Chapter 3

Ben tiredly rolled out of bed. Riley had finally gone to bed about 3:30 last night after hearing about Christian, but he was up most of the night with nightmares. Ben had been there to calm him down and Riley finally fell asleep peacefully. Ben looked at the clock and saw it was almost 11:30. He got up and took a shower. He got dressed and made his way downstairs to the kitchen, the coffee calling his name. He saw Riley in there drinking his own coffee, dark bags under his eyes.

"Hey, where is Abigail?" Ben asked pouring his own cup.

"She went to the store and meeting her mom for lunch," Riley stated.

Ben nodded and took a sip of his coffee. He turned around and faced Riley, leaning against the counter.

"Are you okay?" Ben asked.

Riley shrugged, "I don't know really," he mumbled.

"Riley it's okay to be scared," Ben stated.

"I know it's just…Ben he is out there. Now that he is out he is going to come back for me," Riley justified.

"Riley he won't get you, not while I'm here," Ben made known finishing his coffee and putting his cup in the sink.

"Ben he'll hurt you again."

"I don't care, I'm going to protect you."

"This is my fight Ben, just stay out of it!" Riley yelled.

Ben stared at him in disbelief.

"Fine Riley, fine. You want me out of it, I'm out of it," Ben stated firmly.

Ben walked into the front hallway and out the front door, slamming it as he left, heading to the woods.

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Riley didn't mean to snap at Ben, but he didn't want Ben to get hurt again. This was his problem and he had to deal with it. Then again Ben was his best friend and risked his life for him. He decided he would wait until Ben came back and cooled off to talk to him. Little did he know that he might not get that chance.

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Ben stood in a small clearing in the woods. He couldn't believe Riley wouldn't want his help. Taking a deep breath he looked towards the sky for an answer on how to help his friend. He heard movement behind him.

"Riley if that's you I don't want to talk," Ben stated.

The movement stopped and Ben sensed someone behind him. Before he could turn around, someone grabbed his arms and put a cloth over his mouth and nose.

"Hello Gates," a voice sneered.

Ben tried to struggle against the hold, but it was too strong. The chemicals on the rag were strong too. Ben soon gave into them and dropped to the ground unconscious.

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Christian smiled evilly as Ben Gates dropped to the ground. Taking him was so much better than taking Riley. He took a hold of Gates' arms and started dragging him to the road where his stolen car sat.

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Abigail opened the door and hauled her groceries in.

"Don't worry guys, I got it. Don't need any help, I can do it all by myself!" she yelled sarcastically.

Riley came down the stairs.

"Sorry Abs, I was playing a game, didn't hear you come in at first," Riley made known picking up a few bags and helping her carry them to the kitchen.

As they began putting things away, Abigail noticed Ben wasn't around.

"Where is Ben?" she asked.

"Oh I forgot you don't know," Riley mumbled.

"Don't know what?" Abigail questioned putting the last of the groceries away.

"You might want to sit down," Riley warned.

"I already don't like this," Abigail mumbled.

They sat down at the island in the kitchen.

"Last night after you went to bed, the news announced that Christian had escaped from prison. Me and Ben had an argument this morning because I didn't want him to get involved in it and get hurt again. He left and I guess went for a walk in the woods. He hasn't been back yet," Riley explained.

Abigail sat there taking in everything that Riley had said with a look of shock on her face.

"Oh my God. Riley you should let Ben help you, he loves you like a brother, he doesn't want you to get hurt," Abigail explained.

"I know I was going to wait until he came back to talk to him. In fact he has been gone a while," Riley realized.

Abigail picked up her cell phone and dialed Ben's number.

"Riley, Ben is not answering his phone," she stated.

"That's not like him," Riley pointed.

Riley's phone started ringing.

"Ben?" he asked answering it.

"Guess again Riley," a voice sneered.

Riley went rigid and cluntched the phone tighter.

"Christian," he growled.

"Very good Poole," Christian raved.

"What do you want?" Riley demanded.

"Revenge, since I couldn't get it last time with you, I borrowed one of your friends," Christian made known.

"Ben," Riley realized.

He heard Abigail gasp behind him.

"Yup, I'm going to have a little fun with him," Christian gleed.

"Let him go Christian," Riley demanded.

"Not yet. Eventually, but by the time I tell you where he is, it will be too late. Involve the police if you want, but you won't find him. Say goodbye to your friend Riley," Christian sneered.

The line disconnected, leaving Riley and Abigail to stare at each other in disbelief.

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Christian closed Ben's phone and put it on the ground. He smashed it under his foot. He walked over to his hostage who was hanging up by his arms in chains struggling to break free.

"Don't bother trying to break free Gates, its useless," Christian made known.

"What do you want Christian?" Ben asked.

"I'm back and I want to have some fun," Christian stated.

Rearing back he punched Ben in the face.

"Let's begin shall we?" Christian smiled.