Jess and Tyler were driven home while Adam was driven back to Jason’s so he could pick up his car. Jess was so relieved to be going home with Tyler. When they got in Jess let out a big sigh. Tyler immediately gave her a hug. Jess let out all the emotion she had been trying to hold in for the last few hours and started to cry. It was more from relief than anything else though.
“It’s ok Jess” Tyler said softly. “It’s over now.”
“I know. I’m partly crying because I’m relieved I guess.”
“And you must be tired. It’s like 2AM.”
“Wow. I wasn’t even thinking about the time.”
“Me neither. And I’m pretty hungry to, how about you”
“I really don’t think I can eat”
“You should eat Jess. How about you get yourself into bed, and I will bring you some soup”
“Ok I guess I can eat some soup. Thanks Tyler, for always taking care of me”
“That’s ok Jess, you know I’m always here for you”
Jess smiled at him as she made her way to bed. As she changed into her pyjamas, she caught site of all her bruises. She looked in the mirror for a bit, looking at her bruised body and face. She couldn’t believe it had happened again especially as she had escaped from Jason. But she took comfort in the fact that she was safe now, with someone who really cared about her. She got herself into bed and managed to get as comfortable as possible, with the pain she was in. She put the TV on and then Tyler knocked on the door.
“You can come in, I’m in bed”
Tyler came in with a bowl of soup on a tray with some bread.
“That’s ok Jess”
“Are you going to eat?”
“I ate a sandwich while I was making your soup so I’m good”
Jess managed to eat most of her soup and some of the bread. After she ate, the tiredness really hit her and she let out a big yawn.
“You should get some rest Jess”
“Yeah. I should really get some sleep”
“How are you feeling?”
“I hurt, but I feel ok. In a weird way, I’m glad that this happened tonight.”
“Glad? How can you be glad Jess, aren’t you in pain”
“Well yeah of course I am. I’m glad because now I know that Jason can’t hurt me anymore. I don’t know what’s going to happen now I’m actually pressing charges, but at least I finally got the police involved”
“Ok Jess, I do get what you mean. I just wish it didn’t have to come to this. I can’t bear to see you in pain” he said as he looked at her bruised face.
“It’s ok Tyler. I will be ok. As long as I have you.”
Tyler smiled at her. “Would you like me to stay here with you tonight Jess”
“Yes. I would like that” Jess said, thinking how he always knew how to make her feel better.
It didn’t take long for Jess to fall asleep, Tyler however stayed up for a bit watching TV. He did get sleepy eventually though. Jess was fast asleep. He wanted to keep his word and stay with her for the night. He laid down next to her as softly and quietly as he could. Jess stirred in her sleep. She then murmured Jason’s name. She then woke with a start and called out.
“Jess, it’s ok, I didn’t mean to wake you. Are you ok?”
“Yeah. I was dreaming. I’m ok”
“Are you sure? You said Jason’s name”
“Yeah. I’m ok. Just a bad dream”
Jess laid there for a bit. She wasn’t really ok, her dream had upset her. After a few minutes she snuggled closer to him and put her arm around him.
“I was lying when I said I was ok” She said starting to sob.
Tyler turned around to hug her properly. “Did you have a bad dream about Jason?”
“Yeah” she replied quietly.
“Do you want to talk about it?”
“No, it’s ok”
“Ok Jess, whatever you need.” He said holding her closer”
Jess felt better when she was in Tyler’s arms. She smiled as she thought about how he was always here for when she needed him. All Tyler wanted to tell her that he loved her. But when he started to speak, he knew he couldn’t say it, not tonight.
“Mmmm” she replied sleepily.
“You to” she murmured before falling asleep again.