In The Shadows

Description: Following his traumatic ordeal, Aaron's family rally round him, but will things ever be the same again?

Chapter 1

Aaron woke up from a nightmare filled sleep to see Cain at his side. His uncle smiled at him and placed a hand on his shoulder

"I dunno. What are we going to do with you eh?" Cain laughed

Aaron smiled and winced as he tried to sit up "It's good to see you Cain."

"Better to see you kid. Don't go scaring us like that again ok? I'd be screwed at the garage if I lost you."

"Has it been that bad?" Aaron asked

"Nothing I can't handle. Don't go worrying about that though. You come back when you feel ready to."

"We really going to ignore the elephant in the room Cain?"

"What are you going on about?"

"Come on. I'm not daft. You're desperate to know who did this to me."

"I already know. Jackson filled me in."

"and what the hell does Jackson know?"

"Adam told him. Jackson told Adam he heard Ed threaten you. Adam voiced his suspicions to Jackson..."

"Great. Just great. Not going to be happy til I'm in the ground are you?"

"Aaron! Don't you dare say things like that! As for that scumbag., It's been sorted."

"What have you done Cain?"

"You really think I'm going to let him get away with kicking seven shades of shit out of you, stabbing you four times and leaving you for dead? I know about the other thing aswell, Aaron. Ed as good as admitted to me what he did. You don't need to be ashamed, ok?"

Aaron sighed and a tear rolled down his cheek "I can't...I can't believe I let him do that to me..."

"Don't blame yourself Aaron. You weren't to know what he was capable of. All you need to know now is things are sorted. He won't be bothering you again."

A knock on the door disturbed both boys and Chas poked her head around the door "Cain, Jackson wants to see you. Said it's urgent."

"Did he say what it was about?"

"Something about the van. I tell you that boy sure kows when to ask those kind of questions! He's gone to the canteen. You go and I'll stay with Aaron."

Cain sighed and left the room, quickly making his way to the canteen. He saw Jackson sitting at the table, nursing a cup of coffee.

"What's up Jackson?"

"I thought you said you'd sorted it!"

"I did. I choked every last bit of air out of the son of a bitch. What's happened, Jackson?"

"Looks like I would have been better off doing it myself! He wasn't there, Cain!"

"You what?"

"Ed! He wasn't there. He wasn't where you left him. I searched the whole house and there was no sign of him! I told you not to fuck this up!"

"Shit. What are we going to tell Aaron?"

"I think I might leave you to get out of this one!"

"Well I don't fucking know, do I? Jesus Christ Jackson!"

"Right. We tell Aaron Ed's dead. That he fell down the stairs, something like that anyway."

"Okay. As far as Aaron's concerned, things are sorted. We don't need to go into detail. So..what do we do now?"

"We do what I said, Tell Aaron Ed is dead, pray that he doesn't ask about funerals and pray that Ed doesn't come back for him."