Us against the world

This is the sequel to 'Cyber Louis' check that out before you read.
Rae and Louis have overcome a lot, but their happy ending is far from them. They will do everything in their power to find Reiss, but how much time do they have? Louis and Rae are forced to start a new school, the one Louis tried to avoid. Many things will try and get in their way, but is their relationship strong enough to survive anything?

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19. Chapter 18

Reiss’ POV

The vile stench of mold loomed in the air and tangled spider webs hung from the ceiling. Another night in this hell hole with no way out. I’ve considered running away escaping from my mother’s grasp, but if I were caught there would be severe consequences – as she’s warned me many times. Even if I managed it where would I go? I’m 11 years old and even then I’m just about old enough to enter high school – not that she’d let me go. I’ve been locked in this cave for too long, and I’ve had enough of abiding by her rules. Rae used to treat me like a baby, she said I couldn’t look after myself. But I can prove her wrong now, I’m stronger, older and wiser. She and Louis have each other and I’m left with no one but my overbearing mother who couldn’t give two shits whether I lived or died.

It’s been over a week since I tried to contact Louis, has he seen it? That’s my biggest fear that they’ve stopped looking for me and that they no longer care.

Mum has given me a room in the basement, she said it was easier if anyone came looking for me – that I wouldn’t be found. Which initially makes it harder for me to get out of here, she gives me little privacy. Every hour she checks in on me to see I’m okay – how sweet. The basement is crowded with boxes of mums stuff, I’d be lucky if I owned one. She lay out a blanket for me which I used to cover me when I slept, the basement can get cold. My back ached from sleeping on the wooden floor, and my neck was stiff from little movement. I tried stretching this morning, but that hurt too much I had to stop. Mum has little money from quitting her job, so we have to rely on any scraps she can find on the street. I’m starting to wonder how she managed to get this house, is it stolen?

If she is having a good day she’ll let me come down stairs to watch TV for an hour, which she then usually gets tired of me and sends me back up to the basement. She promised me she’ll get me a book to read but that hasn’t happened yet. I’m lucky Rae taught me to read before I was taken away, otherwise I would have had no use at all.

I heard mum creeping up the stairs, each step has a specific sound I had come to realise. She opened the door holding a cup of water and a piece of toast. She came over to me and passed me the toast and drink. I took it willingly as this week I had been deprived of food. I bit into the taste savouring every bite and trying to ignore the sour taste – where did she find this?

“Thank you” I said politely and quietly as possible. I may be able to say a few words here and there, but I’m not risking talking loudly no way.

“I need to get supplies for the house, we’re running low on almost about everything. You will be alone and I will lock the door to the basement so don’t think about escaping” her harsh words making me wince.

“I don’t want to run” I lied.

She smiled and patted the top of my head “you talk so much shit” she laughed sourly.

Maybe she knows deep down how horrible it is living with her, she hates me this much she wants to make me suffer. Possibly I did something to her when I was just a baby that I can’t remember, maybe I kicked her too hard when I was in her stomach – good.

“See you later” she closed the door and I heard the key turn the lock.

I need to get out of here, this is my only chance she never leaves me alone. Maybe throughout these months we’ve managed to build the trust between us – or maybes she’s desperate. When I heard the front door close I knew I was alone. I jumped up from the floor ignoring the pain in my back and ran over to the door. It was a straight forward door surely it can be broken easily, but that would make it obvious I had escaped. I peeked through the key hole and saw parts of the hallway and the key on the floor. The bitch probably knew how useless I was so she didn’t need to bother to lock the door. I turned the knob on the door and to my disbelief it opened.

I stood frozen looking at the other end of the hallway, a place I have only seen once – when we first came here. She could come back at any minute, I need to be fast about this. I ran down the stairs and came to a halt when I noticed the white phone by the door. Maybe I could call Louis, his note with his number has been in my pocket for 3 months. Yes no Rae means no clean clothes.

I grabbed the phone and took the note from my pocket, dial the number Reiss just do it. I obeyed my inside voice and dialled the number slowly so I wouldn’t fuck up the number. The ring was the worst, the waiting to see if he would answer, every ring making my heart beat faster and faster. It had been 9 rings surely he hears his phone, why isn’t he answering me? How could he…

“Hello?” Louis answered stopping any previous thoughts I was having.

“Louis” I screeched probably deafening him, my whole body shook violently.

“Who is this?” he asked aggravated.

“Louis it’s me, please I need you” I croaked

There was silence on the other end for a few minutes, if his breaths weren’t so god damn loud I would have thought he hung up.

“Louis” I whispered.

“You’re not fucking with me?” he said coldly.

How could he think I was someone else? Has he forgotten my voice already?

“Your number I’ve kept it this long just in case I ever had a chance to call you.”

“Reiss” he said calmly as If he had no idea what so say.

“I miss you” I told him, “you and Rae I…”

The door slammed open and I dropped the phone, my mums glare burning through me.

“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” she screamed.

“I…” was lost for words.

“Reiss get to your fucking room before I beat the shit out of you” she shouted.

My legs decided this moment to stand still, this was it. She pushed me hard against the wall, slapping me hard across the face. The next minute I was over her shoulder and she ran up the stairs with me. My body flew across the room from her throw and knocked into the wall banging my head.

“You disgust me” she cried.

These were the last words I heard before my body gave in and my eyes closed.

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