Life is normal for 16 year old Lissa Bennett, until the day she starts seeing the future. When images of events that have not yet occurred begin to appear to Lissa for no apparent reason, she and her best friends try to piece together what’s happening and what it means.

When her visions seem to revolve around Daniel, the local ‘loner’ whose brother has gone missing, should Lissa risk everything to help, or leave well enough alone?


11. Chapter 11

I didn’t stay at Hayley’s house long. She told me how Stacey’s relationship status had changed to ‘single’ on Facebook and she’d spoken to one of the girls in our class and had found out that after we’d left the Halloween Ball, Ben had started arguing with Stacey. They walked outside and Rachel Burton had heard Ben telling Stacey that he wasn’t going to put up with her anymore and that it was over between them.

Hayley wouldn’t shut up about it and I really wasn’t in the mood.

“We should tell Charlotte,” she said excitedly.

“I’m sure she’ll find out when everyone is talking about it in school tomorrow," I replied bitterly.

The news hadn’t exactly pleased me. I knew that Stacey would turn this around in her favour, getting everyone to feel sorry for her.

When I got home, I went upstairs to Jade’s room. “Is it true? What people are saying about Stacey and Ben?”

She looked up from her laptop. “Yeah, it was a mutual break up.”

I let out a laugh. “Right, so he didn’t break up with her?” Jade turned her eyes back to her laptop, ignoring my comment.

I walked out and went back to my own room. Pulling my phone out of my pocket, I was disappointed not to find any messages. I contemplated calling Daniel again but decided against it. I just wanted to make sure he hadn’t found out where Charlie had been taken to yet.

I did as much schoolwork as I could before going to sleep that night. Surprisingly, it was a good distraction. I thought it’d take me a while to get to sleep, but with the exhaustion of the past couple of days, I was asleep within moments of my head hitting the pillow.

The next morning, I woke up dreading school. Clearly, it was going to be all about Stacey and Ben. I was already worried about coming face-to-face with Daniel for the first time since Saturday. After a quick shower, I attempted to blow-dry my hair upside down, to make it fluff up more. I just made it look a mess.

Jade was talking to mum when I walked into the kitchen for breakfast. She was telling her something about Stacey’s father going back to Dubai the day after next.

“What kind of business is he involved in again?” mum asked her with curiosity.

Jade shrugged. “I’m not exactly sure. I know he does some property renovations though. He’s bought that old warehouse just outside town. He wants to come back in a few weeks to do some work on it.” Mum seemed impressed.

I grabbed some toast and had a quick coffee.

“Are you okay, Lissa?” I looked up to see mum staring at me. “You seem stressed.”

“Just assignments, I have exams in December.” She looked convinced and went back to reading the newspaper in front of her.

Dad was sitting at the other end of the table, looking over some paperwork. He smiled at me as I got out of my chair and told me to have a nice day. He was looking at me questioningly, obviously wanting to know if I’d taken the advice he gave me the other night. I smiled back at him, acting like everything was fine.

I grabbed my bag and made my way outside. As I got out of the driveway, Stacey was walking out of the house next door, with her father. His expensive car was parked outside so I figured he’d come to take her to school.

He spotted me and said hello. “How’s your father? The charity auction was a huge success.”

Stacey stood there, glaring at me as I replied. He smiled at me before getting into his car. For some reason, that smile made my skin crawl. He was an intimidating man, with his designer suits and fancy cars. With one last glare from Stacey, they drove off.

When I got off the bus, I slowed my walk as I headed into the school, wondering if Daniel was around. I didn’t see him. I walked into Mr Weldman’s class and Stacey wasn’t there. Funny, I thought. I got the bus and still managed to get here faster than her father’s posh car.

 I sat down on my usual desk and a few minutes later, Charlotte walked through the door with Adam.

“Have you heard from Daniel yet?” she asked me straight away. I shook my head. “I’m sure you can talk to him at lunch.” I doubted he would even sit at our table.

The class started to fill up and a few moments before the bell, Stacey walked in. Girls flocked to her.

“You’re so better off without him, Stacey,” one of the girls said to her. Charlotte’s head jerked up. So did Adam’s.

“What’s going on?” Charlotte looked at me.

I sighed. “Stacey and Ben broke up on Friday night.”

Her eye’s widened. “Did he break up with her?”

Hayley walked in at that point, sidestepping Stacey’s fan club. She sat down next to Adam and leaned over him to talk to us.

“I saw Ben on the way in, he was walking on his own,” she shot a glance at Stacey. “I bet she’s turned everyone against him.” Charlotte’s expression remained blank.

“Serves him right,” Adam’s voice was bitter. “He shouldn’t have gone there in the first place.” Charlotte looked over at him, opening her mouth to say something, but the bell rang and Mr Weldman told everyone to hush.

After registration, I walked to class with Charlotte. We saw Ben walk into the class and he looked up at us as he went through the door.

“Don’t even think about going there,” I warned Charlotte.

She looked at me. “We can’t just leave him on his own, Liss.”

I stared at her like she was insane. “Yes, we certainly can! He cheated on you with her, remember that? He can’t just come and be friends with us again like none of that ever happened.”

We walked into class and I shot a glare in Ben’s direction as we sat down. There was no way I was going to let him worm his way back into Charlotte’s life.

After not seeing Daniel all morning, I was anxious when it came to lunchtime. Hayley came bounding over to our table.

“Everyone is talking about Ben and Stacey! There are people saying that—”

I slammed a hand down on the table, cutting off her sentence. “I don’t want to know, Hayley.”

She sat down in the seat next to me, quietly, giving questioning looks to Adam and Charlotte, sitting opposite. At that moment, people started whispering, looking at the entrance to the cafeteria. It was Ben, walking into the lunch queue. That was when I noticed Jade, sitting on a different table. She normally went to the drama club at lunch, with Stacey. I watched as Ben paid for his lunch and walk up to where Jade was sitting. He spoke to her for a second before sitting opposite her.

I turned my head back round to look at the others, whose faces matched my confusion.

Charlotte was frowning slightly. “What is that all about?”

“I have no idea,” I told her truthfully. I looked to my right and saw Hayley staring at me, eyes curious.

“Why don’t you go over and see your sister, Lissa?”

I looked at her like she was crazy. She knows I never approach Jade in school, it was a silent agreement between the two of us, due to the fact that she had become friends with the elite in the school and didn’t want me ruining her chances of joining their ranks.

“You go and see her if you’re that interested in finding out why she’s sitting with Ben,” I replied irritably.

I glanced over my shoulder one more time, to look at Jade, when I saw Daniel walk into the cafeteria. My heart stopped.  He had a black, hooded jacket on over his school shirt. He was wearing the clothes I’d seen him wearing in the vision.

Jade looked over at me, nervously, as though she knew something was wrong, even though there was no way she could have known anything. Daniel paid for his lunch, looked over at our table and then walked right back outside again.

“What’s with Daniel?” I heard Hayley’s voice on my right.

I looked over at Adam and Charlotte. Charlotte continued picking at her lunch, avoiding my gaze, but Adam jumped in to help.

“Didn’t he say he had some work to do this lunchtime?” He looked at me, beckoning for me to go along with him.

“Um… Yeah,” I agreed hesitantly. “He did mention something about going to the library.”

Hayley shrugged, not knowing any better. “He could have said hi before going,” she said before turning back to her lunch. Adam was still watching me intently, knowing something wasn’t right.

I stood up. “I’m just going to get a drink,” I announced. I silently beckoned Adam to follow me.

“Yeah, I think I could do with another drink,” he added.  

Hayley just looked up at us and Charlotte kept looking over at Jade and Ben. We made our way over to the juice bar, pretending to be choosing a drink. I linked my arm through Adam’s.

“Daniel’s dressed like he was in my vision,” I whispered into his ear.

His face darkened. “Are you sure?”

“Well, he usually wears his leather jacket for school. Today he’s not; he’s wearing the jacket I saw in my vision. It just feels odd,” I said, shuddering at the memory of the image in my mind.  

Adam grabbed one of the juice bottles off the shelf and I did the same. We made our way over to the till.

“What are we going to do?” he asked.

It dawned on me. “I have to tell him, Adam.”

Adam looked confused for a second. “Tell him about your vision?” I nodded. “Are you sure you want to do that?” We paid for our drinks and collected our change from the cheery dinner lady. I did my best to smile back at her, even though smiling was the last thing I wanted to do at the moment.

“What else can I do?” I hissed in his ear. We walked back to the table and I unlinked my arm from Adam’s. Suddenly, Charlotte’s eyes widened as she looked over my shoulder. I spun around and saw Ben standing there. Adam looked at him and scowled as he went to sit back down, next to Charlotte.

“What do you want, Ben?” I asked.

He looked over at where Jade had been sitting, she’d left the cafeteria. “Jade’s acting a bit strange. I think something might have happened between her and Stacey.”

“What do you want me to do about it?” I snapped. “She knew what she was getting herself in to when she became friends with her.”

His expression remained blank. “You know what it’s like to get on Stacey’s wrong side. You could at least talk to Jade about it.”

I shrugged at him. “If she wanted my help, she’d have come to talk to me already.” I held his gaze for a while before his eyes switched to Charlotte.

“Can I talk to you, Charlotte?” I couldn’t believe he had the nerve. I was just about to tell him where he could go when I heard Adam’s voice from behind me.


I turned and saw Adam staring at Ben, his jaw set. Charlotte opened her mouth but closed it again, not knowing what to say.

“I was asking Charlotte,” Ben said without even looking at Adam.

“I don’t want to talk to you, Ben.” Charlotte’s voice was quiet but she had a determined look in her eye.

Ben sidestepped around me. “I’ve been stupid Char; give me a chance to explain.” Hayley was just watching the scene unfold with her mouth half open.

Adam stood up. “She said no.” Ben looked quite startled by his sudden dominance. I felt myself smile, full of pride for him. I looked at Charlotte and saw her looking up at Adam, admiration in her eyes.

Ben looked at us all again, his gaze falling on Charlotte, who was still looking at Adam. He scowled and stormed off, walking out of the cafeteria. Adam sat down, calmly, placing his hands on the table.

Then, Charlotte reached out and took his hand in hers. He looked at their hands on the table and then turned his gaze to Charlotte. Hayley looked at me, eyebrows raised.

I smiled, looking at their hands entwined, wishing I could… Daniel, I thought suddenly, remembering what I had to do. We had history, first thing after lunch. I planned to corner him then, try and get him to agree to meet me after school. I had to tell him about the danger he was in.

Stacey and her fellow drama club members walked into the cafeteria then, meaning it was our cue to leave. After throwing our rubbish in the bin, we began to walk out. Adam and Charlotte were a few steps ahead of us, their hands still linked.

Hayley leaned in to whisper to me, “What is going on with everyone today?” I had to let out a small laugh. Despite all of the drama going on lately, at least Adam and Charlotte had figured out their problems.

Stacey glared at the four of us as we walked past. I shot her a smile, just to piss her off further. We walked outside and sat on the wall nearest to the main building, where all of us had our next class. We sat in silence. Hayley was still looking confused over Adam and Charlotte whilst the two of them kept throwing timid glances at each other. I, however, was trying to think of a way to tell Daniel that I’d saw him on death’s door in a vision of the future. Yeah, that’s going to go down well. I could think of no possible way to make any of it sound sane.

When we heard the bell ring, we made our way inside the building. Hayley grabbed my arm.

“Did you know they liked each other?” she asked me quietly so that Adam and Charlotte wouldn’t hear.

I rolled my eyes at her. “Come on Hayley, you must have been blind not to have noticed it.” We walked out of the lobby and Hayley said bye to us as she headed up the staircase to go to her class. Further down the corridor, Adam reluctantly let go of Charlotte’s hand to go into his English class.

I stepped in front of Charlotte, smiling mischievously.

“Don’t even say anything,” she warned before breaking into a smile.  

I bit back a giggle, “Wasn’t going to.”

I saw Adam reappear in the doorway. “Lissa, you need to tell Charlotte about Daniel, maybe she can help you convince him.” He looked at us both before going back into the classroom.

Charlotte’s face grew serious. “What does he mean?” I grabbed her arm and told her the details as we walked to History. “Are you sure it was that jacket he was wearing?”

“Char, that vision has haunted me ever since I saw it,” I said darkly. “Believe me, that’s the jacket.”

We walked into history and I immediately looked at the table in the corner, where Daniel sits. He wasn’t there. We sat down at our table and I knew Charlotte was thinking the same thing as me. Where is he?

A few moments later, Mr Burton walked in and told the class to settle down. Daniel still wasn’t there. I watched the door throughout the class, willing him to stroll in late, but he didn’t. When the bell rang to signal the end of the class, Charlotte turned to me.

“Do you think he’s found something out and skipped class?” she asked exactly what I was thinking but didn’t want to say. I sincerely hoped that we were wrong.

We walked out into the hallway and Charlotte asked me to try calling him. I hesitated.

“Now isn’t the time for holding back. Just call him,” She insisted. I got my phone out of my pocket and dialled his number. It went straight to voicemail. I tried to fight back the rising sense of panic.

“We’ll go to his house, after school,” Charlotte tried to reassure me as we walked to our last class of the day.


I had never been so relieved to hear the school bell before in my whole life. I jumped out of my chair and headed straight for the main gates. A few moments after I got there, Adam appeared.

“Charlotte is going to walk Hayley home and tell her we had to stay behind.” He grabbed my arm, pulling me out of the gates. “It’s too complicated to explain all of this to her right now.” He was right, there was no time.

We hurried down the street, away from the school and I led Adam in the direction of Daniel’s cul-de-sac. I approached the house with the white door, noticing that his mother’s car wasn’t in the driveway. I knocked on the front door, just as Adam caught up to me on the doorstep. We waited for a few moments, getting no answer. I knocked again, more frantic this time.

Adam stepped back. “He’s not in there, Lissa.” We glanced around the cul-de-sac, not knowing what to do next. “Do you not know where that Tyler guy lives?” he asked. I shook my head. We both looked at each other, wondering the same thing, what do we do now?

“Okay, how about we go home, change out of our uniforms, then we’ll meet back at your place and start thinking?” His expression was calm. I agreed and we began to walk out of the cul-de-sac. “I’ll be at yours soon, okay?” I nodded and we both walked off in our different directions.

I got to the house and walked in. Mum and dad were both at work until dinner time. I thought the house was empty until I walked upstairs and saw Jade standing outside her bedroom door, looking nervous.

“Can I talk to you, Liss?” she said in a quiet voice.

I walked over to my room. “Now’s not a good time, Jade. I’m kind of in a rush.” I walked into my room, shut the door and began to pull my uniform off. I felt bad about Jade but I really didn’t want to hear about her spat with Stacey right now.

I pulled on my black jeans and white tee and grabbed my leather jack from my closet. I got my phone from my back and zipped it in my pocket. I opened my bedroom door and Jade was standing right outside.

Her face was serious. “I really need to tell you something.” I sidestepped her, heading for the stairs. She followed me. “Lissa, will you listen to me!”

“Look, I really don’t care about some fall out with Stacey right now!” I was getting annoyed with her.

“No,” she grabbed my arm, “I haven’t fallen out with her, I overheard—”

I cut her off, “I don’t have time, Jade.” I pulled my arm from her grasp and began hurrying down the stairs.

She called down to me, “Stacey’s father has Charlie Evans!” I stopped cold.

“What?” I turned around, halfway down the stairs, to face her.

“I snuck out to see her on Saturday, to cheer her up after her split with Ben.” She walked down a few stairs to be nearer to me, her voice growing quieter. “I knew she was staying with her father so I went round to the house he’d rented. He’d told her not to have anyone over that night so she told me to sneak in the back; I only stayed for a little while.” She took a deep breath, worry filled her eyes. “When I left, I went around the side of the house and he was there, talking with two men. I ducked down the other side of the hedge, waiting for them to go inside so I could leave. One of the men was asking her father about what they were going to do with ‘the boy’. He said they’d let him go once Evans showed up and did as he was told. That’s when I realised they were talking about Charlie. I think they’re using him as bait for something.”

I remembered the seating card on the table, back at the charity auction. D. Miller. Derek. I hadn’t ever known the name of Stacey’s father; he’d always just been Mr Miller. Realisation hit me.

“It’s Daniels father,” I told her. “They’re using Charlie to get to him.” I had a sinking feeling that, somehow, Daniel had found out where Charlie was being kept. “Did you hear them talk about where he was? Where they’re keeping him?”

Jade shook her head. “No, they left after that.”

“Daniel’s in trouble.” I ran the rest of the way down the stairs. “I think he might have found out where Charlie has been taken.”

Jade followed me. “How do you know?”

“That doesn’t matter now.” I faced her. “You need to stay here, cover for me when mum and dad get back.”

“Lissa, you can’t go out looking for them!” Her voice was panic stricken.

I began to open the front door. “I’m just going to try and find help, trust me.” She didn’t look convinced but I walked out anyway, shutting the door behind me.

I stood there for a moment, allowing the realisation to sink in. Stacey’s father was Derek. It made complete sense. When I was friends with her, she told me about her father being broke and then all of a sudden he had a job in Dubai and a never-ending supply of money. There were a number of things he could be doing, illegally, to have gained so much money and power.

I saw Adam walking up the street and rushed to meet him.

“It’s Stacey’s father,” I rushed. He looked utterly confused. “Stacey’s father is Derek. He has Charlie.” His eyes widened.

“How do you know?” he asked me.

“I just do,” I stated.

Adam looked around. “What do we do now?” I took my phone out of my pocket and tried Daniel’s number again. As I expected, it went straight to voicemail. I just stood there for a moment, thinking about the vision. Then it dawned on me.

“I know where it is.” I started walking quickly up the street. “Jade told me Stacey’s father bought an old warehouse, just outside of town. I know where it is.”

“How do you know that’s where they’re keeping him, though?” Adam hurried along beside me.

“The building in my vision, the inside, it was derelict.” I just knew that I was right and we had to get there before it was too late.

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