Disclaimer: still don't own anything… just the ideas that pop into my head… also I don't own Drift, Emily Osment does!
A/N: well this is the final chapter… hope you all have had fun with this story. It's all over after this so please tell me how ya'll like it.
Summery: so the healing begins for Taylor, will she get better or will things go south again? Find out in this exciting conclusion to: the guy Taylor met online
A week passed Taylor still wasn't in school but she was attending the group sessions regularly. They were helping; she didn't feel as depressed, at night though she was beginning to get nightmares again. One night before her forth group session that morning, Taylor woke up drenched with sweat and had tears running down her face. She thought those dreams had ended, the only thing she ever talked about was Cyberbullying… she never talked about the kidnapping or what happened during that time. She saw that the sun wasn't even up yet; looking at her bedside clock she saw it was only 4am. Her group session wasn't until 10:30, she got up and changed into different pajamas and went downstairs.
She knew where her mom kept the pills she took every six hours, she had taken her last dose at midnight but she didn't care about that, she wanted to sleep. She was careful not to wake any one, her brother Haley was sleeping on the couch so she was extra quiet as she walked. She tiptoed into the kitchen and got the key for the medicine cabinet, her mom didn't take it with her this time when she went to bed, she unlocked the little door and found her pill bottle, she was about to pick it up when the light flipped on. She spun around to see Haley standing there with his arms crossed giving her a stern look, "Taylor Hillridge, what are you doing?" she looked around the room after her eyes adjusted to the kitchen light, she bit her bottom lip nervously and said quickly "I couldn't sleep, so I thought…" "You thought you could take one of your pills to make you sleep. Well I hate to break it to ya sis, but you're not allowed to get into the medicine cabinet unless me, mom or dad gets it for you. Besides didn't you have your night time dose?" he walked over to her and pushed the door shut and locked it, looking down at her he said trying to keep his voice quiet "you cant have another dose until six its only four. Besides why didn't you wake any one to get it for you?"
Taylor frowned and said trying to keep her own voice quiet "do you think I was going to try and kill my self again?" "After the stunt you pulled last week, yes I do." Taylor sighed getting frustrated "it's been almost two weeks now Haley, and no I wasn't going to over dose my self. I was just going to take one, and they always make me sleepy." they both stopped arguing when Kris walked in and asked tiredly "what is going on in here?" both looked at their mother and Haley spoke first "I caught Taylor getting into the medicine cabinet." Taylor rolled her eyes at him as he handed their mother the key to it, Kris frowned concerned and asked Taylor "why were you getting in there? And how did you get the key?" "The key was on the counter still, and I couldn't sleep so I was just going to take one of my pills to make me fall back to sleep, I promise I wasn't going to do anything stupid." Kris walked over to the medicine cabinet, Haley moved aside as she approached, she unlocked it and looked at the bottle Taylor spoke up again "I didn't take any yet, Haley stopped me." Kris looked at her daughter, "Taylor, please just wake me up if you want to take one ok? But it's too early for you to take one right now ok? In just over an hour you can take another pill, but not right now."
both mother and son realized that Taylor had changed Kris asked "why did you change pajamas?" Taylor looked down at the outfit she was wearing and said to her mother "I… uh had a night mare… I woke up in a cold sweat again." Haley frowned concerned "again? When was the last time this happened?" Taylor took a few steps back and felt a sudden feeling of uneasiness as her brother and mom were staring at her "just a couple of times this week… its nothing." Kris spoke up "Taylor, are you having nightmares about the kidnapping again?" Taylor looked down at her bare feet and nodded but didn't say a word. Kris asked her "what do you talk about in your groups?" Taylor looked back up with tears in her eyes and said to her "Cyberbullying, I don't talk about the kidnapping, the only time I mentioned it was the first time I went." Haley stated firmly "you go to the groups to talk about what you have been through, and that includes the kidnapping! You need to talk about it or you will never get over it! The night terrors will return and get worse again and you will never get better!"
Kris could see the defeat in her daughter's eyes and said to Haley "ok that's enough Haley, go back to bed." "But…" "No buts… now go." Taylor watched her brother walk away, she looked up at her mom "I will try and talk about it today ok. It's not an easy topic to talk about." "I know it's not honey, would you like one of your brother's to go with you?" "No, I can do this." "Ok, now go try to get some more sleep ok?" Taylor hugged her mom and then went upstairs; she walked into her room but had a sinking feeling about going to bed. Her laptop had been taken away again so she wouldn't be tempted to use it while she wasn't at school. She got a book off of her desk and sat up in bed and read for a little bit. Around six her door opened and her mom came in "you're still not asleep?" Taylor shrugged and said "I can't."
Kris walked out of the room and down the stairs, she got one of Taylor's pills and started to take it up to her when Haley stopped her "mom, she could be becoming addicted to that stuff, that could be why she wants to take it." Kris rolled her eyes "I asked Dr. Rilke if it was addicting and he said no, now she could become dependant, and that's why I made her wait. I plan on flushing these while she is at her group this morning, she doesn't really need them anymore." Haley let out a sigh of relief; he didn't want his sister to become addicted to anything. Kris took the pill up to Taylor and told her "Taylor honey, this is your last pill; I really don't think you need them anymore. Your mood has changed, and you're out." Taylor looked at her and then at the pill "mom, when I saw the bottle there were still like ten left." "Taylor, I just don't want you to depend on them to help you sleep. That's all they are for anyway, is to make you sleep, they are sleeping pills basically." Taylor didn't wanna argue, she took the pill, and lay down. She told her mom as she left the room "I love you." Kris hadn't heard her daughter say that to her in weeks, she smiled and said "I love you too, I will wake you when its time to go."
Hours later found Taylor sitting with her group in a small room in the hospital; every one was sharing a story today. Taylor was unusually quiet so Dr. Rilke asked her "are you alright Taylor?" Taylor looked over at him and told him "there is something bothering me…" "Do you care to share it?" Taylor looked around at everyone, she didn't know if these people would make fun of her… or if they would support her or what they would do "I'm scared to say anything…" on boy who had been watching her spoke up "Taylor, we wont make fun of you, you have friends here… this isn't a place to fear." Taylor looked around the room at every one, and then back at Dr. Rilke "I'm just not sure if I can talk about it…" Dr. Rilke didn't miss the tired look on Taylor's face, "did you have a nightmare again?"
Taylor looked down at her hands but didn't answer him, which was all the answer he needed. He looked at his newest addition to the group; so far she hasn't had any trouble telling what was on her mind "Roarey would care to share your experience today?" Roarey looked at Dr. Rilke and then to Taylor and spoke up "sure, Taylor, I know what its like to have a secret that is hard to share with others…" Taylor looked at her and said softly "how can you know?" "Because I haven't seen my parents in over 17 years…" Dr. Rilke looked puzzled he knew some of what had happened but he didn't know this part but he let her continue. Taylor looked puzzled too "but, wait what do you mean?" Roarey said softly "my grandmother kidnapped me when I was two… my father divorced my mother when I was 1, they couldn't see eye to eye on anything… well one day my grandmother decided that my mom was unfit to raise me so she took me from my home… today I am still a missing person… I'm 19 and I want to find my parents… no one knows about this not even the police… I joined this group because I was not only bullied online too but because of the things my grandmother did to me, and still does." Taylor frowned deeply "why didn't you tell any one about this?" "Because my grandmother said she would kill me and my uncle who is only a year older then me. Growing up I was told he was my brother, and she was my mother. I was in Wal-Mart about a week ago and saw a 'have you seen me' flyer on the wall… a picture of me and my grandmother were up there."
Dr. Rilke got up then and walked out of the room, Taylor sat and listened after he left "what did she make you do?" before she could say anything Dr. Rilke came back, he didn't say a word to anyone until he sat down, and told Roarey "go ahead with your story." "well my grandmother was a hooker, yea I know hard to believe right… well anyway she was always bringing these guys over, some were 18 others were older… there were several times I was locked in my room for days wondering if I would ever get out… she wouldn't come to check on me or nothing. One day this guy unlocked the door and came in, he… well… he raped me… repeatedly… my grandmother stood there and laughed while he did it… I was screaming and crying but he wouldn't stop… I would get beaten every day for trying to get food; I could only have food if I earned it… this guy ended up living with us… I would be forced to stay with him while my grandmother went out… I wasn't allowed to eat unless I cleaned the entire house in under an hour…"
Taylor had a mental flashback to when she was kidnapped; Taylor spoke up then "I… I was kidnapped too… I was only gone for a week… but it felt like a lot longer… this guy that kidnapped me… he attempted to rape me multiple times… but my friend Samantha that was there with me stopped him every time… then one day he forced me to clean…" she felt tears form in her eyes as she spoke "he forced me to clean the entire down stairs with ammonia… in under an hour…" she took a ragged breath and continued "if it wasn't good enough then I had to do it again… I wasn't allowed to eat after I didn't get it done in an hour… I couldn't even have a drink of water…" Roarey had tears in her own eyes and asked her "who kidnapped you?" I'm not sure what his last name is but his first name is Jeremy." Taylor put her face in her hands and started to cry, Roarey stood up and walked over to her and let her cry on her shoulder. "Taylor… the guy that raped me… his name is Jeremy Petitious… I think this is the same guy Taylor…" Dr. Rilke stood up again and said to the girls "Roarey, Taylor please come with me. The rest of you talk amongst your selves ok?" he took the girls out of the room and down the hall to his office, after shutting the door he said seriously "Roarey, I'm going to have to call the police about this ok… and Taylor… you may end up having to testify to keep Jeremy in jail…" Roarey spoke up suddenly "no! She will kill me if she knows I told any one!" Taylor looked concerned and said "why don't you come to my house? We have an alarm system…" Dr. Rilke spoke up "why don't I call your mom Taylor and pitch that idea to her? She would want this young lady to be returned to her family after all this time."
An hour later saw Taylor and Roarey sitting in Kris's car on the way back to the Hillridge home. Kris was thankful that Taylor had spoken up about the kidnapping, but she couldn't believe that it would solve a crime as well. As she pulled up she noticed a police car sitting in the driveway, pulling up beside it she put it in park and got out first indicating to the girls to stay put. The officer that got out sighed and said to her "hi Mrs. Hillridge, I understand you have a Roarey Smith with you?" "Yes." "Well I am going to need her to come with me, her grandmother wishes for her to come home." due to the noon sun Taylor couldn't see the man's face, so she rolled down the window. When she heard his voice she froze… going pale in the process… she quickly locked the door and said to Roarey "its Jeremy… he escaped a few weeks ago… he must be posing as a cop." Roarey looked around Taylor and out the window, she felt her self grow pale, "we have to tell your mom some how." Taylor reached up front and got her phone out of her mom's purse she dialed her mother's cell phone which was in her hand.
When her mom answered Taylor said quickly "mom, its me Taylor… that guy is Jeremy! I could hear his voice…" Kris glanced at the car and then back at the officer before her, she said into the phone "ok thank you I will be right there." she looked at the officer and said "well I'm sorry there must be a mistake… I have to go get my daughter's home work from school… I will take Roarey home my self ok? Ok thank you." she quickly got into the car and started it back up and peeled out of the driveway, not saying a word to the girls they raced off up the street, changing streets every so often. Taylor asked "mom where are we going?" "to your dad's." was all that was said as she got out onto the freeway, she couldn't see that Jeremy was following her but she didn't take any chances as she bobbed and weaved traffic, she looked in the mirror and said to her daughter "call your father… tell him to meet us out side." Taylor nodded and did as she was asked, the phone rang and then Brett picked up "hello?" "dad, it's me Taylor… dad Jeremy found out where I lived… he was at the house when we got home… mom is driving us to you… oh and dad we have a friend with us… her name is Roarey…"
Brett frowned on his end of the phone "ok, why is she with you?" "Dad… she um… Jeremy… well um, she is his victim like me…" they hung up after talking for a few more moments, Kris pulled off the freeway and headed towards Brett's apartment complex, she saw her ex-husband waiting outside as she pulled up. She got out first and said to him "thank you so much, I didn't know where else to go…" they both looked over as the girls got out of the car. Brett saw the young girl standing next to his daughter, she had light brown hair, and brown eyes and stood taller then Taylor. Just from her appearance he could tell she had been through something, he said to her "Hi there, I'm Taylor's father." Roarey shook his hand and said politely "its nice to meet you sir." they all went inside, after offering the girls some lunch Brett called the officer that just weeks before interviewed Taylor about Jeremy. They could all hear sirens blaring out side then could hear a knock on the door moments later. Brett answered it but looked through the peep hole first, after seeing that it was the female officer he opened the door. She came in and said to Taylor "I'm so glad you're safe." "when I realized who it was I called my mom, even though she was on the outside of the car I knew not to roll down the window and yell it out." "Good thinking and Roarey… I can't believe you finally escaped." Roarey frowned, Kris was watching the scene when realization suddenly hit her, and there was a resemblance between the two… Roarey frowned and said "how do you know me?" the officer's eyes filled up with tears as she said "you don't know me do you?" Roarey shook her head, the officer then said through her tears "I'm your mother… after you disappeared I joined the police force… I wanted to find you so badly…"
Roarey had tears of her own as she said softly "are you sure?" the woman nodded and Roarey embraced her, finally after 17 years mother and daughter were back together again. Roarey took in a shaky breath and said to her long lost mother "we have to go back to grandma's…" "No honey we don't…" Roarey sat next to Taylor and looked at her mother "yes we do… my son is there." her mother frowned deeply "you have a son?" Roarey had a fresh round of tears "yes… and he's four years old." her mother took a shaky breath and asked "who is the father?" Roarey looked at Taylor and said speaking to her mother "Jeremy… he raped me four years ago… and as result I have a son… I love him with all my heart… I hate his father but I love him. Its not his fault that I was raped at 15 and it's not his fault that I was hurt or anything that happened. Grandma is watching him right now, if Jeremy saw me then he knows that I have escaped…" her mother sniffled hard and said to her "you stay here, I will go get him… what's his name?" "Travis." as her mother stood she said to her "you know that's your father's name?" "yes and I know he died years ago… and mom, I know it wasn't an accident that he died." "how do you know?" "Jeremy told me who killed him…" she frowned and asked "who?" Roarey swallowed hard and said softly "it was grandma, dad had found me and was going to take me away from her… she shot him several times… and told me she would shoot me if I told any one." she had heard enough, and stood up "ok, I am going to go get your son. Mr. and Mrs. Hillridge do you mind keeping her here until I get back? I will also find Jeremy while I'm out." Brett said seriously "of coarse she can. Be careful and good luck."
Jeremy was trying to follow Kris but to know avail, she disappeared; he headed back to the one place he could think of. His girlfriends house, he knew she was a grandmother but he didn't care he loved her. He saw Travis and told him "hey little man." the small child looked up at him with fear in his eyes "where's mommy?" "she will be back, she always comes back." Travis may be four but he wasn't stupid, he knew right from wrong even at an early age. He could hear a police siren in the distance, as part of a routine he ran to his room and was locked inside. Two uniformed officer's along with DFS and Roarey's mother all came into the house, arrested the two adults and reunited the small broken family.
Another week or so went by, Taylor still hadn't returned to school, she sat in the group session on Thursday morning and talked about the kidnapping some more. It was getting easier and the night terrors were getting less and less, but she still wasn't sure she was ready to go back to school and face every one. Roarey moved away with her son and her mother, so she didn't attend the sessions any more after the first one. Taylor missed her, but was glad that she was safe now, if only she could feel safe again. Yea Jeremy had gotten 50 to life for rape, kidnapping, molestation, child abuse and attempted murder, but that still wasn't enough for her to feel safe at school. Dr. Rilke was trying to boost Taylor's confidence about returning to school, after a while he mentioned to her "Taylor, didn't your mom tell me you wrote a song?" Taylor looked around and then said to him shyly "yea, but…" "why don't you sing it for us? Your voice is back to normal after all." she looked around at every one and told him "I cant… not right now…" he didn't push the subject, he kept talking about how to handle it when bullies go after you online, do things like: block them, report them, print out everything, but what got Taylor's attention was to do something about it and not to stand behind your fears.
Taylor got home that after noon she had gone and talked to Scott for a while, she got in the back door and found her mom standing in the kitchen making lunch. "hi honey I was starting to worry." Taylor leaned against the counter and said matter of factly "mom, I don't want us to give up on trying to get a law passed… I want to do something that makes a difference so this doesn't happen to any one else." Kris wiped her hands off and asked "are you sure that's what you wanna do?" "some ones gotta do something…" so they took it to the newspapers, to Taylor's dismay she had to do an interview along side Samantha who she hadn't spoken too in some time. Sitting next to Taylor, Samantha could see the anger that was still in her friends' blue eyes. When asked why she did what she did to create a fake profile she just simply said "I thought I was protecting her from a guy… I had know idea that he was a kidnapper."
The reporter asked "don't you know how dangerous the internet is?" "yes I relies that now, and I am so sorry for what I did. I blame my self every day for what happened to her, I tried to defend her online but it didn't always work in my favor. I didn't relies how much I had hurt her." Taylor spoke up next "when exactly did you relies you hurt me? When I posted a suicide video? When I cried my eyes out every day at school? When I didn't show up to school one day? Or how about when I was laying in the basement with a broken arm, weak from hunger, and I couldn't talk." Kris and Karen could hear the pain in Taylor's voice but neither of them stopped the words coming from her, Samantha could see the pain in her eyes "I realized it… when you nearly got raped… I knew that would have been my fault… if it hadn't been for me you would never had been in that position… if it hadn't been for me then Lindsey wouldn't have said all of those horrible things about you… I am truly sorry Taylor."
Taylor didn't know how much more of this conversation she could take, she tried to keep a cool head under pressure but it was getting hard quickly. The reporter asked Taylor "how long were you kidnapped?" Taylor looked up at him "I think about a week but I'm really not for sure, how long, I was disoriented about every thing." "What about the Cyberbullying? How long did that go on?" Taylor let out a breath she didn't know she had been holding "about three and a half weeks or longer." "Is it true you tried to kill your self because of the Cyberbullying?" Taylor looked at her mom then back to the reporter "yes, among other reasons as well. But that was the number one reason." After the interview Taylor walked outside, she had learned that Samantha was now the victim of Cyberbullying before she walked out of the room. Taylor stood on the walk thinking when Samantha approached her "Taylor, I really am sorry." Taylor looked at her and told her softly "I know you are." "When are you coming back to school?" "I'm not for sure." Karen, Samantha's mother, called out to her and Samantha left leaving Taylor with her thoughts. Kris came outside and saw her daughter deep in thought, "are you alright Taylor?" "Yea, hey mom… do we still have that keyboard down in the basement?" "its your brother's but yea we still have it."
When they got home Kris had her sons move the keyboard up to Taylor's room, they could hear her for some time, until she finally came down stairs. "I'm ready to go back to school, but first, I wanna go back to the newspaper office… there is something I have to do…" two days later and Kris along with Brett, Scott, Eric and Haley went with Taylor as she took the keyboard with her. She did a live interview for the news, once the camera started up and she was on she said to the world "Cyberbullying is a real problem, being called names online… just remember words can hurt… months ago I wrote a song… it was based on how I felt… I want to share it with every one now:
Stack me up I'll crumble
And drift along
I am just another nothing
Light me up I'll fall in
And then be gone
Lalay lalay lalay
Lalay lalay lalay
Lalay lalay lalay
I am well suited for erasing
Fading into hazy
I'm sinking strong
Lalay lalay lalay
Lalay lalay lalay
OhLalay lalay lalay
And then it's all over and done
Lalay lalay lalay
Lalay lalay lalay
Oh Lalay lalay lalay
OhLalay lalay lalay
Well suited for erasing
Lalay lalay lalay
Fading into hazy
Lalay lalay lalayOh
I'm sinking strong...
once the song was finished the room was silent, slowly every one clapped for her. The following day Taylor walked into the school every one that saw her were talking about the song she sang one boy asked "what is the name of that song?" Taylor smiled and said "its called Drift." she walked up a flight of stairs and saw Samantha standing there looking into the cafeteria, "hey Sam." Samantha turned and "Taylor… I didn't know you would be coming back to day?" "neither did I." both girls were silent then Taylor said "you know we can sit together…" Samantha tried not to look hopeful "really?" Taylor sighed "look I don't know if we can ever be friends in the same way… but I'm willing to try…" both girls went inside only to be confronted by Lindsey and her posse. After a few moments several people joined in with Taylor including Scott, Samantha and Cheyenne in telling Lindsey off and teaching her that no one can bully Taylor again.
Months later Taylor was a senior in high school and was once again friends with Samantha and Cheyenne, the three girls were as close as they once were. She grew closer to Scott and they are now dating and Scott plans to take her to prom. Taylor's painful past is now behind them, and what happened the year before is just a memory. Taylor still keeps in touch with Roarey and the girls talk about what had happened but other then that every thing was back to normal. Taylor no longer had to go to the group sessions and there was now a law that empowered kids to come forward and report Cyberbullying. Taylor felt pride when she knew she saved several lives the day she decided to tell her story about the Cyberbullying. It was all over and done with now, sadly thousands of teens and young adults still play victim and end their lives.
Don't be afraid to stand up against the bullies, if you let them win then they will go on to some one else making their lives miserable. Just remember to stand up for what you believe in and remember: words can hurt.
A/N: I hope every one enjoyed this story, and i hope it ended the way you thought it would... The book i am working on wont be out until next year.