Alvin woke up the next morning to the sun shining on his face. He felt sore (no big surprise) and his head throbbed. Sitting up took all his strength, but he finally managed to do so. It wasn't long before he heard voices coming from downstairs. Alvin climbed out of bed and slowly made his way out of the guestroom and downstairs.
Alvin followed the voices to the kitchen where he found his brothers and the girls eating breakfast. Dave was there too, talking with Miss Miller.
"Well, look who finally decided to wake up. How did you sleep last night, Alvin?" Dave said.
"OK, I guess" Alvin answered in a low voice.
"Are you hungry? You didn't eat anything last night" said Dave.
Alvin took a seat at the table.
"Are you OK?" Dave asked.
"Yeah. I'm just tired, that's all" said Alvin.
"We'll be going home in about an hour. You can sleep there" Dave said.
"But what about Uncle Leonard?" asked Alvin.
"Uncle Leonard was arrested last night" said Simon.
"It's perfectly safe for you to go home now" said Brittany.
Alvin was quiet for a minute. "Are you sure?" he asked.
"We're positive. Dave called the police last night" Miss Miller said as she placed a plate of pancakes in front of Alvin.
Dave could understand why Alvin was so worried. Who wouldn't be?
Dave thanked Miss Miller for breakfast. Then he and the boys headed home. Once there, Alvin went right to bed, while Dave, Simon, and Theodore settled on the couch and watched TV.
"Dave, will Alvin be OK?" Theodore asked.
"He'll be fine. A good rest is all he needs" said Dave.
"Do you think Uncle Leonard will stay in prison this time?" Simon asked.
"As insane as he is, I don't know" Dave said.
"I'm kind of scared for him" said Theodore.
"I am too, but Alvin's strong. He can get through this" said Dave.
It only seemed like a few hours before night fell. Alvin, who had slept almost all day, was relaxing on the couch watching TV with Dave, Simon, and Theodore.
"How do you feel, Alvin?" Dave asked.
"I guess I feel a little better" Alvin said tiredly.
"Hey, I know it's going to take you a while to get over this, but just know that you're not the only child going through with it" Dave said.
Alvin looked up at him. "I'm not?" he asked.
"Of course not. Child abuse is a national problem. Most people had been trying to stop it for years" said Simon.
"So far they haven't succeeded yet" said Dave.
"Well now I know how those children feel" said Alvin.
"Just know that you're a survivor" Dave said.
Alvin hugged himself, trying to get rid of the fear inside of him. Tears welled up in his eyes and one managed to slip.
Dave carefully gathered Alvin in his arms and pulled him in for a hug.
Simon and Theodore joined the hug.
Alvin cried himself to sleep after about ten minutes.
Dave walked down the hall, careful not to make too much noise, and towards the boys' room, where all three boys were in a peaceful slumber. Dave walked over to Alvin's bed and took a seat. As carefully as possible, Dave brushed Alvin's hair back and sighed. The experiences with Leonard may haunt Alvin for a while, maybe for the rest of his life.
Alvin's eyes fluttered open. "Dave?" he mumbled.
"Hush, Alvin" Dave said, nearly in a whisper.
Alvin's eyes slowly closed and he fell back into dreamland.
Dave pulled the covers up and gave him a gentle kiss on the forehead. "Everything's OK now, Alvin. You're safe" he said, his voice still soft.
The only answer from Alvin was soft, steady breathing.
Dave placed one more gentle kiss on Alvin's forehead and quietly left the room.
AN: This chapter is a little shorter than the others but I hope you enjoyed it. I have another sequel coming up soon, but I don't know when it will be posted. My flow is up and down. Please read and review and please nothing negative, My other stories should be updated soon.
By the way, if you haven't already, check out my new video on YouTube. It's another child abuse awareness video. Type in my name 'picklesfreak' and it should be there.