Unintentionally, I fall back into his arms.
"I just...I just miss her so much"
I am woken pretty sharply when sunlight abruptly starts torturing my eyes as if someone is probing it with a needle.
"Ugh" I say and roll over. It was not of much help.
"Nate, close the curtains, you prick" I croak out with a raspy voice, my throat feels really dry.
"Nathan, so help me God if you don't close the curtains right at this moment" It probably did not sound as threatening as I wanted it to be, but what can I say, I have just woken up.
I sit up swiftly, nose flared and eyes narrowed, ready to shout the heck out of Nate but what I see confuses me.
There is no one.
The slight morning wind coming from the window is making the curtain blow.
Oh! I guess I forgot to close the damn window yesterday.
Yesterday, God, I can’t believe I am having those nightmares again.
I need to get those pills somehow…I don’t want this to become a regular thing.
“Here’s your breakfast” Jack looks ready to throw the plate away if I didn't take it fast enough.
I scurried and took the plate away from his grasp before he could smash it onto my head.
“Thanks” I say quickly and sit down.
It was a normal one, the breakfast.
What actually was weird was Jack bringing me my breakfast.
I thought all the people here were smarter than to let Jack and me alone in a room.
I was waiting for him to go away so I can began eating but from the looks of the his thunder-like face, that was not going to happen soon.
So it was all awkward and tense.
I was not even touching the plate, much less the food and Jack's presence was like an elephant in the room, it occupied all the space.
"Ah, aren't you gonna go or something?" I ask as my last resort, he clearly was not going to go away on his own.
"Very well" He says in his normal tone and I snap my head to look up at him.
Wow, what an jer- wait what?
Was he being sarcastic?
But he said it in a very normal kind of tone...
I regard him with suspicious eyes, I am confused right now.
Wasn't he supposed to hate me or something?
Did he have a change of heart overnight?
"Don't look at me like that. If you haven't realized by now, I was being sarcastic" He scoffed.
And we have our usual Jack back.
"But you sounded very normal that I..."
I believed you.
I wanted to continue my sentence, believe me, but my own bafflement with my statement hit me hard.
"Never mind" I speak.
I believed that asshole.
How could I?
I can't believe I believed him.
Along with this thought came another one. That Jack actually belonged to this world. He is conniving, making you believe any lie he spurs and manipulating to his own wishes.
Okay, it's bit exaggerated, but it's true.
And with this thought, came another one...
I have let my guard down.
It dawned on me like Sun on the morning.
Have I really let my guard down, after all they have done to me?
"Just eat you food already, princess. I have work to do" He snorts as he walks towards the window sill like a King he thinks he is.
Sometimes I feel like he actually is a teenager he is supposed to be, but not all the time.
"Sorry, let me just get the keys for your shackles" I mutter sarcastically to him.
He is so full himself, someone needs to put him in his place.
"Ha! Good thing that I have the keys to this room then" His answer is sarcastic and my ears perk up upon listening to it.
Does he really have keys to my designated room or was he just saying things?
Was he was just bluffing to threaten me?
"So scared I am worried that I'll shit my pants" I fire back but Jack is quick to answer.
Although, it's nothing special, this conversation, I'll have to give it to him that at least he can hold his arguments.
"Well, at least the tampon got you covered"
I think the compliment 'holding his arguments' just died as fast as it came into my mind.
"That's actually very incorrect" I give him a half-shrug, if that is possible somehow.
"Whatever, like a care" He says and looks out the window.
Well, the food is good.
"I have been here all day! Oh my God!" I shout at the empty room.
My own voice bounces back as a echo off the walls.
I have been here all the day
Oh my God....
"I am going crazy" I say, this time more quietly.
I don't hear a echo back, thank God.
As you could guess, I have been locked in this room for the better part of the day and you obviously can see me losing my mind.
Nobody bothered with lunch for me today, not like I cared, so I have been here all alone. All day.
I guess it is sometime after afternoon, like early evening.
I am dying,oh my God!
An idea came bursting in my mind, literally like a bulb lit over my head.
"HELP ME! HELP ME! OH MY GOD, SOMEBODY HELP ME!" I shouted with all my might.
Within seconds I could hear sounds of different footsteps coming in the direction of this room.
I smirked, I never thought I can outsmart an criminal, let alone members of a gang, maybe it will come handy whenever I try to escape again.
Don't tell me you thought I had given up.
I might be a loser in every aspect of life but cowardice and accepting my fate silently isn't one of my traits.
I would strike again, of course, but when they'll be least expecting it, like a snake attacks his prey.
A group of people burst through the door, almost unhinging it. By group of people, I mean Nate, Ryan and Drake and also another guy who I have never seen before.
"What is it!" Unknown guy shouts, his eyes frantic.
It looks like they haven't yet realized that I'm in the same room as them.
I calmly and collectedly analyse them as the group divides and looks around the room.
"O.M.G.! Ella! Where are you?" Nate screeches and I cover my ears, he is that loud.
I can't believe they still haven't figured out I'm in here.
I mean, really, how hard it could it be?
Okay, I am somewhat standing in the shadows and curtains almost cover me but it's not impossible to see me- I think.
"What was that I heard from-"
"- where is Ella?!" Jason cuts whatever he was saying short as he entered the room and noticed my lack of presence.
"We, we..." Ryan gulps.
"You what!" Jason's body language says relaxed but his tone tells otherwise.
"We heard her screaming for help, but when we got here she was gone, okay!" Nate says in exasperation and I am immediately shocked by the urgency and anger in his tone, I never could have thought he was capable of being angry, he is always so...cool.
Everyone else looks just as stunned as I.
Quickly collecting his surprise, Jason says,
"Lets look around the house, let me know if you come across anything suspicious, I am going to the Security room to look through the footage" He nods at Nathan and Drake to follow him and then everyone is out of room in a instant. Ryan and the other guy are probably going to seize the house up for my presence.
My heart lurches uncomfortably.
They are going to find that I was just standing in the shadows all this time.
Jason is going to be so furious, hopefully not too furious to throw me in that basement again.
My stomach churns at the thought of being there again.
That basement does wonders for my mind, not.
I sit back at the bed but before I have any time to relax, the knob to the door turns and I quickly duck down and get under the bed.
I am going to be so dead.
"Shit!" I curse once I hit my head on the hard wood of the bed.
A face hangs down in front of me and I scream in horror-
-Until I realize that it's Jason's head hanging upside down in front of me.
"You scared the living daylights of me, you crap-shit" I say, a hand sprawled on my chest.
"What is wrong with you?" He asks in a tense tone but he doesn't sound so threatening and he looks so absurd right now that I can't help but laugh.
He narrows his eyes in a heartbeat.
"Why are you laughing?" He asks.
"You gave me early death and you ask what is wrong with me!" I say, completely ignoring what he had just said.
"Whatever" He huffs.
"Why are hiding under the bed though?" He eyes me curiously.
"Just felt like it" I shrug.
"Were you..." He swallows nervously before completing his sentence.
"Where I what?" I squint at him.
"Were you having one of your...err...attacks?" He asks while keeping his gaze locked on me.
"Oh" I avert my eyes.
That is why he was concerned.
"No, I wasn't" I shake my head.
"Oh! You just reminded me something I have been meaning to ask..." My sentence is cut short when Nathan comes barging through the door with Drake in tow.
"We can't find her, we have searched the whole..." Nathan starts talking.
"Jason what are you doing?" Nathan asks.
"Ella is under the bed" I can easily imagine his bored expression as he says this.
"I mean, yeah, we can't find her but it doesn't mean you have to be a creep about...wait, what?"
"Did you just say that Ella is under that bed?" Drake asks.
"You think I'll joke about something like this?"
"Ella?" I suddenly see Nate's head.
"Oh God!" I can't help but yelp.
"Now that we found her, I am gonna go and ask Ryan to stop looking through the house" Drake says.
"He's been scouring it like a madmen" He sighs and moves out of the room once Jason allows him to.
"Nate, you scared the shit out of me" I tell him honestly after Drake leaves the room.
"Right back at 'cha" He replies.
"Nothing, you old hag" He snickers.
"Shut up" I groan.
"Come on now, get out"
"So, I would like to have a word with you, Ella" Jason says as I'm out from under the bed and am dusting myself.
"Not on my watch" Nate cuts in before I can reply to Jason.
"What?" Jason tilts his a little to left as if this was the last thing he expected, because it probably is.
Just as I open my mouth to ask Nate what he is doing, he grabs my left wrist and starts dragging me to the door.
"Nathan, if you can just leave Ella and me alone" Jason's jaw twitches as he tries to maintain his posture.
"Or nah" Nate smirks.
I try to stifle my laugh at Jason's horrified face.
And I fail miserably as he shifts his glare from Nate to me.
"Let go of Ella's wrist, Nathan, or help me..."Before he can finish the sentence, Nate is already successfully dragging me out the door.
"Later, Sucker" He shouts at Jason with a wave.
I can practically see the steam coming out of Jason's ears.
"So, what are we doing here?" I ask Nate as we stand in front of a door.
The house is big, I can barely remember anything.
I glared at the wooden door. Stupid freaking big ass house.
If only it was smaller, I would have a better chance to escape.
"Oh, you'll see" Nate chuckled and opened the door at last.
So, we are in the backyard, I see.
But it looked a little different then I can remember.
While the backyard I had used both the times before was open and stretched to blend with the forest, this backyard had walls on two sides and then it stretched long to a grass field.
There was a big swimming pool in front of me. It started from the right wall and covered almost the entire distance between the two walls.
It didn't look like a pool though, it looked more of a pond than anything with clear water and almost authentic looking shore, sand, rocks and whatnot.
Resting along the left wall was a bar.
What are these people? Freaking millionaires?!
I thought criminals had hard time gathering money.
But would you look at that! This mansion and this pool just shattered my stereotype right here.
"I hope you can swim" Nate's voice broke through my trance.
"Nathan, you bitch, I don't have a swimsuit" I snickered.
"And don't you dare suggest me to swim in my undergarments, because you'll only get punched" I told him seriously.
"Yeezus, woman, I know, I know" He held up his hands defensively.
Yeezus? What the fuck is that now? I thought people used ''Jesus'' in the expression.
"That's why I got this" He motioned towards a clothing material sitting on one of the sun chairs surrounding the pool.
I snatched it up and examined it.
It looked decent enough. It was a one-piece black bikini with straps. Thank God it didn't show any stomach, I would have destroyed it myself.
I looked at Nate with narrowed eyes.
"From where did you get it?"
"You know that girl, shit, what was her name again? The one with Sandy blonde hair?" He asked.
"Yeah" I nodded. I was sure he was talking about the teenage girl I met on my first day here.
"You guys are almost the same size, so I figured it would fit you"
I have been using her clothes since I got here and now her bikini, I just...can't thank her enough if to put simply.
"Oh" I say simply.
"You were scooped in that room all day. I think you need to relax, so, here it is" He gestured to the pool and started taking off his t-shirt.
"What the fuck! Nate, what are you doing?" I shouted covering my eyes.
"You dirty pig! I was just removing my t-shirt, so that I could swim. You are such a pervert, I mean, I can't even..." He stated.
"O.M.G. Don't look at me! I'm naked!" Nate shrieked like a little girl.
I rolled my eyes.
"You're such a drama queen, bitch" I told him.
"Hmm, whateva" He stuck his nose up in the air after saying this in a really pitched voice.
"Can you tell me where I can change?" I asked him.
I felt more comfortable with Nate than anyone else in this house, obviously and was more open to him. I guess that's why I decided to join him for the swim, other than the fact that I too, wanted to swim.
"Yeah, come on" He did something with hand, which I took as I sign to follow him.
"Are you freaking kidding me right now" My jaw was on the floor probably.
"What?" Nate genuinely looked confused.
Nate has stalked to the bar with me in row and had pressed some kind of button twice on a hidden panel. You would not believe what happened next.
A door, yes, a hidden freaking door opened on the fucking wall beside the bar.
I am not even kidding right now.
"I swear, you overreact so much"
I snorted at his comment.
"Look who's talking" I said.
"Smh, can't argue with you girl"
"Smh?" I questioned.
"Never mind" He answered.
"So, go straight in, you'll see a 'Male' and a 'Female' sign. Just go change in whichever you prefer, nobody's in there anyway"
I felt my jaw go slack at his audacity.
He just shrugged and pushed me towards the door.
Damn, even their washroom showed prestige and money.
The black bikini felt a little too tight but I knew water will loosen it up, so I didn't fret too much over it.
"Dayum, you look fly" Nate whistled as he surfaced the water.
"And here I thought you slang game was on point" I smirked at his shocked expression.
"Ooo, burn!" I turned my head to look at Drake as he lounged on a sun chair.
How come I didn't see him before? It surprised me, but what surprised me more was his "burn" comment. I didn't remember him being so open.
"Fuck off, Draco"
Draco replied him with a bird.
Wow, for a bunch of criminals, they sure were idiotic.
"Come on, Ella" Nate asked.
I hesitated, but mind you, I was pretending, but when I was near enough, I took of running and pulled a cannonball.
Nate didn't have much time to get away.
"Oh no, you didn't" Nate said wiping the water off his face as I resurfaced.
He came forward to grab but with a squeal I ducked down and started swimming away from him as fast I could.
He dunked me, I dunked him.
Cannonball was randomly done.
We kept pulling the other under the water.
Drake joined us sometime later and so did Ryan.
It was cool because we played team game from then on.
This continued, the ridiculous, childish shit.
I felt like a stupid person but I loved it.
It felt right, I felt alive.
Our team dunking was interrupted as abruptly it started raining.
Not even the drizzling kind but that heavy shower, downpour kind of rain.
I yelped as the cold water hit me suddenly, all the three guys no better than me.
"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!" I said.
In shock, Nate let go off my thighs and I fell sideways in the water.
I felt relief hitting me, the pool water was warmer than the rain water.
I resurfaced just in time to see all the guys getting out of the pool.
"Hey guys, wait for me"
I swam fast and quickly got out of the pool.
I shivered as the cold, howling wind hit me along with the rain.
I started running towards the open field.
I felt giddy, high.
I felt happy.
I danced to the song of rain, which was unheard, but was a there.
Nature surrounded me and overwhelmed my senses.
I forgot all my problems.
I probably cried out of happiness but I can't be sure.
I don't how long I kept doing it.
Dancing to my own tune, happy in my world.
But all too soon, at least to me it seemed liked it, Jason came barreling out the mansion and straight for me.
I sensed him before I saw him, you know.
The calm in which the nature had cocooned me was broken and reality hit me hard.
I cried because I know I had to get away from this place soon.
My tears mixed with rain.
I had felt determination after a long time.
"Are you guys crazy?! Get in, now!" He barked at three boys who all had a kind of shocked expression on their face.
Jason ushered me into the house.
"Look at her, she's shivering like crazy!" He shouted.
Stood in the room were around seven boys, some known and some unknown to me, and in front of them stood the kind Lady with a worried expression on her age defying face. They looked like a bike gang and the kind Lady their leader.
I chuckled as I imagined them as bikers, with strong arms and tattoos and piercings.
Someone handed Jason a towel and he wrapped it around me.
"Guys, see if those three need anything, okay? I'm just gonna see to Ella" He nodded to the sofa where Drake, Nate and Ryan sat.
In no time we were back in my room.
Wow, was I dizzy or what? How come I didn't see where we were going until I ended up here?
"Sit here. Imma get a bath ready for you, okay?" Jason said.
For some reason his voice sounded faraway.
I nodded meekly.
I was feeling hazy all of sudden and lethargic.
And my body felt weak for some odd reason.
I took the bath once Jason left me alone and went straight to sleep.
It was early, as you could have guessed, but I just wanted to lay down and I ended up falling asleep.
"Shit! Stop talking so loud, she'll wake up for fuck's sake!" A whisper disturbed me.
"Look at her, dude, she's out like a horse, she won't wake up" Another voice joined the first one.
Something felt wrong.
It was just this odd intuitive feeling in my gut.
"Yeah, lets just pick her up and get the hell out of here"
"Yeah, before Jason finds out"
I sprang up from the bed, my eyes were probably wide and I blinked them to see clearly.
Two men stood on either side of the bed, dressed in black and they accessorized their outfits with black money caps.
Such fashion sense.
The house felt eerily silent.
It was night, Moon was up high in the sky and a slight breeze teased every once in a while.
Why the fuck am I describing it as if it's good?
These two can't possibly be the members of this gang, can they?
Why would they fear fucking masks if they were?
Why am I not screaming right now?
Oh yeah, I can't muster up the energy to do so.
Why do I feel so weak though?
Why am I asking these questions right now?
The two men stood stunned in surprise.
I could see one of them actually blinking his eyes.
"Shit!" The unblinking one cursed.
"Grab her!" He shouted at his still stunned companion.
Now, let me tell you this, I would have tried to get away or scream for help, but I simply couldn't.
I just wanted to sleep.
Just keeping my eyes open were draining all my energy.
The stunned guy clutched my right arm onto both his hand and started dragging me near him.
Halfway though, he was stopped as Jason entered the room.
Two of them sprang onto him.
I watched as Jason single-handedly fought them.
"I'll hold him, go get the girl"
The stunned one came running to me and I struggled to fight his hold, well as I much as I could.
"Jack, Jack! Handle this piece of shit!" I heard Jason's voice.
The guy's hand were ripped of me abruptly and I slumped on the bed.
"We don't have for this Ella, get the fuck up!"
I just shook my head at Jason's statement.
"Damnit!" He cursed and in fast movement, picked me and carried me off to somewhere.
I would have known where if I was conscious.
Last thing I remember was seeing Jack shoot the not-stunned guy.
I fainted after that.
Hey Guys, long time, no see, huh!
How are you guys?
Sorry for the long wait, I really am.
I had a lot of stuff going on.
Midterms for the first reason.
Second...well to be blunt, My Grandpa(paternal) was diagnosed with Cancer.
He died today. I want to write so much about him, you know.
You guys have no idea how many times my eyes blurred while finishing this chapter off. How my eyes are burning right now.
He was on life-support system for almost three days. He had a big surgery three days back but he didn't wake up as I expected him to.
Both my parents are there at hospital with respected families. In a different city, in a different state.
You know, I had this feeling that he would be well, guess I was wrong, eh?
And today, I had this weird thought going in my head "that yeah, he's gonna wake up soon, he is gonna wake up soon", it was all day in my head. Didn't really happen.
I'm glad that I actually met him one last time before he went away.
He was such a brave soul, you have no idea, even I don't have any idea. I mean it takes a lot of courage to be married to my Grandmother for like 64 years. I want to write more but words won't do him justice.
So this chapter right here, or maybe the whole book, everything right now is dedicated to him.
* Dada- paternal grandfather. Ji- sign of respect.
I hope you are well, Dada ji, will forever love and respect you.