Death Trap

I pulled the trigger…

Eight years ago Saffron Bridges’ parents died in a fire and her brother was murdered, as far as she knows… Now she has entered a deadly game and there can only be one winner, one wrong move and it’s all over. She must uncover the truth about her past and what really happened to her family.

Guns. Money. Drugs. They all lead to one thing... Death.

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9. Part Three: Trap

Jared

 

That was it. I’d lost her. My Saffron was gone. I couldn’t believe it. I thought back to the first day I met her. I just kept thinking back. Losing myself in the memory of her…

 

Saffron shuffled her feet looking around nervously. This was her third placement. She was twelve now. She was tired of moving around after five agonising years. Her constant mood swings made that impossible. A boy about her age walked into the room. He was being followed by an adult. The head care worker. He didn’t look happy at all. And his expression said that he was neck deep in trouble. The boy stopped and turned around. “Stop following me! I'm not going anywhere. So just relax and leave off!” he sneered. He saw me staring at him. “Had a good look did you, eh?” he took a menacing step forward.

Saffron looked him dead in the eye. She didn’t want to fight him. That was one of the reasons they moved her on so much. She tried with all her might not to retaliate. But it was no use. Her emotions had won.

Try anything and I’ll slug ya,” Saffron growled. The boy stood there puzzled. He tilted his head to one side. “Not bad,” he grinned. “’Bout time someone stood up to me in this dump.” He held out his hand. “The name’s Jared.”

And that’s how their friendship had started. They had done everything together. They were as thick as thieves. Literally. Though, they had never been caught. Not even once. People had wanted them split up but it never happened.

 

I blinked a couple of times to focus on what mattered. Carson knew that this was a dangerous task. He hadn’t wanted anyone done in for a very long time. So why now? I got up off my bed and walked out of the room. I ran smack into Lauren.

Ouch!” she exclaimed. “Jeez, my toe! You weigh a ton Lawson!”

Well, watch where you’re going next time,” I sneered.

She glared at me. “You’re as mad as hell at something, but don’t you dare take it out on me. Besides, you bumped into me first.”

Yeah, whatever.” I started to walk away.

Lauren grabbed my wrist pulling me back.

Sorry that was mean. Can we start over?”

Lauren, go away and stop bothering me. Please.”

She pouted. “Is that what you like then? Girls that don’t give you the time of day; the ones that play hard to get? Is that it?” she twirled her blonde hair around her finger.

I haven’t got a clue what you’re on about.”

Oh, I think you do.” She kissed me full on the mouth.

I didn’t have time to react. Hell, I didn’t even have time to think! The action shocked me completely. And then Saffron appeared out of nowhere. She gasped. I pulled away abruptly. Saffron looked as surprised as I felt. But the expression soon melted into a look of sheer agony and anger. Her navy blue eyes shimmered with unshed tears. She turned and ran.

Whoops.” Lauren sniggered. “Now where were we?” she took a step closer to me. I back away quickly and glared at her.

You’re such a bitch Lauren!” I ran after Saffron.

I soon caught up with her. She punched a wall with her fist cursing loudly.

Saffron, look what you saw there was a-.”

She cut me off.

Yeah a mistake. I get it. It was just like the huge mistake I made coming after you,” she hissed. She started to walk away. I pulled her back. She slapped me round the face. The sound echoed round the hallway. We both gasped, shocked at what had just happened. My cheek stung. The silence was deafening. I didn’t know what to say to her. I had to apologise or say how I felt or something. Crap…

I’m sorry. She kissed me first. It happened so suddenly I didn’t know how to react. I'm sorry I didn’t expect you to be so upset about it. You don’t care Saffron…” My voice shattered the silence.

She blinked quickly, unsure of how to answer.

You think I don’t care about you?” she asked. Her expression softened. “You idiot, why do you think I came after you? I wanted to see you.” She sighed and rolled her eyes. “I do care about you stupid. We’ve been mates since we were kids. You should understand how I feel about this.” She paused again. “About what you said… I need to do this. To go after Meyers. D’you understand?”

I ran my hand through my hair. Saffron moved closer to me. Our feet were touching. Her hand reached out to touch my cheek.

I am really sorry about that.” She paused and tilted her head to one side in thought. “Help me practice my shot?”

She smiled at me. It looked like the most genuine smile she’d given me since she had been trained to be a killer. She winked and battered her eyelashes.

Don’t Saph.” I glared at her. We both knew it would work though. I smiled back at her expression.

I would’ve kissed you but her mouth was all over yours.”

I laughed. “I can fix that,” I said wiping my sleeve against my mouth.

 

Saffron

 

Of course I don’t hate you for it Saph but it doesn’t mean that I don’t think it’s wrong!” Jared exclaimed.

Jay, don’t ruin the moment,” I sighed.

I'm not,” he sighed. “I was just answering your stupid question.” He nudged me gently.

I put more bullets in my gun. I aimed at the target and fired.

Jared covered his ears and grimaced. “Jesus, Saph! Are you trying to make me deaf?”

I sniggered. “Sorry.”

Yeah, sure you are…” he muttered.

Brady entered the room. He had a menacing look on his face. He looked like someone you didn’t want to bump into on a dark night.

We found him.” He said darkly.

I instantly knew who he was talking about. Samuel Meyers. I glanced up at Jared. He smiled down at me reassuringly. I knew I could do this. I knew it was time.

 

 

We’d picked a good night to go and find Meyers. It was dark and cold. Thick fog was beginning to settle making the night seem more mysterious. Then I saw him. I watched Samuel Meyers fish in his coat pocket for his keys. Rhys nodded in my direction. Brady, Alex, Lauren and Jamie had their weapons ready. Jared winked at me. My gun felt heavy in my hands. I watched the man I didn’t even know, yet I hated him with everything I had. He turned slightly; his ice blue eyes scanned the street almost as if he knew we were there. He turned around. Brady made a signal and we rose from our hiding places. We stepped out into the open and walked towards the man. Our guns had one bullet each and each of those bullets were meant for him…

He turned round properly, scanning the street again. He saw us making our way towards him. Our eyes met. He looked slightly alarmed and amused at the same time. He quickly opened the door to his house. Robert Carson was there to greet him. Carson thumped him in his stomach and dragged him inside. One by one we entered the house. It was surprisingly tidy but it was small. I could see Carson laying into him in the tiny living room. He was punching Meyers over and over again with a knuckle duster helping to bash his brains out. This made me mad. I wanted to be the one to hurt him. I wanted to be the one to cause him pain. I wanted to be the one to end his life when he finally begged me to kill him. When he saw me he gasped. It was like he knew who I was. And then it dawned on me he did know who I was. He wanted me dead. He’d tried to kill me. He’d killed my family. If I had waited any longer I would’ve been next. I should’ve been next; according to him I was dead, well I was supposed to be…

Carson had finished pummelling him. Carson looked at me in thought. He gestured to Alex and Lauren. They started to leave with him. He paused and turned towards me.

You know what to do,” he said. And then he was gone.

I glared at Samuel Meyers. He watched me. “Saph…?” he whispered.

My eyes widened. Only people that I knew, people that were close to me called me that. Samuel Meyers was definitely not close to me. I was very sure of that.

I took a menacing step towards him. “Don’t ever, call me that. For as long as you live.”

Rhys sniggered. “Judging by her impenitent mood it won't be that long.”

Meyers scowled at her. He soon turned his attention back to me. He looked puzzled and relieved at the same time. I wondered how that was possible.

I sneered at him. I wanted to destroy him. But first I needed answers. I hit him. Hard. It hurt like hell. But it was worth it.

What the hell do you want with me?” I sneered.

When he didn’t answer Brady clicked his gun as an indication for him to start talking. Meyers laughed. He didn’t even look afraid.

Could you really kill me with that? I have to say I’m not impressed. Carson can’t be serious about this. Sending children out to do a grownups job? He must be desperate. I didn’t think I was that much of a problem. He’s proved that by sending a bunch of kids dish out the dirt. Nice…” he laughed.

He had a black eye and his lip was split yet he didn’t look like he was in any pain.

Answer me,” I growled.

Easy Saph,” Jared murmured.

Samuel Meyer’s eyes flickered towards Jared for a split second. And then they returned to me. I couldn’t help but notice the familiarity in those hard ice blue eyes. Enough. I had to get on with this before my emotions overpowered me.

Meyer’s voice interrupted my train of thought. “I thought you were going to kill me.”

If I didn’t know any better I’d say he looked bored.

I want you to answer my question. I want you to do it now.”

He tilted his head to one side in thought. I narrowed my eyes. This time it was my gun that clicked.

Very well Saph.” He chuckled boldly.

I gritted my teeth. “I told you not to call me that.”

Don’t you want to know the truth?”

The truth. Did I even know what that was anymore? I nodded. “Go on…”

Eight years ago there was a fire in Soho. There were four people in the house. Only two survived. The people that survived were children. The children were separated. The year was 2004.” He paused and bit his lip. “Eight years later the children grew up. The younger of the two was brought up by various people. The eldest was presumed to be dead. And yet he’s closer than you think.”

Jared

 

Saffron looked afraid that he knew so much about her. She didn’t like it; she didn’t like being reminded about her past. She hated it. Her eyes narrowed. She looked like she was going to beat the crap out of him. Hell, I wanted to do it for her. The way he’d just looked at me. Like he knew something. And the pain he was putting Saph through was pissing me off. I hated it. Maybe even more than she did. What did he mean that her brother was closer than she thought? Did he know something? If he did, he needed to start talking because if he didn’t he was going to die a slow and very painful death.

She hit him again and again. He didn’t make a sound. And it wasn’t like he could fight back; he was tied to the bloody chair! Saffron’s hands were covered her blood and Meyers’ blood. She stopped and was breathing heavily. Her face was pure anger and hatred.

You are going to regret the day you were born,” she hissed.

Meyers laughed. For the life of me, I just couldn’t figure out why. She was beating the crap out of him and he didn’t seem to care. It was almost like he wanted it to happen. It was almost like he’d planned it.

Except that he hadn’t.

Had he?

You see Saffron I’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time. I just didn’t think you’d be there to see it.” He spat blood on the floor. “I didn’t even think you’d be the one to do it. I knew Carson was coming for me, so you see you didn’t do very well on the element of surprise. And you know when you thought you were doing a great job of following me? Nah. Not so good I’m afraid. I was following you. I knew your every move. You thought you knew mine. Bit of a shame really. All that hard work going to waste…” he sighed mockingly.

If he thought she was pissed before she had really lost it now. We all knew what was coming next.

She cocked her gun…

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