Chapter 33: Zoey
Ethan was right,this was going to be close. When the Rogers came down, along with Mark of course, they all stood right next to us with a weapon of their own - Chris worked on the bomb, and Mrs. Rogers carried a whip, Mr. Rogers with a gun, Mark unwillingly with a knife of his own, and Lizzie nothing - but that didn't tell me anything good, that meant she was good enough with her hands to not have a weapon at all.
Mark stood by me. "I moved your backpack upstairs along with Ravi too. The map's in there, it should be unharmed." He whispered, but I gave no sign that I noticed, for LIzie was staring me down like a hawk. I tared back, out of habit. "Don't let her get to you. She's tough and she's a black belt already in karate, but you should be able to get by her without a problem." He advised, and I gave a slight nod.
Lizzie's eyes widened and screamed. "They're planning something! Mom, Dad, activate the bomb to go off immediately! They're... They're planning something!"
Everyone's bonds came off like butter, and we started slashing our way out. Everyone was almost to the door, except me, since I was farthest away from it. Then, suddenly, someone grabbed me by the collar of my shirt. "Not so fast!" Mr. Rogers growled, and hit me with the butt of his gun, making me nearly black out. "LOOK AT YOUR FRIENDS RUN, ZOEY! LOOK AT THEM RUN, SEE HOW THEY WON'T EVEN COME BACK TO SAVE YOU EVEN AFTER KNOWING I'M GOING TO BASH YOR HEAD IN WITH A BRICK!" He yelled, throwing me against the wall. I crashed into the brick and crumpled.
Seemingly distant, I heard Ava scream my name. "ZOEY!" I felt Ethan's hands pick me up delicately and made another run for it as I looked up to see Ava thrashing around, trying to cut Mr. or Mrs. Rogers, I couldn't tell, the image was too blury. "ELIDI! ETHAN! HELP ME!" She screamed again, just as I saw her knife thrown away from her. Mr. Rogers aimed his gun at her, my big sister, and smiled.
"Funny, you thought you could get away."
Ethan dropped me right there, right on the ground, not even setting me down or anything, just dropping me right there. "Ava!" He yelled, and slammed right into Mr. Rogers, making his shot off by that much, making Ava curl into a ball and slowly crawl towards me.
"Oh Zoey, come on, we've got to get you out of here, how's your head?"
I wanted to say "I'm fine," but I'm pretty sure it came out as "Mm Fgah." I sighed instead, after making that unclear remark. She tried to pick me up, only to be dragged away by a very angry Lizzie who had been trying to deal with Elidi, who was where I couldn't see her - probably trying to stop Chris from 'activating' the bomb again. Her dagger was near me too, as well as Ava's. That meant that more than half of us was without a weapon, and one of us was an idiot with a weapon, making the odds not quite in our favor.
The last thing I saw was Ethan get hit with the whip a thousand times, Ava getting a gun pointed at again, and Elidi was slammed against the wall just like I was. And here I was, leaning on the wall like I was a helpless rag doll, which I practically was. I remembered gripping something cold and fititng in my hand and throwing it.
Someone screamed. "MOM!"
I grabbed another cold object in my hand and threw it again. "DAD! PLEASE, ZOEY, STOP! THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES I HAVE LEFT-"
I threw another.
I watched Chris as he tried making a run for it, but I was half blocking the staircase and he tripped. I heard a deathly crack nearby, and a moan. I heard nothing else after that. All I knew was that I had ended the fight, I killed four people in less than 3 minutes.
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