Shadows *complete*

They were five. They were at the top. Until that day, two years ago. Five became three.
They never understood what had truly happened. Until that day, two years too late.
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24. Taken aback



A long silence followed my speech to explain them all I knew. The three men looked at each other with surprised expression, mouths wide opened and eyebrows raised.

"So...if I get it right... if you hadn't got involved, we wouldn't be about to die today?" Niall tried to sum things up in an awkward tone.

"Niall!" Zayn and Harry shouted at the same time. "You have no tact..." Zayn shook his head.
"What? That's just...just..." he looked for the right word. "Just a question?" He tried to shrug only one of his shoulders.

Harry was about to retort but I talked before him, "Niall's right. I've been given one month just to get Harry but you got caught after two days... and I don't know how they would have done if I hadn't been there."

Niall suddenly burst out laughing. "That's Harry's fault then! You could have resisted a bit longer!" Harry went all red but didn't answer. Zayn and Niall laughed at him and he started pretending to  pout.

I simply watched them laughing at each other. They looked quite calm and relaxed for people who would soon die.

But their laughter stopped when the door swung open, revealing Louis' figure. We all looked behind him to see Liam and Paul following him but he was alone. He closed the door and walked toward us.

"Why are you here alone?" Zayn yelled at him.

Louis didn't reply but knelt down to face us all.

"You all are lucky. Too lucky. Paul just called us and can't come yet."

"Why? He has someone else to murder before us?" Harry snapped with sarcasm and Louis looked daggers at him before answering grimly, "Surely. But you should watch your mouth, Styles. You could be the first one to pass away..."

But Harry didn't pay attention to the threat, he just laughed.

"Why are you calling me Styles? Don't make as if you don't know me, Louis!" He looked amused but there was also sadness written on his face as he stared at Louis.

"I do know you. Or I did," was all Louis answered. There was no expression on his face. Didn't what I told him have any effects on him?

Suddenly, Harry started to get angry and yelled at Louis while standing up, "what's wrong with you, Louis? Why all this is happening? Why are you like that? You have become so grim, so scary! What happened to the old Louis we all knew?" Tears of anger appeared in his eyes as he stared at a now shocked Louis. The latter was watching Harry, his mouth open, without moving an inch.

Zayn stood up and moved closer to Harry.

"Give it up, Harry. You know he won't give you answers." Harry shook his head and sat back down.

"Louis!" Liam's voice echoed in the house. "We're off!" Looking taken aback, Louis got up and walked out of the room, closing the door behind him. We sat in silence, listening to the sound of his steps fading away.

None of us talked. We could just hear Harry breathing loudly to calm himself down.



But after a short while, Niall stood up wincing and stepped toward the door while muttering to himself, "hang on..."
"What are you doing?" I asked him. He just winked and pressed the handle. The door opened widely and Niall turned around with a big smile on his face.

"You're a genius, Harry!" he exclaimed, passing his hand through Harry's hair. The latter didn't seem to mind about his hair but he just asked why to Niall.

"You made Louis upset so he didn't lock the door!" Niall seemed to be happier. Harry smiled.
We all stood up and walked toward Niall.

"So who gets out?" Zayn asked. The three of them turned to look at me.

"What? Me? But I failed last time!" I stuttered.

They shrugged their shoulders.

"None of us can go away. If we do, they'll probably kill the two other ones to avenge the escape. And we can't wander on the streets without being recognized."

"But if I go, they will shoot me down straight away when they'll catch me!" I snapped back. They nodded slowly and seemed to look for answers.

"But we all are going to die at the end so... it is worth giving it a try! But what should I do if I succeed escaping? Where will I go?"

"Let's see..." Zayn muttered an we all started to think of someone I could find to help me.
I couldn't go and see my family as they are living in the USA. And there's no one else anymore at Sheffield...

"I know!" Harry exclaimed. He leaned in and whispered the name and the address of a person.
"Okay." I nodded and he smiled.

"Here, take that too. So it'll be a proof that you're not lying." He took his necklace off and put it around my neck.

"Take care of it, Scarlett!" He winked.

"I will, don't worry!"

"I hope you'll succeed to get out and to find someone to help you," Niall spoke. "And I hope we'll see again." He hugged me tightly with one arm.

"Be careful," Zayn whispered in my ear as I hugged him.

"We trust you. You will not deceive us, Scarlett, no matter what. Thanks for taking risks for us." I hugged Harry a little longer than the two other ones. I didn't want to let go of him.

"It may be the last time we see each other... goodbye, Scarlett." They all waved at me as I checked the corridor.

"Bye!" I whispered, hoping I'd see them again. I couldn't let them be killed there.

I rushed out of the empty corridor and ran up the stairs, feeling Harry's necklace on my skin. Once up the stairs, I made my way toward the front door, trying to walk quietly though Louis and Liam didn't seem to be there anymore.

But as I reached the hall, I bumped into a tall figure.

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