Hey there! So, obviously, this is the sequel to Switched at Birth. If you haven't read that, I would, because you're not gonna understand some things in this without reading that. I hope you all like this!
I don't own Big Time Rush.
"Well, I'm afraid they've...escaped."
Kendall stopped dead in his tracks, frozen in place with his hand clutching Katie's tightly. He finally found his voice after a moment and said in a fearful, quiet tone, "They what?"
Kendall held the phone up to his ear and listened to every single detail the man said to him. He said that the Winters were gone, and that they left a note, but he couldn't tell him what the note said. Kendall already had a pretty good idea as to what it said, though. He was sure it had something to do with Katie, and maybe Alicia.
As soon as he hung up the phone, Kendall grabbed Katie and dragged her into the apartment.
"Kendall, what's going on?" she asked fearfully. He ignored her question as he locked the door. After he was sure no one could get in, he ran around the apartment and locked every window, Katie on his tail the whole time, asking about the phone call.
"Where are Carlos, Logan, and James?" Kendall muttered to himself as he ran to his room.
"Kendall! Tell me what that phone call was about!" Katie shouted, grabbing his arm.
"Katie, come with me!" he replied before pulling her into his room and locking the door behind him. He found Carlos, Logan, and James waiting for them.
"You're home!" Carlos exclaimed as he whipped out a poorly wrapped box addressed to Katie. "Welcome home, Katie!" he yelled as he handed her the box. Kendall grabbed it out of her hands and put it on the ground.
"Not now! I have to-"
"Kendall! I've been waiting forever to give her that!" Carlos whined. Kendall rolled his eyes.
"This is more important!" he yelled.
"What is it?" Logan asked.
"I just got a call from some guy at the police station," Kendall explained. "The Winters escaped." He felt Katie tense up by his side. His friends' eyes widened.
"Well, what do we do? Are they...coming..." James trailed off, sending a worried glance towards Katie, who seemed to be having a mini panic attack.
"I don't know," Kendall answered, "but we have to be really careful." He peered down at Katie, who was breathing heavily and looked as if she was about to faint.
"Kendall, y-you can't let them get me," she whispered. Kendall bent down and wrapped his shaking sister in his arms.
"I won't, Katie, I promise," he assured her. "No one is allowed to leave her alone," he said to James, Carlos, and Logan, who all quickly nodded in reply.
"I'm scared," Katie whimpered.
"It's fine, Baby Sister. I told you earlier, I'm not gonna let them hurt you again. I'll make sure the police catch them," he told her.
Katie nodded slowly, but inside, she was still terrified. She knew the Winters were after her and Alicia. They probably had a whole plan to kidnap both girls. She wasn't about to go through all of that again. She was Katie Knight. She was supposed to be tough. She was tired of being a weak crybaby. But she had no idea how she was supposed to stay strong after everything she went through.
"Katie, are you okay?"
She looked up at Logan, who broke her out of her thoughts. "I'm fine," she lied. The four boys looked at her worriedly, and she did her best to ignore them, but it was hard when she felt four pairs of eyes staring at her.
Finally, Carlos broke the silence, "Why don't you open your present now?" he asked as he stood up off his bed, picked up the box, and handed it to her. He was hoping it would help her to forget about the Winters, and he hoped the present would make her feel better, too.
"Thanks, Carlos," Katie smiled, before tearing off the wrapping paper and opening the box. She smiled again when she pulled out a helmet, similar to his, but with her name written on the back in purple, her favorite color.
"I thought that might come in handy for you when we started spending a lot more time together," Carlos explained. "I'm gonna make you do some stupid stunts with me! And I thought you might feel safer with it," he told her. Katie smiled, placing the helmet on her head and giving Carlos a hug.
"Thanks, it does make me feel safe," she said. Carlos smiled back and hugged her tightly. He remembered the last time they shared a real hug, they were both crying. It felt good to be happy again.
Before anyone could say anything else, they heard Mrs. Knight calling them for dinner. Kendall glanced nervously at Katie. It looked like she wasn't sure if she should go or not.
"Katie, are you hungry?" he asked, sending her a tiny smile. She shrugged. "Come on, let's go eat," he said, taking her hand and leading her into the kitchen. He sat her down in the chair next to him at their table, and she nervously played with her hands, keeping her head down.
"What's on your head?" she heard Alicia ask. She glanced up at her, but ignored her. "Why are you trying to be like Carlos?" she said. Before Katie could say anything, James stepped in.
"Carlos gave it to her, Alicia. Leave her alone," he defended. Katie sent him a small smile.
"Well, she's trying to be funny, like Carlos is. It's not funny when she wears it," Alicia retorted.
"I don't wear it to be funny," Carlos said. "I wear it to be safe. And no one cares what you think, so leave Katie alone."
Just then, Mrs. Knight brought over the plate of food. Kendall frowned when he saw meatloaf inside.
"Mom, Katie doesn't like meatloaf. You knew that," he said. Mrs. Knight sent Katie a sympathetic look.
"I'm sorry, Katie. I just knew it was Alicia's favorite," she told her. "I wanted to make something special for her!"
"But it's Katie's first day back," Kendall retorted. "Why didn't you make something special for her?" he questioned. Anger sizzled inside him, and it took all his strength not to stand up and punch his mother in the face.
"I'm sorry! I'll make something another night," Mrs. Knight promised. Kendall rolled his eyes and stood up out of his seat.
"Come on, Katie, I'll get you something to eat," he said, taking her hand and leading her out of the apartment. He walked down the hallway, too angry to realize Katie was softly crying beside him. Finally, he noticed and stopped walking.
"Katie, what's wrong?" he asked gently, kneeling down so he was her height.
"I don't like it here," she said quietly. "Mom doesn't even love me, and...Alicia is mean to me, a-and...I just...I don't like it, Kendall. I wish this never happened," he whispered. Kendall sighed and pulled her into his arms.
"Shh, don't cry, Katie," he whispered back, even though she was already crying. "It's gonna be okay. We'll get through this together. We'll find a way to fix this," he promised.
"B-but...How? I-I wish Daddy was here," she whispered. "H-he would help us." Kendall felt tears welling up in his eyes, and he squeezed Katie closer to him.
"It's alright. We can do this ourselves. James, Carlos, and Logan will help us," he said. She nodded against his shoulder. Kendall rubbed her back for a minute, quieting her sobs before he let go. "Come on, let's go get some dinner. You haven't had real food for weeks while you were in the hospital," he said, smiling lightly at her. She smiled back and took his hand again.
She believed him. She knew they would be alright. Together, they would get through this.
I hope this wasn't too rushed. Sorry, guys. But, I hope you all liked it! And the title, Problems, might change. If I think of something better, it will :] Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it! Review? (: