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Geek's Obsession
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It was a little after 8:00 pm, a few hours after the "fantastical" (in Edison's words) happenings at school when Nora called Edison on her cell phone.  copyright protection18PENANAxifD4x2Teh

"Hey, Nora. What's up?"copyright protection18PENANA3u2wRib1Al

"I can't do this anymore..." the words were jumbled in a sob.copyright protection18PENANA2W6s0GVuPH

"Slow down, I can't understand you. Take a deep breath."copyright protection18PENANAun0K15h4Yw

Nora took a deep breath and let it out in a huff.copyright protection18PENANAl21oySGKUh

"Now, what's going on?"copyright protection18PENANA5WdcoeTjIJ

Edison's calm voice washed over her in a warm wave.copyright protection18PENANA1d62Y77gb6

"They arrested dad, but only for a night, unless mom presses charges. Mom had an ice pack on her face. Again. Did you hear me, Edison, I said, again...when will it end?"copyright protection18PENANAMx8OVHHCrB

"I'm coming over."copyright protection18PENANATwx7JWmCg5

"No," she sighed. "I'll be fine. Besides, Aunt Lianne is here." copyright protection18PENANAliirkhzsxL

Nora studied the shiny blue polish on her fingernails and wondered how pathetic she sounded.copyright protection18PENANAzjiI8epPQQ

"I'll come pick you up. Okay?"copyright protection18PENANArJnYR6VdJc

"Am I interrupting anything?" She sniffled. Yuck, I must sound gross, she thought, as she dabbed at her nose with a tissue.copyright protection18PENANAi4uBwPS5hp

"No, you goof. See you in five minutes."copyright protection18PENANARRJazSoYHe

"Thanks."copyright protection18PENANAP8Yd7Qk333

"What are friends for? Be there as soon as I can."copyright protection18PENANAfm8JYEzRKR

Nora glanced at herself in the full-length mirror next to her dresser. She smoothed her red, long sleeved t-shirt and dabbed some cover-up on her face. Then she slung her cross body purse on, grabbed her leather jacket and went downstairs.copyright protection18PENANAhCI1MhTagB

Her aunt was in the kitchen making iced tea.copyright protection18PENANAp5KnjRdDVh

"Hey, sweetie," her aunt said.copyright protection18PENANAHaEPUDutuf

"Hi. Is it okay if go hang out with a friend for awhile?"copyright protection18PENANAkMR3NDkHOA

"Which friend?"copyright protection18PENANAidG2BZUPCQ

"Edison," Nora answered as she put on her jacket.copyright protection18PENANA7j0L9VoDpT

"I suppose that's fine, but don't come home too late."copyright protection18PENANASKFKNtn7bb

"I won't."copyright protection18PENANAItpow0nrP0

She came around from behind the counter and hugged Nora. Nora let her but was stiff even though she tried to relax. Lianne let her go.copyright protection18PENANAhWkiItd77D

"I'm so sorry for what my brother has done," she said.copyright protection18PENANA0ZnGKaa7il

Nora glanced away from her aunt's sad face. This felt awkward.copyright protection18PENANAj0PJplJMNz

"I know. I'm glad you came over, Aunt Lianne."copyright protection18PENANAN4w7mfBAmI

"I'm always here for you. I just want you to know that."copyright protection18PENANAdnIA3sKeA3

"Thank you."copyright protection18PENANAzU3pDsKnfx

A few moments later, Nora stepped outside into the cool night air. She zipped up her leather jacket and glanced around the quiet street. When she spotted Edison's Nissan, she started walking towards it.copyright protection18PENANAX3CtaYJMy5

"Sorry for the hassle," she mumbled as she got into the passenger seat.copyright protection18PENANAuMscmwF7Lf

"Don't be silly. Do you want to go anywhere or just hang out at the house?"copyright protection18PENANAal9eKMHvaW

"I don't know what else we can do this late except go eat but I'm not hungry. Are you?"copyright protection18PENANA37ZFBaEkWd

Edison shook his head.copyright protection18PENANAqrZTElqjtb

"We can go to your place, I guess if your parents are cool with me being over this late?"copyright protection18PENANAyDwIShuzMF

"They aren't home. Remember I mentioned that they were going to my great uncle's funeral service in New York? They'll be back Sunday.copyright protection18PENANAwQMwwnHaID

"No, you never mentioned it."copyright protection18PENANAn85n1JIr2c

"I'm sure I did. I mean, I thought I did." He wrinkled his brow for a moment.copyright protection18PENANADAP9iIrNhe

"You've been the absent-minded professor, lately," she joked. "Don't forget my birthday which is coming up in two months," she teased.copyright protection18PENANAsO4fkAC1Ll

"Since when have I ever forgotten your birthday?" he smiled at her. copyright protection18PENANAF9tKwvtfWw

He had the greatest smile.  It was just a fraction crooked on one side but very sexy. And his eyes twinkled behind his glasses.copyright protection18PENANArz7hJqZbdg

"Since never," she grinned, feeling better than she had all night.copyright protection18PENANApG5uWp5yrQ

Later That Night:copyright protection18PENANAU6ZnRvSlLP

Nora was snuggled up in a throw blanket next to Edison on the large sofa. A bowl of half-eaten popcorn and two Cokes sat on the coffee table. copyright protection18PENANARcpYt9oskC

They had just finished watching the movie "Alien," one of Nora's favorites.copyright protection18PENANAJKjOefekOF

She stretched, closing her eyes a moment. She felt something wet on her face. She opened her eyes to find Jax, a black Dachshund, looking back at her with his loving eyes. copyright protection18PENANAaIMa6DGYZr

"Sweet and gross, at the same time, Jax," she laughed. Jax wagged his tail and settled between them. copyright protection18PENANAOQDeP6nezI

As Edison pet Jax, his hand touched Nora's. They both felt a tingling sensation. Nora pulled hers away embarrassed.copyright protection18PENANARisa7Hql1e

"Do you want to talk or anything?" he said, turning to her.copyright protection18PENANA0cXMm3q22p

"Yeah, can we please talk about what happened at school? What was that?"copyright protection18PENANAtRg655dskM

"Later, okay?"copyright protection18PENANAab5DmclMxm

He looked so cute in his button-up shirt and jeans with his slightly messy hair. He took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes.copyright protection18PENANA1yyZlU2LX5

"Yeah, sure," Nora answered, wondering why he was shutting her out. It felt like he knew something that she didn't.copyright protection18PENANAbqWrx2xKuR

Her phone rang and she picked it up from the coffee table. copyright protection18PENANAxF2DjpQEbo

"Hello?"copyright protection18PENANA0dWzchuf3r

Edison put his glasses back on and watched her.copyright protection18PENANAkeRhGojd9O

"Oh...I see. Okay. Yeah, I'm alright. Is he okay? I'll see you tomorrow afternoon. Love you too. Bye."copyright protection18PENANA4Hu7lNxbsJ

Nora clicked a button and set down the phone.copyright protection18PENANAzsWw29OwoS

"My aunt has to leave for the night. My uncle caught my cousin drinking. He puked all over my uncle and admitted he had stolen the vodka from their liquor cabinet. What a dork."copyright protection18PENANAXJ7P1Nel0o

"Oh, wow," Edison laughed.copyright protection18PENANAa55EdrsKCU

Jax started to snore.copyright protection18PENANAtcnqJpzyWY

"I don't think you should be alone, so you can stay the night here. I mean, if you want to," Edison said.copyright protection18PENANAqTIxJJkX5l

"I haven't stayed the night here since we were little kids. Anyway, I think I can handle being alone for one night." copyright protection18PENANAlfrrTESmpv

"I know you can. I just meant, I worry about you and I'd feel better if you stayed here. I could go to your house but Jax needs to be taken care of."copyright protection18PENANAgSIEjr4S00

Nora bent her head.copyright protection18PENANARqUzYDjiAo

Instantly Edison knew she was crying again. He gently moved Jax aside and put his arm around Nora. copyright protection18PENANAEVD5mxJfT8

Damn, Nora thought. I'm such a baby.copyright protection18PENANAKa1sOkUSdU

"I'm sorry...I thought I was feeling better."copyright protection18PENANAS4lNEjqXC0

"Just stay here tonight. It will help keep your mind off things. I'll sleep on the sofa."copyright protection18PENANAlgWYliw5yp

"I feel weird."copyright protection18PENANAeiAgLoBGhO

"You're going through a lot. I want you to know that I'm here for you, Nora."copyright protection18PENANAAaTWXxfnuS

Edison gave her a hug. "Sit tight. I'm going to fix up my room for you." He cleared the dishes from the coffee table. copyright protection18PENANAoP8kOuDkAb

"Thank you, I do feel better not being alone."copyright protection18PENANAKOuk5fJGV0

"No problem. Be back in a bit."copyright protection18PENANAvwbos9VIwq

Jax lay on his back, still snoring.copyright protection18PENANAAVgJg4eTpO

Fifteen minutes later, Nora was tucked into Edison's queen size bed. There was a small lamp on the nightstand with a digital clock and a stack of books.copyright protection18PENANA59DAuIPdpL

He had changed the sheets and it smelled like he had sprayed Febreze, that air freshener, all over his room.copyright protection18PENANAeUhpiKyet5

"You're an awesome friend," she smiled at him.copyright protection18PENANAE31VNhZ1bp

"As are you," he said as he grabbed some clothes from the closet. He paused at the door.copyright protection18PENANAPhztR3cGhB

"Promise you'll get me if you need anything at all?"copyright protection18PENANAsvvKVNuu2X

"I will, but I'm so exhausted I think I'll just sleep."copyright protection18PENANAAG1BCPTCQ4

"Okay, then. I'll see you in the morning, Nora," he pulled the door so it stayed half open.copyright protection18PENANA1GmA9dElUV

"Goodnight."copyright protection18PENANAWmqs6mfBQh

"Night."copyright protection18PENANAzrYA2AqWcg

 She switched off the lamp. As Nora laid her head on his pillow and pulled the soft comforter tightly around her, her thoughts wandered to Edison sleeping on the sofa, not too far away. The thoughts drifted into a dream of him asking her on a real date.copyright protection18PENANA1eWnP6Atsv

She woke up a few hours later. She was usually a sound sleeper. Strange, she thought. She glanced at the clock. Its numbers glowed 3:00 am. Realizing that she needed to use the bathroom, she pulled herself from the warm bed with a sigh.copyright protection18PENANAopRPRYc7A2

In the large bathroom a few minutes later, she washed her hands and glanced up into the mirror over the sink. copyright protection18PENANAp9uoKxYatb

A girl stared back at her in the reflection. She had long, dark hair, with a blonde streak going down the side. It was her intense eyes and slow, curving smile that made Nora scream.copyright protection18PENANAquqnRfusIW

Edison heard her scream and bounded up the stairs with Jax close behind him. He found his bed empty. He went to his bathroom and banged on the door.copyright protection18PENANAX7mPWdN8kn

"Hey, Nora!" copyright protection18PENANAbJxG8hd7rG

Nora unlocked the door and stood in front of him, in his sweatpants and t-shirt. Her hair was tangled, her face was even paler than a redhead's skin could be, her eyes were wide with shock, but most concerning was the scratch on her right arm. It looked like someone had dragged three nails down her skin.copyright protection18PENANAiSbJg3YKvH

Everything felt fuzzy as Nora tried to process what she had seen. Was it real? It had to be real because she'd felt it. She had just been standing there, staring at the apparition, when her arm began to burn.copyright protection18PENANAHtO3iLh6UB

Jax's yipping seemed to pull Nora out of her shock a little. He stopped yipping then started to growl, circling their feet.copyright protection18PENANAu6l2MtjZAL

"What happened in here?" Edison asked, as he gingerly examined her arm.copyright protection18PENANAGTESCUVBFr

"I think your house is haunted." copyright protection18PENANAimV7qeSHlN

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