doing. I don’t I’d ever been in a situation quite like this before. After what felt like hours, I had finally found whatever it was to keep us from dying. “Thank God.” Relief filled me from head to toe. After about 10 years of running away from people, the best part was knowing that you weren’t dead. I glided us and landed on a deserted beach shore. I wouldn’t had thought that being back on land would have felt so good. After unstrapping us out or the parachute, I saw that Lily was walking away. “Hey, where do you think you’re going?”
“Away from here,” she said, still walking away. I jogged and caught up to her.
“I want to be away from here too, but we need to find out where we’re at first.” She still kept walking like she hadn’t heard anything of what I just said. “Are you listening to me? Hello, earth to Lilly.” I grabbed her arm and tried to pull her away from wherever she was going.
“Let go of me.”
“No, we need to know where we’re at first and you need to stop being so stubborn.” I grabbed her with both hands, she was struggling a lot to get out. “Lily, what the hell is going on? Why are you acting like this?”
“Let me go, I don’t want to be here!” She tried even more to get away, and that’s exactly what she did. Her wrist slipped out from my hand and dashed away in the direction she was headed for before. I started to run after her. Since she was much younger than me, I thought I could catch up to her, but she was pretty fast. She ran through between two giant rocks. I saw that there was a shortcut by going around. I ran a little bit faster than before, I didn’t want to have to run anymore than what I needed to. I ran to where the rocks ended and waited for Lily to come racing through. Once I saw her, I wrapped my arms around her whole body. She wiggled and kicked like I was some stranger trying to kidnap her. “Lily stop this right now!”
“Let me go!”
“And how far do you think you’re going to get? You have no idea where we’re at. I don’t even know where we’re at.”
“Just let me go, Daniel.”
“Why?” I asked desperately hoping she would tell me.
“I don’t want to be near you!” After hearing those words, I let go of her. I had never thought words could ever hurt me in that way. “Why would you say that?” My hurtful feelings soon turned into hatred. “You’re the one who came looking for me in the first place. Hell, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be in this shit hole!”
She turned to me, “ I came to you because I wanted to see you again. I wanted to see my brother who left me alone where I knew no one. I wanted to see my brother who stranded me at an orphanage. Oh, but of course it’s all my fault! It’s my fault that Mom died because her body could no longer take the pain it was to give birth to me. It was my fault that Dad put us in the orphanage because he couldn’t take care of us. And it’s my fault now that we’re here in this ‘shit hole.’ Because those who were chasing you was all because of me, not because you stole something. Oh, but it’s all my fault. Everything bad that has ever happened in the entire world is because of me!” She began to cry.
“Lily, I -.”
“All I ever wanted was to see you again.” She started to breath hard. The last time I remembered, she had bad anxiety attacks. I thought she would have gotten over them by now. “I just wanted a simple hug.” She dropped to her knees.
“Lily!” She started to breath uncontrollably. I sat down on the soft sand and laid her in between my legs with her head on my chest. “It’s alright Lily. Nothing’s your fault, none of what you said, I promise.” She was still breathing terribly and crying. “Shh, it’s okay. Everything is fine.” Her whole body was shaking like she was cold. If anything, her anxiety attacks had gotten much worse. I couldn’t stand to see her like this. “I’m sorry Lily. I’m sorry for going away like that. I just couldn’t stand being there. I should of at least said goodbye. I’m really sorry, Lily. I never meant to hurt you.” Her hard breathing soon turned into hard cries. She spun around and hugged me tightly and I hugged her back. I had to admit that sometimes I thought a lot of things were her fault, but they weren’t. None of it was. I shed a few tears, but by the time we were done hugging, they dried. I tilted Lily’s head up and wiped away her tears. She looked just like Mom.
“I love you, Daniel.”
I smiled at her, “I love you, too. Now what do you we get out of this place?”