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Geek's Obsession
Writer Jennifer
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  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
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Geek's Obsession
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Dec 17, 2017
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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 protection30PENANAwVp1EK2Dsi

"Hey, Nora. What's up?"copyright protection30PENANAtKy7zmHZsr

"I can't do this anymore..." the words were jumbled in a sob.copyright protection30PENANA9tSfIHcupV

"Slow down, I can't understand you. Take a deep breath."copyright protection30PENANAdVRCXwn09P

Nora took a deep breath and let it out in a huff.copyright protection30PENANAiDzRK8ds8G

"Now, what's going on?"copyright protection30PENANAUh9MxRuJmU

Edison's calm voice washed over her in a warm wave.copyright protection30PENANAFzQxbN3zOd

"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 protection30PENANAo6QYYB7c3f

"I'm coming over."copyright protection30PENANATYw2K4UfOg

"No," she sighed. "I'll be fine. Besides, Aunt Lianne is here." copyright protection30PENANA9uPZ11N5AB

Nora studied the shiny blue polish on her fingernails and wondered how pathetic she sounded.copyright protection30PENANAiZI8XHK4TN

"I'll come pick you up. Okay?"copyright protection30PENANAkMMRPwVJLJ

"Am I interrupting anything?" She sniffled. Yuck, I must sound gross, she thought, as she dabbed at her nose with a tissue.copyright protection30PENANA0VdPUfRIks

"No, you goof. See you in five minutes."copyright protection30PENANAjDr2MoJwtD

"Thanks."copyright protection30PENANAkNq6FfCAZo

"What are friends for? Be there as soon as I can."copyright protection30PENANAkZkxPeNHX8

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 protection30PENANA9hLAjxZ34t

Her aunt was in the kitchen making iced tea.copyright protection30PENANAGoh6uWm7wm

"Hey, sweetie," her aunt said.copyright protection30PENANAwQlQob5cS2

"Hi. Is it okay if go hang out with a friend for awhile?"copyright protection30PENANAk1j6CCEBFI

"Which friend?"copyright protection30PENANA5m6mtAiPIP

"Edison," Nora answered as she put on her jacket.copyright protection30PENANAceGy55JahC

"I suppose that's fine, but don't come home too late."copyright protection30PENANAcCEwIg8mSO

"I won't."copyright protection30PENANA4XbbkEMDuu

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 protection30PENANAsGJ9eOeYYw

"I'm so sorry for what my brother has done," she said.copyright protection30PENANAAb8fHRvQdo

Nora glanced away from her aunt's sad face. This felt awkward.copyright protection30PENANAFimQtGufjZ

"I know. I'm glad you came over, Aunt Lianne."copyright protection30PENANAKMFtVUiaTh

"I'm always here for you. I just want you to know that."copyright protection30PENANAGusPJaGf0U

"Thank you."copyright protection30PENANADFdZvGG0WZ

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 protection30PENANAZHMFbHAtRt

"Sorry for the hassle," she mumbled as she got into the passenger seat.copyright protection30PENANAKyXdnHn3Wo

"Don't be silly. Do you want to go anywhere or just hang out at the house?"copyright protection30PENANAYz3bzzSgAO

"I don't know what else we can do this late except go eat but I'm not hungry. Are you?"copyright protection30PENANAfAw2fHJPaB

Edison shook his head.copyright protection30PENANAjV9h8xYwBU

"We can go to your place, I guess if your parents are cool with me being over this late?"copyright protection30PENANAUzuYL4yDk9

"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 protection30PENANAsAJYCZFmPQ

"No, you never mentioned it."copyright protection30PENANAY8L8pUForg

"I'm sure I did. I mean, I thought I did." He wrinkled his brow for a moment.copyright protection30PENANAilQNkBSTfc

"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 protection30PENANA2HMLFpKkMz

"Since when have I ever forgotten your birthday?" he smiled at her. copyright protection30PENANAaKIWS8Qywh

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 protection30PENANAPPDFCYhuRw

"Since never," she grinned, feeling better than she had all night.copyright protection30PENANAHUduGSUqdG

Later That Night:copyright protection30PENANA0nqJkjRaRn

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 protection30PENANAsGc6mP5DkX

They had just finished watching the movie "Alien," one of Nora's favorites.copyright protection30PENANAa2RowxgqYu

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 protection30PENANA6ZSxIcRznI

"Sweet and gross, at the same time, Jax," she laughed. Jax wagged his tail and settled between them. copyright protection30PENANAXPp9WLZ1pj

As Edison pet Jax, his hand touched Nora's. They both felt a tingling sensation. Nora pulled hers away embarrassed.copyright protection30PENANAZAlQYSofjn

"Do you want to talk or anything?" he said, turning to her.copyright protection30PENANAJpmBX5NOFa

"Yeah, can we please talk about what happened at school? What was that?"copyright protection30PENANAxC0WMXILZ8

"Later, okay?"copyright protection30PENANA5YIrOGjdVC

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 protection30PENANAAF2Xg024OH

"Yeah, sure," Nora answered, wondering why he was shutting her out. It felt like he knew something that she didn't.copyright protection30PENANAfmkgi6d1Rc

Her phone rang and she picked it up from the coffee table. copyright protection30PENANA9XaRoZyIdu

"Hello?"copyright protection30PENANAkN9nLqnNuc

Edison put his glasses back on and watched her.copyright protection30PENANAvKyP0RWeTN

"Oh...I see. Okay. Yeah, I'm alright. Is he okay? I'll see you tomorrow afternoon. Love you too. Bye."copyright protection30PENANAq2LBT9BsRO

Nora clicked a button and set down the phone.copyright protection30PENANAWcB5zmvXa0

"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 protection30PENANA9GKIvLArZt

"Oh, wow," Edison laughed.copyright protection30PENANAfpw01qaCS2

Jax started to snore.copyright protection30PENANAqOe2TOppLA

"I don't think you should be alone, so you can stay the night here. I mean, if you want to," Edison said.copyright protection30PENANApVgaEMVedU

"I haven't stayed the night here since we were little kids. Anyway, I think I can handle being alone for one night." copyright protection30PENANAItkeulEEYw

"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 protection30PENANAGolVrfJREu

Nora bent her head.copyright protection30PENANAr4pHe3t9iH

Instantly Edison knew she was crying again. He gently moved Jax aside and put his arm around Nora. copyright protection30PENANA30bofFJTkH

Damn, Nora thought. I'm such a baby.copyright protection30PENANAq16LWy1FpF

"I'm sorry...I thought I was feeling better."copyright protection30PENANA9QJzyYC27U

"Just stay here tonight. It will help keep your mind off things. I'll sleep on the sofa."copyright protection30PENANAKbVVzaBj4V

"I feel weird."copyright protection30PENANA1vW7hSGix5

"You're going through a lot. I want you to know that I'm here for you, Nora."copyright protection30PENANAXHWHgvFTxN

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 protection30PENANAOiZJeyUPSZ

"Thank you, I do feel better not being alone."copyright protection30PENANALTuI1LBH39

"No problem. Be back in a bit."copyright protection30PENANAN1QJJ7fo0N

Jax lay on his back, still snoring.copyright protection30PENANAcO5bykKt9C

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 protection30PENANAsVwXEyIffM

He had changed the sheets and it smelled like he had sprayed Febreze, that air freshener, all over his room.copyright protection30PENANAp3OgMxn2Wo

"You're an awesome friend," she smiled at him.copyright protection30PENANAP8dUjLe4fo

"As are you," he said as he grabbed some clothes from the closet. He paused at the door.copyright protection30PENANAGHkdEYLne1

"Promise you'll get me if you need anything at all?"copyright protection30PENANAaE4YURwiTs

"I will, but I'm so exhausted I think I'll just sleep."copyright protection30PENANAHIBUDUGSYV

"Okay, then. I'll see you in the morning, Nora," he pulled the door so it stayed half open.copyright protection30PENANAgFDBTizEGO

"Goodnight."copyright protection30PENANAFQsKPnBlFv

"Night."copyright protection30PENANAOmdpgRkXJi

 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 protection30PENANAS0YwBRObwu

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 protection30PENANAZcksWaPxvv

In the large bathroom a few minutes later, she washed her hands and glanced up into the mirror over the sink. copyright protection30PENANA3kRhJ8836R

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 protection30PENANAmYRlutcjEJ

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 protection30PENANANEV86RjWpP

"Hey, Nora!" copyright protection30PENANArs9jJSrSVx

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 protection30PENANAJiwBD14QlJ

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 protection30PENANAz8nuhumAqM

Jax's yipping seemed to pull Nora out of her shock a little. He stopped yipping then started to growl, circling their feet.copyright protection30PENANApReyaYrCRn

"What happened in here?" Edison asked, as he gingerly examined her arm.copyright protection30PENANAaBFHciIh83

"I think your house is haunted." copyright protection30PENANA1IcoduSz5i

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