Chapter 6 – The rest of it :)
When I woke up I was lying on Cole's chest and his arms were wrapped around my back. "About time you woke up," he said lazily and ran his fingers through my hair. Somehow he had ended up shirtless and I was in my tank top and still in my sweats, except they were like halfway down my butt, and I was hot. "You could have woken me up you know," I told him.
"Nah, I like watching you sleep. You looked peaceful. I didn't want to wake you." He leaned towards me and kissed the top of my head. I groaned, "Just a second." I rolled off him and rifled through my drawers. "Uhm… Could you close your eyes? I need to change into these. I'm too hot."
He winked at me, "Hell yes you are." This made me blush and smile. He rolled over burying his face in the pillows. I striped down fast and put on my shorts. "Okay you're good!" He turned over and I walked toward the bed, flung myself down next to him and his arms went immediately around me. It was only noon, and I wondered if the car was still there. I unrolled from him and went over to the window. The car wasn't there anymore from what I could see, and I told Cole that and he sat up and sat on the edge of my bed. "Movie?" he asked smiling.
We were sitting on the couch watching some old black and white romance movie. It was very cheesy, but I couldn't take my eyes off it until I heard something out of the front of my house. I looked over at Cole, wondering if he had heard it too. He was out. Completely asleep and his head was back and he was snoring softly. I couldn't believe I didn't hear it until I looked at him. I shifted my weight and got up, trying not to wake him up and padded to the window. I looked over at the front door and saw it wasn't locked, but I needed to see what was out there first. I peeked through the blinds and saw a pair of eyes staring back at me. This made me scream and stumble backwards. I started sobbing and put my face in my hands and felt arms wrap tightly around my body. They got in the house, was my first thought. I started thrashing my arms and yelling for them to let me go. "Kali! Kali, it's just me! It's Cole! Hun calm down, what the hell is going on!" I looked up at him. His expression was so full of concern I didn't know where to begin or what to say. I threw my arms around his neck and cried hard. "The eyes," I got out through sobs, "they were looking – in the window when I looked out! I – I heard a noise and-" Cole stood up and went to the window, "this one?" he pointed at the one where I saw the eyes. I nodded weakly. He pulled up the blinds fast and I winced. There was nobody there and no traces of someone being there either. Cole silently walked to the front door and threw it open and walked out. He left the door open and I could feel the cold air creep into the house making the hairs on my body stand up. I wrapped my arms around myself still sitting on the floor. He came back in a couple minutes later, slammed the door, and locked it. "There's nothing out there. I walked around the outside of the house even. There isn't a trace of anyone around here. I don't know what or who you saw but they got their asses out of her fast."
I was terrified. We spent the rest of our day together sitting on the couch. Cole's arms were wrapped around me and I laid my head on his chest. We didn't talk, but I'm almost certain the same things were going through our heads. Time flew and it was already getting dark. It was only 5:30 and both our stomachs were growling. "How about we go out to dinner? We don't have to do anything fancy, we can just grab some burgers or something if you want." I nodded and he kissed my forehead, "Do you want me to stay over? I don't even have to stay with you in your bed. I'll stay down here on the couch to make sure you're safe." I would have loved for him to sleep with me in my bed tonight… But I knew I probably wouldn't be able to sleep with him there. I told him he could stay and we got our stuff together to go out. I was kind of worried about someone getting into the house when we were gone but I put it aside. Before we left I turned on the flood lights to the back yard, the motion censored ones on the side of the house and the porch lights. Cole double and triple checked all the windows and doors around the house while I got into his car and started it up. The car was freezing and I watched my breath swirl in front of my face while the heat warmed up. Cole got in the car, "alright, let's get outta here. I gotta call the rents real quick though so they don't send someone after me," he smirked. He pulled out his phone and I looked out the window pretending not to listen. I heard his mom answer on the other end, "hello?"
"Hey, mom, it's Cole. Kali's mom is out of town again and there's been some things going on around her house so I'm going to stay here till her mom gets home. I'll be by with her tonight to get some things, ok?" he didn't even give his mom a second to answer, "how's dad?" he asked a little quietly. His mom sighed but I didn't hear her response.
"Mmm… Alright I'll be there around 7 to pick my things," there was a pause, "yup, love you too, bye." He snapped his phone shut and put it in the cup holder. He didn't say anything, just kept driving and took my hand in his. We pulled up to his favorite burger place on the outskirts of town and my stomach ached with hunger. It was freezing and I got inside as quick as I could. Before I opened the doors I could smell the aroma of burgers and fries. Cole wrapped his arm around my waist and led me to a circular corner booth in the back of the burger joint. We settled into the booth and he sat next to me.
"I don't know what to get," I told him, looking at the huge menu filled with different burgers and sandwiches. He grabbed my menu from me, "I'll order for you," he said smiling, "I think I've paid enough attention in the past few weeks to know enough about what you like." Our waitress came by and gave me my chocolate milk I ordered and Cole his Dr. Pepper. "Alright," she said to us, "you two know what you want?" she was older and looked beyond bored with what she was doing. I wondered to myself how long she's worked here… Maybe since it was open… Which was since 1942 the sign out front said. I laughed to myself as Cole told her what we wanted, "Two bacon burgers, one doubled and both with lettuce, mayo, barbeque sauce and ketchup." I stared at him and smiled. He got it right, of course.
The food was amazing. We were almost done eating and Cole was basically done with his burger and it looked like I had barely touched mine. Cole said something under his breath, and I looked over at him. He was looking at the entrance to the burger joint and I followed his gaze. I didn't see anything that stood out to me very much. A few teenagers walked in and were talking to the waitress, and she pointed at our table. "Dammit." Cole said under his breath, "Promise me not to talk ok? Just eat and let me talk." I didn't understand a word of what he was telling me to do because I didn't really understand what was going on. I started sipping on his Dr. Pepper because my milk was long gone. I looked out the window while the other people approached our table. I had gotten a good look at the guy in front, and he screamed 'stay away I might reach out and rip your head off'. He was insanely scary. "Bro, where the hell have you been? You could've at least texted me telling me you weren't coming to hang with me and Becca instead of ditching us and leaving us there for 3 hours waiting for you and – her." He said pointing at me. I thought I could smell the stench of alcohol on his breath. The girl standing beside him, I was guessing Becca, was staring me down intently trying to burn a hole through my forehead. I did everything in my power not to crack up at her because she was ridiculous. I don't think her hair could have gotten more afro looking and I wondered if she was going to get hypothermia from wearing short shorts in the middle of winter. Yet she had fuzzy boots and a ski jacket on so maybe that made up for it? I heard Cole make a low noise in the back of his throat, and if we weren't in the situation we were in at the moment it would have been beyond sexy. "James. Just walk away. I don't want to start anything especially today." Most of the restaurant was looking over at us and I slid to the edge of the booth and stood up. James and Cole were still going on about something and Becca was standing in front of me and I mumbled an excuse me as I went passed her. She stuck her clunky boot out and tripped me and I went falling to the ground, "watch where you're going, bitch." She smirked. I got up to my feet and headed for the door. I heard Cole slam money down on the table and he followed after me and he threw me the keys, "get in the car and lock the doors Kal." I did as he said. I closed the door and Cole was coming out with James and his entourage following him. Even though the doors were shut I could still hear his warning loud and clear, "You better watch it Broadman. I'm sick of being left on the sidelines for some little play toy of yours. You know what I'm capable of." Cole was about to say something when James told him to F*** off and gave him the bird and walked off to his piece of shit car. Cole climbed in and shoved the key into the ignition and peeled out of the lot. He was fuming, and was taking the corners too sharp and too fast. "Cole. Please for the love of God slow down!" I shouted at him as he barely missed some middle aged couple attempting to cross the street. His hands were gripping the steering wheel and I placed mine on top of his. "Cole. Please." The car slowly slowed down and he signaled to the path that led to his house. He didn't say anything but he did take my hand and rub his thumb on mine. We got into his garage and he parked it and got out. I just followed him into the house and up to his room. His parents weren't home and the house was eerily quiet. I hadn't seen his housekeeper at all, and Cole seemed to read my mind, "Helena only comes on Fridays or when I want her around, like if I'm feeling too lazy to feed myself when my parents are gone. I sat on his bed while he threw clothes into a duffle bag and he walked into his bathroom and grabbed shampoo and personal stuff. I let my mind wander a little too much about Cole showering at my house and coming out like in a movie with the steam behind him as he opened the door with a towel around his waist…. "Okay ready. Let's get going. I want to get you home love." He didn't even notice I was day dreaming. Something must have been worrying him. We went back into the garage and I walked over to the car and pulled open the door. Before I got in I saw him as he pulled his back pack and a few other things from the back seat, "Grab my phone and charger will you?" I did and followed him. He hung the Camaro's keys on the key on the key hanger and grabbed a different set. I followed him over to a sleek black 2012 Cadillac CTS V-Coupe. My mom was saying something about wanting this car for a while and was going to be her next investment after this house-buying season. It was a nice car. Cole opened his trunk and put his stuff inside, got in, and shut the door behind him. It was amazingly nice inside and I sank back into the dark seats. He held my hand again as we drove out the back of the garage.
I fell asleep on the ride home and woke up as we bounced into my driveway. Yawning, I got my purse and fumbled my keys to the front door. Cole was right behind me with his duffle in hand and took the keys from me and quickly unlocked the door. He didn't have a jacket on and I realized he must have forgotten it at the burger joint. We got inside and I dead bolted the door and led him to the guest room.
"I didn't think you would want to sleep on the couch all night… You can sleep in here; I clean it every other weekend. Sheets are new and the bathroom is right down the hall." Cole dropped his stuff and took me in his arms. "I'm so sorry," he mumbled in my hair, "If I would have known he was looking for me, I wouldn't have taken you out. I'm sorry Kali, so sorry." I said it was fine and played his hair. He pulled away and looked me in the eyes. "I don't want anything to happen to you. I will do anything to make sure that never happens Kali. I have never cared about one person so much in my life that I want to spend every second of my day with like I have with you. I love you Kali, so much." My stomach ached at his words, "I love you too Cole." I said as he pulled me back into him. He kissed the top of my head and held me there.
I told Cole goodnight and to wake me if he heard anything suspicious. I went up to my room and got ready for bed and climbed under the covers. As soon as my head hit the pillows I fell asleep.
I was running. I couldn't get away from whomever was chasing me. Blood was all over the floor and every time I turned a corner I slipped. My hands were bleeding and dripping blood onto the floor. 'It's my blood' I thought out loud. I was going in circles and I ran smack into someone in front of me. They grabbed my shoulders and dragged me down the hall. I couldn't scream. No one could hear me. I was going to die – I woke up panting and a cold sweat filled my body. I threw off the covers and padded down to Cole in the guest room. He had the door wide open and a flashlight on the night stand. I walked over to him and climbed in next to him. He woke up, "what's going on? Is someone outside?" he asked me panicked. "No I just had a bad dream." I told him settling in next to him under the covers. His arm went around me and he kissed my neck and fell back asleep. I slept soundly for the rest of the night listening to him breath and his heart beat against my back.
Blankets were tangled around me when I woke up and the sun was shining on the bed. I rolled over and put my hand where Cole was laying, and he wasn't there. I opened my eyes and sat up looking around. Light was coming out under the bathroom door and I could hear the shower running. I smiled, closed my eyes and cuddled back up with the blanket. I didn't hear him come in, but I felt it when he kissed me and I opened my eyes, "good morning beautiful." He said. His hair was wet and he didn't have a shirt on. I leaned back and looked at him while he walked over and picked up his duffle bag. He had a towel wrapped around his waist and I smiled, thinking of my little fantasy I had yesterday. He turned around and faced me and I just couldn't help tracing my eyes up him. He has gorgeous v-lines… I thought.
"What are you looking at!" he said looking a little red in the face.
"Oooooooh nothing!" I smiled back at him. I plopped myself back down on the pillows and closed my eyes when I felt something hit my face. It smelled like Cole and I touched it and it was his towel. That meant he was… Naked. Oh shit… I groaned and turned over and buried my face in the pillows.
"Oh yeah I forgot to tell you don't open your eyes," he burst out laughing and I threw the towel off my face and sat up. Thank god he put his boxers on… I don't know what I would've done if he was standing buck naked in my guest bedroom.
"What time is it?" I just remembered that we had to go to school. I could not miss another day.
"9. But I checked online this morning, and it's a teacher in service or something." I sighed, relieved that I didn't have to worry about getting ready. I plopped back down on the bed, turned the television on to the news and put my arms up toward him wanting him to come to me. He walked over and I wrapped my arms around his neck as he lay down on top of me on top of the blankets and kissed me. He was still in his boxers and I was in my pajamas and I was silently thanking myself he had not come under the blankets because if he had… We wouldn't have been just making out like we were. I don't know how long we were there rolling around the bed with each other, running our hands all over each other's bodies. The blanket was thrown off to the side of the bed and I was on top of him basically straddling his waist. He put his hands on both sides of my face and kissed me slow, hard, and lingering. I knew what he wanted to do and I might have even given in if the TV hadn't caught both of our attentions.
"Another high school student went missing yesterday. An Amber Alert was issued for Bella Jenkins around ten pm last night and police are still searching her last known location. Police think that this case is linked to Sara Long's killer also. If anyone has any information about her disappearance or Miss Long's murder, we please ask you to contact Crime Stoppers at…" The woman trailed on and Cole caught my gaze. He knew what I was thinking.
"You knew her?" He asked, already knowing the answer. I nodded, "Not well… I know she's in marching band… and drama club. She kept to herself mostly. I don't know why anyone would do anything to her. She's never been a problem child at school or anything that I know of." I didn't have a good feeling about her disappearance either.
"Well leave it to the authorities… I'm sure they'll find her love." He kissed my nose and turned us over so he was on top of me pinning my arms to the bed.
"The dance is in three days, remember?" he said smiling.
I groaned loudly, "Don't remind me! Gosh, I'm going to look like a freaking basket case out there. Maybe I won't even go… I'll just disappear while you're getting punch or something!" I did a fake evil laugh and he didn't even break a smile.
"I'm not going to let you go out of my sight for a second at that place. With everything happening around here lately, I don't have a good feeling about letting you go into the bathroom alone." He paused, "okay that's a little too far." He laughed to himself and I giggled.
"But seriously Kal, I won't let anything happen to you, ok?" I nodded, reassuring him nothing was going to happen and pulled him down back on top of me and kissed him hard. I traced my fingers down his shoulders and back feeling his muscles ripple as he moved against me.
The day went by quick. There was a lot of kissing and flirtingly touching each other, making one of us want the other in little instances throughout the day. The sun was setting and Cole had just put in some romantic comedy he had stuffed in his duffle before he left his house. Ryan Reynolds was in it, so it was bound to be good. Cole had made Fettuccini Alfredo for dinner with garlic and herb chicken and it was delicious of course. Neither of us had gotten dressed for the day really, which didn't bother me at all. Cole was wearing baggy sweats and a tank top looking thing and I just stayed in my sleep shorts and shirt. I needed to shower. After I had finished dinner and took our plates to the kitchen I told Cole I would be back in a bit and that I needed to go shower. He said okay and to hurry back or he might come in after me, which made me blush and secretly wish he would. I hopped up the stairs and into the bathroom and turned on the water to steamy hot. I didn't bother shutting the door, even though I knew he probably wouldn't come in. I turned my radio on and sang along loud and obnoxiously.
"Hey!" I heard Cole shout from down the stairs.
"Quiet down! You'll wake up the neighbors!" which was obviously a joke because my nearest neighbor was about a mile away. I just laughed.
"Come and make me then!" I shouted back. I turned the radio up louder and started singing louder and more off key and heard him run up the stairs. I peeked around the shower curtain and my hair was sopping wet and dripping on the floor of the bathroom. It was framing my face and curling a little like it does only when it's wet. Cole leaned against the bathroom door just staring at me with a smirk on his face. I had stopped singing and the music was still blaring, and he walked over and pushed the off button.
"You really should get back in the shower and finish before I do something you don't want me to…" He said with a very straight and concentrated look on his face. I gave him a sly look and moved the shower curtain down a little lower showing more skin, but nothing important, "who said I don't want you to?" At that he threw his sweats off and took off his tank top, which was super sexy to watch, and pushed the curtains back and pulled me to him. My boobs were smashed against his chest and I looked up at him with an awed look on my face. Oddly enough it wasn't awkward standing like this with both of us standing there with me completely nude and Cole with only boxers on under the shower head. Water was running down his face and he leaned down to kiss me. This sent a whole new kind of rush through me. I pressed my body against him and ached to be closer to him than I already was. My hands went to his hair and I knotted my fingers in it which made him make a noise in the back of his throat. He wrapped his arms around my waist and I put one of my legs up around his hips. He turned us and pushed me up against the shower wall and put my other leg up around his hips and held my thighs there. This was the closest thing I had ever gotten to sex and I didn't mind one bit of it. I think I didn't stop anything either because he wasn't completely naked so we were just… very sexually making out. He pulled away and buried his face in my shoulder.
"You're killing me you know that?" he groaned into me. I laughed at him, "Well I'm sorry but at least you have some self-control. I wouldn't have toyed with you to join me in here if I didn't know that hun"
"You're burning up what little self-control I have doing this you know." he set me down and groaned and hopped out of the shower and closed the curtains. I almost reached out to him to make him stay but I didn't know where it would have lead if I did that, and I didn't want my mom coming home to a 'surprise we're having a baby' talk. That thought made me shudder.
"I'm going to go compose myself while you finish up ok?" his voice was deep and sexy and it made me smile. I laughed at him, "okay well then turn my music back on!" I heard a click and a new fast beat song came on and I started yelling out the lyrics again. I heard him laugh to himself as he clicked the door to the bathroom shut.
It was already dark when I got finished up so I just put pajamas on. It was a silk Victoria's Secret set I got for Christmas the year before. I had never wanted to wear them around the house because the shorts were so short and the long sleeved shirt plunged way low down my chest. I let my hair hang down my shoulders because Cole seemed to like that. Why am I trying to impress him so much! I thought as I looked in the mirror. I looked cute, that was a fact, but I never tried to look cute for anybody. I gave up and went downstairs and found Cole in the kitchen making some kind of chocolate drizzled popcorn. I leaned on the counter and he stared right at my cleavage.
"Hey! Watch where your eyes wander mister!" I said to him with a huge grin on my face.
"Well it's not like it'd be anything new, unless you completely forgot what happened like twenty minutes ago." He replied back with a smirk. I stuck my tongue out at him and came around to what he was making. I took a piece and popped it in my mouth. It was salty and sweet and made me want to eat it all.
"What's the special occasion?" I asked him.
"None ha, I just found this in the pantry and made it because I was craving it." He told me with a smile. We walked over hand in hand to the couch and flicked on Netflix. He had changed back into his sweats, but didn't have a shirt on. I didn't want to go to school tomorrow… I always hate Wednesday teacher in service days. All my homework was done anyway so I just had to get up early.
"Can I sleep with you tonight?" I asked him sweetly.
"Well I was planning on it. It's either your bed or the guest room… And the guest room's bed is bigger so it's your call." He smiled at me.
The clock sang out its hourly tune and I was exhausted. It was only 10 o'clock but I yawned more times than I blinked my eyes it seemed like. Without a word Cole flipped off the TV and scooped me up into his arms. He kissed my face and I was too tired to protest him carrying me. He laid me down on the bed and put the blankets up and around my face. I instantly felt myself dozing off and the last thing I remembered was Cole's body pressing up against my back and his arm wrapping around my body.
"Good night Kali. Sweet dreams, I'll love you forever." He whispered in my ear.
"I love you Cole." I mumbled back to him. Then I was out cold.
I could smell bacon. That was my first thought before I actually completely woke up. I opened my eyes and looked around. I was in the guest bedroom. Cole's stuff was still on the floor and he was gone from the bed. I got up and went into the kitchen.
"Good morning," I told him, stretching my arms behind my head. He came up and wrapped his arms around my waist before I was done.
"Whoa... Hi." I giggled and buried my face in his shirt. He was already dressed for school and smelt like he always did. We unwrapped ourselves from each other and he finished making breakfast while I went upstairs to get ready for school.
It had only taken me around 15 minutes to get ready and breakfast was done by then. I sat at the kitchen counter and was swiveling myself back and forth on the stool when Cole's phone rang. He looked at it and didn't answer.
"Who is it?" I asked him.
"It's just James. It's the 5th time he's called since lunch yesterday, but I didn't notice because I hadn't had my phone. I'm just going to ignore him. Let him cool off for a while. I know how he gets." He said it calmly. I turned the news on, wondering about Bella and if there was any news about her disappearance yet. There was, and it wasn't good. There was a anonymously reported fire in an abandoned mine shack in the middle of the woods early this morning and they found her wallet and ID and think they found remains of her body. I couldn't help but tear up a little at this. I pulled out my phone and texted Daz.
Me: Did u hear bout bella?
"Babe come on we gotta go or we're going to be late!" Cole shouted at me from the front door. I brushed my teeth and grabbed my stuff and followed him out of the house to his car. It took about 15 minutes to drive to school, which gave us 10 to get our crap from our lockers and get to sex ed.
Mr. Louis was doing another lecture about STD's and how the only way to prevent them is being abstinent. Even though I knew he knew more than half the school lost their virginity by the age of 17, except for me, which I was fine with at the moment. The whole day floated by quickly, and so did Friday. By last period on Friday, all anyone could talk about was the dance. I was in PE and we were having a talk on nutrition so we didn't have to dress down. I listened to everyone's conversations. Some I wish I didn't have to hear. Especially Marcy Linton and her rant about different spas that offered different prices for Brazilian body waxes… I had to bite my lip to hold back a gag. The final bell rang and I walked out and met Cole at his car.
"Well hey there Gorgeous," he said winking and kissing me lightly. "How bout we go to dinner and a movie tonight? My treat." I don't remember the last time it wasn't his treat, which didn't bug me much. I was dirt broke at the moment anyway, and completely exhausted from my day.
"Do you think we could just go back to my house and watch a movie or something? I'm so tired it's ridiculous." Something was bugging me the past few days and I couldn't put my finger on it, and the more I thought about what it might be, the more unfocused I got about my school work, so I got stressed about my school work and getting stressed makes me dead tired.
"Of course love… I'll give you a massage if you want." He opened my door for me and I gave him a weak smile.
We pulled up into my driveway and I went up to my room to change into some comfy clothes. By the time I got back down stairs, Cole had prepared cooking grilled cheese and tomato soup, one of my favorite comfort foods. I pulled over a hoodie and cuddled up into the puffy lounge chair in the living room. I closed my eyes and rested till Cole told me to unfold my legs from under my butt so he could set the food tray on my lap. It was just what I needed. I told him thank you and that I loved him and he turned on a football game. I finished my food in no time and set the tray on the floor and got up to go sit next to Cole. I cuddled up beside him and laid my head in his lap. I fell asleep listening to the announcers on the TV and him stroking my hair. I woke up still on the couch but laying half on and half beside Cole's shirtless body. We had a blanket thrown over us and it was oddly more than comfortable. The clock struck 1am and I settled back down next to him and fell back asleep.
I could hear the clock dinging. I counted, 1 ding, 2, 3… 10, 11, 12. Twelve? I thought to myself. I opened my eyes and Cole was still snoring softly under me. I reached down and checked my phone. It flashed one new message and I opened it. It was from my mom. She said that she was going to be a few more days than expected and that she was going to lose service and would call when she could. I dropped the phone on the floor which made Cole jump awake, "What's going on?" he sounded startled and groggy. I kissed him hard and felt him sigh under my weight. We broke apart, "well good morning to you too Angel." I kissed his forehead and lay back down on his chest and traced his muscles.
"What time is it love?" he questioned me.
"Hmm," I squinted at the clock, "12:03" I told him.
"Holy shit balls, seriously? I haven't slept this late in years." He stretched his arms above his head arching his body very deliciously.
"I don't think I've ever slept this late honestly." I told him. Actually I probably could have slept a few more hours. I told him that and he agreed. We went to the guest bedroom and lay down together. We were both overheated from sleeping so smashed together and in such a small area that we stripped down to our under clothes; me in my sports bra and boy shorts and Cole in his boxers. We got under the cool covers and faced each other. Cole traced the contours of my face and we kissed felt each other up for about an hour. We didn't get as intense as we did in the shower before, but we explored each other's bodies more that we had before with our hands.
I woke back up around 4:30 and Cole was tracing my back with his fingers. He had managed to get my bra off sometime during this whole process of rolling around on the bed together.
"I need to go get my suit from my house… Will you be okay here for a couple hours while I go get ready?" His lips moved on my forehead as he spoke.
"Of course hun, I need to get ready anyway and my hair is ridiculous to get to look good." He laughed at me and slipped out of bed, leaving me there laying on my stomach and the light shining through the window warming my back.
"I wish I could stay in this moment forever." He said to me softly. I 'mmmm'd' back in reply. He put some sweats and a tee shirt on and kissed my neck. I'll be here at 7 on the dot to get you okay? I love you Kal."
"I love you Cole." I told him. He left and locked the front door with the extra key I gave him.
I laid there for a few minutes and decided to shower and get ready. By the time I finished curling my hair and getting my make up on it was 6:30. I checked my phone and started a message to Daz. Daz… Oh my god. That's what I was forgetting. She never replied to my text on Thursday. She is one of those people that will always return messages within a three minute time frame. My heart started to race and I called her cell. It went automatically to voicemail. I tried her house number and no one picked up. 'Hey what time r u getting to the dance? Let me kno so me and Cole can meet u there k?' I sat down on the couch and waited for a reply. A few minutes later my phone rang. It was Daz's cell number.
"Hello?" I answered hurriedly.
"Kal.." It was Daz's voice, she was crying.
"Daz? What's going on? Is everything alright?"
"I need to you to come out front." She was here? At my house? There was someone in the background but I couldn't tell if it was a man or woman's voice.
"Why are you here?" I had gone to the window and was looking out. There wasn't anyone on the street.
"Just come out. It's- it's an emergency." That was the last thing she sobbed to me. I dropped my phone and threw the door open. I was in heals but could still walk swiftly down to the driveway. There was an old beaten up car sitting where Cole's was not 3 hours before. James… He was leaning against his car and Daz was raggedly sitting in the back seat, her hands tied together behind her. She was sobbing and had dried blood on her arms, neck and face. Her clothes were ripped and she was sobbing and saying 'no' over and over. I hurried toward her and James stepped in front of me and pushed me to the ground.
"It's about time we have a one on one talk sweetie." He had a horrific glint of pleasure in his eyes as he said this. Daz sobbed louder and louder, "Will you shut her up for god's sake! Jesus she is fucking annoying."
"RUN!" she screamed at me before someone behind her duct taped her mouth and they shut the back door to the car. James had turned around in just enough time for me to get up and bolt across the side of my house. He noticed and swore. I heard him start after me. I picked up two rocks and threw one. It hit his windshield of his car and broke through. I turned and kept running towards the forest behind my house. I stopped for a split second and threw the second rock at him with as much force as I could while running. It hit him right below the belt and he groaned.
"You little…." I heard him mumble.
"Someone GET HER!" I heard James yell at one of his friends. One of the guys raced after me. I ran into the forest and tried to go as quietly as I could. The breaking of sticks and crunching of leaves beneath my feet made me realize I really should've taken off these damn heals when I sprinted into the forest... But there was no way I could stop just to take them off now. I felt my body hit the ground before I knew I tripped and heard him coming up fast behind me. I rolled over on my back and looked up as I saw his shadow approaching me faster. I did not feel scared even though I know I should. I moved backwards, ignoring the pain of sticks digging into my back.
"You just made the biggest mistake of your life you little bitch." I heard him mumble. He was close. Too close. My dress caught on something and ripped. I tried to slide backwards and pulled at it trying to rip it free as he got closer. I pulled off my heal and chucked it with as much force as I had lying there on the ground. I saw it sparkling in the moon light as it hurtled toward him. He caught right out of the air. The hairs on the back of my neck pricked up and I knew my life was basically over. He stood over me holding my shoe in one hand and something bulky in the other. I saw him smiling like he took pleasure in what he was about to do. Which he probably did. He swung the object toward my head, a scream trapped in my throat, and then… total darkness.
My head was pounding. I was still in my dress, but my shoes were gone. I tried to go back to the last thing I remembered. Scenes came rushing back into my head and I remembered a rock being smashed into my skull. My head throbbed at the thought. I tried to reach my hand to touch where it was throbbing, but I couldn't. My hands were bound by some kind of rope and so were my feet. I blinked my eyes open and looked around but couldn't see much. It was dark. I could feel I was sitting with my back against a corner. It looked like a basement. I could see what looked like a staircase on the other side of the room with a door at the top with light streaming through the crack at the bottom. Something moved to my left and I looked over. It looked like an outline of a person, sitting in about the same position that I was; knees up, ankles bound together, and arms tied behind their back. I tried to say something to them but my throat was dry like I hadn't drank or had tried to use my voice in days. I cleared my throat and the person groaned beside me. It sounded like a girl.
"Hey?" I managed to squeak out. The girl didn't answer back. I sat there and tried to keep myself calm. Cole… His face flashed through my mind and my heart ached. He probably didn't know where I was. We never got to the dance… If he had been there to pick me up just a few minutes earlier, I wouldn't be here. Then Daz's face flashed into my memory. Oh my god…
"Daz? Daz is that you?" I called out to the girl sitting next to me quietly.
"Kali?" she sniffled and I could hear the horror in her voice. We both started crying out of happiness, knowing we were both alright, for the time being that is.
"We're going to get out of here ok? We'll try to find a way out I promise!" I told her, trying to be hopeful.
"He killed Sara and Bella. He raped and killed them!" Daz sounded terrified and hysterical.
"Daz, you need to calm down. Being worked up about this isn't going to do anything. I need you to calm down and tell me what you know." I heard her sob and try to compose herself.
"God I hate this rope," she shuffled around a little bit, "they really suck at tying though." I heard her shuffle around some more and eventually I felt her hands around my ankles untying the rope. She got them undone and told me to lean down so she could get my hands. Once she did, I stretched out and flexed my hands.
"Keep the rope beside you. That way if we hear them come down we can quickly throw it back around our ankles. Don't worry about our hands, just throw them behind you and clasp them together. They won't come and check on us, they'll just flick the light on and make sure we're still unconscious. So pretend to sleep when I say so." She sounded calmer now, and seemed to know what she was doing. "By the way, your dress is gorgeous. I would've told you that earlier but I didn't have a lot of room to talk if you hadn't noticed." She had a little humor to her voice, which sounded a lot like the old Daz I knew.
"How did you get here anyway?" She sighed when I asked her this.
"Well, we had Wednesday off so I wasn't just going to sit around and do nothing all day. I wanted to go out and have a little fun so I went to the north side of town and met up with Jessica, Matt, and Brady," I knew the names and faces of the people she was talking about. Before we went to high school and started going our own ways, we made fun of them for being so preppy. She went on, "Anyway… There was a rave that night so we got all fancied up and stuff, and by the time we got there, it was in full swing. I didn't drink anything but water. I was dancing with Jessica when Matt came up and said that some guy was looking for me. I followed Matt and he introduced me to him. He said his name was Mason and he was really cute and complimented me the whole night. We danced and made out a bit and whatever and offered to get me something to drink. I was sitting on the couch about to text you when he came back with a bottle of water. He opened it in front of me and gave it to me, so I didn't think twice about it. That's all I remember. I woke up here in the same spot I'm sitting in now. 'Mason' came down and checked on me. I yelled at him and demanded to tell me what I was doing here. He drugged me and tied me up and threw me down here. I wanted answers. He backhanded me across the face and made my lip bleed. 'You're friends with Kali right?' He was looking for you Kal. He made me call my mom and tell her I was staying with you for a few days because your mom is out of town. I don't know how he knew that but I'm scared. He told me he would kill me and my family if he didn't tell me where you lived. I'm so sorry… I didn't know what to do!" she started crying hard. James was 'Mason'. That was obvious. The car following Cole around was one of his friends, trying to find more out about me. But why does he want me… That was the only thing I didn't understand. I heard footsteps upstairs walking across the house.
"Shit! Ropes now!" Daz shuffled the ropes around her ankles and I did the same to mine. I grabbed the ropes for my hands and shoved them quickly behind my back and slumped back into the corner. The door opened and a light flicked on. It stayed on for about 10 seconds. I tried to make myself look like I was unconscious, barley breathing. When it flicked back off and the door closed I heard voices upstairs. "Nah dude they're still out. We need to wake the blonde one up soon though. She's damn hot; I wanna do something about that before we get rid of her." The rest of the guys laughed and I heard James' voice over all of them, "you're a damn idiot bro, but whatever, I just want the other one." Their voices receded into the background and what he said about me sent a bad taste to my mouth.
"How long do we have till they come back and check up on us again?" I asked quietly. She was quiet for a few seconds before answering me, "we have about an hour and a half… I think they're watching football or something." It sounded ridiculous to me that they could do that with two girls sitting tied up in their basement. I threw to ropes on the ground and stood up.
"What are you doing girl?"
"We're getting out of here."
Daz and I found a window that we might be able to squeeze through.
"Do you know where we are? Like where the house is?" I hoped she did. These boys were stupid enough not to check the windows. There was a lock on it but I picked it with one of the pins in my hair.
"Yeah, I think so. It's close to the burger place down here."
"The one on State and Thirteenth?" I asked her.
"Hmmmm, yeah right there on the corner." She told me this and relief flooded through my body. Cole's house was about a mile to two mile walk from here. Escaping was the easy part. Not getting caught was going to be more of a challenge.
"We need to do this quietly Daz…" I boosted her up on my knee and got her through the window. She held onto my hands and pulled me through as the basement light flicked on.
"No!" I heard Daz hissed. She pulled me up to my feet and we heard the boys shouting in the house.
It was freezing outside. I couldn't tell what time it was and we were running at a dead sprint towards the direction of Cole's house. I prayed, please God, don't let them catch us.
"Follow me and keep up. I don't need you being taken by them again." She breathlessly said ok. The houses in this part of town were older. They didn't have many fences so we darted through them. We heard a car start up behind us.
"Run faster!" All I could think of was thank you Coach Hanson for making us work out every day and run 2 miles every Friday. Daz did track so she was easily keeping up with me. The house where we were trapped in was about a half mile at the bottom of the hill that started up to Cole's house. We started running up, which was harder because it was up hill. It probably wasn't the smartest idea because they probably assumed this is the first place we'd go. We got to the top of the hill and saw Cole's driveway. We stopped running and looked around. There were two police cars sitting in it. I ran up to his front door and pounded my hands against it, yelling for someone to open up. Cole's dad opened the door and took one look at me. Without turning around he pulled Daz and I in and shouted, "Cole! She's here! She's right here! They're both here!" I ran inside and pulled Daz with me. She was crying. And I hadn't noticed how awfully beat up she was. She had a black eye and bruises around her neck and chest. Worse off than when she was sitting in James' car in front of my house. My Mom stood up from sitting on the couch. I didn't even see her car when I ran up.
"Mom!" I yelled and threw myself into her arms. She was bawling.
"Kali," Cole breathed behind me. I turned away from my mom and ran to him. He picked me up in his arms and held me close to him. I cried and cried and he kissed every part of my face. "I'm so sorry. I'm never letting you out of my sight again." He kissed me slow and it would have made me morbidly embarrassed kissing in front of my mom and his parents, but I didn't care. All I wanted was to be like this with him forever. I pulled away and buried my face in his shirt. He wasn't in his suit. It must have been days later. My mom came over and hugged both of us.
"How- how long have I been gone?" I asked between sobs.
"It's Monday night," Cole said into my hair. It was 2 days since the dance. I tried thinking of everything that had happened, and why I couldn't remember the day before. I felt my eyes get heavy, and I blacked out.
I could hear Cole talking to my mother. They were talking in hushed voices and were both sitting on the bed I was lying on. I didn't open my eyes; I just listened to their voices. My two favorite voices in the world, I thought to myself.
"I'm going to go finish the load of laundry downstairs alight? Let me know when she wakes up."
"Will do, Mrs. Norrison." My mom moved from my bed and walked out of the room. I opened my eyes and reached for his hands. He was about to call out to my mom that I was awake. I shushed him and made room for him to lie next to me. I looked around. I was in my bedroom and everything looked the same; except for the torn dress in front of the closet doors. This made a whole new rush of emotions go through me, and I groaned.
"Shhhh… I know, it's alright." Cole kissed my temple and ran his hands down my hair. I closed my eyes, turned into his chest, and buried my face there. He started humming the tune he played for me those few weeks ago in his bedroom.
"Sleep my love," he whispered into my hair, "We will talk when you wake up later." I thought of nothing except this moment, and Cole and I lying there together.
********1 Week Later********
"Good morning class! My name is Mrs. Harding," She scribbled her name on the white board, "I'll be teaching your class for the rest of the year! So let's jump right into this. We're going to start off on chapter twelve! Let's talk about abstinence!" She was a very loud excited lady, and looked like she wanted to relive the eighties with her hair and makeup choices. She took over Mr. Louis' spot after he quit unexpectedly, a few days after James was arrested. Mr. Louis was arrested. James and Mr. Louis had apparently worked together during this whole adventure and the investigation was still going on about why. I tensed up, I still didn't like thinking about it, especially if Mr. Louis actually had actually got to me. Cole nudged me from behind. I turned around and he smiled at me. Things couldn't be better between the two of us. My mom quit her job and started her own real estate company here in town, and Cole's parent's seemed to have gotten more comfortable with me. I would just have to wait to find out exactly why they were out to get me, but until then, I was going to keep my mind off of it. And I knew Cole would be able to do that.
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