Ben sat up in his room in the attic. Most people would want to avoid staying in this particular room in the house because of the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. But ben didn’t mind. Blankets could fix the cold, and you could always put fans to cool down the room.
When Micka was still part of the group, he had set up camera around the perimeter of the house and at the front door. The control panel was stationed in this room so ben could keep a careful eye on what happened outside the house so he would be sure no harm would come to his family. He saw a ginger approach the house, a pink bag tossed over her shoulder. Looking closer, he saw that she wasn’t really ginger….but a strawberry blonde? Oboy…. Zach would be going on about her hair for who knows how long.
The doorbell rang and Zach was the first there. No surprise. Ben sighed and started down the steps. He passed a few rooms of fellow runaways, but didn’t alert them of the new comer. They could meet her for themselves….That was if Ben and Zach agreed she could stay.
“Hello,” he greeted the girl with the dance bag, who Zach was already looking over. For a gay guy, he definitely looked over a lot of girls. Ben understood why though, he was going to try to find something to talk to her about, probably with fashion or music or even boys. Ben chuckled at the thought. “What’s your name?”
“Hi….” The girl muttered softly. “I’m Delilah….” She murmured softly. Her light red hair fell into her face and covered her eyes. She was nervous. Why though? It wasn’t like they bit. She also kept a jacket tightly wrapped around her.
“Why did you come to us?” Ben asked kindly.
She shifted her weight and kept her gaze down. “It wasn’t safe for me at home….. Please…. I cant talk about it….. but I heard that this would be a safe place for a girl like me….” She stammered. Her words were slurred and rushed as she spoke.
Ben just nodded and opened the door for her. “Welcome then. I won’t push you to tell us. The room on the second floor, far right is open. You can move in there. But I should warn you, if you end up hurting my family, if you put them in danger, you will be kicked out faster than your heart can beat. Got that?” His voice was somewhat stern.
Delilah nodded quickly in understanding. “Of course….I would never do something like that….” Ben only nodded in response and walked off.
“Don’t mind him…He just gets protective.” Zach told her. “You’ll be able to find a few other people in the house to talk to. Most of them are pretty nice, but I should advice you to keep anything of value hidden until the group earns your trust. We have had some….interesting characters over the years…” he smiled and started through the halls. “Enjoy your stay in the house of madness,” he chuckled darkly.