Glancing at his wristwatch, he frowned slightly, looking back at his younger sister who was giggling at the television programme that they were watching. He grabbed the remote and switched off the television, “Time to go to bed, Anya.” Anya turned to Nikolai, giving him the puppy dog eyes, which he couldn’t resist. “Please! Just another hour! Mother and father won’t be back till an hour after midnight!” She was literally begging by his knees. Nikolai sighed. If it was just a normal night when their parents were away, he would have let her stayed up as late as she wanted with him. He stood up, and carried his younger sister. “No. It’s already 11pm and you should have been asleep by 8,” he added, “Mother and father will back anytime. If they see you awake, brother will get a scolding.” He opened the door to her bedroom and lay her on the bed. He tucked her in, and kissed her forehead, “Goodnight, Anya. Remember, Nikolai loves you.” Soon after that, she fell asleep. Nikolai walked out of her room. He entered his room, where his bags were already packed. No, he didn’t bring a luggage, it was just a simple duffel bag which contained his clothes, the money he had saved up and his passport for security reasons, and toiletries, his laptop bag and his guitar. Of course, he remembered to take his ipod along. He picked up the note he wrote the day before and pasted it on his room door. Dear mother and Ivan, By the time you read this, I’m sure you have realised that I’m not at home. I’ve left the house. Don’t worry, I locked the doors and windows to ensure Anya will be safe. Don’t bother looking for me because I won’t be back. I’m 18, I can take care of myself. I have ran away to chase my dreams. And the day I come back, will be the day I am successful. He carried his guitar case on his back and slung both his laptop bag and duffel bag on his right shoulder. After that, he walked out of his room before checking up on Anya again, to make sure she was asleep. He entered her room, and watched her sleeping form. He stood by the side of her bed, “I’m sorry Anya. Don’t think badly of me.” With that, he kissed her forehead and quickly walked out before she wakes up again. To Anya, tell her I’m sorry. I know she will not accept my apology. I don’t expect her too and I also don't expect her to understand as well. Just tell her I love her. Before he left, he locked the windows, making sure no one can enter the house from the outside. He would have escaped through his bedroom window but since his mother and father wasn’t home, he just went out of the front door and locked it properly. He took out his phone and messaged the rest; I’m out of the house. Where are you guys now? I’ll be at the park by the time the clock strikes midnight. He shoved his hands into the pocket of his black hoodie, his dark bangs getting into his eyes. The walk to the park isn’t a long one from his house. To Ivan, take care of my mother. I don’t want to see her hurt. I expect, by the time I come back after my success, I will still see you together with her, happy and enjoying retirement or whatever. To mother, for the past few years, ever since Anya and Ivan came into our lives, I felt like an outsider. You have finally gotten the family you have always wanted. If mother is happy, Nikolai is happy. Please don’t cry for me. I doubt you will. Like grandmother says, I’m just an exact replica of my biological father, right? Both in attitude and physically. And, we both know how much you hate him. So, I shall leave your happy family alone. Goodbye. - Nikolai After a few minutes, he reached the park. His wristwatch read 12:00am. He stood at the entrance of the park, waiting for the rest to arrive. He knew running away would be a risk but it's a risk he is willing to take.