It was a long trip by car and I sighed as it wasn't my favorite choice of transportation. It gave me too much time to think and it was never a good thing. I looked around at all of the faces
around me, my dysfunctional family. Cherry was sharpening her knifes, Brook was cleaning her guns and Ava was driving. We had been on the road since early in the morning yet none of us could sleep.
Each mile brought us closer to our destination and even closer to the realization that another's blood would be on our hands. It was Ava who broke me from my silent retreat.
"Less than a hundred to go. Imi are you alright?"
I nodded my head. "Yea it just feels like something is off is all. If I didn't know any better I would say that we are walking right into a trap."
She nodded. "Yea I have had that feeling for a while. I wondered if it was just me. You being the most intuitive of us all, I guess I should have asked sooner."
I smiled at her. "Well you are getting there. To be honest I just started to get the feeling that something was wrong."
Cherry chimed in with a flourish. "You know I don't care if it is a trap or not. I don't have anything to lose. I know that one of us isn't going to make it back and I would rather that it be me. You guys all have families. Mine was killed when Nora died."
I reached behind me and grasped Cherry's hand. "No my dear, you still have family, but in your grief you just can't see it. I'm sorry I was so harsh with you. I know you were only looking out for us, but I was being stubborn."
She giggled. "You aren't the most stubborn among us, so no worries my dear."
I nodded. "No, you're right, I'm not. Even after all of these years I like to keep myself blind to some things. I don't want to see the horrible truth that sits in front of my eyes and haunts me."
I felt the SUV speed up even more as we rounded a bend. I looked over at Ava who seemed concerned. "Imi, I think we need to turn around. Something really isn't right. I have been going way over the speed limit for miles now and there hasn't been one cop or car at all."
I looked out the windshield and stared for a while as she kept going. After a while I conceded with her. "You're right. There hasn't been car nor cop. I think we should get there and get this over with. Someone higher up might be trying to set us up."
Ava nodded and kept at her hurried pace. It wasn't too long before a secluded road showed us a home that seemed in disarray. We quietly got out of the vehicle and moved to the house. No lights were on, no AC running. The more we inspected the house the more worried I got. I moved back over to the group when Cherry spoke.
"I found an enterence on the south side. Unlocked and penetrable with minimal noise."
I nodded my head. "I think it is worth a try. Night cover can only do so much." All of a sudden my cell phone started to vibrate. I quickly pulled it out to see a message on my phone. When I opened it my heart sank and body began to shake.
***From: Mari*** 9:46pm..... Momma, it's a trap. He's here.
I quickly handed my phone to Ava who started to curse in several languages. After it was passed around I grabbed my phone and called Mari.
Imi* Mari, what do you mean he is there.
Chris* You always did have a lovely daughter. She is definately going to be fun to play with Imirial. Checkmate.
My breath caught in my throat.
Imi* Chris, a pleasure as always. You know, I expected no less of you. Of course with you at the ranch, you just opened up the gates of hell.
I heard a chuckle over the phone.
Chris* Saying as I have your husband and son in a closet and your mouth watering daughter tied to the bed in front of me. I don't see how I could have a problem.
My eyes got wide and I felt myself start to faulter.
Imi* Don't you dare touch her you psychotic bastard or I swear your death will be slower than molases in winter. Hurt her, do anything to any of them and I will take pleasure in watching your rotting corpse get eye fucked by vultures.
I heard a blood curdling scream from the background. My daughter call out for me and then the line went dead.
"GOD DAMMIT ALL TO HELL." I hit the ground with force. They all looked at me and I started to cry. "He has Marek and Kie in a closet. He is going to rape Mari and we are all the way out here.
Ava pulled out her cell the same time that Brook did and they made calls. I was on the ground crying, Cherry holding onto me tightly when the world erupted into light and fire.
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