Present-

He sat there in her room alone. It wasn't real for him. It couldn't be true. She just can't be gone. He refused to believe it. Any minute now he was expecting her to call for him, to beg him to take her to the movies, or tease him about how he needs a haircut. Instead his childhood friend and next-door neighbor Jason was standing at the doorway.

"Your mom wanted me to check up on you," he said awkwardly not knowing how to act around him, for they haven't spoken to each other since their high school graduation, "I know I may of said this before, but I'm really sorry, I can't imagine what you're going through right now. And I'm sorry for giving you a hard time about not going to college, I just didn't think it was that bad—"

"It's okay," he interrupted not wanting to hear more. He wanted to be alone; he wanted to be with her.

"What are you going to do now, now that she's—" Jason stopped not being able to say it, "Now that you don't have to take of her anymore?"

"Listen I don't want to talk about this."

"When do you? Ever since she got—Ever since then you've been shutting everyone out and devoting your life to her. I know you loved her, but I think part of the reason you did that was to avoid—"

"I have to get out of here."

He got up and left Jason and walked downstairs where everyone was gathered together talking about her.

"I don't know how Chris is taking it, he has been by her side throughout this whole ordeal. Such a loving brother, when they found out over a year ago, he for longed college just to stay at home with her." He heard a family friend chatter quietly as he tried to walk by unnoticed.

"Will he be going back?"

"Who knows? Poor guy, I don't know how he'll move on without her."

He didn't talk to anyone, he didn't want to. He just wanted to get out of the house and away from everyone. Taking the car keys from the dresser, he walked out the front door and into the car that luckily was not blocked off by the other parked cars. He stopped and picked up the newspaper on the driveway when he glanced at the headline with a picture of a beautiful girl who he had a crush on in high school, "The search for Laura continues."