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I Knew Chapter 15

by KaiaJersaga

Warning: This work has been rated 16+.

“Whasup, Jed?” Kassie asked. Glancing at Jed, she lifted a purple tinted soda can from beside her and took a sip. “All day you’ve been giving me nothing but that ugly Mr. Gloomy Guy look like something really miserable’s happened. Whasup?”

Jed shrugged and, leaning forward, he rearranged the stack of cards displayed on his phone. He sighed, finding that the new arrangement did not create any more obvious moves. His eyes rose to the ceiling and stayed there for a long, silent moment.

Kassie lowered her soda can and placed it on the desk Jed’s computer was set up on. She watched Jed for a moment and noted that his fingers had stopped moving over his phone’s surface. “Why are you looking so glum? Did something happen at work?”

Jed shook his head and glanced back down at the game. Aimlessly, he dragged a card to the opposite side of the screen in front of him and watched as it returned to its position when he matched it to the wrong suit.

Sighing, he hit the pause button and shut off his phone’s screen. Tossing his phone across his bed, he watched it skid to a stop beside his pillow. Wearily, he lay down across the width of his bed and placed his hands behind his head.

“Look, Jed, ever since you visited that kid in the hospital, you haven’t been yourself. What’s wrong?” Kassie asked sympathetically as her large brown eyes traced Jed’s face.

“I don’t know,” Jed admitted as he slowly sat up. “Just…” His voice trailed off, and he shook his head. “Never mind.”

Kassie frowned. “Are you okay?” she asked softly, keeping her eyes engaged to Jed’s face.

“I’m not dead,” Jed replied lifelessly.

Kassie smiled faintly at Jed’s reply. The smile quickly faded as she stared into Jed’s face. “Can you tell me what’s up?”

Jed sighed and reached for the Affluance magazine lying face up on the set of drawers beside him. Aimlessly, he gazed over the cover page. He shook his head slowly as he stared into the face of the exceptionally beautiful Asian model. “Kass,” Jed began, lifting his eyes seriously to his cousin’s face. “The kid’s a total mess.”

“Mess?” Kassie repeated, doubtfully arching an eyebrow.

“Yeah. He…” Jed sighed and glanced down at the magazine on his thigh. “He’s got a lot of problems…and…” Jed sighed and lowered his gaze to the floor. “He doesn’t even live with his parents.”

Kassie frowned doubtfully and twisted a strand of her hair in her fingers. “How do you know all this?” she asked, skeptically. “Like, two days ago, you didn’t want anything to do with him, and now you’re telling me about his personal problems. What happened?” she asked, lifting her eyebrows sub-stantially.

Jed sighed. He bit his lip and glanced down at the floor. He lifted his gaze to Kassie and waved a hand at her dismissively. “I’ve already said too much,” he muttered, decisively lifting his phone to his face again and glancing over the unfinished solitaire game it displayed.

Kassie frowned and bit her lip. Her gaze moved to the carvings on the drawers beside Jed’s bed. Slowly, her gaze lifted to Jed’s face. “Dad admitted that he gave Lakisha your phone number,” she mumbled softly. “But he didn’t give it to the crash survivor.”

Jed nodded. “Yeah. I figured that.” His eyes scanned the row of cards before him. “Lakisha,” he repeated slowly, glan-cing past his phone to the floor and thoughtfully passing a finger slowly below his lower lip.

“Yeah…” Kassie repeated, nodding slowly. “That’s the kid’s sister, you know?”

Jed nodded thoughtfully. His eyes suddenly snapped up to Kassie’s face. “Call your dad. I need to talk to him.”

“Uh…what?” Kassie asked, her eyes widening substantially. “Whatever for? He might be at work and—”

“Do it anyway,” Jed muttered, waving a hand at her.

Kassie frowned and lifted her phone from the desk beside her. “O…kay,” she muttered, keeping her eyes fixed to Jed’s face in a questioning stare.

She pressed something on her phone and moved her eyes back to Jed as her phone began to produce a monotonous beeping. “He’s working today so he may not be able to pick up so don’t be surprised if—"

A loud clatter coming from Kassie’s phone cut her words short. Kassie winced and pushed her phone a little farther from herself.

“Hey, Kassie. What’s up with my little elfchild today?”

Jed smiled faintly as he pulled back a strand of his hair from his lips.

“It’s just a pet name my Dad calls me sometimes. Not that funny, Jed,” Kassie muttered, casting Jed a glare.

“Jed’s there?” Sheriff Edwards asked.

Kassie nodded. Her eyes moved to Jed’s face. “Say something,” she prompted, casting Jed a glance. “You were the one who wanted me to call him.”

Jed nodded and sat up. “Hey,” he greeted half-heartedly.

“Hey, Jed,” Sheriff Edwards returned merrily. “How’re you doing?”

“Fine,” Jed replied, casting Kassie a glance. His eyes moved to Kassie’s phone. “I was wondering if you had the ad-dress of Lakisha, Zybryn’s sister.”

“What!” Kassie exclaimed, hitting her fist on her knee. “What do you want that for?”

Jed ignored her. “Do you have it?”

Sheriff Edwards laughed softly. “In fact, I do. You caught me at a good time. Let me see…”

“Wait!” Kassie exclaimed, waving a hand in front of her phone as if the gesture would stop her father. “Dad, you aren’t just gonna give him the address, right?” Kassie asked, glancing across the room at Jed. “You’re gonna ask him what he wants it for first, right?”

“Ah, here it is. Do you want me to call it out or send it to you?” Sheriff Edwards asked, completely ignoring what Kas-sie had said.

“Dad!” Kassie broke in. “Don’t you want to—"

“Call it out,” Jed cut her off as he grabbed a pen off the set of drawers beside his bed and flipped to a random page in the Affluance magazine. “Go on.”

“128 Grove Road, Meron—”

“She lives in Meron?” Jed asked, granting himself a little more time to finish writing the first part of the address before the sheriff went on.

“Yep, pretty close to the Rian,” Sheriff Edwards replied.

Jed’s gaze lifted and met Kassie’s glare. Ignoring the expression, Jed placed the tip of his pen at the end of the second line. “Okay, go on,” Jed directed.

“80791,” Sheriff Edwards finished. “Do you need me to repeat anything?”

Jed shook his head as his eyes ran across the address scribbled in the margin of the magazine page. “No, this is good. Thanks.”

“Is that all?” Sheriff Edwards asked.

Jed nodded as he glanced over what he had written.

“I think that’s all, Dad,” Kassie muttered softly, glancing over Jed’s eyes unconsciously staring at another picture of Zybryn he had found in the magazine. Before Sheriff Edwards could reply, Kassie pressed the end button and lifted her eyes to Jed’s face. “Okay, so why do you want the address?” she snapped.

Jed’s eyes did not lift from typing the address into his phone. “Thought that would be obvious.”

“You want to see her, but why?” Kassie asked, clasping her hands over her knees. “Jed, you don’t even know her!” she exclaimed, throwing her hands up exasperatedly. “You can’t just randomly barge into her house asking for cookies. She’s a pure stranger and—”

“Kass,” Jed cut her off, lifting his eyes seriously to Kas-sie’s face. “Zybryn is in serious trouble, and he’s not catching on. It’s not my place to pull him out of his situation, but if I tell Lakisha, maybe she can help him. Someone needs to know about this.”

“About what?” Kassie asked impatiently. She nodded to the side of the room, keeping her eyes fixed to Jed’s face. “Youneed to tell me about it, Jed.”

Jed shrugged. “It doesn’t matter, okay? Technically, I shouldn’t know about this either.” He stood up, taking his keys from the set of drawers beside his bed. “Let’s go.”

“Go?” Kassie repeated doubtfully. “Go where? To La-kisha’s? Jed, we haven’t even talked about this, and now you want—"

“Your house,” Jed cut her off impatiently. “I’m dropping you off there and carrying on to Lakisha’s. Now, let’s go,” he ordered, gesturing with his arm to the door.

Kassie glared at Jed and stayed seated. “Why?” she asked, stubbornly crossing her arms as if it were not already obvious that she was not going to stand up. “I’m getting the feeling you’re about to make a dreadful mistake.”

Jed shook his head. “I’m not. I promise. Just let me take you home, okay?”

Kassie frowned and stood up. “Fine,” she muttered, glaring at Jed as she passed him. “But you owe me an explanation,” she added, passing Jed another threatening glance.

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Mon May 29, 2023 11:54 pm
AuthenticallyAngie wrote a review...

First of all, as someone who hasn't read previous chapters yet, you do a great job of drawing people into your story from anywhere in the series. I already look forward to reading the chapters before this.
There are so many things I like about your writing style, it's hard to choose where to start. The first thing I noticed was the way the characters speak. It's hard to write realistic dialogue, but this is something you do very well here. Both the characters' way of speaking shows their emotions at the moment and their personalities. Also, just through the dialogue, it is clear their current feelings toward each other.
Second of all, the descriptions of their mannerisms are nicely done. This is another thing that is hard to write believably, and you did it well. Without outright saying what the character is feeling, you show it well through descriptions of their mannerism. It is an excellent display of showing, not telling.
The only grievance I have is the lack of an inner monologue in the text. I don't know if this was done intentionally, but having a character's view or thoughts on things told by the character themself can add to how interesting the story is. It's another way to show a character's personality and emotions, something you have already done really well. A character's inner monologue isn't something that's necessarily needed, it is something that I found myself wondering about while reading.
It's an interesting story I look forward to reading more of. The way you express the emotions and personalities of the characters is very well written, good job!

KaiaJersaga says...

Thanks so much for stopping by to leave a review. This means so much to me!! I'm really happy to hear that you like my writing style, as it has been something I have been struggling to improve on greatly over the years.

Your tip about monologue is exactly the issue I'm trying to solve currently. I'm not very good at monologue and am in the process of trying to learn how to improve there. I will definitely keep your thoughts on this chapter in mind as I further my writing.

Thanks again for the review and have a great week!
-Kaia :)

AuthenticallyAngie says...

No problem! A simple way to write an inner monologue or include a character's perspective would be to describe things using opinions or questions a character has, but won't voice. Something like, "Tracey walked down the dark halls, shivering. Why did she agree to this? It was a stupid dare. She should really stop accepting dares from Mark."

KaiaJersaga says...

Good tip. I'll keep that one in mind. ;)

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— Charm