WARNING! THIS PART WILL HAVE SOME GORE
“Matt!” I screamed.
I heard footsteps coming downstairs, probably Maddi.
“Maddi! Under the bed!”
She came down the ladder and was in shock. Matt looked horrified. There was nothing I wanted more than to save him. We quickly untied him and got him some food. He probably hasn’t eaten since.
“Lauren!” Matt exclaimed. “How did you find me?”
“We looked around for quite some time, and then we came across this place,” Maddi replied.
“Well, you might want to be careful, that guy could be anywhere.”
“What guy?” I asked.
“The guy that kidnapped me. He owned this place before he got arrested than one time, so he lost the business.”
I know who he’s talking about…
“Come on, let’s go.” Matt cheered as we follow him up the ladder.
Suddenly, he fell and the trapdoor slammed closed. Did Matt accidentally close on us?
HELP! Matt needed help, now!
We climbed as quick as we could up the ladder, the door was locked. We were trapped.
“Maddi, what do we do?!” I cried.
Maddi sat down as she started to cry; neither of us wanted to be trapped like Matt was.
~Matt’s POV, 2:21pm, ???~
I slowly opened my eyes to see pitch black. Where was I?
”Hello?!” I shouted.
”Shut up.” Someone said. ”Your friends can’t save you now.”
”Yes, they can! They’ve found me before, and they can find me again. They’re smarter than you, you idiot.”
”I said, shut up!” The man said as he pierced something into my skin, ”You’re not going to ever be seen again.”
I winced in pain. I didn’t know what to do. The man ripped the bag off my head; there was a cut on my leg. It was bleeding a lot more than I thought it would.
He laughed slowly as he started to open a door in front of me. It had a light, and it was the only possible way I could escape. My legs and arms were tied up though, so I can’t just get up and escape. There was no other way though. I had to somehow get the ropes off of me.
My leg was covered in blood, and I started to feel light-headed. I started to close my eyes, and I passed out.
~Lauren’s POV, 4:50 pm, Jonathan’s Bakery~
We’re still trapped in the bakery and I don’t know what to do. Maddi and I just sat on the floor thinking of ways to escape. I then got an idea.
“Maddi! I got it!” I chirped. “You see that crack? I see light through it!”
Maddi looked over to see that I was right, there was light coming through the crack in the corner. She quickly ran over to the corner and looked through the hole, people were all over.
“Help!” She yelled through the crack.
Someone looked over to hear Maddi screaming. He looked around for a while until they saw the crack on the wall.
“Are you ok? Are you trapped?” He asked calmly.
“No! We’re trapped! Someone named Jack trapped us and took our friend!” Maddi screamed.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get the police to get you out.” He said as he ran to the police station nearby.
As he ran, we looked around for objects to escape with. There was literally nothing in here that we could use to escape. Matt probably needed us, but we can’t save him now because we don’t know where he is, and we don’t know if he’s escaped without our help. He was important to me and now he was gone.
“Girls? Are you ok in there?” A woman asked from the crack. It was probably the police officer.
“No! Our friend was kidnapped! We found him in here, but Jack took him back and trapped us here.” Maddi stated.
“Jack? Do you know his last name?” She asked as we heard fire trucks and ambulances in the background.
“No, but we explain what he looks like once we get out of here,” I added.
The officer nodded as she started talking to the firefighters. Once she came back, the firefighters started to break open the wall. The dust went everywhere, including in my eyes. The concrete suddenly fell and created a hole big enough for Maddi and me to get out.
“Thank you for helping us, ma’am.” Maddi beamed.
The lady nodded as she walked to her police car. The doctors and nurses came over to see if we were ok, which we were. Before they could leave, we both quickly ran around the corner to get away and look for Matt. Logan and Karissa suddenly bumped into us as we turned another corner.
“Oh, sorry guys,” Logan said as he helped us up.
“We didn’t know you guys were going out too!” Karissa chirped.
“Yeah, we were just, um, running to the store to get a snack.” I lied.
“Oh! That’s cool, we are too! Which store?” Karissa chattered.
“The one a few blocks away, it has the candy we want.”
“That sucks, we’re headed to Walmart.”
“Oof, well, see you at school tomorrow!” Maddi added as she grabbed my arm and we started running.
Once Karissa and Logan turned the corner, I stopped Maddi from running any further.
“We should’ve stayed at the bakery! We need to tell them what Jack looks like and we need to get out stuff!” I complained.
“Oh my god, I totally forgot. Let’s run back real quick.”
The bakery wasn’t that far away, and the police were still looking around when we got there. We ran inside and grabbed our bags and of course, the money from the register. We ran back outside and started to tell the officers what Jack looked like.
“Well, he has red hair, freckles, wears glasses.” Maddi started, “He also is about the height as you, and he has bushy eyebrows.” Maddi laughed as she said that.
“Jack had an oval type face shape, maybe a bit like a soft heart, and that’s all I remember.” I interrupted.
“Ok, thank you ladies, that will help us find your friend’s kidnapper quicker.
We both ran around town again and looked for places he could’ve brought Matt, probably not too far.
There was a store, museum, park, and the mall. We decided to stay at the mall for now since it was bigger and we could stay at one of the stores overnight. As we ran in, people started to walk out. We had to act quick so we could find a place to stay at.
“Get your pretzel samples! Get them here!” We heard as we walked by the arcade.
We looked over to see someone holding the samples, so we ran over and tried some. They were cinnamon!
“Mmmm.” Maddi moaned. “These are so good!”
I nodded as we walked around the mall, looking for places to stay at. Once we went down the escalator, we saw a store called Mandarin Gifts, an Asian store full of anime and kpop things! Of course, we found Kenley there. She was hugging a random BTS pillow.
“Hoi guys!” Kenley exclaimed.
We both stared at her as if she was crazy. This is going to be a long night.
~Matt’s POV, 8pm, ???~
My whole body stung as I stared at the blood dripping from my arms. That man wasn’t going to get away with this. He’s not going to kill me.
The door creaked open as I saw him come back in.
“G-Get away from me, you’re not going t-to kill me.” I stuttered.
“You think I’m going to listen to you?” Jack laughed. “Well, you’re wrong little guy.”
“I said, get away from me. You’re going to get caught.”
He chuckled as he turned around to grab something. “I’m not going to kill you, I’m just going to hurt you. Badly.”
My mouth was covered by duct tape as I tried to yell at him. My friends had to save me again, I know they will.
Jack pulled out his knife as he put the duct tape away. He wasn’t going to do this again, not on my watch.
Right before he stabbed my leg, I pushed the chair over so that I fell. He tripped over my leg and hit his head on my chair; he went unconscious. Yes! My chance to try to untie myself. I looked around for the closest sharp edge, it was right by my arms.
“Come on rope, cut,” I mumbled.
As the rope started to finally cut a bit, I felt a sharp pain in my leg; the man woke up. My legs started to bleed more than they already were, and I got light headed again. Before my eyes fully closed, I saw the man sit down, twirling the knife in his fingers. My vision went dark as he came closer to me.
The grandfather clock chimes woke me up from my slumber. I didn’t know what I was going to do. My eyes started to water, for I knew what was going to happen to me. That man was going to kill me. I had no choice on what to do. He kidnapped me and has stabbed me and cut me many times. I was going to die of blood loss soon.
“Hey, kid.” He started as he walked through the door.
“Don’t even talk to me,” I grumbled.
“Look, I’m gonna make a deal with you. Either I take your friends and you’re set free, or I take you and your friends are safe.”
It was a lie. I knew it.
“That’s a lie. None of us are going to be safe with you.”
“It’s not a lie. You have one chance to answer.”
I was still really suspicious, but what if he wasn’t lying? I knew what to chose.
~Lauren’s POV, 5:10 am, Mandarin Gifts~
Well, it turns out there was a small cot in the back of Mandarin Gifts, so we stayed there. It was pretty big for such a small storage area. Once I woke up, Maddi and I looked around the mall, the doors to Mandarin Gifts were left open for some reason. I looked around the mall for the coffee joint until I came across Auntie Anne’s pretzel place.
I went over the counter and started to warm up some pretzels for us. While they were in the microwave, I ran down the powered off escalators and ran over to Gloria Jean’s Gourmet Coffee. They had really good coffee for a mall. I went around the counter and started to turn on all of the machines. As I started to make my tea, I called Maddi to see if she was awake, and to ask what she wanted. The Maddi answered as my tea finished brewing.
“What is it? I’m trying to sleep.” Maddi asked grouchily.
“What do you want from the coffee place? I got myself from tea.”
“Oh, I’ll get some frappuccino”
“Ok, I’ll be back in a sec,” I replied as I hung up.
I started to brew her drink as I realized what time it was. The store opened at 10 and it was only 5:16. I was surprised at how early it was.
Maddi’s frappuccino finished as I grabbed some straws. I headed up the escalators and back to Auntie Anne’s to get our pretzels. As I headed into the cot, I saw Maddi looking at some random snacks.
“I bet these taste good.” She said as she showed me some green tea pocky.
“Bet. Kenley said they tasted bad, and she likes a lot of things that I do.” I chuckled.
She shrugged and put them back on the shelf.
We turned around as we drank our coffee and tea to see someone standing there. It was Jack.
“What are you doing here?” I asked angrily.
“Let’s make a deal” He grinned creepily…