Chapter Ten: The Frightful Finish

Violet opened her eyes to a wet and cloudy morning. She had not slept most of the night, for the cold hard ground was uncomfortable, and she had been too worried to sleep anyhow. She sat up and yawned, yearning for her own bed. She shivered as a gust of wind blew through the cave, and she saw her siblings stir. Sunny was on the ground next to her, her tiny fingers curled in a fist, her eyes shut. Klaus was a couple feet away from her, also shivering in the chilly morning air.

Before I continue with this sad and woeful tale, I will stop and explain a few things. I am sure you are wondering where the story is going from here, but I can assure you that it has almost come to an end, so that you can finally stop weeping and promise yourself to never again touch a book with a title so woeful and miserable as "A Series of Unfortunate Events," as I wish I could have done. I am also sure you are wondering, "Why on earth would Bethany have tried to run away from her friends?" Let me tell you: Bethany has had leukemia, cancer of the blood cells, since she was a little girl. She had gone for treatments at the hospital, but she never got any better. She had known ever since she was diagnosed that no one could understand how she felt. She had also known that she wasn't supposed to tell anyone, lest they treat her differently from normal, healthy people. But because she had revealed her secret, guilt weighed on her mind. She had also felt a strong sense of betrayal to Isadora, and this guilt also weighed on her mind. So when she felt so guilty, she could not bear to be around people like Violet, Klaus and Sunny. They would try to make her feel better. She did not wish to feel better, because she thought she deserved punishment for the things she had done wrong. Bethany was also embarrassed for revealing something that she hadn't told anyone in a long time, not even her new siblings. So, when you put all this together, you can come to the conclusion that Bethany felt overwhelmed.

As I have said before, Klaus assumption about her return was very wrong. But Violet did not even notice she was gone until a few minutes after she woke up. And when she did, she immediately panicked.

"Klaus, Sunny, wake up!" she said as she jumped up from her spot and shook her siblings.

"What wrong?" asked Sunny as she opened one eye to look at her sister.

"Bethany's missing," Violet said quickly. "Where could she have gone?"

Klaus suddenly realized what had happened. "She…" he began.

"She what, Klaus, she what?" Violet cried, growing impatient.

"She ran away," Klaus said finally. "I thought she'd come back…"

"You knew?" Violet asked. "No, no, never mind. This is no time to point fingers. We just have to find her," she said, sounding quite determined. "Are you sure you don't know where she went?"

"No," Klaus replied. How could he let her just run off like that? He was incredibly disappointed in himself for the first time. And as some of you know, that is not a very pleasant feeling.

This would be the perfect opportunity to remind you that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It is filled with upsetting things and people, one of whom is Sir Omar, and places. Its contents include unfortunate situations that unfairly occur in the lives of three miserable children who feel as if the series of unfortunate events stringing together their lives will never end, just as I feel the misery, heartache, and woe stringing together my life shall never end. As I sit typing, tied to a chair in a room that is slowly filling up with grape juice, so that very soon I shall be drowned in the purple and sticky liquid, I advise you to immediately fling this book out the window and pray that some wild animal devours its woeful contents. Because, although you will be happy to know that this miserable volume of the account of the Baudelaires' lives is coming to an end, the last pages of this unhappy book will leaving you weeping and wishing that you had went to the movies instead of buying this horrible book. So, I shall give you one last warning before I speak of Bethany's fate and tell you to stop reading this book at once so that you shall be spared the gruesome details of my unfairly unfortunate and unfortunately unfair book!

"Well, we have to look anyway," Violet said and picked up her drowsy sister.

"She could be miles away by now," Klaus protested.

"Then we'll look for miles," Violet spat back. She breathed a heavy sigh as if to say, "It seems as if the unfortunate events stringing together our lives will never end."

"Why did Bethany run?" asked Sunny, who had been quietly listening to her siblings squabble over a young girl who, unknown to the Baudelaires, was not going to reappear for quite some time, due to an unfortunate circumstance involving the nasty brother of the late Count Olaf.

"I'm not sure," Klaus replied quickly. He was not about to reveal Bethany's secret to his sisters. "But, that doesn't matter. As long as we find her."

"Hello, hello, hello," a voice said in a wheezy whisper. "I am your beloved Sir Omar." The Baudelaires turned around to see the man standing in the entryway of the small cave.

"Sir who?" Violet asked.

"Omar," the man replied with detestation, a word which here means, "with disgust." "I am here to claim vengeance for my dear brother," –here the man paused to wipe a few dramatic tears from his eyes (acting seemed to run in the family)- "Count Olaf."

The children gasped. Was this man truly the brother of their worst enemy and the man responsible for all the heartache that made up the Baudelaires' lives?

"Count… Olaf?" Klaus questioned.

"Yes," Sir Omar said, growing impatient. "I thought you were supposed to be intelligent orphans."

"We're not orphans," Violet protested.

Sir Omar sneered. "But that, Baudelaires, is where you are wrong."

"Don't be absurd," Klaus said. "Our mother is alive. What have you done with Bethany?"

"Oh, I took care of her," Sir Omar snickered.

"If you've hurt her at all, why, I'll-" Klaus threatened.

"Don't worry," Sir Omar smiled. "She's perfectly safe…for now, any way." He threw back his head and cackled a blood-curdling laugh that sent shivers down the Baudelaires' spines.

"Where is Bethany?" Violet asked. "Tell us now!"

"You'll soon join her," Sir Omar said, and with that, seized the children and tied them up. Suddenly, with a hard blow, Violet's vision went black. That was the last thing she could remember.