1. Chapter One
“Here we are girls, come on out now” the man with a gruff voice said sternly. I felt my hands being pulled up signaling for me to get up as they tighten around my wrists. Others groaned around me and pushed forward so they didn't have to be in the dark any longer, we’d been in that big dark cage for a week now. Luckily we stopped every so often to get out and watch the number of girls both increase and decrease. “Remember girls; keep your eyes down, don’t speak unless spoken to, line up and whatever you do don’t run. We know what happens when you run don’t we?” I knew that everyone was nodding even if I had not been given sight yet. Last week after the blindfolds had been taken off a lady and her daughter took off running, I remember hearing the women talk about escaping when we were in ‘the cage’ but no one ever thought that she would do it. He shot them down and left them on the side of the road, not letting us out for another week because they ran. No one thought about running after that, I’d been planning for a few days now but I knew that I couldn't outrun a bullet. I know the drill now, so I no longer tried to fight or scream the cage was unbreakable and trust me I tried. He walked down the line of girls untying each of their blindfolds one by one. I was one of the last ones to be untied, and even though I've been here for some weeks I jump at the sudden jolt of light, so I shut my eyes again.
There are men standing before us, and walking down the line of girls eyeing each one of them carefully and picking up some of the girls chins to see their faces clearly. No one had lifted my chin before today, when a large man with large muscles took his hand and jerked my chin up so that he could look at me; I was forced to look at him although it took a minute for me to adjust to the light that was blinding behind him. He then took a closer look at my eyes and I quickly looked down at the ground, walking back over to the man who brought us here and whispering something in his ear. The man that brought us here didn't flicker his eyes to hint who the man was talking about, he just put his arm down and balled his hands into fists so that he was holding onto the money that the new man had passed him quickly. Three girls were blindfolded again and forced back into the cage. There were seven of us now, standing with two men in front of us. Four of the girls were sent with a man who looked no older than forty, so that two other girls and I stood before this man. He pushed us towards a large black vain with tinted windows, as the girls and I got into the van I didn't see the man and noticed a strong smell of lavender. We had lavender in our garden at home when I was growing up but they never smelt as strongly as these did today. Something is wrong with this lavender, but before I could figure out what was truly going on here the van started and I was swallowed into darkness.