So this is my first attempt at a Noughts and Crosses FanFic. I'm assuming all of you who will read this have read the books but if you haven't you definitely should go and check them out. They're the most amazing books! So this story is set after Sephy escapes from the cabin (in Noughts and Crosses) and she is in the woods. Her and Callum never find each other in the woods and this leads to a rapid change in events. Sorry, I'm terrible at explaining things :( but hopefully you'll enjoy reading it.

Disclaimer: I don't own Noughts and Crosses. If I did Callum would still be alive, but then we wouldn't have the amazing Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross so it's probably best I don't own Noughts and Crosses :)


Sephy

Run Sephy, run! Every muscle in my body ached and my foot throbbed painfully as it caught on a bramble but still I didn't stop. Faster Sephy, faster! I silently willed my legs to move quicker. I had to escape. If Jude found me I'd be dead, literally.
"Persephone, I know you can hear me." Jude's cold, harsh voice rang out in the forest. "I've already told you. If you come out now we won't harm you." Not bloody likely. I thought sourly as I continued to push past the trees. A few seconds later I heard a loud thud and Jude cursing under his breath. I almost wanted to smile, enjoying the fact that I was causing him so much frustration, but I couldn't quite manage it – given the circumstances.

I skidded to a halt and looked widely around me. It was going dark and soon I wouldn't be able to see anything around me. I tried desperately to calm my breathing but I was panicking. I didn't see anything I recognised. Come to think of it, I didn't have a clue where I was anyway.
"Persephone." Jude's voice rang out again, making me jump. He sounded closer now. Run Sephy, run like your life depends on it. So I ran and I ran because my life really did depend on it. I sprinted past trees and bushes but still I couldn't find the other side of the forest.
"Bloody dagger." I heard Jude muttering to himself. I shivered automatically, he sounded so close now – it was as if he was stood behind me, his words tickling my neck. I spun round and then regretted it, I was only making things worse and losing time. The only way he'll catch you is if you let him Sephy.

My legs and arms were so tired now they felt like a ton of bricks but I knew I had to keep going, I had to find a way out of this hell. Everything had been so perfect an hour ago. Just me and Callum in the cabin, and it was like being young and carefree again. Being with Callum made me forget everything, he made me feel free. Then I was brought back to reality with a thud, reminding me that Callum had done this to me.
"Ouch!" I hopped on my bleeding foot and then my hand flew to my mouth as I realised I'd spoken aloud.
"Over there!" Another man's voice, not Callum's voice rang through my eyes. Please, if there's anyone out there. I willed, praying to a God I didn't believe in. Please.

Callum
I don't know what I'll do if they find her. I'm supposed to be helping them look for her but all I want is for her to escape and to be happy. I only realise now what a big mistake all of this was, I thought I was helping the cause but I was just angry – angry at the whole world for the way it had treated me and now I was paying the price. Jude had never cared about me either, I was his puppet and I'd danced to his sick, twisted game.
"Any sign of her?" Morgan asked me as he passed. I shook my head and carried on walking. Sephy, where are you? I prayed for her to find me and not any of the others. I'd help her get away, I'd do anything I could to make her safe again. Being with her tonight, it wasn't just a way to take my mind off of other things, it was me showing that I loved her. I did love her. Her dark skin, her glistening eyes, her full lips. Everything about her. I didn't realise how much I'd missed her.
"Sephy!" I yelled out. There was no reply. "Sephy!"

I started to hurry, I had to get ahead of Jude and Morgan. I was running out of time.

Sephy

I wasn't sure how long I'd been in the forest. It could have been seconds, minutes or hours. But it felt like days. I'd long since given up running – I was just so cold and tired now that I couldn't bear running anymore. It might even be easier just to give myself into them. I sat down behind a tree, forcing myself to be as quiet and as small as possible. Pulling my jumper over my knees I tried to stop myself from shaking – but it was no use, so I shut my eyes and breathed deeply in and out. I didn't really care anymore, I just wanted all of this to be over, whichever way.

Get a grip on yourself Persephone! My thoughts screamed at me but I was too tired to argue with myself. You have everything to live for, you need to stay strong. You have Mum, Dad, Minerva and Callum. Think how Callum would feel if it ended like this. You have to stay strong for him. I knew I was right but I physically couldn't make myself move. Sighing I slumped against the tree again. They'd find me soon enough... and when they did all of this would be over.

"Gotcha." The words came from directly behind me and if I could have mustered up a scream I would have. How had I not heard him approaching? Thankfully this time my body kicked into gear and again I was running, running for my life.

I heard heavy footsteps following me, they seemed to be getting further away but that could just be my wishful thinking. I had to check to make sure I was safe. So I glanced over my left shoulder and then wished I hadn't. Jude was only a few metres away now. It all happened so quickly after that. As I glanced to look at Jude I stumbled over a tree root and landed on the hard ground. I tried to scramble up again but before I had the chance I felt Jude's cold hands close around my legs, holding me down. I tried again to scream, although I knew no one would hear, but nothing came out of my mouth.

"You're dead Persephone." He whispered chillingly "You don't know how long I've waited for this."


Sorry it's quite a short first chapter but if anyone would like me to continue then the next chapters will be longer. I'm not quite sure where I want to go with this story yet so I think I might post a Poll thing on my profile to let you choose what happens to Sephy. Anyway please let me know what you thought in the reviews or PM me. Don't be afraid to give criticism (constructive though) because it really does help me to improve. Thanks xx