‘Has he ever hurt you before?’
Melissa was sitting at the dining room table with her leg propped on a chair. She looked up from her cup of tepid tea. ‘No. Of course not.’
‘You’re telling me the truth aren’t you?’
‘What am I supposed to think? You call me up in the morning and tell me that David has fucking cut you.’ Nora waved at Melissa’s leg.
‘Not on purpose.’
‘And you need to get this leg looked at properly—‘
‘It’s not going to happen. David’s out there. I need to—‘
‘No. You’re not going anywhere until you tell me what David did to you.’
‘He didn’t do a damn thing, Nora. He made a run for it and I tried to get in his way. It…it was like he didn’t even know I was there.’
Nora shook her head, bewildered. ‘That’s ab—‘
‘He ran into the park.’
‘Why would he go there?’
‘I don’t know. I just saw him leave the house and run across the road. In the direction of the park.’
Nora ran her fingers through her hair. Looked at the ceiling. Melissa knew her sister well enough to know when she was about to lose her shit. ‘He said something weird as well,’ Melissa said.
‘What did he say?’
‘He asked me if I heard something.’
‘I don’t know. He just said “do you hear it?”
‘And that was it?’
Nora chewed her lip.
‘Don’t,’ Melissa said, catching on to her sister’s train of thought.
‘You don’t know what I was going to say.’
‘You were going to bring up his condition. From before.’
‘Well that must have something to do with it, Melissa. Can’t you see that? Since when has he ever walked through the house with a knife when he’s been sleepwalking and since when does he open locked doors and run out into the night? I’ve never heard of that happening to someone who sleep walks.’
‘That’s not fair. He’s been on his medication for a long time now. Two years and nothing.’
Melissa stood up and hissed. The pain from her leg shot through her body like an electric current but she breathed through it and headed for the door.
‘Where are you going?’ Nora demanded, hands on her hips.
‘I’m going to find David.’
‘You can’t go out alone in the dark.’
‘Either I go on my own or you come with me. Up to you. Either way, I am going to find my husband.’
Nora shook her head. Slower this time. Melissa also knew her sister well enough to know she had just caved.
‘Have you got a couple of torches?’ Nora asked.