Love Like This (Chapter 8, page 1 of 28)


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Chapter 8

Picking the millionth splinter out of her finger, she continued digging at the hole in the wall. She knew beyond the attic door was some space. Ten years ago an electrical fire had hit the house and the backstairs that led up to the second floor hallway had caught on fire. Instead of building another staircase, Nanna hired someone to just build a ladder, so if there was another fire, no one would get trapped on the second floor. Another thing Nicole remembered the fire doing was messing up the attic which was why her bedroom was almost like a closet. Nanna had enclosed the burned walls promising to redecorate the upstairs as soon as they had the time, but things happened and they were never able to get to it. The guy who had done the construction on the house though had made a makeshift closet sort of with a door over the ladder, but Nanna thinking some crack head might come and try to get in, put a master lock on the door.

Nicole knew exactly where the lock was positioned at by looking at the nail holes, but she also knew it would be faster to get the hinges off the door too and she could jump on the roof and go down. Her objective after that would be to make it to Cleo's house and get help for herself.

One hinge was loose and by the end of the night she would have the other hinge off. From listening to the vents, she knew Nanna was still alive. Lynne and Marvin were arguing about ways to make the death look as natural as possible. They had told the nurses to stop coming.

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