Chapter One

The sun started to set, setting off a beautiful set of reds, and pinks. I had to be home in 10 minutes otherwise I'd be late for curfew. I knew I wouldn't make it home in time unless I took a shortcut through the fields, the fields where Susie Salmon supposedly went missing. I knew that there was a low chance of anything happening to me, I'd be able to hit an attacker back and run away, being 5ft10 and growing up with three brothers. My mind was made up. As I walked through the field, I heard the rustling of leaves, and footsteps behind me. My heart started to race, I quickly picked up my pace and kept an eye on where I was going. I couldn't look back, in fear of someone behind me. I could not, and would not let myself be taken. Not after Susie went missing through this very same cornfield. I could hear footsteps again; I could feel eyes burning into the back of my head. Deciding to risk it, I twisted my head round to see if anyone was there, No one. I must've imagined it. Relieved, I twisted my head back and gasped aloud. There he stood, Mr. Harvey, my next door neighbour.

"Mr. Harvey, You frightened me!"

I said as I let out a nervous laugh and smiled, hesitantly.

"You shouldn't be here."

He stated, calmly and collectively.

"No one should be here. Not even me."

Letting out a sigh, I said

"I'm sorry, but I have to be able to get home in time for curfew and I knew that I would be late if I took another route."

Ignoring me, his gaze wandered over the fields.

"You know that this is the field where Susie Salmon was seen last?"

Yes, I knew that. The whole town knew it. Not letting me speak, he started up again.

"So what are you doing out this late?"

Being polite, I replied.

"I've been at school rehearsing with my cheer team to be ready for this Saturday's match."

I'd been cheerleading for 3 years, and now being a senior in high School I knew this was my last chance to do something I loved before starting my adult life. Eyes gazing over my body, lingering in the chest and leg areas, he said

"Cheerleading? I can imagine that you excel at it."

I didn't know how to reply to that so I glanced down at my watch, damn I'd missed curfew. I knew there was no way I'd be able to go to the party after the match on Saturday now. As I looked up, hazel eyes met brown ones. I hesitantly smiled, and started to speak.

"Mr. Harvey, I'm afraid I have to leave now as I've already missed curfew. I'll see you around!"

As I stepped to the side to walk past him, he cut across to stand in front of me. Confused, I furrowed my brows at him and attempted to walk past him again, and to no avail I found I could not get past, he kept blocking me! Annoyed, I shot a look at him.

"I'm sorry Mr. Ha-"

Quickly cutting me off, he said.

"Please, call me George."

"George, Mr. Harvey, I really have to get home otherwise my parents will ground me!"

Giving me a smirk, he spoke.

"Grounding you will be the least of your worries."

And with that, he pulled something out the back of his pants and hit my head. Sight quickly fading into darkness, I shot him a frightened look as I heard something he said.

"My dear, we are going to have so much fun."