Josh took a deep breath before turning his eyes toward Drakes. There was blood sprinckled around his face. Paul's blood. "Lets get out of here."
Drake nodded, still trying to keep the tears locked away. He looked down at the dead man on the floor, his head based in... He'd done this. He closed his eyes, taking a deep breath before looking at josh. There was blood on his hands, splattered across his uniform. Silently he nodded.
Josh wrapped a protective arm around his brother as he walked with him out of the bedroom. Drake's legs were shaking violently as he processed everything that had happened. He lead him through the house, avoiding the unconcious bodies of the others they used the front door.
As soon as the pushed open the door they were flooded in the flashing red and blue lights of the police cars. Their ears rang with the shouts of the Officers. Dont shoot! Where are the others? Are you okay?
Niether of them said a word as they walked off of the porch and onto solid ground. They watched as the men with their guns rushed past them and into the house, as officer miles ran toward them, worry and relief on his face.
He looked at the blood on their clothes and skin, breathing heavily. "Are you boys okay?"
Josh nodded. "I attacked three of them," he said, his voice cracking as the need to be strong faded. "they're all unconcious, but..."
"I killed him..." Drake whispered, his eyes on his hands. Shaking hands that were soaked with not only his own blood, but Paul's too.
Miles nodded, following Drake's gaze to his hands and wrists. "What happened?" He asked, seeing the lacerations.
"They had him handcuffed to a bed," Josh said quickly. He'd promised drake that he wouldn't tell on him for cutting. Drake didnt want anyone to know, and Josh was determined to help keep his secret. "They were going to rape him..."
Miles nodded solmnly. He looked down at the boys while his radio echoed wth the static laced voices of the men inside. Two were unconcious, two were dead. He'd seen these boys change a lot over the course of their nightmare. from that first encounter in the hospitle, when they were terrified and broken. The day they'd come in to identify the men who'd wronged them, and now. Even in this new pain, they were stronger. They'd deeated the monsters of their nightmares. There was still a lot of pain behind their eyes, but he had no doubt that they'd overcome it.
"Lets get you boys to the hospital." he said, leading them away from the house of horrors that they'd escaped.
This time Josh didnt let anyone seperate him from Drake. He didnt care what the doctors wanted, all that mattered was making sure Drake was okay, that he wasnt alone. They looked him over quickly, then left him to stand by his brothers side.
Drake stared at his feet while the nurse bandaged his wrists. he didnt want to see all of the blood being washed away from his skin, or the questioning look on her face as she looked at the many cuts. Whatever she suspected she dismissed. After the bandages were secured she placed a gentle hand on his shoulder.
"You're going to be fine." She said, offering a friendly smile as she left the room.
As soon as they were alone Draked looked up to Josh. He seemed so distant, lost in the thoughts of what had happened. "Thank you." he said softly. "For saving me, for staying with me." he added, gripping Josh's hand tightly.
Josh squezzed his hand back, offering a tired smile. "I'd do it again." he said. And he would.
"Do you think we'll go to jail, for killing them?" Drake asked shakily.
"I don't know..." Josh replied, sitting down next to Drake. He'd been trying not to think about it. He hadnt known that he'd killed one of them. He hadnt meant to... It felt unreal, knowing that he'd killed a man. Him, the goofy kid who'd never really hurt anyone. He supossed he should have felt something more, guilt, sorrow. But right now he just felt an empty acceptance. He'd done what he had to to save his brother, and he would never regret that.
"If we do," Josh said, looking at Drake. "I'll be by your side."
"I'll be by yours too." Drake replied.
They were startled as the door to the room opened, Dr. Stein looking over them with a quiet smile. "Your parents are here, you boys are free to leave."
Audrey and Walter stood in the hospitle lobby, shaking with anxiety as they waited to see their boys. They'd been so worried from the moment they'd recieved the first phone call from the men who had kidnapped Drake, when they had gotten Josh's text they'd fully paniced. And now they were back in the hospitle, waiting for that moment when they could see with their own eyes that their boys were okay.
Officer Miles stood with them as they waited, explaining the situation to them. The boys were okay, two of the men who'd done this were in police custody, the other two were dead.
"What's going to happen to the boys?" Audrey asked, worry coating every word.
"They arent being charged," Miles said. "It was in self defence." He wouldnt send them to jail for protecting themselves. Even though Josh had gone in on his own. he was just protecting his brother, possibly saved his life. It was against his own morals to through a kid into jail for doing whatever it took to protect someone he loved. And when Josh had told him about what had happened, that he hadnt meant to kill him, he'd believed it.
"Thank you." Audrey whispered, tears falling from her eyes.
The moment the boys stepped out from the hallway she was running toward them. The tears pushed from her eyes as she took them both into her arms, holding them as tightly as she could. They were alive! She felt two sets af arms wrap around her as she whispered to them how much she loved them.
Josh pulled away, seeing the tears on his dad's face, the relief in his eyes. He ran toward his father and hugged him as tightly as he could. "I'm proud of you." Walter said as he held Josh close. He pulled away only enough to be able to look Josh in the eyes. "You did the right thing."
"Thanks dad." Josh replied before hugging his father again.
Audrey held Drake so tightly she thought that she'd break him. She never wanted to let him go, to let him out of her sight. Not after how close she'd come to loosing him. She couldnt begin to imagine how he was feeling right now, after everything that had happened, she just wanted to be there for him as he delt with it. To hold him and encourage him past it all.
"I love you so much." She whispered, pulling away from him to look at his face. There was so much hurt in his eyes.
"I love you too." he looked around the lobby, not seeing meghan anywhere. "Is Meghan okay?"
The last time he had seen her she'd been knocked unconcious after trying to help him. He'd been so cruel when she'd tried to apologize.
"She's fine." Audrey said. "She's worried, she was blaming herself for them taking you." There were fresh tears in her eyes.
Walter and Josh aproached them quietly, Walter immediently pulled Drake into his arms. He'd been so worried about Drake. He hadnt felt like he'd been there enough for the boys after they'd been raped. But he planned on fully being for them now.
"lets go home." he said with a tired smile.
From the outside their house looked like ay other. No one could look at it and know of the things that had happened within its sturdy walls, or to the peole who called it home. It was a strong house, and within it a strong family resided.
As soon as they entered the house meghan was there, tears in her eyes as she wrapped her arms around Drake. She'd seen the bandages on his arms and her guilt thickened. "I'm so sorry." She whispered between sobs.
Slowly, he wrapped his arms round her. He didnt say anything, just hugged her as she cried into his chest.
After a quick meal the boys went up to their room. They were ready to be alone, to just reflect and take in everything that had happened. They were exhausted, phisically and emotionally. Their parents had understood, and had watched them walk up the stairs while holding back the need to just be with them. Their boys were home, and they were safe. Right now they couldnt ask for more then that.
Josh was sitting on his bed, Drake on the couch when Meghan knocked at the door. She didnt wait for them to tell her it was okay to come in, she just entered the room, looking at her brothers with tear stained eyes. She knew that they were angry with her, that they may never forgive her, but she needed them to know that she was sorry.
"I know that yo guys hate me," She started, voice trembling as she looked at each of them. 'But I want you to know that i'm really sorry." Her voice broke as the tears began falling again. "I never meant for any of this to happen, I just wanted to get you out of the house so I could boby trap your room..." She turned her eyes to he floor. "I wish that I could take it all back, so that it never happened. I'm," She paused as the sobs came forth. "I'm so sorry. I know you can't forgive me, I just, I wanted you to know that I'm sorry." She sobbed as she turned toward the bedroom door.
"Meghan..." Drake said quietly as he watched her turn to leave.
She paused in her tracks, preparred for the worst. She'd set in motion a terrible chain of events.
Drake pulled himself off of the couch, looking at her with a sence of pity. No matter how evil she could be, he knew that she hadnt wanted this. Without warning Drake pulled her into a tigh embrace, holding her as she cried.
"I don't blame you." he said. he couldnt blame the actions of those guys on her, no matter how angrey or hurt he was. He knew, had known, that she hadnt meant for it to happen like it did. He didnt want her to blame herself, to hurt herself like he had. "It wasnt your fault."
Hesitantly, Josh crawled out of bed and joined the hug. He was still angry with her, but like Drake, he'd realized that it wasnt her fault. "It's okay," he said softly. "I don't hate you."
"Thank you," She sobbed.