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What was he going to do?


There wasn’t anything he could do.

He had to go there; he had to go back to that place.

The place which had started it all.

Alec knew that he wasn’t welcome there anymore. He wasn’t welcome anywhere.

But he had to try.

Where else could he go for help?

Alec needed help this time. He didn’t want to go back. He couldn’t go back there.

That place was hell on earth.

He was driving down the backroads of the county he had grown up. Alec was heading home.

He knew that once he reached there wouldn’t be much of a welcome, most likely they would close the door in his face.

But he had to try.

He hadn’t spoken to his parents in three years.

Not since that day. The day his life changed. The day the guilty verdict came.

He saw the sign which told him he was almost home.

Ten minutes and he would be back at his childhood home.

There he would be safe.

He hadn’t called them ahead of time; he didn’t need to. Neither of his parents worked. They never had.

He didn’t know what he was going to do once he reached his destination.

Could he even live like this? Could he live life on the run?

He would find out soon enough.

He turned onto the street where he had grown up and saw the little house at the end of the street.

His home.

He parked in the driveway and walked up to the door.

He knocked.

He could hear steps on the other side of the door.

Soon he would be safe.

A man opened the door. It wasn’t his father, nor his brother.

”Hello, Alec,” The man said.

Alec was frozen.

”I think it’s time for you to go back” The agent standing on the other side of the door was the same one that had put the cuffs on him three years ago.

The only man who had ever been able to catch him.

”How did you know I was heading here?” Alec asked.

”You didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

”I could have gone anywhere.”

”No. The only place you where going was home.”

”Alec looked at the agent but said nothing.

He was right, the only place he could, and wanted, to go was home.

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