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Theodore was terrified. He still hadn't replied to the last thing that Eleanor had said, and she was probably wondering why, but at this moment, he was too frozen in fear to move his hands to his keyboard.
Those people he had seen at the grocery store weren't just planning any old murder. They were planning the murder of his own brother.
Slowly the green-clad chipmunk moved his shaking hand over to the telephone to call Eleanor. His fingers just couldn't type this message out, it was too important.
Jeanette was still sitting perfectly still on her bed. She hadn't moved since her conversation on the telephone with Simon had come to such an abrupt halt. The young girl seemed to be in a daze. Her worry for her best friend was unparalleled.
A banging on her door knocked her out of her daze, and she slowly walked over to open it. On the other side was her younger sister, Eleanor. The chubby blonde had a look of terror on her face, and fear shone in brown eyes.
"Jeanette!" The shorter
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"Where the hell have you been?" The loud, booming voice sent chills down the small chipmunk's spine. He had heard it every day for the past five years, but it seemed as though it terrified him more and more each time he heard it.
"A-at the l-library Sir." Simon bit his lip and looked up at his adoptive father.
"Then where's your book? You always have a ton of books when you come back from the library, and this time you don't even have one. Where are they?"
Simon's eyes widened. He never got a book. He was too busy trying to get away from Brittany. He was going to be in huge trouble now.
"I..I.." Simon had nothing. He closed his eyes, fully prepared for the pain he would soon feel. He felt himself being lifted off the ground by his upper arms.
That's when the first blow came. For the most part the beatings were a blur, and this one was no different. He did, however, feel everything. They might cause his memory to be hazy, but he felt it all. He felt every punch, every kick.
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It was official, the law was even more corrupt than he had previously thought.
Simon sighed and wrapped another layer of gauze around his arm. They usually picked places that could be easily hidden by his clothing, so that nobody would notice.
They had obviously been slipping, though, considering the fact that his teachers had finally started to notice the cuts and bruises that littered his entire body.
The chipmunk shifted himself to where he was facing the mirror from his position on the countertop. Another black eye. How was he going to explain that to his teachers?
Simon sighed once more. He had almost gotten out of here. He was so close. Being left so battered and bloody would have been completely worth it if he didn't have to see these people again.
But of course, his wealthy adoptive parents got him back, they had made sure of that.
The fact that they were able to get past the law due to their money made Simon indescribably angry.
He just couldn't believe that he would so
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When Simon awoke the room he was in was pitch black. He didn't know how long he was out, but he knew his parents weren't home and were long gone by now. They would be back later. He needed to cherish the time he had without them.
Simon sat up with a grunt. He felt around the floor, finding his broken glasses. His adoptive parents had purchased over a dozen spare pairs, so that, even if they were broken, he'd always have another pair to wear.
He always wondered how on Earth the eye doctors had believed them when they said that Simon needed so many pairs because he broke them so often on his own. Nobody broke that many pairs of glasses on their own.
But they were just that convincing.
Phillip and Lillian Deville wore masks to the rest of the world. Few people knew their true character, and those who did said nothing because they were too afraid. To outsiders they would appear as perfect, loving, wonderful parents who wanted the best for their only son. But to Simon, they were the spawn o
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Simon and Jeanette talked for hours after he was finally able to comfort her into thinking he would be alright and there was no reason to cry. They talked about anything and everything and caught up on the past five years of one another's lives.
Jeanette told Simon how Theodore was doing, and that he had spent the past three years desperately searching, finding Eleanor after one of those years was complete, and how he was supposed to come for a visit within the coming months.
She told him about how worried Alvin was for him, and the little bit she knew about Alvin's home life for the past few years. She told him how Eleanor and Brittany were doing, and explained the situation behind Brittany having a baby.
Simon told Jeanette about everything he possibly could without having her cry for him again. He told her the reason behind his parents adopting him, and their reasoning behind beating him. He explained that they wanted him to be perfect, and disobeying them was not an option.
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Jeanette felt as if her heart had stopped beating for a moment. Simon was on the phone. She was on the phone with Simon. He was okay. She was going to get to speak with him.
Simon allowed himself to smile. "Hello, Jeanette."
The chipmunk couldn't believe who he was talking to. He hadn't realized just how much he had missed Jeanette until he heard her voice again. Her voice was like a chorus of a thousand angels, and if he wasn't still living in hell he would have thought that he had passed away and made the journey to heaven.
"Simon! Oh! I can't believe it's really you! Are you alright?? How have you been??" Simon wasn't sure how much she knew about the situation he was in, but he had a strange feeling she knew more than he'd like her to know, more than he had told Brittany when he had seen her in town earlier that day.
"I-I'm fine, Jeanette Everything is alright. I assume Brittany told you about her encounter with me today?"
So he was going to play it off and pretend h
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"Jeanette! Jeanette!" Alvin ran down the stairs as fast as he could. He couldn't believe it. That was Simon on the TV. Beaten by his own adoptive parents. The thought made Alvin sick to his stomach.
"What is it, Alvin? Are you ready to go?" Jeanette said from her position on the couch.
Alvin raced over to her. "I just saw Simon on TV, Jeanette! He was on the news for being beaten by his parents!"
Jeanette's eyes widened. "Alvin, do you have a computer?"
Alvin raised an eyebrow. "No, why?"
"We need to research this further." She grabbed Alvin by the arm and pulled him out the door. "Come on."
Alvin hadn't seen Jeanette in years, but he hadn't seen her this determined before, ever. He knew her motivation, though. Simon was in danger, and Jeanette cared deeply for Simon.
Alvin was very angry at the fact that someone could possibly do this to his poor younger brother. Simon had been his best friend, and even if they never did get along, he had promised that he would never let anyone hurt h