Video Review: Jamie Walters “Hold On”

Lightning strikes as Jamie Walters sits on his bed and plays the guitar. He glances at the twentysomething woman shouting at her father next door and continues to play. Next door, her father grabs her as she sits on her bed. Water drips into two bowls in her room as it rains.

Her father pulls her up her bed. The twentysomething woman shields her face and peeks through her fingers. Her father walks towards the door and she closes it on him. Rocking back and forth, she cries by the door. She leans against the wall and watches Walters play.

Walters walks into the kitchen and turns on the light. He stands at the stove and boils water in a pot. She throws clothes into a suitcase as he burns his finger. He walks across the street and talks to the doorman at the apartment building. He turns him away. Walter looks up at the lion statue on top of the building. She sits on the lion, tossing her clothes onto the pavement. He picks up her coat and walks up the fire escape. People stand in the rain and watch. She turns to see him standing on the rooftop.

Rating: 2.5/5

Jamie Walters passes by the building and waves at the doorman. The doorman gestures for him to come over. Walters asks him how he’s doing. The doorman says her mother has given permission for him to visit. Walters says he may come over sometime in the afternoon.

Walters tried not to care. The twentysomething woman was hurting. She covered her bruises with the makeup. However, there wasn’t much he could do. He had offered her a place to stay. She said she couldn’t. It would be putting him in danger. Her father was capable of anything. She and her mother were both afraid of him. Her father had followed Walters home after going out with the twentysomething woman and threatened him.

Her mother knocked on his door and told him they need to talk. Walters sits on the couch. Her mother explains she’s getting the help she needs. She says he saved her and asks him to please come over. Her mother says it’s her fault and she damaged the family. But her daughter should a friend. She has no one. Walters says he’ll think about it. Her mother thanks him again and leaves his apartment. Walters heaves a deep sigh  and puts his head in his hands.

Director: N/A Year: 1994

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit & 45 Magazine.