"Why are you still wearing that silly cape?" Jodie asked.
Billy looked back to where Jodie sat on a large rock, the cave behind her looming like a wide-mouthed rugged beast. His fists were on his hips as he stood defiantly near the edge of a cliff looming over the small town. He was used to playing the superhero and have Jodie played the one that needed saving. The cape was a recent addition to the game, but this time, he wasn't playing any game.
"This is all part of my plan," Billy said.
"Your plan?" Jodie raised an eyebrow. "Are you planning to jump off the cliff like some crazy person?"
Billy shook his head. "I'm going to find him," he said, then turned to Jodie with a serious look. "And when I do I'm going to destroy him."
Jodie's grin faded. She rose to her feet and walked slowly toward him. "It won't make things any better."
"Maybe. But it will make me feel better."
Now standing beside Billy, Jodie placed a hand over his shoulder. "Do you really believe that?"
Billy shuddered, the whipping winds around him hurling dust into his watery eyes. At least that's what he hoped Jodie would think. "I guess not," he said solemnly, his eyes shying away toward the ground. "Guess I'd still miss you."
The winds clamed momentarily. A faint howl erupted from the cave as Jodie whispered softly into Billy's ear. "I'll always be with you."
The winds picked up speed again. A massive boulder rolled off from a curving mound nearby, partially blocking the cave opening. It was as if nature had given its fair warning over the howl of the beast, stealthily guarding the darkness that had taken Jodie, one year before that day.