Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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 [Closed] Learning to Tell the Truth

[Closed] Learning to Tell the Truth

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[Closed] Learning to Tell the Truth

Aspen Ryder |

Posted on Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:36 pm

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Therapist's Office | Cold & Overcast | 2:00 P.M.

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The morning of Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 started out as a normal one. I got out of bed, got dressed, and bought my usual large black coffee from that nice coffee shop in West Elkton. When I got back to my place, my roommate was gone, per usual. However, the course of my day changed while I was sitting in our kitchen, drinking my coffee and eating a bagel.

I was payed a surprise visit by the U.S. Marshal on my case, which was pretty unusual. My case wasn't considered high-risk and he visited once a month pretty regularly, usually with pre-scheduled appointments where we could discuss whatever he felt was necessary. When I invited him in and had provided him with a bagel of his own, I was met with some exciting news - the case that I had testified was coming to an end. After nearly 2 years of legal proceedings, everything was settled. No appeals were going to be filed, and the U.S. Marshal's office had deemed that it was no longer necessary for me to be under the protection of the Witness Protection Program.

There was a problem of course. I hadn't done jail time for arson because of the deal I had made for testifying against some of my old friends. But, as a general precaution, I had been required to receive counseling for both pyromania and compulsive lying.

And that was how I found myself in the waiting room for a local therapist. It would be a few months before anything would be finalized and in the meantime I was required to start counseling. I had tried to tell myself that this was a good thing. I repeated it over and over in my head until it had reached the point that it was basically my personal mantra. I didn't know what to expect. I had never, ever spoken to anyone about what happened in Buffalo or about my parents' death. The two had been filed away in my mind, only to be constantly brought to its forefront by everyday occurrences. I would hear Poet shuffling around in her room and think of my mother and the way she was constantly moving around furniture and redecorating our house. I have never shed a tear, and I refuse to. I'm tired of being weak. It was my weakness that killed my parents.

"Ms. Ryder?"


"Dr. Freeman is ready for you now."


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