He had not been expecting a letter, but there it was waiting in his storm door. Jason Richards grabbed the letter and let himself into his rental house. He threw his black carry on bag on the thirteen year old blue sofa. As he collapsed in the matching recliner, Jason starred at the light pink envelope in his hand. Then, he opened it. The rose colored paper inside had a hint of Victoria Secret perfume.
My dearest Jason,
Being separated from you for the last three months is more than I can tolerate. My parents tell me that I am only sixteen years old and I don’t know what love means. I tell them I do when I’m with you. If you love me you will take me away from here. Remember, how we would dream about going to Paris. Lets do it, sweetheart. Lets leave tomorrow. I’ll drive to school as usually, but instead of books in my bag I will carry some clothes and my passport. I’ll leave my car in the mall parking lot and take a taxi to the San Mack’s dump. We’ll meet there at eight thirty. You can pick me up in your truck and we’ll head to the airport. You can reserve us one-way tickets online with a credit card. This will work because I already checked the flight schedule on my computer. A flight to Paris is scheduled for departure at nine thirty. There are plenty of available seats. So, get busy. You have a lot to do for tomorrow. I hope you won’t stand me up. I am willing to give up a lot for you. I hate to think what would happen if we didn’t get to go away together. I can’t wait to see you. I love you so much. Until tomorrow, my love.
Jason cursed himself for getting involved with a teenage girl. He couldn’t believe Ebony would come up with such a stupid idea. They would be found within two hours. Her parents made it clear to him that if he saw or tried to communicate with Ebony again they would press charges. He would go to prison for statutory rape and kidnapping of a minor, while she would go back to her cushy life in the suburbs. Ebony was obsessive and nuts. If he didn’t show up tomorrow she would vow revenge and make up a story that would still get him thrown in prison.
Jason jumped up and went into his bedroom. He turned on his HP laptop and went online to check ticket availability for tomorrow morning. One-way tickets for Toronto, Canada were available and the flight was scheduled to leave at eight thirty in the morning. Jack booked the flight for one passenger with his PayPal account. When confirmation was complete he shut down his computer. Jason packed up his clothes, laptop, CDs, and toiletries. Thirteen hours later he was flying to Toronto and a crazed Ebony was driving to his house.
Twenty-four hours after arriving in Toronto, Jason plugged in his laptop to surf the Internet. He read the local news and then the online newspaper in Oakdale, Ohio. He saw a large picture of Ebony Williams with the headline “Straight A Student Drives Off Cliff”. He quickly scanned the article. Her death was ruled as a suicide. The teen drove a black Firebird vehicle at an estimated 120 mph. Witnesses stated that she didn’t make any effort to slow down or stop when the vehicle approached the cliff. The car exploded on final impact. Ebony did not leave a suicide note.