OPTIONAL TASK 340
Bowie was emotional, more emotional than usual. She had seen four of the boys who had raped her in Phoenix Rising and the instant trauma came flooding back to her. She felt sick. Her mind was racing. Her plans were sweaty, she was unsteady on her feet barely unable to see or think straight. She was not sure how she made it home but somehow she did. Hands still shaking her got a glass of water. Chugging it down the cool water was refreshing for her dry burning throat. It was not helping with her nauseous feeling though. Glancing at her reflection in the glass doors to the cabinet where she kept her parents fancy dinner plates for show, she saw how she looked. Her reflection showed the violently beaten and raped teenager from her past, she also saw the guys looming over her.
Bowie screamed and threw the glass she was holding at the wall. It smashed and the pieces fell to the floor. She cried and sank to the floor, falling upon her knees. Avery then came bursting through the door. “Are you okay?” She asked, concerned for her sisters wellbeing. Bowie didn’t answer she just cried hysterically as her sister held her. Eventually Bowie calmed down and she finally managed to speak. “There is something I never told you” she stuttered. “I was gang raped when I was younger. I saw some of the guys at the bar earlier. I was hoping I would never see them again but they always sporadically come back. I see one now and again but never four at the same time. I freaked out” she said. “What happened?” Avery asked her, wanting to know more details other than the vagueness Bowie had given her.
I was staying at a friends for a sleepover and went downstairs to get a glass of water in the middle of the night. Her brother and his friends were having a sleepover in the living room and invited me in to play some games whilst one went to get me a drink. They spiked it and then they all took turns beating and raping me. I didn’t even scream and I couldn’t fight back because they held me down. I was so stupid. I should have done more” she cried.
Avery gave her a sympathetic look, feeling sorry foR what he sister went through, “There’s nothing you could have done” Avery said to her. “They are the problem, not you. I am so sorry that happened to you, and I’m sorry they never faced the justice system and got punished for what they did. You are a superhero, don’t ever forget that” she said. The two then spent the rest of the evening talking to each other and Bowie was finally able to fall asleep after spending so long crying.
"It is not your fault."