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Geek's Obsession
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Nora
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No Plagiarism!tkP1K4pIQqR9jq2qrSS2posted on PENANA

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 protection5PENANAjKICKjt53n

"Hey, Nora. What's up?"copyright protection5PENANArxHhzrlYac

"I can't do this anymore..." the words were jumbled in a sob.copyright protection5PENANAp1lJro9Th1

"Slow down, I can't understand you. Take a deep breath."copyright protection5PENANAVAMDdwXHB1

Nora took a deep breath and let it out in a huff.copyright protection5PENANA43zLk8cG7m

"Now, what's going on?"copyright protection5PENANASwnefPDpIU

Edison's calm voice washed over her in a warm wave.copyright protection5PENANArDvdhIKeql

"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 protection5PENANAgupPgJYsp5

"I'm coming over."copyright protection5PENANAPiBcwR2ahK

"No," she sighed. "I'll be fine. Besides, Aunt Lianne is here." copyright protection5PENANA4InAVFjGTJ

Nora studied the shiny blue polish on her fingernails and wondered how pathetic she sounded.copyright protection5PENANA2aerZubXWA

"I'll come pick you up. Okay?"copyright protection5PENANA3MTFZqw1AO

"Am I interrupting anything?" She sniffled. Yuck, I must sound gross, she thought, as she dabbed at her nose with a tissue.copyright protection5PENANALFw9fsOz8I

"No, you goof. See you in five minutes."copyright protection5PENANAjaTxBS1MQY

"Thanks."copyright protection5PENANAnTKhzJH5Lh

"What are friends for? Be there as soon as I can."copyright protection5PENANATxWqGcSvL0

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 protection5PENANAe4b7CM0EzR

Her aunt was in the kitchen making iced tea.copyright protection5PENANADXLnek7VqT

"Hey, sweetie," her aunt said.copyright protection5PENANAckq9K7lDC7

"Hi. Is it okay if go hang out with a friend for awhile?"copyright protection5PENANADRcOZOBZta

"Which friend?"copyright protection5PENANAR67CtmWBhm

"Edison," Nora answered as she put on her jacket.copyright protection5PENANAuuGUDr2Z4F

"I suppose that's fine, but don't come home too late."copyright protection5PENANA6Iwixw78vA

"I won't."copyright protection5PENANAjnGrZaNVM5

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 protection5PENANAihzZbcrecv

"I'm so sorry for what my brother has done," she said.copyright protection5PENANATiepBLVJTr

Nora glanced away from her aunt's sad face. This felt awkward.copyright protection5PENANAkdO0EObsJX

"I know. I'm glad you came over, Aunt Lianne."copyright protection5PENANAx2e72qktEw

"I'm always here for you. I just want you to know that."copyright protection5PENANAZxOdXqYS9S

"Thank you."copyright protection5PENANAku59uKXGdH

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 protection5PENANADLJSSMicfX

"Sorry for the hassle," she mumbled as she got into the passenger seat.copyright protection5PENANAIeuxssYqk8

"Don't be silly. Do you want to go anywhere or just hang out at the house?"copyright protection5PENANAjFCpO6aMMn

"I don't know what else we can do this late except go eat but I'm not hungry. Are you?"copyright protection5PENANAtq8di1ZBdf

Edison shook his head.copyright protection5PENANAyVu3tWvrnQ

"We can go to your place, I guess if your parents are cool with me being over this late?"copyright protection5PENANAzHwb6kig65

"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 protection5PENANAEAwNNPOMq1

"No, you never mentioned it."copyright protection5PENANA2ZXw3rtySQ

"I'm sure I did. I mean, I thought I did." He wrinkled his brow for a moment.copyright protection5PENANApsxVEEgXUm

"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 protection5PENANA2zXzmKobxP

"Since when have I ever forgotten your birthday?" he smiled at her. copyright protection5PENANAdzOa6RBzqu

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 protection5PENANApPWXLBB1yw

"Since never," she grinned, feeling better than she had all night.copyright protection5PENANAoB5las5zED

Later That Night:copyright protection5PENANAoRdc2j4DSv

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 protection5PENANA8il5f6GQ8e

They had just finished watching the movie "Alien," one of Nora's favorites.copyright protection5PENANAnwPsS0VYzz

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 protection5PENANABYrObt7f60

"Sweet and gross, at the same time, Jax," she laughed. Jax wagged his tail and settled between them. copyright protection5PENANALfi6kxd0ol

As Edison pet Jax, his hand touched Nora's. They both felt a tingling sensation. Nora pulled hers away embarrassed.copyright protection5PENANAfLS5eK5aIF

"Do you want to talk or anything?" he said, turning to her.copyright protection5PENANAKkDb8PEg5L

"Yeah, can we please talk about what happened at school? What was that?"copyright protection5PENANAgQ0zWk6alv

"Later, okay?"copyright protection5PENANAvAhoFv9LGR

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 protection5PENANAqqc4BlTfBY

"Yeah, sure," Nora answered, wondering why he was shutting her out. It felt like he knew something that she didn't.copyright protection5PENANA0SP0rMlyWG

Her phone rang and she picked it up from the coffee table. copyright protection5PENANA4sglQWRZHx

"Hello?"copyright protection5PENANAR8X4dyp7O1

Edison put his glasses back on and watched her.copyright protection5PENANA5OUVPlHaUE

"Oh...I see. Okay. Yeah, I'm alright. Is he okay? I'll see you tomorrow afternoon. Love you too. Bye."copyright protection5PENANARY68kX4bXL

Nora clicked a button and set down the phone.copyright protection5PENANAIPTFT7eje2

"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 protection5PENANAkkQefGAWRu

"Oh, wow," Edison laughed.copyright protection5PENANABItHQNFVYD

Jax started to snore.copyright protection5PENANAGHsAmmHBFV

"I don't think you should be alone, so you can stay the night here. I mean, if you want to," Edison said.copyright protection5PENANADZfueuaOr2

"I haven't stayed the night here since we were little kids. Anyway, I think I can handle being alone for one night." copyright protection5PENANAj3KMLBAqwz

"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 protection5PENANA4dgwODTvez

Nora bent her head.copyright protection5PENANArSyHmNcxCD

Instantly Edison knew she was crying again. He gently moved Jax aside and put his arm around Nora. copyright protection5PENANAAVHlIsWiSt

Damn, Nora thought. I'm such a baby.copyright protection5PENANASWH8tvLn10

"I'm sorry...I thought I was feeling better."copyright protection5PENANAWsTv9gilNU

"Just stay here tonight. It will help keep your mind off things. I'll sleep on the sofa."copyright protection5PENANAZoQGJy9GR1

"I feel weird."copyright protection5PENANAaJYRSsnEPo

"You're going through a lot. I want you to know that I'm here for you, Nora."copyright protection5PENANAEMRxh1NAmB

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 protection5PENANAvmZl3JUcpL

"Thank you, I do feel better not being alone."copyright protection5PENANAezvdrnGO1w

"No problem. Be back in a bit."copyright protection5PENANAcFi4dA51as

Jax lay on his back, still snoring.copyright protection5PENANADFOD0SmU5M

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 protection5PENANAGkmbyNyeBz

He had changed the sheets and it smelled like he had sprayed Febreze, that air freshener, all over his room.copyright protection5PENANAKOf3StDXuN

"You're an awesome friend," she smiled at him.copyright protection5PENANAp8teLu78pd

"As are you," he said as he grabbed some clothes from the closet. He paused at the door.copyright protection5PENANAU5ygh64PkF

"Promise you'll get me if you need anything at all?"copyright protection5PENANAp5uF8n8MlD

"I will, but I'm so exhausted I think I'll just sleep."copyright protection5PENANAALM30xx8FX

"Okay, then. I'll see you in the morning, Nora," he pulled the door so it stayed half open.copyright protection5PENANAlA2TRjZV9k

"Goodnight."copyright protection5PENANABzq5eztnlO

"Night."copyright protection5PENANA1VANZAlwI1

 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 protection5PENANAu4BwYsQYn0

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 protection5PENANAiYAI4PixcD

In the large bathroom a few minutes later, she washed her hands and glanced up into the mirror over the sink. copyright protection5PENANAmeyW1yxn4f

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 protection5PENANAozkZ5isWgQ

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 protection5PENANAXzOxhTmzrz

"Hey, Nora!" copyright protection5PENANAdNNMKPkhcp

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 protection5PENANAxAYRA4a30q

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 protection5PENANATYZHvhBSR2

Jax's yipping seemed to pull Nora out of her shock a little. He stopped yipping then started to growl, circling their feet.copyright protection5PENANAr4PfQA4bRh

"What happened in here?" Edison asked, as he gingerly examined her arm.copyright protection5PENANAApSyhtCrwD

"I think your house is haunted." copyright protection5PENANARpBR778IZZ

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