Lovelace Falls

Multiple teens live in Lovelace Falls. Where do alliances lie? Who trusts who? Who's paired up with who? You'll have to read to find out.

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13. Chapter 12

ELLIOT KING

    “Skylar!” I yell. “Come back!” I angrily throw another rock into the lake. It seems like I’ve been calling her name for hours. I look at my watch and realize it’s 5:00. Crap! I’m supposed to tutor Ashley. I was supposed to be at her house at 4:30. I vamp-speed to her house and knock on her door once I get there. Ashley answers it a second later. I smile at her reassuringly. “Sorry. I had some family issues at home.” She sighs.

“It’s fine. At least you’re here now. Let’s go study some history!”

“Ash, about that, I’m not here to tutor you.” She looks at me with a confused expression on her face.

“Oh! Then, why are you here?” I pace back and forth. “Eli, what’s wrong?” She says worriedly.

“It’s Skylar. She’s missing. I didn’t know who else to go to, so I came to you. I thought you might be able to help me.” Ashley puts her hand on my shoulder.

“Of course I’ll help you find her. She’s your sister after all.” Ash smiles at me.

“We were walking in the woods by the lake, and she got mad at me.” I pause, not knowing how to continue my explanation. “She ran away, didn't she?” Ashley adds. I nod my head. “Be right back!” Ashley says as she goes into the house. She walks outside a minute later, holding her car keys. “Come on, let’s go find your sister!”   

    We finally arrive to the lake. “Skylar!” I yell, hoping she’ll be there.

“What direction did she go in?” Ashley says, out of breath.

“You seem tired. Maybe we should take a break.” I say as we sit down on the log.

“Maybe you should keep looking for her. I don’t want to slow you down.” Ashley says.

“Are you sure? I don’t want to leave you here all alone.” I say worriedly.

“I’ll catch up with you, I promise.” Ashley smiles at me. I get up and decide to call Wyatt for some advice to where Sky could be.

“Look who finally called to apologize.” Wyatt.

"Wyatt, please tell me Skylar’s with you.”

“Why? Don’t tell me they’re already here.”

“I hope not.” I say, frustrated.

“I’m going to search this whole town for her.” Wyatt says, furious.

“I’m searching the woods with Ashley. It was the last place I saw Skylar.” I say.

“Eli, are you crazy?” Wyatt yells over the phone.

“What're you talking about?” I mock his behavior.

“Don’t bring Ashley into this!” He finally says.

“I had to.” I say. “Why?” Wyatt questions. “Look, I don’t have time for this. We have to keep looking for her.” I hang up on him, hoping to have some sort of connection to where Sky could be.

    I look back and see Ashley getting up from the log. “Are you ready to keep looking?” I ask her.

“Yeah, let’s go. Maybe we should split-” Ashley randomly falls; I run towards her.

“Are you okay?” I pick her up. We stare into each other’s eyes.

“Yeah. I’m fine.” She finally says. I look at her to see if she hurt herself and see that her knee is bruised.

“Are you sure you’re okay?” I ask again.

“Positive! Come on Eli! We’re wasting time!” Ashley starts to walk; then she suddenly collapses into my arms.

“Sorry. I’m really clumsy.” She says, continuing to walk.

“I should bring you home. I think you’re dehydrated and out of breath. I don’t want you to overwork yourself.” Ashley pushes me away.

“I came here to find Skylar, and I’m not leaving until we find her.”

I sigh, “Okay, if you say so.” Ashley points to the east side of the woods.

“So, I’ll go east and you’ll go west.” I nod my head. Then, we split up.

    I vamp-speed through the woods, looking all over for Skylar. “Ugh! Where are you?” I say to myself. My phone rings as I realize Wyatt’s calling me. Again. “Have you found her?” I say, hoping for the best.

“Nope. What about you?”

“I’m still searching.”

“Okay. Tell me if you find anything.” I hang up as I realize it’s getting dark. I decide to check on Ashley. I go to the lake, the place we agreed on meeting when it got dark out. She’s not here. “Ashley!” I scream. I go through the woods, running as fast as I can to find her. I hear someone running nearby; I look around to find them. Then I feel someone touch my shoulders.

“Boo!” I turn around and see Ashley laughing. I push her away from me.

“It’s not funny!” A grin slowly appears on my face. “Okay, maybe just a little bit.” Ashley smiles and takes my hand.

“Come on! I have to go! It’s getting dark out here.” I let go of her hand.

“You go home. I’m going to keep looking for her.”

Ashley sighs. “Are you sure? I don’t want to leave you alone.”

I smile. “I’m going to be okay. I promise. I’ll take you home.” We walk onto her front porch. I say goodbye and give her a kiss on the forehead. Then, I start walking back to the woods.

I hear Ashley whisper, “I love you.” I smirk at her words and continue to look for my sister.

As I search for Skylar in the woods, I hear a scream coming nearby Ashley’s house. “Ashley!” I panic. I vamp-speed towards her house. In her front lawn I see her phone laying in the grass. “Oh no.” I whisper as I dial Wyatt’s number once more. I guess I've been needing to talk to him a lot today. He picks up on the first ring. “Brother, I think we have another problem to add to the list.”

“What do you mean Eli?” Wyatt says angrily.

“I think the Heights have Ashley and Skylar.”

“How is that possible? It can't be!”

“Meet me at the house.” I hang up.

“Actually they just have Ashley now.” I turn around and see Skylar.

“What happened to you?” I say. I notice there are tears rolling down her face.

“They wanted Ashley. I tried not to tell them. They forced me to call her friend. They were going to kill you and Wyatt if I didn’t.” She sobs into my arms.

“When they caught her they freed me.”

“Why would they want her?” I ask.

“They wouldn’t tell me.” She says.

“We have to go. Now.” I say, seriousness in my voice.

“Where is she?” Wyatt appears in front of us. “Sky! You’re safe.” He smiles.

“Come on! We don’t have time for this. Let’s go!” My sister says, breaking us apart from our family moment. I stop her.

“Wait. Where are they right now?”

Skylar answers, “They’re at the old base.” We vamp-speed towards them.

Wyatt, Sky, and I arrive in front of the white, antique house of the Heights. “Where is she?” Skylar says as she appears next to us.

“Do you think they...” I gulp. “hurt her.” I say, worried about Ashley. There’s a loud scream of pain coming from inside the house.

“From the sound of that, I think they already have, brother.” Wyatt says and pats my shoulder. “Don’t worry Elliot, we’ll get her out of there. We just need to stick together.” He says assuringly. There’s an even louder scream of pain coming from inside the house.

“Eli! No!” Skylar yells as I vamp-speed into the house.

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