Fatal Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
Katie and Kayla are kidnapped at their hotel in New York City and everyone that Katie knows are at risk for their lives!

Submitted: July 30, 2009

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Submitted: July 30, 2009

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“I can’t believe we’re actually done!” Kayla exclaimed the excitement was not hidden. This was it. No more high school. Everything that happened behind those doors was forever hidden. “I know.” Was all I could manage to mutter. Luckily, Kayla was excited enough for the both of us. Ever since the first day of school Kayla had always been the happiest person in school. That’s why it’s hard to believe we became such good friends. As we walked out the doors of the school Kayla’s lips started moving at full speed. “I swear, me and you are the only people who aren’t going to get something HUGE for graduation!” “Yeah, tell me about it.” I said with no enthusiasm. “I can only imagine what my parents got me! It’s probably something lame like used college textbooks, even though they don’t know what classes I’m taking! Or a three-year supply for school.” “Didn’t you say you were bugging your parents for a ticket to New York City for a week or something like that?” Kayla asked, hoping that I had overheard some sort of plan my parents might have made so I could go to New York. “Yeah, but there is no way they will ever do anything like that for me. They aren’t cool enough.” “True. Well, at least it can’t be any worse than what my parents are getting me!” Kayla was always being too optimistic. By the time we got out of our daydreaming mode, we were about three blocks away from my house. On my block my house was the smallest one that stuck out from everybody else’s. The outside of the house was a cream-yellow color with brown shutters. The curtains were always open. “Are you gonna stay the night? I mean we have no school tomorrow so we can totally throw a party!” “Ummm. Sounds fun. I’ll have to ask my mom though.” “Like she’ll care!” As we entered the door to my house, the rooms were empty, as usual. My parents were in the kitchen, I had no younger or older siblings that lived with us so there was no other noises to be heard either. As we walked through the opening to the kitchen my dad, Robert, was first to greet us. “Congratulations, girls! I’m so proud of both of you!” He hugged us in a bear hug almost too tight. I could feel the scratching from his beard that wasn’t ever long but on his face just enough so that you could feel and see it. His hair was falling thin, and he was tall for all the men in our neighborhood. “Welcome home girls. Congratulations. I’m also, very proud of you!” My mom, Rene, was very sweet, with short, cropped hair that was very dark. Her eyes were large and light brown. Mine matched hers exactly. “Thanks.” Kayla and I muttered at the same time. “Well I would think that you two would be more excited than that. I mean you are done with high school. You’re becoming adults. Moving on into the real world.” My dad was always looking for a happy or excited reaction out of people. “Yeah. It’s really not that big of a deal. I mean it’s just high school.” I responded trying not to sound depressed about the situation but also not too happy. “Well, I think you may be a little more excited when you hear what your father and I have gotten.” “Oh yeah.” My dad began, “Well Katie. We know how much you wanted the tickets to New York City.” “It’s no big deal.” I said trying not to sound disappointed. “Well then would you like me to return them?” “You got me tickets to New York City?” I asked to amazed to be over-excited. “Unless there’s another Katelynn Owen, then yes.” As soon as Kayla found out that she was going to New York with me she ran to the phone and dialed the numbers faster than average humans. “Hi, Mom! It’s me! I just found out that Katie is going to New York. She wants me to go with her. Can I go? Please?” After about ten minutes of talking to her mom, Kathy eventually gave in. “KATIE! My mom said that I could go!” Kayla was shouting just about every word. “Yes! So when do we leave for New York?” “June 15th, at 10 a.m.” My mom was less excited than my dad ever could have been when she told us. When Kayla found out what our plan was, she dashed out the door toward home, while I flew up the stairs so fast that they just barely touched the soles of my feet. It was June 5th and I had only ten days to pack, work as many hours as I could (After all, there’s no point in going to New York without any money) buy everything I would need for the flight, and tell all my friends and family good-bye for the summer. Not much happened in the few days before the flight. The night before we were leaving, I packed the last things I had left and rechecked everything that I had previously packed. The hours went by almost too fast and the early morning started to emerge without any notice. In the morning I found myself waking in the chair to a pounding on the door. “Oh my gosh Katie! Last night I couldn’t sleep! I was too excited!” I could tell that Kayla had filled her lungs with air because as soon as she began talking, she wouldn’t stop. “I spent one half of the night talking to people on the computer and phone telling them everything about the trip! And I mean every little detail! Then the other half I spent packing last minute things and rechecking all the stuff I already had packed! How about you? Did you sleep well? Well you probably did because you don’t ever get overly excited for anything!” “Well actually. I couldn’t get to sleep last night. I don’t even remember sitting in the chair. I was finishing packing and then the last thing I remember was coming downstairs for something and then you were at the door.” “Ha! Sounds like something you would do, Katie!” Kayla was getting a bit too hyper for first thing in the morning. I got up slowly, stretching out my aching limbs. Everything throbbed from my head to my toes from the night that I spent, scrunched up in the small chair. “I don’t know, Katie. Are you going to be alright for the plane ride?” Kayla was always looking for some way to pick on people, especially when it came to me. “Yeah, Kayla. I’ll be fine. Just a little stiff from sleeping in the chair last night.” I wasn’t in the mood to listen to Kayla bother me this early in the morning. Before long, my dad came into the room rushing us to get ready. “We better get moving if we don’t want to miss you flight!” Kayla and my dad both sounded annoying to my throbbing head. “Yes, Dad.” I snapped. “Well then go grab your bags and let’s get a move on Katie!” My dad was not about to let my bad mood ruin his day. I threw my pillow and one of my favorite blankets down the stairs, hitting Kayla both times I threw something. Then when I had to drag my suitcases downstairs, I gave up on the second one and just let the rest roll to the bottom of the staircase. By the time we had everything all packed away in the car we were rushing, afraid of missing our flight. “Are you sure you have everything, girls?” My mom was always worried. “Positive!” Kayla was ready to go as soon as possible. “Yeah, Mom. I have everything.” “Okay. If you need anything, call. We know all about the hotel and how to get you packages. So if you do need anything, just dial one of the phones and one of us will pick up!” Her eyes were filling with tears, the normal kind of behavior for my mother. Before we stowed away in the car she hugged all three of us and gave Kayla and I all the information we would need for the plane rides and the hotel. My mother stood at the end of the drive as we pulled away slowly, going away for a whole summer. “Aren’t you girls the least bit nervous?” My dad questioned as we came to a red light. “How about, to excited to shut up?” Kayla commented. “You wouldn’t shut up if you were going to hear your death sentence!” I giggled rolling my eyes at Kayla’s over-excitement. “No. Because then I would be too nervous!” Kayla wasn’t finished yet. “I mean right now I am just excited! This is probably the opposite life of a prisoner in for life or being on death penalty!” While Kayla went on and on, I sat silently in the front passenger seat imagining if Kayla wasn’t strapped tightly to the seat. She would be like Road Runner. Her legs would move so fast that they looked like a blur. I giggled at my ridiculous daydream. “So when does our plane take off again?” I asked my dad. “10 a.m. sharp! That’s why we need to hurry!” We were getting into the main part of the city when my dad started questioning us. “Aren’t you girls the least bit nervous?” “More like too excited to shut up!” Kayla commented. “You wouldn’t shut up if you were going to court to hear your death sentence!” I said with a giggle. “No. Because then I would be too nervous!” Kayla said looking out the window of the speeding car. We were in the car for about a half an hour and we finally pulled into the San Francisco Airport. “Are we going to be late?” Kayla asked jumping out of the packed backseat of the car. “No. We’re actually right on time.” My dad told Kayla as he walked around to the trunk. “Good. So we don’t have to rush?” I asked. “Nope.” Kayla and my dad said together. We entered the airport with our arms full of luggage. Most of it being mine. “Want some help?” A voice from a bystander asked noticing the struggle from all my luggage. “No. We’ve got it. Thanks for the offer though.” “Dad. Why couldn’t you let him help us?” I asked irritated. “You only want him to help because you think he’s cute.” “Your point is?” Kayla and I said at the same time. Getting our luggage loaded wasn’t as hard as everyone who told us about it made it seem. We found our seats with ease. Luckily, I got the window seat. But as we were sitting waiting for takeoff Kayla’s face turned a ghostly white and beads of sweat grew to her forehead. “I think I’m gonna be sick, Katie.” “You’ll be fine. It’s just your nerves. You haven’t ridden on a plane in forever!” I was trying my best to make Kayla feel better about the plane ride. “I hope so.” Apparently Kayla’s nerves weren’t in agreement with her stomach. About five minutes before takeoff, Kayla was rushing toward the bathroom, clutching her hand over her mouth the whole way. “Do you think you can handle the departure?” The pilot had sent a flight attendant to our section to check on Kayla. “Yeah. I feel much better now.” Kayla said her face turning a flushed red. We made stops at Carson City, Nevada, a small city in Kansas, Frankford, Kentucky, and then we finally made it to New York City. Getting our luggage was the hardest part. Or so we thought. When we walked out into the street the amount of people was unbelievable. Every way we turned our heads there were too many people to count. As we made our way around the crowds of rushing people, we were stunned by the unbelievable height of all the buildings. “We’re never going to get a taxi when the city is this packed.” Kayla was still talking just as fast as usual. “Who said we need a taxi?” I said as I took out the map and started walking in the direction of our hotel. Kayla was right on my heels as she quickly realized we weren’t taking a taxi to the hotel. I came to a sudden halt when I noticed a strange young man snapping our picture from a dark, narrow, alleyway. “Hey, isn’t that, the cute dude from the air port in Cali?” Kayla asked pushing her way to my side. “Yeah. I think. But that’s not right. I mean seriously, what are the odds that the same guy we saw all the way in California could end up here in New York. The same part of New York we’re in anyway.” “That does sound weird.” Kayla agreed picking up the bags. “Well there’s no use in losing any sleep over it! We better get moving anyway if we wanna make it home before dark.” “Alright, let’s get moving.” As we walked down the street and the temperature began to drop with the sun. We hurried to the hotel and as we entered we were both struck with the same shock as when we walked out of the air port. He was there. “Katie, are you seeing this? Am I actually losing it or is he really following us?” Kayla asked just as stunned as I was to see him. “Yeah he’s here. Just stay back for a minute until he leaves.” I told Kayla starting to walk toward the chairs. The mysterious camera man disappeared into the elevator after about fifteen minutes of arguing with the manager about getting a room. “Can I help you two ladies? I’m sorry for making you wait. We had a few complications.” “Yeah, is there any way you can tell us who the gentleman is who just checked in?” Kayla was thinking about two steps ahead of me. “No, I’m sorry but that information is too confidential.” “That’s alright.” Kayla said with a sigh. “Is there anything else I can help you with?” “Yeah we’re here under the reservation of Robert and Rene Owen.” “Yup we’ve been expecting you! You have one room, two beds, TV, mini fridge, excellent view, two bathrooms, on the 10th floor. Sound good?” “Oh my gosh.” Kayla and I said at the same time not knowing what else to say. “I’ll take that as a yes.” He rang the bell signaling a bell hop to come help us with our bags. As we turned around there was a wall of someone tall and well built about two inches from our faces. “Right this way, ladies.” His voice was booming and matched his body perfectly. We followed behind the generous bell hop speechless. The bell hop gave us a full tour of the hotel and then showed us to our room. When we entered the room we were completely dumbfounded at the site. Everything looked perfect. Like on a movie when someone goes on vacation at a famous resort. “Thanks.” I managed to choke out before the bell hop left our room. After we were sure the bell hop had made it away from our room we turned the stereo on and began running around the room looking through everything there was. The hours passed and we were getting the rest of our luggage unpacked when a heavy beating on the door made both, Kayla and I, jump to the ceiling. I looked over to the clock next to the stereo. It was 1:10 in the morning. I made my way, slowly, to the door. I peered through the hole in the door and looked straight into the eyes of the strange camera man who had been following us. I jumped back ten feet landing on the floor. I turned to the bed and started digging through all the bags looking for my cell phone. “Katie, what’s wrong? Who’s at the door?” I left Kayla’s questions unanswered as I tore through all my suitcases. It was only seconds after I started searching that the door to our room swung open smashing hard against the white wall. I jumped and spun all in one move facing my worst nightmare. Kayla rushed to my side, tears running down both our faces. “This how everything works. You two are going to repack, go down to the lobby, tell the manager you want to check out. If he wants to know why you are leaving so soon, you simply tell him that a family emergency has occurred. One last thing, you try to make an escape or tell anyone, everyone you know has no chance of living.” The camera man was trying to speed up the kidnapping afraid of being caught. As quickly as we could we packed our suitcases with shaking hands and tears blurring our sight. We were finished within ten minutes afraid of what he might do if we took any longer. “Alright. Now we all have our stories straight, right?” The camera man was grabbing some of our luggage trying to carry more than he was able to. When neither of us answered he shot us a disapproving look. In response we shook our heads the slightest bit, hoping he would accept it as a “yes.” We reached the lobby with shaking hands and drying tears on our faces. “Can I help you?” The day manager was gone and a new man was behind the desk lounging in his seat. “Yeah, we need to get checked out. Our room number is 132.” I said handing the keys over the counter. “Is everything alright?” “Yeah, it’s just a small family emergency.” “Is there anything I can do?” The manager was beginning to press my buttons. “Can you just check us out? We really need to get moving.” Kayla was meaner than I would have been to the young man who was trying to help us. “Well yes of course. I’m sorry, how foolish of me to keep you waiting. Alright, you’re all set. The credit card will be refunded promptly.” “Thank you.” I said and turned to walk out the door with Kayla at my side. As soon as we walked out of the hotel room the camera man was on my other side, whispering harsh directions into my ear. “First, you will address me as, Aero. Second, anything I tell you, you better listen! Third, when we’re in the car you will both be blindfolded and I expect you to still cooperate.” When we reached the van Aero blindfolded us. We immediately stiffened as we were too nervous to try and do anything. Before he pushed us into the black, bulky, van, Aero bound our wrist behind out backs so tightly I could feel the flesh on my wrist tear just enough for them to begin bleeding. Aero was getting to ready to leave and just before he left, he decided that our feet needed to be bound just as tight as our wrists. The van jolted forward and we were speeding down a road toward our nightmare. “Now, we will stop at a hotel in a couple of days. You will have a day and a night to shower, eat, and do whatever else you need to. While you do this you will associate with no one except me and you can talk amongst yourselves. If you do not follow my instructions exactly then you will wish you were never born” The two days that passed were the longest we ever spent. Aero talked more than he needed to, this was a big mistake. “So where are you two girls from? I know you certainly aren’t fr-“ “We know you followed us from California!” Kayla snapped in the middle of Aero’s sentence. “Oh. I hadn’t realized you re-“ “Seriously we don’t want to hear it! All we want to know is why are you taking us?” Kayla was using the last of Aero’s patients. “So, Kayla. Do you really think you are so smart? Well you certainly aren’t if you keep testing me!” After Aero finish the van jerked to a stop. I felt the cool air come through the door as Aero ripped it open. Kayla was yanked from the still van. I was left alone, blind and unable to move. “Why are we stopping here?” The new voice was low and sounded like someone was scratching the inside of the man’s throat. “Just relax. Kayla’s getting a little too big for her shorts.” After Aero finished he slammed the van door shut and began pulling back onto the road. “Don’t worry about your little friend. She’ll be fine. That is if she cooperates.” Aero’s words weren’t the least bit comforting. “Where did you take her?” I whispered barely loud enough to hear. “It does better neither of you know where you are going.” “I don’t care where I’m going. I just want to know where Kayla is going.” Aero began laughing, “So you don’t care about yourself? You still want to know what’s happening to your friend? I’ve never met anyone like you!” “So? What’s your point?” “Don’t make this any harder for yourself than it needs to be.” Five minutes of silence passed and for the first time in three days, I realized that I was never going to see any of my family or friends again. Once again, tears began running down my face. Only this time, there weren’t silent. Aero heard my sobs from the front and tried his best to comfort me. “I’m really sorry about all this. But it’s just…It’s not really your fault. I guess it’s more of a family thing. Your father just. Never mind it’s not that important.” “What about my father?” I questioned in between sobs. “He didn’t do anything.” “You shouldn’t talk about something you know nothing about. And, I told you, it’s not important! Do any of you listen?” “If y-you want to get back at my father, just keep me and let Kayla go.” “I would, but she knows too much. We would be caught before we even got what we needed.” “And what would that be?” “Nothing you need to know about.” “Well then, what are you going to do to us?” “I’m not sure. Probably nothing. That bad.” “But can you tell me if I am going to see my family or friends again?” “I can. But I won’t” “So that’s a no.” I sighed under my breath. “Just keep quiet and we’ll get along perfectly fine. Trust me.” I had nothing else to question Aero about at the time. What seemed like hours passed. I couldn’t bare the pain of the ropes digging my flesh apart piece by piece anymore. I finally had enough courage to ask Aero, “Will you at least loosen these ropes? I think I’m bleeding and my wrist hurt really bad.” “Don’t move so much and you’ll be fine.” The van seemed to be going on an endless road. We made the least amount of stops that were possible. The van eventually came to a slowing stop. Aero open the van door and a welcoming warm breeze caressed my wet and salted face. The air smelled much cleaner than the air in New York City. When Aero dragged out of the van, the bright sun light was shining through the blindfold. Aero cut the ropes from my ankles and began pushing me forward. We went up some stairs and then entered a room. The smell was horrific. I could feel the movement in the room coming from someone else. When Aero finally took off the blindfold the rays from the sun was nearly blinding. My hands were still bound tight behind my back so there was no determining rather they were still bleeding or not. “Where’s Kayla?” Aero questioned the other man in the room harshly. “No worries. I took care of her.” The voice was familiar. It was the same one I heard when Kayla disappeared. The voice belonged to a tall man. He had a light beard, his clothes were worn and his dark hair was cut short. His eyes were dark and lifeless. I’d never seen anyone with eyes that looked so similar to a corpses’. Aero went to the small box on the wall and pressed some buttons that turned the air conditioning on. The open room began to cool immediately. The house was enormous. The living was an open space with a long brown sofa that hugged the far corner of the room. There was a brown chair on the right side of the sofa. On the opposite side of the room there was a fireplace that had nothing in it. Above the fireplace was a black flat screen TV. It stretched across the top of the wall, covering most of it. The kitchen was hidden behind a wooden door that separated it from the living room. “How do you like it?” I hadn’t realized Aero was talking to me until I looked back toward the kitchen and saw him watching me. “Aero! Enough of your games! Are you so twisted that you just love to torture everyone!?” The gruff voice sounded harsher than Aero had ever spoken to anyone. Before Aero could answer the man with Aero had his hands around the rope that held my hands bound together and was trying to pull me away from Aero. As I began to fight a dark cloth was forced over my mouth and nose. I tried to scream and inhaled the fumes from the cloth that made my vision blur to black. “Just go! You’re such an idiot! I can’t believe you would be so absentminded as to do something so horrible!” Aero’s shouting was the first thing I heard as my eyes fluttered open. My sight blurred back in to Aero pacing across the open space in the living room. “Wh-where’s Kayla?” My voice was shaky from the fumes I had inhaled. “How ya feeling?” Aero’s voice sounded like velvet. It reminded me of my mom’s smooth voice. “I just want to know where Kayla is.” I said rubbing my head from the throbbing pain that the fumes left behind. “ Do you have a headache? Does your stomach ache at all?” Aero was ignoring everything I said which annoyed me. “Yeah. My head-“ Before I could finish, I was rushing down the hallway trying to find the bathroom. I found the door to the bathroom almost too late. Anything that I ate before was now in the bottom of the bathtub. After ten minutes, I couldn’t find any strength to pull myself to my feet. Aero came to the bathroom and helped me to my feet and out of the bathroom. “Do you want me to go get you your bags from the car?” “Yeah, please?” “There is a bathroom upstairs that has a clean shower if you wanna get cleaned up a little.” “Sure. I’ll wait ‘til you get back though.” “Okay just go sit in the living room and try not to move very much.” “Okay.” As I was waiting for Aero in the living room I noticed that my wrists were finally unbound. The flesh was raw and blood ran down my arms straight to my elbows. The sight of the blood turned my stomach and before I knew it I was running straight for the bathroom again. After I finished in the bathroom I took the time I had alone to advantage and wandered down the hall. I came to another opening on the opposite end of the hall. The space had nothing in it but a small TV and one large black, leather chair. Next to the chair was a black, oversized, duffel bag. My eyes grew wide with fear and my heart began racing. My legs buckled, then gave out from underneath me as I realized what was in the bag. “Kayla, Kayla, Kayla,…” Was all I could mutter out as I was backing away from the bag. I was unaware of everything that was happening around me. Before I had time to get back to my feet Aero was rushing through the door into the room. I could back up away from the bag no further and was still pushing with my legs against the wall. Aero pick me up and carried me from the room through the hallway and to the living room where he set me down on the sofa then walked out into the kitchen. He came back with a wet cloth and a warm water bottle. “Here drink this so you don’t get dehydrated.” He handed me the bottle of water and began wiping the days of tears and dirt from my face. “K-Kayla’s…” My voice was too shaky and broke off. “I’m really sorry, Katie. Jeremy didn’t know that I didn’t mean for him to ki-“ Before Aero finished I got up and started running for the bathroom. I reached the bathroom faster than I had before. I slammed the door behind me and locked it. I sat in front of the door and put my face into my blood stained hands. A soft knock came to the door followed by Aero’s questioning, “Are you sick again?” “NO!” I screamed back. “Will you open the door please?” “NO!” I screamed again. “Why are you so mad at me, Katelynn? I’m not the one who did it!” “Are you serious? It’s all your fault! You’re the reason she’s dead! You’re the reason I’m here! I should be with Kayla in New York City having the summer of my life! This is all your fault Aero! Every little bit of it!” I screamed every word as loud as I possibly could, when I finished it felt like I swallowed a sword and it cut every inch of my throat. “That is so wrong it’s not even funny. Your dad is the one who is at blame! This is all his fault! Not mine!” “How? What did he ever do to you?” I wasn’t screaming but I was still yelling as loud as my voice would allow. “Never mind. I knew I shouldn’t have tried to be the nice guy.” “Try to be the nice guy?” His words infuriated me. “I’m done. Your going straight to where you should be.” Before I could say anything more I heard Aero’s footsteps fading as he walked down the hall. I cracked the door open a few minutes later and found that Aero had left my small bag at the foot of the door. I dragged the bag in, cleaned out the bottom of the bathtub and took a hot shower. The water that ran to the bottom of the white floor was red until I got all the blood off from my hands and arms. My wrists began bleeding again after I turned the water off. I cleaned all the cabinets out looking for bandages that would cover the wounds but found nothing. I edged out of the bathroom and down the hallway until I found Aero lounging on the straight side of the long sofa. I stiffened and walked over slowly to Aero. “Do you have any bandages?” I asked showing him my wrists. “Yeah. In the kitchen. The cabinet above the sink. There are bunch of different sizes you’ll find one that you can use.” Aero was trying to act like he wasn’t concerned about my wrists but I could see through his eyes as he looked at the TV. “Thanks.” As I walked through the door to the kitchen I was in awe at what was in the gigantic room. There was a silver refrigerator with two doors, a sink that looked like it could be a bathtub, and there were cupboards and drawers everywhere. The stove was black and ran by electricity, the dishwasher looked like it could hold a thousand dishes, and the windows were all open letting in the warm sunlight. I went to the first cupboard above the sink and found tons of bandages. The ones on the top shelf were the ones that were big enough to cover the open skin on my wrist. I stretched up as far as I could , but couldn’t reach the bandages. I walked back into the living room finding Aero in the same position. “I can’t reach the one’s I need.” I said softly. “Use a different size then.” Aero shot back. “Can’t you just get them for me?” “No.” I walked back into the kitchen and found the only thing to sit on. It was a stool. I dragged it over to the cupboard and climbed up it. I was almost touching the ceiling and began to shake. I grabbed the bandages, but as I did I shifted my weight the wrong way which made the stool fall out from underneath me. When I hit the ground I slammed my back into the side of a counter that had silverware and pans setting on them. Everything fell from the counter making a loud clatter as they all hit the floor at separate times. Aero stormed through the kitchen door finding me and all the dishes scattered over the floor. “What did you do?” Aero asked his eyes growing wide with what could have been anger or surprise. “I got the big bandages.” “Katie, why couldn’t you just get the ones you could reach.” Aero began picking up the dishes up from the floor. “Because they wouldn’t have covered my wrists’ right.” “Well, I guess this is my fault.” Aero admitted with a sigh. “Just like everything else.” I wasn’t ready to drop my argument. Tears began running down my face for no reason. I couldn’t make them stop they kept running. As soon as tears would come to the edge of my eyes I would wipe my eyes to try and hide the tears from Aero. Unfortunately, Aero knew that I was crying and put his arms around me. At any other time, I would have fought with all my strength against Aero’s arms, but right now, Aero’s arms were the only comfort that was left. “Aero!” The same gruff voice snapped as the kitchen door slammed behind him. This man had to be Jeremy. Aero jumped and took a protective stance in between me and Jeremy. Instinctively, I pushed with my legs against the nearest cupboard. “What do you want? I thought I told you to get lost and report back to Tod!” “I think you should be the one reporting back to Tod.” Jeremy snapped in a disgusted tone. “No. I don’t. I am not the who made the idiotic mistake, now am I?” “Well, I…” “Don’t even start. Now we have a murder on our hands, too!” Aero was getting more infuriated by the second. “My parents.” I whispered meaning for only me to hear it. “Just a second, Katie. As for you, get out right now!” Aero was shouting at Jeremy. “You should just do as you are told! From the last time I checked I think that I am the one in charge of this mission! Am I not? Just leave!” “Whatever, Aero.” Jeremy shot a look of disgust in my direction then turned and stormed through the doors slamming both with all his strength. “Okay, now what were you saying about your parents?” Aero asked putting a hand out for me to take. “They’re going to think that something has happened.” “Well, I gave them my cell phone number when they called yours at the last hotel we stopped at.” “Wait. You talked to my parents?” “Yeah for the past few days I’ve told them that you and Kayla were busy doing different things in the city.” “I don’t get it. I mean seriously. How did you pull it off.” “They think you and me are...” Aero’s voiced trailed off and his face turned red. “They think we are…?” “Dating.” Aero mumbled. After Aero told me what he had been telling my parents I began to laugh hysterically. “I knew you would think it was stupid.” Aero grumbled and walked away. “Aero, come on. It’s just that. Well…Since when have you cared?” “I don’t know. Ever since I realized how much pain and agony you must be in.” “If only your genius of a friend, Jeremy, could have been thinking like that a few days ago.” “Well the guys just got a hard head.” “A hard heart, too.” “Well he’s just….It’s just that…” Aero’s voice trailed off when he realized that he had no explanation for what Jeremy did. “I knew it! Kayla should still be here!” I was almost shouting at Aero. “Yeah and maybe you shouldn’t!” After Aero snapped his last comment I just sunk back into the couch and grew silent. “Well, what are you planning on telling your parents?” Aero had calmed himself down. “I have no idea.” My voice was just as dead as I felt. “Can you at least think of something?” I was being completely sarcastic when I replied to Aero, “Yeah, how’s this, ‘Hi Mom and Dad! New York’s a blast! Oh and guess what? This is incredible, I’m being held hostage and Kayla’s dead!’ Does that work?” “Come on, Katie. Can’t you just work with me for once?” “Why should I?” Aero sighed and turned the television on to an old movie. After about fifteen minutes, the silver phone began singing its song. “It’s your parents.” Aero said handing me the phone. I snatched the phone from his hand. Aero grabbed my hand as he began to talk, “I’m warning you, Katelynn. If you make on false move, you’ll be sorry.” “Like I’m really scared. Hello?” I said rolling my eyes at Aero as I answered the phone. “Katie?” The voice on the phone sounded worried and stressed. Nothing like my mother should have sounded. “Yeah. Is that you, Mom?” “Yup it’s me. You sound different. Are you feeling alright?” “Perfectly fine.” “How’s New York?” She asked with a yawn. “Wonderful! You’ll truly never understand just how beautiful it is until you see it for yourself.” “I might consider visiting the city sometime. How does Kayla like New York? I’m sure she hasn’t stopped talking since you landed.” My mom had just demolished my last but of strength. Tears started racing down my face. Aero moved closer to the end of the couch where I was sitting. “Yeah, she loves it.” “Can I talk to her for a second? Just to say ‘Hi’ that’s all.” “Umm, well, I’ve been staying with, uh, Aero.” “Oh that’s right! He seems like a sweet man. You’re lucky to have found someone like, umm, what’s his name again?” “Aero.” “Yeah, Aero. He sounds really nice.” I started blushing to myself afraid that Aero would hear what the conversation was about. “Well I’m sure you all have tons more exploring to do. Unfortunately, your father has to work an extra shift at the station, so he’s not here.” “Right. Well tell him I said ‘Hi’ and I miss and love him a lot.” “I’ll be sure to. I love you sweetie, remember to be careful. Please.” “Yeah, I know. Love you too. Talk to you soon.” “Bye.” I snapped the phone closed and walked away from Aero. When I looked into the bathroom mirror I couldn’t help but shudder at the thought what my mother was saying about Aero was true. Tears welled in my eyes as I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn’t recognize the face looking back. The only thing I could do to feel at least a little bit of comfort was walk back to the living and sit with the enemy. When I sat down on the couch Aero didn’t ask any questions. I found that both Aero and I were edging closer together. As the hours drifted by we were laying on the couch watching movies that weren’t that appealing. The early hours of the morning starting edging without a significant notice and I had to fight my eyelids from falling as they were heavy with sleep. Eventually sleep had won the battle. So there I lay on the couch sleeping with my “enemy.” When I woke in late morning, both Aero and I were in a large, feather soft bed. Aero was already awake when my eyelids fluttered open. “Finally. I was beginning to think that you might have gone into coma.” I rolled over, smothering my face into the pillow and tried to fall back to sleep as quickly as I could. “Well you’re in luck! Today we have the whole to spend doing whatever we want.” At that same moment my stomach growled against my ribs. “Can we start with some breakfast?” My voice was muffled by the pillow, but Aero still made out what I was saying. “I’m not sure what we have around here. What do you want?” “I don’t know. Food?” “Why don’t we go check out what we have then.” “Fine.” I mumbled as I rolled out of bed and started dragging my feet to the doorway. Aero already made it through the doorway and was halfway down the stairs before I had even made it to the top stair. “So you’re sure no one’s coming out to check on us?” I asked walking through the living room door to the kitchen. “One-hundred and ten percent.” Aero’s voice was still smooth as velvet just like last night. “Good. I don’t really feel like getting all dressed up today anyway.” “You look fine, Katie.” “Thanks.” I said, blushing a little. The kitchen was stocked with food for a year. The refrigerator caught my attention, once again. I walked over to the doors and opened both the giant doors. I gawked at the amount of food that was stocked in both the refrigerator and freezer. I opened all the drawers and found various different vegetables, fruits, sodas, energy drinks, and tons of other food. The shelves were mostly stocked with oversized water bottles, soda, and energy drinks. When I was looking through the giant refrigerator I finally found something that sounded delicious! “Hey, Aero, can we cook some eggs?” “Sure, wanna go back in the living room and see if anything good is on?” “Don’t you want any help with breakfast?” “Nah. I think I can handle breakfast for two. It shouldn’t be too difficult.” “Okay.” I said as I turned to go to the living room. Aero went to the refrigerator and took out the eggs and began cooking everything without hesitation. I went through all the movies about five times before I found a movie that looked appealing. It was a chick flick, which probably wouldn’t interest Aero too much. The warm smell of food filled the room quickly. The smell caressed the inside of my mouth, making it water. Soon Aero cam through the door with two plates, stacked high with steaming food. On each plate there were two large pancakes, three breakfast sausages and a heaping pile of eggs. “Wow, that’s, umm, a lot of food.” “I told you I could handle breakfast for two.” “I guess no one should ever underestimate you, now should they?” “That I can’t argue with.” I put the first mouthful of steaming food in my mouth, forgetting about how it was. I instantly dropped it back on my plate. “I didn’t think it would be that bad.” “No, it’s good. Well I think it is anyway. I think I might have just burned all my taste buds off.” Aero chuckled then began scoffing the plate of food down. The food disappeared sooner than I was able to take a bite of my food. By the time I finished my breakfast I was fighting my eyelids with sleep again. Every minute it felt like another ten pounds was added to my eyelids. “Did you sleep okay last night?” “Yeah, not very much time to sleep though. I think I’m going to go back to sleep for a couple hours.” “Alright, I’ve got plenty to do anyway. Just don’t try anything funny that will get you in trouble.” “Like what?” I asked Aero as I started toward the hallway to go back to the bedroom upstairs. By the time I woke up the sun was high and shining bright. It was almost blinding to my sore eyes. I sat up and looked around the room a bit dazed from sleep. The was quiet, there were no television’s running, no music was playing and there was no noise from someone wandering around downstairs. “Aero?” I questioned the empty house. I waited about a minute before I dragged myself out of bed realizing that Aero must have went out to run some errands while I was sleeping. Just as I settled on the couch Aero came storming through the door. As the door bounced against the wall I was back on my feet. “Quick, I don’t have to explain, just get all your clothes and get into the car!” I said nothing and obeyed Aero’s demand as I ran up the stairs to the bedroom and snatched all my belongings off the bed and dresser. I sprinted back downstairs and out to the car where I met Aero. Aero pulled away from the house with accelerating speed. I wanted to ask what we were running from but kept myself from saying the words out loud afraid of what the answer might be. About ten silent, speeding minutes passed before Aero looked over in my direction. “Alright, I went to see Todd this afternoon. He’s coming out to the house tomorrow to get you.” “I thought that was the plan?” I asked. “It was. Until I…” Aero’s voice trailed off. “Until…what?” “I fell in love with you.” Aero admitted ashamed. I began to laugh hysterically. Aero looked at me shocked to see that I would laugh at what he said. “Okay, okay. Let me get this straight.” I began saying in between outburst of laughs, “You love me?” “I know it sounds twisted-“ I cut Aero short. “Honestly, Aero, it doesn’t sound twisted at all. Once Jeremy killed Kayla and I started seeing the sweet side of you, I thought my mind was sick and twisted for falling in love you.” I felt the blood rush to my face as I finished my sentence. We drove in silence for about five hours. “Would you at least let me drive for a couple hours and get a little bit of rest?” “No, I’m fine.” “I hate to burst your bubble there Aero but you’re not!” “Yes I am.” “At least go to a motel for the night. Aero, seriously, you look exhausted.” “Fine, we’ll stay at a motel for the night. But I’m warning you when you’re on the run you wake up early in the morning.” “And you think I care?” We pulled into the parking lot of the next motel and went in to sleep for the night. “Welcome!” A friendly voice called from the front desk. “Good evening.” Aero replied. “How may I help you?” The friendly voice continued. “Can we get a room for the night.” “Certainly. Would you like two beds or one?” “Just one please.” “Do you want the basic or one of our more expensive rooms?” “Just the basic room.” I cut in before Aero could answer. “Of course, ma’am. If you would take your bags and follow me.” “I think we can find it on our own.” Aero said trying to remain polite. “Sure, sure. But would you like me to take your bags for you?” “Sure.” Aero mumbled. As we got off the elevator me and Aero kept our space from the front desk man as he led us to our room. We entered the room leaving the front desk man out in the hall. “Are you feeling alright, Katie?” “Depends on what you mean by, alright.” “I mean, like, do you feel sick?” “To tell you the truth, Aero, I’ve been feeling sick all the time.” I fell into the small bed that was barely big enough to fit two adults in. “Well, I’m not really sure what to do about that.” “Either am I.” “Well I know that I am just plain exhausted. I think it was a good idea to stop and rest for a while.” “Right.” I mumbled and then turned to the opposite side of the bed. Aero fell asleep almost instantly. As for me, I lay on my side of the bed and looked through the channels on TV. I wasn’t really focusing on what was on TV, my mind was wandering. As I was thinking about all the events that happened in less than three weeks it became overwhelming. The sun was just coming into site when Aero stretched underneath me making me wake up. “Sorry.” Aero whispered. “When do we have to leave?” I mumbled wanting more time to sleep. “We should get going now. While we’re both awake.” “Okay.” I grumbled and then turned to get out of bed. I had forgotten about how small the bed was and rolled over to far landing on the floor. Aero leaned over the bed with a wide grin spreading over his face. “Perhaps I should help you to the car?” Aero remarked. At that point I wanted to smack the grin off his face. Instead I took Aero’s hands and lifted myself to my feet. Aero met me halfway up with a kiss sending my head spinning. I pulled way speechless. “Well we better get moving.” “Yeah.” I breathed. It didn’t take us long to get ready. I took a quick shower and, without ripping a brush through my long dark hair, put it on the top of my head. Instead of changing into jeans and a tee-shirt, I pulled on a pair or old sweatpants and assumed Aero wouldn’t mind if I borrowed one of his tee-shirts. I came out of the bathroom finding Aero lounging across the bed in faded jean shorts and a white polo. “Think I overdressed a little?” Aero asked teasing me. “Yes, I do.” “I have our bags together and I already called the front desk. Their expecting us soon.” “Okay, let’s go.” I said grabbing my small duffel bag. “Hold on. I said soon, not right now.” Aero said grabbing my arm as I made my way to the door. “Then what are we supposed to do?” I asked wanted to get out of the small motel room. “Just sit on the bed for a second I’ll be right back.” Aero said then disappeared into the small bathroom. I fell backwards into the bed feeling the weight of my eyelids return again. When Aero returned I was curled up on my side of the bed almost asleep. “Or, I guess a few more hours won’t hurt.” Aero murmured thinking I wouldn’t hear. “If you don’t mind.” I mumbled under my breath. As Aero climbed into bed, I pressed into his side. Aero bowed his head and pressed his lips to my forehead. When he began to pull away I tilted my head and faced him. He was wearing the same grin again. “Why are you so happy?” I asked. “Just because I think we’re going to be safe.” Aero squeezed me tighter as he explained. “We can be back in California if we start out early enough.” “My parents.” I said with tears welling in my eyes. “Is there a problem?” “Kayla won’t be with me.” I started explain. “She was supposed to come back with me and now she can’t.” “I didn’t think about that.” Aero admitted ashamed. “Me neither, until now.” “What are we going to do?” Aero seemed just as panicked as I was. “Wait. Tod and Jeremy are the only one’s after me now, right?” “Yeah, but-“ I cut Aero off telling him about my plan, “Well I am certainly not holding charges again you now. Jeremy is the only one responsible for killing Kayla and Tod is the one who sent you after me. You did what you were told and ended up helping me instead of Tod anyway.” “But what does that have to do with anything?” “You could have took me straight to Tod…” My voice trailed off. “I know but nobody will believe that story. I mean how likely is it that you would fall in love with the guy who is kidnapping you?” “They’ll just have to deal with it.” I said sitting up in the small bed. Aero shook his head and got up and started gathering our bags. I lay back on the bed and drifted to sleep. Underneath my eyelids I could see my small home. Something wasn’t right. The air was heavy, making it hard to breathe. The street was abandon. There were no cars, and everyone had already fled their homes or was locked up securely in them. “Katie, Katie what’s wrong? Katie, Katie.” The voice was familiar but yet I couldn’t make out the exact person it came from. “Figures she won’t talk.” I knew instantly the new voice was Kayla. Without any reason I turned and began sprinting down the dead street. I was panting for air when I reached the third house on my block. The air seemed to be suffocating me. “Katelynn, what’s the matter?” The familiar male voice taunted me. Suddenly the earth beneath me began to shake. A gaping hole broke in front of me. I stood, my feet glued to the pavement until the violent shaking threw me into the hole. I fell for an endless amount of time, finally I hit the bottom and woke with a jolt and beads of sweat growing to my forehead. I was barely able to keep my eyes open against the blinding light. I looked around noticing that we were on a highway moving at an uncomfortable speed. “Where are we going?” My voice was heavy with sleep. “We’re heading back to Los Angeles. To your house.” “Could I call my parents and let them know we’re on our way?” I asked with a yawn. “Phone is in the dash.” “Thanks.” I dialed the house phone and let it ring several times. There was no answer. I tried my mom’s cell phone only to find that it was not on. After I thought about where else they could be I tried my dad’s cell phone. Again, there was no answer. “That’s weird.” I said snapping the phone shut. “What?” “I tried all the phones that my parents would have and no one answered. Any of them.” “Maybe they took a vacation of their own?” “No, they would have their cell phones. Something just isn’t right.” “Maybe it was an emergency and they left their phones at home?” “If there was an emergency they would have called-“ I stopped short as I realized that I left my phone in the hotel room in New York. “You didn’t pack your phone. Did you?” Aero was nearly shouting. “What’s so bad about it. It wasn’t anything special.” “What’s so bad! The bad part is, Tod and Jeremy have probably been to your room! If they find it then you’re in trouble.” “What are they going to do with my phone?” “They can now have contact with your parents, friends, basically anyone you have in your phone’s contacts.” My eyes grew wide with fear as I realized my parents were in potential danger with people who wouldn’t stop at anything. Even murder. I jumped at the ring of the phone. Aero snatched the phone from my hand, checked who was calling and answered harshly. “Hello?” “No I can’t do that!” Aero was shouting now. “Don’t you dare! They didn’t do anything and neither did Katelynn!” “It was three years ago! Get over it!” Aero snapped and then closed the phone. “If you don’t mind, who was that?” I asked carefully. Aero took a deep breath as he began, “Tod sent to look for your parents. Just as I worried, they have possession of your phone and unfortunately they had enough money to send Jeremy on a non-stop flight to California.” I remained calm as I spoke, “We need to call the police.” “NO!” Aero shouted instantly. “Aero, you didn’t do anything! Well you did, but I mean, it’s not like I’m still against you!” “That doesn’t matter!” Aero cut me off short. “WHAT!” I was completely furious with Aero’s remark. “What else have you done that would get you in trouble with the law?” “This is my first and last time I have worked for Tod.” Aero began, “The will surely recognize me as one of his associates.” “How?” “I’m not sure. They just have a way of finding out who is with Tod..” “But you didn’t do anything they can prove!” I argued. “You do not know Tod. Or Jeremy. They will twist everything. One way or another they will find a way to twist it.” Aero’s voice was defeated. “What can they do? Obviously both Tod and what’s his face are on the wanted list. You on the other hand, aren’t.” I wasn’t willing to rest my argument this close to defeat. We were about ten minutes from my house. “Just be quiet until we get to your house. I need to think for a little while.” “That’s not the only thing you need to do.” I muttered under my breath. The silent ten minutes lasted too long. We finally reached the smallest house on the block. Before the care came to a complete stop I was sprinting toward my front door. Tears were streaming down my face as I realized that once I stepped foot inside my house, I was free. As I got closer quickly, I saw that the heavy door was left open and the screen door was open just a crack. Before I could push the door open, Aero grabbed my arm and pulled me away. “Aero? What’s the matter with you?” I shouted. “They’ve been here.” Aero’s voice was cold. “How do you know.” “Just let me go first. They could still be inside. Who knows what they have planned.” “Yeah, ‘cause that’s just a huge mystery!” I rolled my eyes at how oblivious Aero was. “Now what are you thinking?” “Well, Aero, they are out for vengeance for something my dad did to them. They have contact to all my contacts. They know where I live. They had to of done something to someone I know. Besides Kayla.” “Okay so you have a point. They could still be here.” “They’re not here! Aero, why can’t you just understand that!” I shouted and turned away from Aero to walk through the house. I walked through the door finding everything off and no noise coming from any other room. Aero was right. They had been at my house. My parents were gone. Every time I had the least bit of hope of finding my parents it was always demolished. I walked to my parents’ room. Tears started running down my cheeks as I realized everything I found in my parent’s room was the last memory of them I would ever have. I heard Aero’s phone ring and his deep voice carry through the house. “Katie, can you hurry up? We need to get moving.” Aero called up to me after his long conversation on the phone. “I’ll be down in a little while.” I traveled to my room and went through all my clothes, avoiding going back downstairs to Aero. I went through all my tops and all my pants. Finding two different outfits then mixing them and putting them together. I pulled my hair back, pulled a brush through it, tried putting it in pigtails then finally decided just to put it on the top of my head. When I finally finished I had a blue tank top with light blue jean shorts and white sneakers. I walked down the stairs finding Aero pacing back and forth across the small living room. A wide grin spread across my face when I saw Aero’s patients get the best of him. “What’s so funny?” Aero snapped. “Oh, nothing. What’s got you so anxious?” I asked with a sigh. “Call me crazy but I am actually considering going to the police.” I couldn’t help but to burst out in laughter. “Now what?” Aero snapped annoyed. “You just absolutely hate me, don’t you?” I was trying to be as nice as I could about the fact. “What would make you say that?” “Because every time you get my hopes up you turn around and crush them! We both know that you going to the police is never going to happen. It is starting to seem like you like to watch me suffer.” By the time I finished talking I was laughing hysterically. I really thought that I was going insane. “Katie?” Aero’s voice was just as unsure as his expression. At that I began laughing even harder, “Your really serious about going aren’t you?” “Yes, let’s go…Now!” Aero was finally looking at me as an adult and listening to what I had to say, that or he was think that I was insane also. In no time we were speeding through the streets on our way to the police station. From my house it took about fifteen minutes to get to the police station. The ride was short and silent. When we came to a stop I was think more clearly and had my sanity back. “Are you sure you want to do this?” I was more concerned about Aero at the time than I was about my parents. “Yes Katie. Don’t worry about me. Worry about your parents. Now let’s go, we need to move fast if we stand any chance at catching these guys. We rushed from the car to the station and made our way through the small, dead crowd that stood and sat all around the room. There was a young couple holding each other, tears streaming down both their faces. Another man was sitting on the bench handcuffed with a tall police guard standing on both sides of him. “Well who do we have here?” Paul bellowed with a chuckle. “If it isn’t Bob’s kid! What can I do you for?” “It’s about my dad.” I began. “Oh yeah. How’s he been feeling? For the past couple days he’s called in sick.” “Paul, he’s not sick. While I was in New York I was kidnapped by these two guys. They are coming back for my parents.” “Wait, who were the two guys that took you?” “Umm, Tod and Jeremy.” “Tod as in Tod Frost?” Paul asked his eyes growing as wide as softballs. “Yeah him, and Jeremy Bleu.” Aero answered knowing more about them than I would. “They could be anywhere!” Paul nearly shouted. “You two have got to get in to talk to someone and I’m going to go back to your house and search for evidence.” “Are we going to talk to Mike?” My dad had been bringing me around all the guys on the force for so long that I knew just about every officer in the county. “Yeah that would be best. His office is the third door down the hall.” We rushed to Mike’s office trying not to run. I knocked on the door three times softly when a booming voice shouted to us, “Com in Katelynn!” I opened the door and slid in silently. “Hi, Mike.” “Who’s your friend?” Mike gave Aero a disapproving look. “Oh, this is Aero.” I said with more confidence. “Hello, Aero.” “A pleasure to meet you, sir.” Aero put his hand out for Mike to shake, but Mike ignored the friendly greeting. “Yeah sure, sure. Now, Katie, what’s going on?” Mike was a lot nicer as he spoke towards me. We went through about three hours of questioning before Mike knew everything he wanted to know. “You’re free to go. But one more question, where are you two staying?” Mike’s voice was sounding more annoying with every word. “My house.” I answered with a sigh. “Okay. We’ll send Paul and Sam up to the house then.” “Alright, just call the house if you need anything else.” “Same thing goes for you, Katie.” “Yeah okay will do.” I said edging toward the door. “Good night Katelynn.” “Night, Mike.” We walked to the car in silence, neither of us having anything to say to the other one. “That was the longest couple of hours I


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