Silverwood's Secret

There were always stories about an ancient secret, hidden behind the Silverwood Estate, but that's all they were to Amy. Stories, lost in the sands of time and the ignorance of humanity. So when Victoria Rhye mysteriously disappears from her home late Friday night, Amy doesn't hesitate to follow a lead deep into the forest at Silverwood, along with her good friends Jordan and Leon. What they find there was definitely not the answers they were expecting.

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2. Brought into the Light

"Amy! Time for school!"

I grunt my annoyance and pull my pillow over my head. My little brother, Ben, groans in frustration.

"Max! She's doing it again!", he yells to my older brother. Oh, no.

I quickly sit up. I wasn't fast enough. Max rushed through the door and picked me up. He carried me downstairs, while I pounded on his back.

"Put me down, Max! I'm awake!"

He ignored me. Ben was grinning in the doorway, so I focused my anger on him.

"What are you laughing at?! This is all your fault!" He just continued following us. Stupid brothers.

I felt the cold breeze on my legs as Max opened the sliding glass door to the patio. He steps next to the pool. I prepare for what's next.

Water engulfs me in an icy rush. I fight my way to the surface, clawing through the water like a drowning cat. Then I'm at the top.

Max and Ben are laughing and I see Dad smile through the kitchen window. Mom is nowhere to be seen, she must have been working late again.

I get out of the pool, punch Max and Ben on the arm, and head upstairs to get ready for the day. I slip on a pair of my favorite jeans and a t-shirt advertising some band I don't listen to anymore. Then I dry my hair and put on my jacket. I head downstairs and eat some cereal before Max drives us all to school.

We get out and head inside Silverwood High School. Yeah, all three of us are in the same school. Max is a senior, Ben is a freshman, and I'm a sophomore. Unlike most siblings, we hang out with the same group of friends, but I like it. It makes them not only my brothers, but some of my best friends.

Jordan, Leon, Cathy, and Adam meet us at the front entrance. 

"Hey, Max. Have you seen Victoria?", Cathy asked.

"No. She wouldn't answer her phone this morning.", he answered.

"Did you piss her off?", Leon joked.

"Her mom called and asked if I had seen her, but I haven't talked to her since Friday afternoon.", Cathy said.

"Yeah. She wouldn't respond to my texts this weekend either.", Max told her.

"Maybe she just wanted some space, man. You two are up each others asses constantly. 'Good morning, babe. Good night, babe.'", He made kissing noises, "I'm surprised you two are still together.", Leon said.

"Shut up, Leon.", I told him. Before Leon could say anything else, Jordan smacked the back of his head. I smiled at Jordan; I could always count on him.

"Now I'm kinda worried.", Max said, a frown starting to fall across his features.

"I'm sure she's just upset and ignoring everyone. Now come on, she'll show up sooner or later, just like always.", Adam said as he and Max headed to class. Leon, Cathy, and Ben followed closely behind them. Jordan and I headed to the gym.

We were running laps today, so I changed into a pair of shorts and a gray shirt. Jordan stayed in pace with me until we were finished. We had the rest of the class to do what we want, as long as it wasn't sitting around. We grabbed a basketball and just took turns making shots.

"What do you think Victoria is up to?", he asked me.

"She's probably looking for some inspiration for a new piece."

"Probably.", he didn't sound convinced.

"Why?"

"I was going to ask if you want to go look for her."

"Should we ask Max if he wants to come?"

"Nah, he's got a test to take.", Jordan took out his car keys.

"Ok. Let's go."

Outside, Leon was leaning against the building, smoking a cigarette.

"Where are you guys going?"

"To find Victoria.", I answered.

"Can I come?"

"Get in.", Jordan said.

                                                                            *~*~*~*

A couple of hours went by, and we had searched everywhere for Victoria. Cathy called us at lunch and told us to get to the school immediately, so we headed back. Max, Ben, Cathy, and Adam met us in the parking lot. I could tell Max was upset.

"What's wrong?", I asked. Max looked at his feet.

"Mr. Holland just announced that Victoria is now a missing person.", Ben said.

"What?! Are you sure?!", I exclaimed.

"'I'm afraid I have some bad news children. Victoria Rhye has been reported missing. Please contact an administrator or the police should you see her. Have a good day.'", Adam repeated in Mr. Holland's monotone.

The lunch bell rang, interrupting our stunned silence. We all had a silent agreement that school was at the bottom of our list of priorities. With that we all headed out to continue our search.

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