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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36. Part 3 - Chapter 35

Guys, PLEASE READ THIS to save any future/past confusion.

When I first wrote this book 2 characters had different names. Christopher was originally called Nathan and Jacob was called Harvey. I have since changed the names but I know that I haven't changed all of them. I hope this helps if you are confused. Thank you.

Katie

We were on the outskirts of town when we saw it. An extremely bright beam moving quickly towards us. It was Trinia. The beam was one of the strongest ever created during the Overdrive era. It was built into the R9.1; The worlds largest hover bike. It could hold 7 people on the trailer like platform on its back. As I turned my head for a second, I saw that the platform had a caged roof. It was glowing an angry red like heated metal. I didn't want to know what it meant. Only that she was out to get us. Our best bet was to split up and meet up again and alter the plan slightly. I gave the order. Dividing into twos, we went our separate ways. A mass of mainly black clothed figures splitting up into the night like a swarm of angry un-homed ants. 

It was pitch black and we only had the pastel glow of the city to guide us. Our bodies cast eerie shadows as we glided along at immense pace. The fragile silhouettes danced on our right hand side on top of the dead ground. I had partnered up with Declan. He had a tall boy on the back of his board. His wide eyes showed fear. Clutching the boys shoulders, he looked around hurriedly. I did the same. The red glow, though it was only dim at a distance, could be seen for miles around. It wasn't far away, probably 50 meters at a rough estimate. But it was gaining quickly, the motion made a loud humming noise. It wasn't the newest version. I didn't need to look to see that. Not only did it hum, but it clattered too. Getting louder and louder. We needed cover, fast. 

Declan must have had the same thought. He pointed to the left and asked via signal for confirmation. I nodded. We swerved left; away from town. I know that that sounds crazy. Well maybe it was. It could be easy enough to get lost in the crowded streets and alleys if you knew how. But for some reason, Daniel had said that we were to stay away main areas. And when my cousin Ben had asked why he didn't just go to the authorities, he shook his head and said that this was 'beyond their abilities.' He was being very mysterious and was accepting as little help as possible. It was like he wanted to keep people's knowledge of his presence to the minimum. So yeah, just bare with us please.

We were heading for Warten woods. Not exactly a wood compared to what the archives said. They showed huge expanses of woodland thriving with all these species that are extinct or endangered. Green foliage and pink flowers blooming from every branch and clear waters running in between tree roots. It sounded so calm and beautiful compared to the smog filled streets I'd grown up with. I'd often immerse myself in the soothing words as a child. But Warten woods was nothing like the fairy tales. It was a clump of dead trees. There had been no leaves on the oaks for over 50 years according to the curator. Anyway, that's where we were headed for. 

We reached the opening that we use to play in as kids. I went through first. Declan followed me. At first, it'd be possible for the R9.1 get through, but soon enough it would get too narrow for it. We went further into the shadows. Though the trees were spindly, they created a dense wall with small gaps in. Gaps that if you arched your body the right way, you could get through. I heard a boy's voice cry out; it wasn't Declan so it had to be the boy he had with him. I came to a stop and turned round. Declan was of his board and searching the around the trees. I went over to him. The other boy was no where to be seen.

I was about to ask him what had happened when rays of splintered light fell all around us. They were followed by loud crunching noises and the feared red glow. But the thing that we feared most sat in front of it. A livid Trinia with an evil red glow surrounding her. She looked like she was on fire, or that there was a deep heat coming from within her. Fortunately she hadn't seen us. It wouldn't be long though. Her bright beam was searching all around us. It hadn't found us yet. We stood there for a few seconds. Declan looked across at me. I signalled our boards, then stuck my thumb over my shoulder. He nodded. 

As I reached out, a twig stereotypically snapped under my foot. The light was right on us. The phrase ' like a rabbit caught in headlights' came to mind. I'd seen Trinia a few times when I'd been out before, she'd always looked quite creepy. But I'd  never seen her up close like this before. Her skin was a light shade of lilac and stretched over her face without a single wrinkle. Yet she looked so tired and, old. Like she'd seen too much and lived her life for too long. Her small eyes were tinged a slight red. She was scary. She revved the engine and started speeding towards us. 

"Go!" I yelled at Declan.

"What about the other boy?" He sounded guilty. I shook my head. We were in our boards by now.

"There's no time, we'll just have to come back." I'd never felt so bad in my life.

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