Chapter 15

As Jonas entered the room, shortly followed by Jenna and Lily, Jonas asked, "Giver, are you sure you don't want to see me as well?"

The Giver looked up sharply as he shot up onto his feet, muttering, "Jonas? Is that you?"

Running over to him, Jonas quietly said, "Yes, it's me! I'm back!"

The Giver hugged Jonas back as he cried out, "I thought I would never see you again after you left with Gabriel the last time you came back, Jonas! I missed you so much!"

"I missed you, too, Giver," Jonas replied almost tearfully. As he looked up at the Giver, he begged, "Please! Come with Jenna and me! Let the people in this town deal with all the problems themselves! They have to learn that they can't always depend on others! They have to learn what they truly enjoy doing on their own instead of being told what to do! What to wear! What job to go into!"

The Giver looked down at Jonas sadly, saying, "Jonas, you know I want to. But these people will need help! They'll need me to lead them through the struggle! I can't leave the new Receiver with them just yet!"

"No!" Jonas cried out with frustration. "We're going to try and take her with us! If I can't get her tonight, I'll come back for her alone! Just come with us! Please! I love you, Giver! I can't lose you again! You're like a father to me! A real father! I know it still hurts you a lot that you lost Rosalie because she was actually in your family unit! That could talk to her about anything! But with her gone, and with me being forbidden here, I can tell it's a torture for you to lose someone else close to you!"

The Giver looked back and forth between Jonas and Jenna for a while before sighing. Giving in, he said, "Fine. Alright! I'll come with you, Jonas."

Jonas started to pull Jenna and Giver behind him and started to run out the door when Lily screeched, "Jonas! Why? Why do you have to leave again? What about Mom? What about Dad? WHAT ABOUT ME?"

Jonas turned to look at Lily painfully, saying, "Lily, I'm sorry, but I can't stay. I can't struggle in this town. If I hadn't become a Receiver, I'd be more than willing since I'd be as blinded as you, but I know too much to stay. I'm sorry."

"You don't know as much as anyone else in this town!" Lily denied.

Jonas took out a pocket knife and flipped out a blade, asking, "You sure? Because I've seen blood. I've felt the pains that no one here but Giver would understand. I've seen others getting hurt. I've seen people die naturally, not because people are forced to die through Release." Jonas cut his wrist with the blade and gasped with pain before he allowed the blood to drip on the ground and showed the wound to Lily. He gritted his teeth with pain, saying through his teeth, "Look at this and tell me I know as much as you, and not more nor less, Lily." When Lily couldn't say anything, Jenna took Jonas's wrist and started to bandage him up. Jonas looked up at Jenna as he asked, "Why do you have the bandage?"

"I'm a nurse, Jonas," Jenna reminded him. "And practically a foster mother. Now, no more complaining, and just let me wrap the bandage around your wrist so that cut of yours doesn't get infected, dear."

As Jonas sighed and looked over to Lily, he snapped, "You really want to stick around with me, Lily? You sure about that?" When Lily nodded frantically, Jonas snapped, "Then be prepared to make your own decisions and follow your own heart. Not what others tell you all the time." Once Jenna was done bandaging his wrist, Jonas walked out the door, saying, "Let's go, guys. Time to return."

Chapter 15

As Jonas entered the room, shortly followed by Jenna and Lily, Jonas asked, "Giver, are you sure you don't want to see me as well?"

The Giver looked up sharply as he shot up onto his feet, muttering, "Jonas? Is that you?"

Running over to him, Jonas quietly said, "Yes, it's me! I'm back!"

The Giver hugged Jonas back as he cried out, "I thought I would never see you again after you left with Gabriel the last time you came back, Jonas! I missed you so much!"

"I missed you, too, Giver," Jonas replied almost tearfully. As he looked up at the Giver, he begged, "Please! Come with Jenna and me! Let the people in this town deal with all the problems themselves! They have to learn that they can't always depend on others! They have to learn what they truly enjoy doing on their own instead of being told what to do! What to wear! What job to go into!"

The Giver looked down at Jonas sadly, saying, "Jonas, you know I want to. But these people will need help! They'll need me to lead them through the struggle! I can't leave the new Receiver with them just yet!"

"No!" Jonas cried out with frustration. "We're going to try and take her with us! If I can't get her tonight, I'll come back for her alone! Just come with us! Please! I love you, Giver! I can't lose you again! You're like a father to me! A real father! I know it still hurts you a lot that you lost Rosalie because she was actually in your family unit! That could talk to her about anything! But with her gone, and with me being forbidden here, I can tell it's a torture for you to lose someone else close to you!"

The Giver looked back and forth between Jonas and Jenna for a while before sighing. Giving in, he said, "Fine. Alright! I'll come with you, Jonas."

Jonas started to pull Jenna and Giver behind him and started to run out the door when Lily screeched, "Jonas! Why? Why do you have to leave again? What about Mom? What about Dad? WHAT ABOUT ME?"

Jonas turned to look at Lily painfully, saying, "Lily, I'm sorry, but I can't stay. I can't struggle in this town. If I hadn't become a Receiver, I'd be more than willing since I'd be as blinded as you, but I know too much to stay. I'm sorry."

"You don't know as much as anyone else in this town!" Lily denied.

Jonas took out a pocket knife and flipped out a blade, asking, "You sure? Because I've seen blood. I've felt the pains that no one here but Giver would understand. I've seen others getting hurt. I've seen people die naturally, not because people are forced to die through Release." Jonas cut his wrist with the blade and gasped with pain before he allowed the blood to drip on the ground and showed the wound to Lily. He gritted his teeth with pain, saying through his teeth, "Look at this and tell me I know as much as you, and not more nor less, Lily." When Lily couldn't say anything, Jenna took Jonas's wrist and started to bandage him up. Jonas looked up at Jenna as he asked, "Why do you have the bandage?"

"I'm a nurse, Jonas," Jenna reminded him. "And practically a foster mother. Now, no more complaining, and just let me wrap the bandage around your wrist so that cut of yours doesn't get infected, dear."

As Jonas sighed and looked over to Lily, he snapped, "You really want to stick around with me, Lily? You sure about that?" When Lily nodded frantically, Jonas snapped, "Then be prepared to make your own decisions and follow your own heart. Not what others tell you all the time." Once Jenna was done bandaging his wrist, Jonas walked out the door, saying, "Let's go, guys. Time to return."