I still remember that day.

He said to me. Sis. The day I turn eighteen I am gone. They can’t stop me. I’ll be an adult.

No, I won’t leave you. You’ll come with me. We will find a new town. Create a new life. I’ll get a job. You can start high school.

We’ll go so far away they’ll never be able to find us.

It’s okay sis. Shhh…. Don’t cry. Please. It won’t always be like this.

Hey, look at me. Wipe your eyes. Haven’t I always protected you? Haven’t I? And I always will.

As soon as I’m eighteen. We’ll go. That very day.

Hey, come here. It’s going to be okay. I promise you sis. Someday. One day. We'll be okay.

That was the same day he ran away.

He was free.

He was fifteen.