never fade away, part iv
-i cant tell y'all how much research ive done to write this realistically like im really educating myself here
-also i made a playlist fr this hmu if u wanna listen to it
-also im writing this while im home alone in my room happy new year lmfao
You had officially been a missing person for 8 days according to the GCPD. Within those days, you had been with nobody but Jerome almost exclusively. You were kept locked in his room all day and all night, and the only time you were ever allowed out was if Barbara and Tabitha decided they wanted to spend time with you. They were nice enough, for a couple of psychopaths, but they still made you tense up when they got near to you.
The same went for Jerome. He was dead set on making you dependent on him. Constantly telling someone that you were all they had and that no one would ever care about them except for you was a pretty well known abuse tactic. So was telling someone that you would do something harmful or irrational if they left you. And with you being 15 and not having a fully developed brain, and being hormonally unstable at this age, he was probably planning to keep up with these tactics until he had brainwashed you into believing it.
All you could hope to do was remind yourself constantly that he was lying. After all, in abusive relationships, it starts out small, and by the time it’s escalated to full blow abuse, the guilty party has already convinced their victim that when they are being told is true. You, on the other hand, had been snatched off the streets and had this all thrown in your face. If the abuse started off at it’s worst, there was no way he’d ever convince you to believe him, right?
Realistcially, you knew that as long as you remained strong-willed, he wouldn’t be able to get to you. All you could do was pray that you could manage to convince him that he had control over you while simultaneously remaining yourself.
Yesterday he came back to your shared room in the afternoon, after a morning of terrorizing the streets of Gotham. Your back was facing him. You sat on the cool tile floor of the bedroom, right in front of the glass window, starting out at the city. “Hey there,” he said, and you didn’t even have to look at him to know he was grinning. You could hear it in his tone. It amazed you that a person could smile that much, insane or not.
“Hi,” you responded, still not moving away from the window. You couldn’t help it, you missed freedom and being outside, no matter how bleak and dreary the city was. Anything was better than being stuck in one room with an escaped asylum inmate who was dead-set on having you for himself.
“(y/n), babe,” he said, sitting down on the floor next to you. His face was a little more serious now and he put an arm around your shoulder and pulled you closer to him. “Y'gotta stop starin’ out windows all day. It’s not good for your head.” He tapped your forehead with his free hand.
“Sorry.” You were still having to remind yourself to not fight back at him. “I’ll stop.”
He smiled. “Y'know, if you keep being good, Theo might let ya go to that gala that’s in like…2 days. Yeah, me n’ Babs are gonna put on a show, do a little magic, kill a few people…” Your heart started racing. You were fully aware that he was a terrible person and had kind of figured out by now that he had killed people before, but the fact that he was able to imply it so nonchalantly was unsettling to you. “‘Course, ’m not sure if I want you to see all that. You’re too pure for that sorta stuff… Hey, if I let you go out, you won’t try anything, right?“
“No. I won’t.” Lie. There wasn’t a doubt in your mind you would try to escape if you were given the chance. But he didn’t know that.
He smiled again. “Good! And why is that?” It was like he was… quizzing you, or something. In a way, you guessed he kind of was. After all, he had been trying to brainwash you into being completely dependent on him, and you were going to do and say whatever you had to to convince him it was working.
“Because you’re all I have. And… you would find me anyway… and if I tried to leave… someone might get hurt.”
"Exactly, baby girl. ’M glad we’re on the same page.” Suddenly he straightened his posture and became more alert. “Ooh!” He pointed his finger in the air. “Reminds me. You’re famous!” He stood up and grabbed your hand so that you would follow him. He grabbed a newspaper off a dresser by the door. You both sat down on the end of the bed as he handed you the paper. “Look!” He pointed to the second page and then rested his chin in the palm of his hand, staring at you. You looked at the paper and your eyes were almost immediately drawn to a picture of… you?
It was a picture taken by one of your friends from school. You were grateful that at least it wasn’t a yearbook picture. The caption above read: MISSING PERSON: Have You Seen This Girl? in big, bold letters. The caption below was just your name, age, and the number to contact the police department. “Oh,” was the only word you could think to utter.
“Yeah,” he said, “’M gonna have to talk to them about that. You aren’t missing!”
What? “I’m not?”
He scoffed. “‘Course not! You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. With me.”
He took the paper and set it down on the bed, standing up and taking you with him. All he did then was hold you close. One arm was around your shoulders, causing you to be pressed up against his chest. The other was running his fingers through your hair. Your heart was racing, and at the same time you felt calm. It was weird and made you want to crawl out of your skin. He rocked the both of you side to side. “I can’t wait to show you off later. You’ll look so pretty, you’ll steal the show.”
Just play along, you reminded yourself. “I’m looking forward to it.” To getting away from you, creep, you thought.
“Good.” He sighed. “Babs is gonna wanna dress you up. But we can wait till tomorrow, right?”
“Right.” You were monotone, but inwardly you felt giddy as ever. Two days until you would escape. You would do everything you could to see him behind bars after that. People who kidnapped fifteen year old girls because they were weirdly obsessed with them deserved to be locked into a padded room for a rest of their lives.
But while you occupied your time daydreaming of your freedom, you couldn’t help but feel like your life would never be the same once you escaped. Of course it won’t be, you told yourself, people who get taken by crazy boys who try to brainwash them are never the same afterward. But you would be damned if you let the experience control your life once you were free.
YAAAAAAAA YEET! 'tisn’t over yet……… of course………. i am very tired and feel weird and so if this chapter is dumb it’s because i don’t feel like myslef rn,,,,,,,,,, very weird……..,,,,,,,,, PLEASE for the loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee let me know if u like it, i am workin on other stuff atm too i swEAR i haven’t forgotten abt those other request im just busy and tired a lot anyway YEAH here u go hope u enjoy :-)