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.

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23. Reunion

Chapter 20

"Reunion"

Dan's POV

I woke up with one massive headache. My head was pounding and my vision was cloudy. My back was aching sue to the fact that I had been sitting in a chair for hours. I tried to get up, but I was tied down. 

It was then that I realized where I was. I was in a room with light tan walls walls and dark green carpets. The two snow colored beds were unmade and the flat screen TV was missing.

I was in my room in the first inn we arrived at in Ireland. 

I heard footsteps coming towards me. They were coming closer and closer. When the door squeaked open, it didn't surprise me who I found on the other side of the door.

"Angelica", I said weakly.

"Hello, Daniel", she said with an evil glint in her eyes.

"So...are you gonna tell me what I'm doing here?", I asked angrily as I looked at my feet while she walked in circles around me.

"Oh, Danny. Sweet sweet Danny. I thought that even you would be able to figure that out", Angelica said as she took my chin in her hand. I pulled away immediately, making her growl.

"No messing around", I said, annoyed, "Tell me why I'm here. Now".

Angelica was now standing across from me with her arms crossed. She sighed and said, "Don't you remember what I told you the day you left me?"

"Yes. You said if I ever left you you'd try to kill me. But I didn't think you were serious. I thought you were just speaking out of frustration", I said.

"I don't play around, Danny", she said as she stroked the left side of my face, causing me to wince in pain. 

"Don't touch me. And let me go", I said, gritting my teeth.

"Fine. I'll let you go. On one condition", she said.

"Oh what do you want?", I said, even more annoyed that before.

"I want you to leave Avery", Angelica said.

"Not a chance in the world. And don't you DARE get my friends and family involved in this mess!", I yelled.

"Then you'll just have to stay here", Angelica shrugged as she walked towards the door

"If you don't let me go right now...", I began.

"Until you learn to cooperate with my plan, you'll be staying here", she said as she closed the door.

"Angelica!", I yelled. 

No answer. I threw my head back in anger and yelled as loud as I could.

Then I heard footsteps once again. The door squeaked open a second time, only it wasn't Angelica who opened the door.

"Oh. It's just you Ruth", I sighed.

"Dan, I don't have much time. We don't have much time", Ruth said as though she was out of breath.

"Wait, what do you mean 'we'?", I asked.

"I mean I'm going to get you out of here", Ruth said.

Avery's POV

I sat there with my hands in my lap, staring at the ground. There were trying to get me to talk, but I wouldn't. I couldn't.

"Avery", Phil said as he put his hand on my shoulder, "You need to tell them what you remember".

"Ma'am, we really need you to tell us what happened", the police officer said to me.

"I...I...um...well...a cab drooped us off about a block away. Then we started walking down the street towards this cafe. I walked up to this table that I'm sitting at and it was covered in rose petals. Then I heard Dan say 'Avery, will you ma-'. Then...then he was gone", I said, continuing to look at the ground.

"Thank you, ma'am. You have been very helpful", the police officer said. Then he got up and started to leave.

"Please...please find him. Please", I said.

"We will definitely do our best to find him", he said. Then he got in him car and drove away.

Phil and I took a cab back to the inn we were staying at. Phil kept trying to make attempts to talk to me, which I appreciated. I just didn't want to talk right now. So I just stared out the window, just as a light rain started to fall.

We arrived at the inn and walked back to our rooms in silence. I started to walk into my room when Phil said, "Would you like some company?"

"Thanks for the offer, Phil. But no thank you", I said.

"Alright. Just call if you need anything", he half-smiled.

"Thanks, Phil", I said, attempting to smile. Then we both departed into our separate rooms.

Dan's POV

"Dan, we don't have much time. Angelica is going to be back soon. We need to leave now", Ruth said.

"But, if I leave, what's going to happen to you?", I asked.

"Don't worry about that. I'll be fine", she said.

"Are you sure?", I asked.

"Yes. We need to leave now. Angelica will be back in 10 minutes", Ruth said, looking at her watch.

"Why are you risking your life for me?", I asked.

"Let's just say I was in a similar situation once", Ruth said.

I didn't ask her any more questions. I just wanted to get back to Avery and Phil. So we got into Ruth's car and started driving back to the inn in Mullingar.

"So, this girl Avery, you really love her. Don't you?", Ruth asked as we started driving.

"Yes. Yes I do", I said as I started to blush, "I was actually in the middle of proposing when I was taken away from her".

"I'm sorry. I'm really sorry that all of this happened. I really am. Angelica said that if I helped her, she would help me find my birth parents", Ruth said.

"It's okay, it's not your fault. Take a right here", I said as we drove down a familiar street. Just then, Ruth's phone beeped.

"Oh it's a voicemail. Who's it from?", she asked.

"It's from Angelica. And it's not just one. It's 12", I said worriedly.

"Play the most recent one", Ruth said nervously.

The voicemail said:

"You know what, Ruth? I don't need to kill Dan. I'll just kill you instead"

Ruth pulled up in front of the inn and turned off the car.

"Are you sure you're going to be alright?", I asked.

"Yes, I'll be okay", she half-smiled.

"Mkay. Well, I better be off then", I said as I got out of the car. I shut the door and watched Ruth drive away.

She's definitely not going to be okay.

End of Chapter 20

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