Across The World || Dan Howell

Dan and Phil move into a bigger apartment because they decided to take in an exchange student. Meanwhile, Avery is on her way to London to meet her host family, who happens to be Dan and Phil. What happens when she gets there is more than she expected.


26. Back Again

Chapter 23

"Back Again"

Author's Note

For some reason when I uploaded this last weekend, it didn't work. My apologies :( So here it is :) I hope you enjoy x

Dan's POV

"Dan? Dan please talk to me", Phil said as he reached his hand out and touched my shoulder.

"Please...just...don't", I said as I swatted his hand away. I was sitting in a chair with my head in my hands. I hadn't moved from that position for awhile. I couldn't believe that Avery was gone. I didn't blame Phil for what happened, not at all. 

"I'm so sorry, Dan. I shouldn't have let her go by herself. I'm so sorry", Phil said as he started to cry.

"Phil, Phil it's alright. I don't blame you for what happened. I just...I just can't believe that Avery's gone", I said.

"Don't worry Dan. We're going to find her. We will. I promise", Phil said.

Avery's POV

I was woken up by the pungent smell of cigarettes. I was completely alone in a poorly lit room with cream colored wallpaper that was already peeling off and the windows were boarded up. There was a mattress and a small nightstand with a lamp. Other than that, the room was empty. 

The door squeaked open and there she was. I should've known.


"What do you want?", I asked rudely.

"Don't talk to me that way", she said as she slapped me across the face, "I want to know where Dan is".

"I'm surprised you don't know already", I said as I rubbed the left side of my face.

"Oh well you see, Ruth usually found those things out for me. But now, she's...well...she's no longer with us", Angelica said. 

I knew what she meant. She had killed Ruth.

"Well I don't know why you think I'd tell you where Dan is", I shrugged.

"Because you will. Eventually", she said.

"And if I don't?", I shot back.

"You don't want to find out. I'll give you some time to think about telling me", she said as she walked out the door. 

Dan's POV

"What? What do you mean you can't do anything? Our friend is missing and you guys are just sitting around doing nothing! You say you can't do anything until she's been missing for two days? BULLCRAP! You need to find our friend and...hello? Hello?!", Phil yelled into the phone.

"They're not gonna do anything, are they?", I asked Phil.

"They say they can't officially do anything until Avery's been missing for two days and she's only been missing for a day and a half", Phil said as he sat down on the bed next to me.

Then my phone started to ring.

"That's odd...", I said as I looked at the caller ID.

"Who is it?", Phil asked.

"...It says it's Avery", I said.

"If answer it if I were you", Phil said as he gestured to my phone.

"Hello?", I said.

"Hello Dan", a familiar voice said from the other end of the phone.

"Angelica", I said, my voice dripping with anger.

"You don't seem too happy to hear my voice, Danny", she whined.

"No one would be excited to hear your voice. And don't call me Danny", I said angrily.

"Fine, fine", she said defensively.

"So what did you want?", I said impatiently.

"I was calling about Avery", said Angelica.

"Where is she? Is she alright? Is she hurt? What did you do to her? Is she okay?", I started to ask.

"Just shut up already. She's fine. For now. If you want to see her again, meet me at the abandoned gas station just outside of town at 11:00 pm. You can bring Phil and no one else", she said. And without another word, she hung up.

"What did she say?", Phil asked.

"She said that if I want to see Avery again, we need to meet her at the abandoned gas station just outside of town at 11:00. She told me to bring you and no one else", I said.

"But you aren't going to play by her rules, right?", Phil asked.

"Definitely not", I said.

~ 7 Hours Later ~

Phil and I were in a cab on our way to the abandoned gas station. Angelica said to just come with Phil, but I don't plan by her rules. We had the police stationed just one street away. Just in case Angelica did anything unexpected, which I fully expected her to do.

We got out of the cab, but we didn't see Angelica or Avery anywhere.

"Do you think Angelica's playing a game?", Phil said.

Before I had time to answer, that familiar voice said from behind me, "Now why would I do that?"

I turned around and there she was. And there was Avery, who was being held back by two 6-foot-7 men.

"Hello Dan. Phil", she said.

"H-h-hi", Phil said. He sounded genuinely terrified. I didn't blame him.

"So what's it gonna take for you to give my girlfriend back?", I asked.

"Oh it's simple. You just have to come back with me", Angelica said.

"Mm...yeah that's not gonna happen. No one in their right mind would do that", I said.

"Hm", Angelica mumbled, "You can either come back with me or I can kill you right here, right now".

"You can kill me", I said.

"Fine by me", she said as she pulled out her gun.

Avery's POV

"You can kill me", Dan said.

"Fine by me", Angelica said as she pulled out her gun.

"Dan!", I yelled.

"No don't do it!", Phil yelled. He tried to jump in between them, but one of Angelica's minions was already holding him back.

Just as Angelica was about to pull the trigger, Dan said, "Wait! I just want to say one last thing to my girlfriend". At this point, I was letting the tears freely fall down my face.

"You got 30 seconds", Angelica said as she took a few steps back.

"Avery", Dan said, "If I make it out of this alive..."

"Dan, you're going to be okay", I said between sobs.

"If I make it out of this alive, will you marry me?", Dan asked.

"Of course, Dan. Of course I'll marry you", I sobbed.

Dan just barely had time to crack a smile before Angelica pulled the trigger and Dan fell to the ground.

"Dan!", Phil and I both yelled.

What happened next was sort of a blur. I don't really remember much. All I remembered was looking at Dan's motionless body as the police car and ambulance sirens became louder and louder.

~ Later At The Hospital ~

Phil and I were sitting in the waiting room at the hospital while Dan was in surgery. When we had first arrived there, the doctors said that they weren't sure if Dan was going to live or not and that we should just hope for the best.

"When do you think we'll find out how Dan's doing?", Phil asked me.

"Here his doctor comes right now", I said as I pointed to a brown haired man in a white coat walking towards us.

"Are you two here for Mr. Dan Howell?", he asked.

"Yes that's us. Where is he? Is he alright? Is he alive? Can we see him?", Phil said.

"Sir, I need you to calm down", the doctor said.

"Is he alive?", I asked calmly.

"Well...", the doctor began to say.

End Oh Chapter 23

I hope you guys liked it :)

Love you xx



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