"He's not in any of the bathrooms." Michael says coming down the stairs. I sigh. "Where could he be?" I ask. Luke shrugs. I jog to Ashton's house. I ring the doorbell and Lauren opens it. "Hi!" She says. "Hi,Lauren. Is Ashton here?" I ask. "I thought he was at your house." "Thanks,we'll keep looking." "Why are you looking for Ashton?" I hear her ask as I jog back home. "He's not there." I tell them. "Calum,my bedroom. Emily,your bedroom. Luke,the party room. I'll go in the study. Meet in the great room if you find him or not." Michael instructs I nod and go to my bedroom. "Ashton,are you in here?" I ask. I look in the closet. I open the bathroom door more than it already was. A guy grabs me and covers my mouth with a rag. I see Ashton and the dude locks the door. I hug Ash tightly. The guy rips us apart. He sits me in a chair and ties me to it. He dies the same to Ashton but in a different chair. My hands were free enough to pull my phone out from my pocket without him looking. I place it behind me. I move my hands around,trying to break free. My hand slides out and I pull the other one free. I untie everything else and grab my phone. I put it in my pocket and stand up. The guy turns from the cabinet and grabs my waist as I try to untie Ashton's hands. I realize the rag is still taped to my mouth. Ash breaks free and I rip the rag out of my mouth. Ashton pulls the dude away from me. "Who the fuck are you?" Ash asks. "Yeah,what he said!" I say. He pulls down his hoodie and shows his stupid ski mask,like dude,it's the summer. He pulls off the mask and it's one of Terrance's friends. "What do you want from us?" I ask. "Terrance told me to do it." "So?" Ashton remarks. "He threatened to kill me,he had me basically at gun point,but...with a knife,but still!" "Look,dude,you could've said you would've done it and not do it,it's simple!" I tell him. "I don't want to be hated by Terrance,but obviously you do." "Terrance hates basically everyone." Ashton says. "No!" "So,anyway,can you leave my house now?" I ask. "No." "Why?" "Because." "Because why?" "Because I didn't get what I needed to." "And that is?"
"Whew. I'm glad to hear that." Michael says after we explained the whole thing. The flashing lights of the police cars' blue and red lights shine in my face. "Glad?!" I ask. "This dumbo came up with the idea that you two were having sex." Calum explains. Ashton and I look at each other,then back at the other guys. "Well,unfortunately-" Ashton begins,but Michael glares at him and he shuts up. We watch as the window of the car that guy was in rolls up and the chief steps away from the car so it can drive away. "Well,everything seems to be okay now. He seemed to use the balcony up there into,which I'm guessing,leads into Michael's room. It was wide open Alexander explained." The chief told us. We all look at Michael,whose face was bright red. "Oops?" He manages to get out. Luke puts his hand on Michael's shoulder as the rest of the cars drive away. "Don't worry,you live,you learn." "It's not like that,Luke." Ashton explains. "Sure it is."