There's no time

It had been 3 years since Jacob Stone had been reported missing. It came as a shock to those who knew him best, as he was quite happy for the average 13 year old. I'm Daisy Thomas and I'm gonna tell you what actually happened to the him.

Daisy, Daniel and Christopher are mourning at their friend's funeral. But then a sinister figure emerges from the shadows of their small town. After many strange events, Daisy and her friends are soon swept up into a mystery that no one could even begin to imagine. It's not long before they realise that the clock is ticking, and for something's, there's no time...




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4. Part 1 - Chapter 4

It was unusual to find someone that you didn't know in our village. It was so small you rarely saw anyone. Everyone knew everyone. We'd all learned to get along the best that we could. One way or another.

 

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The stranger was standing in the corner. Her pasty skin reflecting the candle light. She wasn't exactly young; probably in her late 30's. Her head was down so I couldn't see her face. She wore a leather coat that reached her ankles. It was obviously old as it bore many patches and pale markings that looked distinctly like burns. She was thin with long skeletal fingers the colour of parchment that where visible under her up turned up sleeves. Her forearm was covered in watches that where all set to different times.

I tore my eyes away from her and cleared my throat. "Er, hello, my names Daisy. One of Jacob's, er, close friends..." The woman's head shot straight up. Her eyes full of hatred glaring at me from her sunken shadowy face. Even from a distance I could see she was twitching and grinding her jaw. "I've known Jacob for 9 years now," I continued, trying to ignore the smirk that was crossing her face. It made her look like she knew something that I didn't. What had I done to deserve her instant dislike?

"He was an awesome friend. He achieved this by being the honest friend instead of the good one and was fully capable of being annoying," There were smiles starting to appear from the audience now. That was better. Jacob would've appreciated that. "As irritating as he could be, wether it was a forged parental signature needed for something or other every week, or the science homework he needed you to check/do, he was a great person."

People where starting to laugh now. 

"Through the years he's always been there for you, me and everyone. He's never on time, just fashionably late, but he's always there. He always has been and always will be." They where nodding now. It was amazing, you could almost feel the room building with strength. "Jacob may have left this earth that we stand on through the first exit, but whenever Jacob leaves the building, he does it in style, Thank you."

 I stumble off stage and greeted with smiles and a round of applause. As I sat back down, Daniel whispered to me over the top of Reverend Booker continuing my speech about Jacob. "Well done, you made them smile"

"Yeah," agreed Christopher "look at Jacob's mum." I leant forward and  looked along our row at Vanessa. A small smile had started to grow on her face like a new born plant. I sat back in my chair far from satisfied. My mind was somewhere else.

Daniel noticed this and put a hand on my arm. He looked straight at me.

"What's wrong?" He asked with penetrating eyes. I sighed slowly.

"Not everyone smiled the way we'd intended," I said quietly. When they asked what I meant I explained about the sneering woman at the back of the room. They where about to swivel round in their seats when I grabbed their arms and told them not to. It'd look too suspicious.

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