Finding the Truth

Exactly 14 days ago, four boys went missing in the Bremin forest on a field trip. I was supposed to be with them, but I was sick for some odd reason. Because I am never sick. Then, exactly two days ago, they mysteriously returned. My name is Katrina Perish, and I made it my personal mission to find out what happened.
Now they have returned and are suddenly friends. But now, there is someone who is trying to discover their secret and wants to know badly. But when old demons return and all hell breaks loose. There is reason for worry from the boys. But when Kat goes missing after ‘hanging’ with the boys, does it call for a search party when she goes where they were?

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5. Chapter 4

Chapter 4:

After last night I decided I would do anything in my power to find out what was going on with Felix, Andy, Jake and Sam. I knew something was up with Felix and Jake, but since I haven’t met any of the others, I can’t really say anything about them. But being lost in the woods for twelve days makes absolute enemies, best friends, means something’s up.

I get the feeling if I was to tell anyone about my theory, they would think I was crazy. But I know something is up with them. I don’t care if they have only been back for a day, so I can’t really say anything. But I know something is up.

“Kat are you listening to me?” my head snapped to where the voice was coming from, Sarah. I realised I was on my break at work with Sarah at the Fish and Chip shop. I blinked rapidly,

“Sorry Sarah, what were you saying?” Sarah sighed,

“I was taking about the reporters asking for an interview later today, for all the boys.” I cocked my head,

“Why? Is there something the reporters think they aren’t saying? I mean come on they were lost for almost two weeks. Give them some time! I mean come on?!” Sarah sighed,

“I know it’s really getting on my nerves. And Jake wants to do it!” I gasped,

“He can’t be serious?!” Sarah nodded,

“Sadly he is. Do you mind coming to the interview? You know, to help support him. I don’t think he really likes seeing me and Brian together, so he needs to see someone he won’t get cranky at.” I giggled,

“As if, he does get cranky at me,” Sarah made a face at me,

“Really Kat, you’re playing this game?” I rolled my eyes and sighed,

“I’m not playing a game. He gets mad at me, just… never mind” it was no use arguing with Sarah.

“Come on let’s get back to work.” Sarah frowned and nodded, heading to the door, as I followed suit.

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At the end of the day, we were both beat. I knew Sarah worked all the time to support her and Jake, and I only work for a few extra bucks on Sundays. As we bid ways, I remembered about the interview thing. I quickly called out to Sarah before she vanished,

“Sarah!” she stopped instantly and turned to face me. A tired look on her face,

“Yeah Kat?” I smiled,

“I’ll see you tonight. Where that interview?” Sarah smiled at me,

“It’s just at the police station on Main.” I nodded,

“Okay, thanks see you later.” Sarah nodded back at me and started on her way home, as I started on mine. As I walked, I got to thinking. Sarah said Jake could never get mad at me. But what about yesterday when I was over, that was mad wasn’t it?

I sighed at the thought, but if I don’t go, then I would be disappointing Sarah, but if I did go, would I be annoying Jake?

“Seriously… how can I not think properly? I am going to that interview and I am going to support Jake… oh god I sound like an annoying girlfriend!” I growled at the thought, and shook it out of my head, almost home.

When I arrived at my driveway, dad was standing at the front door. I cocked my head at him, giving him an odd look. Am I in trouble for something? All I know is that I didn’t do anything.

“Daddy, what’s up?” Dad sighed,

“Jake came by today.” I froze. My eyes widened, and then I realized he was joking,

“Ha, nice joke dad, but really, what’s up?” I was serious now… and it turns out so was dad.

“No really Kat. Jake came by today looking for you,” I frowned, confused,

“Why?” Dad shrugged,

“He said something about wanting to ask you to go to this interview with him. Or something like that.” My eyes widened,

“Oh, that. I’m already going, Sarah, his mum asked to me to go for him. And Jake doesn’t know I work. That’s why he came here, sorry Dad,” I bit my lip while dad shrugged,

“Eh, that happens. But you’re going to the interview?” I nodded,

“Yeah, Jake isn’t really on good terms with Sarah so she asked me to go today at work.” Dad nodded,

“Where is it?” I rolled my eyes at dad,

“It’s at the police station in about half an hour. I need to go get ready. No you don’t need to come, I’ll be fine. So stay here and have the night to yourself. I won’t be home for tea probably so don’t worry. I will have my phone on me at all times, and if something goes wrong. I will call you. Now I need to get ready so shoo dad,” I beamed at him with my last few words. Dad sighed and moved so I could get in the door.

“Thank you.” My smile left when I saw the sad look on dads face.

“Dad, what’s wrong?” Dad smiled weakly,

“Nothing, it’s just… my little girl is so independent and strong.” I returned his weak smile and hugged him,

“I love you dad,” his arms wrapped around me,

“I love you too Katrina.” We hugged tightly for a quick minute before pulling apart,

“See you later dad,” he nodded,

“Sure. Be safe tonight,” I smiled as I started off towards my room,

“I will dad. Don’t worry, I will,” and entered my room. I grabbed some black leather leggings, a dark grey long sleeve shirt and my Blood on the Dance Floor t-shirt, and changing into them quickly. I rushed into the bathroom to check my make-up, which was fine and black… before grabbing my bag again and running out the door.

“See ya dad! Be back tonight!” before slamming the door shut and running down the street. I quickly slowed to a walk when I realised something, Jake came around to ask me to the interview. Does that mean he might like me? Because I’m thinking this, does this mean I like him? Oh god… I think I like Jake! My best friend… well okay not my best friend, but my only guy friend. Oh god… oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.

“Kat!” I screamed at the sound of my name. My head snapped up to see Felix Ferne just a foot away from me,

“Shit… sorry I didn’t see you there.” Felix sighed,

“That’s okay. What are you doing here?” I cocked my head. Why was Felix being… nice to me?

“I was invited by Jake and Sarah. Well actually just Sarah, but Jake did try to invite me but I wasn’t home. I was I with Sarah at work, and so I actually wasn’t invited by Jake… but he did want to invite me, if that isn’t weird.” Felix then cut me off,

“You’re Jake’s friend?” I nodded slowly,

“Yeah, did you not just hear my say that?” Felix nodded,

“I did, I just wanted to make sure I heard you correctly. Why is Jake friends with a goth?” I smirked,

“That also means why he is your friend, when he was bullying you two weeks ago.” This shut him up.

“You just avoided the question.” I shrugged,

“So, he’s friends with me because he wants to be. You learned he wasn’t that bad, even though he bullied you and Ellen...” I shut up after that. I don’t know if it was the look on his face, or that fact that Jake and two other boys were coming up the street. I took a step away from Felix and looked Jake who was staring me. I smiled weakly at him.

“Hi Jake…” OH MY GOD! Why am I being to so shy?! Jake smiled lightly back at me,

“Hey Kat, I didn’t know you were going to be here.” I smiled and laughed,

“Well, when you came to ask me, I was at work with Sarah, and she asked me so I guess no matter what would happen. I would’ve most likely ended up here,” what the hell did I just say, because I have no clue.

“Even though I wasn’t at home and that’s where you were going to ask me, but when I came home and dad said you were there asking if I wanted to go. And I have no clue, what the hell I am babbling about, and I have no clue who those two people behind you are.” I pointed out the most needed to know fact last hoping someone would catch on. Jake face turned into one of realisation and gave me answers.

“Geez, um Kat, the one in the hat is Sam and our little nerd over here is Andy.” Andy made a face,

“I’m not a nerd.” I giggled but froze when I saw Sam stepping towards me,

“Hey dude. I’m Sam as Jake over there said,” after he introduced himself, he kept on walking towards me. My eyes widened and I took a step back. What I didn’t anticipate, was the crack in the walkway, causing me to fall.

My arms flailed everywhere trying to find something to grab onto, and they did. I don’t know who since my eyes were closed, but whatever I grabbed, stopped me from falling. I opened my eyes to see my arm connected to Felix. I screamed again and quickly let go of him. I instantly started wiping my hand on my leggings,

“Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew.” After my little ‘ew’ fest, I looked up from my hand to see three out of four boys staring at me.

“Ur, dude… what was that?” I frowned,

 “I…” I literally didn’t know what to say. I looked down to the ground,

“She doesn’t like touching people,” my head lashed up to look at Jake, and smiled. He knew me so well. My eyes widened at the thought of him maybe liking me and me maybe liking him came back into my head,

“Aww, dude… how come?” I shrugged,

“I don’t know. I just don’t like it when strangers touch me, well, most people for that matter. There are only a few that I don’t freak out around.” Felix furrowed his brows,

“And who are they?” I sighed,

“My dad, Ellen, Sarah and Jake,” Felix cocked his head at me.

“Who’s Sarah?” I went to answer but Jake bet me to it,

“My mum,” Sam’s eyes widened as if he just realised something, but bit his lip to refrain himself from saying anything.

“Don’t you all have an interview to do?” they all looked at me as if realising they forgot all about it. I giggled as they all rushed in the door, except for Jake. I smiled at him,

“I’m here!” Jake laughed lightly,

“Come here.” He held his arms open to me and I ran into them. I missed this, small secret hugs, Jake’s earthy smell, the feeling of his arms around me… oh god I really do like him! I quickly pulled away from him. My cheeks reddening,

“Come on, you need to go get that interview over and done with yeah?” Jake nodded,

“Of course, let’s do this,” I smiled and waited a little as he walked in ahead of me. My mind was wheeling from the fact that I actually like Jake. He was my friend, he just he was nice to me and stopped Trent and Dylan from bullying me. He… I can’t like him, because there was no way he could even ever like me. He probably just feels sorry for me.

I shook the thought from my head and walked into the police station to be blinded by flashing lights from the cameras belonging to the reporters. I instantly saw Ellen up the front with an empty seat next to her. I saw Roberts as I passed through the crowd to get to the seat. He nodded at me in acknowledgement. I quickly sat down next to Ellen and instantly started paying attention to the boys that had taken residence at the table out the front.

So many reporters were all talking at the same time, but there was one who stood out, and seemed the most hell bent on figuring out what happened while they were gone. After a few minutes, none of the boys had been able to answer any questions because of the chaos, Roberts stepped in,

“Hey! One at a time,” all the reporters frowned but continued mumbling to themselves. The lady who seemed to want to know the most was the first to ask any questions,

“How did you all survive out there? Jake, what did you eat?” I was now wondering this too. I don’t know much about the Bremin Ranges, and I certainly didn’t know anything about what types of food there might have been out there. Saying Jake looked scared would have to be an understatement, he looked terrified to be put out in the spotlight like that,

“We err… ate berries and Andy’s pawpaw ointment…” I stifled a giggle at the Andy’s pawpaw ointment eating. Who would be that stupid? As I wasn’t paying attention, the reporter started to fire off more questions,

“What kept you going out there?” Sam was the first to answer that question, and he seemed ready to,

“It was thinking of my girlfriend Mia that kept me going.” The reporter then looked to Jake waiting for an answer,

“It was… the thought of my friend Kat and my parents that kept me going.” The reporter was intrigued by this.

“And who is Kat, your girlfriend?” Jake shook his head,

“My best friend… she umm, she was my only friend before I… we went missing.” I quickly hid my face with my hair, but it was too late, and people had my face on camera. Shit goddamn it Jake! Andy suddenly wanted all the attention on him.

“Wormholes… quantum physics.” The reporter than returned here attention to Andy,

“What?” Andy smiled,

“That’s how we made it. Alternate uni…” Felix then cut him off.

“We survived out there, because we were thinking of everybody we had back here… looking for us.” What the hell was Andy going to say? I really wanted to know now. But I was also confused about Felix’s reaction to what Andy was going to say. When felt it… it was the same thing I felt the night before as Felix’s house. The ground was shaking… my eyes widened and I jumped up and screamed. I then noticed people were looking at me, I also noticed Felix looking at me oddly when suddenly. The ground was shaking for real.

Everyone started moving around the room looking for a way out, while I just stood there staring at everyone. When I noticed it,

“Jake, cut it out. Come on, we need to go. Stop it, let’s go.” I turned around just in time to see Felix ripping open Jake’s hands and pulling him out via the back door, Sam and Andy following closely behind. I smirked and knew this was my chance. I quickly followed them out the back door just in time to hear,

“It was you wasn’t it?” Felix’s voice floated to my eyes. I quickly peaked out the door and hid behind a bin, poking my head out to be able to see. I saw Jake nod,

“I’m sorry I couldn’t control it. I just, was so mad,” Felix’s face showed happiness mixed with recognition,

“Andy, Sam what about you guys? If Jake is earth and Sam your air and Andy your water. Has anything like this ever happened to you?” Andy and Sam nodded,

“I sneezed, and the clothesline went around.” My eyes widened, even though it sounded stupid, I knew he was telling the truth. I quickly rushed to pull my phone out and get the camera up. I quickly hit record, and listened to the rest of the conversation.

“You’re fire right Felix. That must mean you have a fire power too.” I cocked my head, why are they talking about the elements for? Felix nodded,

“But not here. We need to go somewhere safer,” the boys nodded and ran off. I hit stop on the recording and sighed.

“I guess it’s time to be a detective.” I smirked and got up, quickly running after the boys but remaining hidden… this is gonna be so much fun… not.

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