“Fine” Luke said through gritted teeth. “I’ll do it”
Elena smiled wickedly. “See, sweetie. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?” She said, stroking his chin. He turned his head away from her. She grabbed his chin hard and forced him to look at her. “We’re going to have so much fun together. Now, I know how you celebrities like to make an announcement a huge thing. So I’ll give a few hours to come up with how exactly you want to announce it. Maybe you could walk out of a building with me? Or mention me in an interview? I really don’t care or mind what you do but make it a grand spectacular event”
Luke’s nostrils flared but he nodded.
“Now, don’t try anything smart, sugar. Or you’re gonna wish you had stayed in this musty old…oh my, I nearly gave you our location. Silly me. I’ll be back. I have to tend to the crazy, stupid, pathetic, obsessed etc. fans. They need me”
She put his blindfold back on so he wouldn’t see where the exit was and started to walk away when Luke called out.
“But aren’t you one of them, honey?” He asked, choking out the last word. Elena laughed, coldly.
“Oh yes, darling. I am but I am not like them in one small way”
“What’s that?” Luke asked me.
“They put your happiness before their own, wanting you to be happy is all that they care for. I, however, think that’s ridiculous. Putting some stinking celebrity’s happiness before your own? Puh-lease. I care for only my happiness. And that’s why you’re here, babe. Because you being my boyfriend makes me happy and soon you’ll realise that me being your girlfriend is the only source of happiness for you”
“Never” He growled. She sighed and shook her head.
“I think that’s enough from you, don’t you think? Gotta save that precious voice of yours for the announcement” She ripped another piece of duct tape off the roll and placed it on his mouth. “Hush now, Lukey. You’ll come to your senses soon enough”
Elena proceeded to tape his hands together behind him, while he still sat on the chair and then taped his legs to the legs of the chair. Trapped.
She walked away and left the room. Soon Luke will be mine and the whole world will know. Any possessive bitchy fans that come between us will regret the day they lived.
Her sister had no idea.
“Where do we even start looking? I have no idea where she could have taken him?” Mindy said, frustrated.
“Mindy, would you calm down? Your anxiety is not helping our anxiety” Ashton said through gritted teeth.
“Shhhh, hold on. I’m trying to think of where they could be…it would have to be isolated…somewhere where no one would notice…”
“Did your family own a holiday house?” Calum asked.
“No…” Mindy said, still thinking. She thought of everything. Then, she remembered. Her head snapped up and her eyes were wide.
“What?! Have you thought of somewhere?” Ashton said, walking up to her and grabbing her arms, hard.
“Ow!” She exclaimed, frowning. “Well, if I have, I won’t tell you if you're hurting me”
“Sorry!” Ashton said, letting go of her. “Well?”
Mindy sighed. “I should’ve known. I don’t know how I missed it but I did. It’s so simple!”
“Secluded, isolated, private, no one would notice or go there…My parents old house. It’s still ours. It’s been left us in their deed”
Ashton looked at me confused. “Deed? But your parents aren’t dead”
Mindy looked at him, apologetically. “I’m sorry Ashton. I didn’t tell you because I wasn’t ready to tell yet another person about it. It was too much for me when it happened. I didn’t want you feeling sorry for me”
“You could have told me, told me that your parents weren’t dead and that you didn’t want me to feel sorry for you”
Michael stood up. “Look, you two can sort out your own problems after we have found Luke and bought him safely. But now, that’s what we need to focus on. Luke. So Mindy, I’m sorry for your loss and all that, but you need to tell us where this house is and more importantly, if you have a key”
Mindy nodded. “I have a spare. Elena has the actual one, obviously. And it’s not that far. I’ll drive though because clearly, I’m the least stressed one here. I’m more annoyed and frustrated to be honest”
The boys all nodded and they followed her to the car. I’ve failed you Mum and Dad. I promised I’d take care of Elena and make sure she never followed the wrong path and I haven’t. I’m so sorry!
As she drove, her mind whirled and a million emotions stirred within her. But despite the fact that her sister had kidnapped Luke, the only thing that mattered to her was Ashton. She quickly glanced in the rear-view mirror and they made eye contact. What she saw in his eyes was conflicting. She saw worry and concern for Luke, hurt and confusion for her. And she was absolutely sure that her eyes conveyed sorriness and asked for forgiveness.
She hoped that Ashton would forgive her for lying. You could only hope for such things.