WHEN RAIN FALLS
by Tyora Moody
furry chest. Bright and dark reds merged into a strange starburst pattern around hismiddle.He turned his head in her direction, his narrowed eyes hunting for her. Theflashing blue lights danced across his face, highlighting his light brown eyes. Hislips parted, showing off perfect white teeth. He’d found her. Like always, his smilestopped at the curves of his mouth, never reaching his eyes. She never knew if heliked or hated her. Sucking back air, she ducked below the window. A whimperescaped between her ragged breaths. She didn’t want him near her. Not ever again.A wave of warmth, then cold, rippled through her body, causing her totremble. She rubbed her hands up and down her arms, feeling tiny bumps on herskin through the thin pajama top. The cheeseburger and fries she’d eaten hoursbefore gurgled in her stomach, threatening to be released. Without warning, one of the back doors opened. She screeched and pressed into the corner of the seat,believing her worst nightmare had broken free.Instead, a cop leaned into the car and asked, “Hey. Are you all right inhere?”
No, I’m not all right. Can’t you see I’m freaking out?
But her mouthwouldn’t cooperate with her brain.