While You Were Away
Elliot could feel his heart skip a beat as his friend rested her head on his shoulder, her voice sounded so soft and tired. He couldn't imagine just how hard this was for her and as much as he wanted to take all the pain away and magically have Lily back he knew that wouldn't happen. No, he would have to be strong and help Elizabeth through this...even if it meant putting his own grief and hurt aside. No matter how much his heart hurt or how much he might have wanted to run away, he would have to stay and make sure his best friend was okay.
It wasn't long though before the small moment of peace was shattered, the Sheriff had walked up to the podium and had begun to speak. Beside him Liz straightened in her seat, her grip on his hand growing ever tighter. He could feel the tension in the room grow as they all waited for something concrete, he could imagine many of them hoping for some sign that Lily Turner was still alive. Though as the sheriff spoke it was clear that they were no closer to finding the lost girl, just the thought of Lily possibly suffering somewhere made his heart twist.
Lily's mother's voice echoed through the room as she pleaded for someone to find her daughter, to bring her back to them. Elliot clenched his teeth in anger, why was this happening to them? Lily was such a wonderful and happy person, who would want to ruin such a beautiful life? The normally calm and shy boy felt like he wanted to punch something, to get all these jumbled up feelings out of his system. It didn't help when the mayor announced that they would keep the fair going.
"Are they serious?" He breathed, Liz would have been the only one to hear him. His eyes narrowed, he had never felt so angry before. This was no time for a fair, who would want to ride on stuff and eat cotton candy at a time like this? No, they should be working harder instead to find Lily! His free hand clenched as he tried to get himself under control, he took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, he had to remember that he had to be there for Liz. Just like this was no time for a stupid fair this almost wasn't the time for him to act out.
Soon the media swarmed the podium and began to ask dozens of questions, though Elliot zoned out. This was all too real, too heartbreaking. "How can I stay strong for my friend when I feel so many emotions? How can I help her when I feel like I can't even help myself?" He thought, he had never felt so angry and sad before. Though it wasn't long before the boy was pulled from his troubled thoughts, apparently the mayors house was on fire. A look on confusion passed over his face - there was no way that could be a coincidence could it? Lily goes missing, then on the day when practically the whole town in gathered in one area her home goes up in flames.
"Stop thinking like that, it'll only get you in trouble." His mind told him and soon the place started clearing. Elliot looked at Liz as she spoke to him, his eyes growing soft as he stared at her. "Not really...you'd think they would have more to tell us." He said, he wouldn't have been surprised if they did know a lot more and were just keeping it to themselves. He shivered, maybe they were just trying to spare them from knowing if something gruesome had happened to Lily. He looked down when her hand left his, he could see her own shaking. "It's probably just a coincidence, with so much going on they probably left something on or lit." He tried to reassure her but he didn't even believe his own words.
"Pizza sounds pretty good right now" He said with a comforting smile, before he could say anything else a familiar face came up to them. It was his old teacher, Olivander. He could feel his face turn a soft shade of red when the old man spoke about him and then winked. He didn't say anything but gave a small wave when the older man walked away, his eyes looking to Liz once more. "Come on, there can't be many places open today. I don't want to wait forever, I think my stomach might end up shrinking." He said with a small laugh, hoping that somehow he could make this heavy feeling in his chest lighten up, and maybe in the process make Liz feel even a little better.