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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14. Chapter 13

SKYLAR KING

I sit down against a big willow tree. I wipe the tears off my face. I look up at the sky, and watch as the sun starts to set. I lay down and close my eyes as I listen to the sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling in the wind. Then, out of nowhere, a hand is covering my mouth. I feel a needle going into my arm. I start to get weak and drowsy. I black out.

I wake up. I'm in so much pain that I could barely move. Whoever brought me here probably inserted verlaine into my body. I try to get up, and I wince. I realize there are ropes soaked with verlaine tied around me. There is a bright light shining directly on me. I try to look around the room. There is a huge glass window, and I see people with lab coats walking back and forth. There is a cart next to me filled with medical things that I have no clue what they do. I feel sleepy and start to close my eyes. I black out again.

I wake up again. A man and a woman are standing in front of me. “Finally, you’re awake.” The woman says.

“What do you want with me?” I say weakly. The woman looks at the man.

“George, do you mind go getting me some verlaine and wooden daggers?” George nods his head and leaves the room. The woman gets closer to me. “Okay Skylar, we could do this the easy way or the hard way. All you have to do is answer one simple question. Where's Ashley Pierce?”

“Sorry, I don't know anyone by that name.” I lie. She throws verlaine on me causing me to scream in pain.

“Okay then. Guess we're doing this the hard way.” The woman smiles. “If you don't answer this question, I will kill you.” I wince in pain. “Tell me! Where is Ashley Pierce?” George walks in with wooden daggers and more verlaine. “Thank you.” He leaves, and the woman grabs a dagger. “Where is Ashley Pierce?” She repeats. I still don't answer. She starts to put the dagger into my chest. I scream even louder. “Still not talking? I heard your brothers, Elliot and Wyatt, are also in town. Maybe I could invite them over here as well.” She threatens.

“I don't know. I think she was walking home from school.” I say unwillingly.

“Do you know where she lives?” The woman takes the dagger out of my chest.

“I don't know. I just met her.” I scream much louder than I have before after she takes the dagger out.

The woman paces back and forth in the room. “I thought you might say that. Are you close to any of her friends?” She says as she wipes the blood off the dagger.

“Yes.” I answer, admitting the truth. She gives me my phone.

“Call one of them up. Don't even think of asking your friends for help or I'll kill you and your friends.” I immediately nod my head and call Rose.

The woman is standing next to me holding a dagger near my neck as I call Rose. “Put it on speaker.” She says. Rose answers the phone.

“Hello?”

The woman mouths, “Just act normally.”

“Hi Rose! Do you know where Ashley lives?” I ask friendly.

“Why?” She asks. I need to make a fake excuse.

“I took her history textbook by mistake.”

“Oh.” Rose responds, obviously not believing me.

The woman mouths, “Try harder, or else.”

I go on explaining. “I know Eli’s going to tutor her for history. So, how would she do it without her textbook? Eli isn’t replying to my texts, so I decided why not just give it to her myself?”

Rose agrees, “Of course, how would Eli be able to ‘tutor’ Ash without her textbook!”

I laugh nervously. “Exactly!”

Rose finally says, “Her address is 8765 Jenkins Street.” I sigh in relief.

“Thanks so much!”

“No problem!” Rose hangs up. “There. You happy?” I say. The woman stabs the dagger into my chest. I scream louder than I ever had before. “Just in case you try to save Ashley.” The woman smirks and leaves the room.

What seems like hours later, the woman comes back with Ashley. I think they drugged her or something because she was fast asleep. Her hands are tied behind her back. “Ashley…” I say weakly. The woman comes up to me.

“Who're you? Why have you been chasing me and my brothers for so long?” I ask.

“It doesn’t matter.” The woman takes the dagger out of my chest, and I wince. “You’re free to go.”

I look at her, very confused. “Is this a joke?”

She shakes her head. “It's not. You can go.”

I look at Ashley and whisper, “I promise I’ll come back to save you.” I get up and leave. I use all my energy to vamp-speed to Ashley’s house, where Eli probably is. I collapse into Eli’s arms.

“Skylar! Are you okay?” He says worriedly.

“I’m fine.” I say weakly.

“No, you’re not. You need blood.” Eli opens my bag and gives me a blood bag.

“You found my bag?” I say, surprised. I start to drink and my energy slowly comes back as I savor every drop.

“Yeah, it was in the woods. I found it when I was looking for you.” Eli explains.

“Call Wyatt. We have to go to the Heights’ base now!” I say.

“They’re here?” Eli asks. I nod my head and take my bag. Wyatt appears in front of me. He looks at Eli then back at me.

“Let’s go.” Wyatt and Eli vamp-speed away.

I was about to vamp-speed to the Heights’ base, but a car stops in front of Ashley’s house. Rose, Nikki, and Claire run out of the car towards me. “Is Ashley home?” Claire asks.

“No, she’s with Eli.” I lie.

“No, she’s not! Don’t lie to us Skylar. What’s going on? Tell me!” Rose yells. I sigh.

“I can’t, but I promise Ashley’s going to be okay.”  

“What’s going on, Rose?” Nikki says, confused.

“Can I talk to Skylar, alone?” Rose says. Nikki and Claire nod their heads and walk away.

“I know something’s about to happen to Ashley. I had a vision when I met you and Eli, so I know you guys have something to do with this. You guys were in my vision, and it seemed like someone was in trouble, and it sounded like Ashley. So, if you don’t tell me what’s going on, I’ll find it out myself.” Rose says.

I laugh. “I don’t know what dream you had, but it definitely sounds weird.” Rose looks at me suspiciously.

“I know you’re lying. I guess we both have secrets.” I look at her, realizing what she means.

“I wouldn’t get involved with this mess if I were you.”

“What do you mean?” Rose says, confused.

“You want to help?” I ask. Rose nods her head. “Then go home with Claire and Nikki. Ashley'll meet you there.” I say.

“No.” Rose refuses.

“Don’t follow me, Rose. I don’t want to hurt you.” I threaten her.  

“Promise me Ashley will be okay. Because if she’s not…” I smile.

“She’s going to be fine. I promise.” Rose sighs in relief and walks away. I vamp-speed away towards the Heights’ base. I appear next to Eli and Wyatt, standing in front of the white, abandoned house. “Where is she?”

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