"Yeah sweetie?" He asked.
"I was calling to tell you, when you get back, don't go in the basement. I have someone down there. A bad guy. Teach him to try and kill me. I'm going to Amanda's." I said.
"Kill you?" He asked.
"Yeah. Nothing major." I said.
"Okay." He said..
"See ya later." I said.
"Okay." He said..
We hung up. I heard him scream then walked out the door. I went to the store first. I Got a card and a box of candy. I also picked up a gown. It was blue with lace trim and had matching shorts. I paid, then left. I checked the time. I went by Wal-mart and got him a suit. I ran into Isaac there.
"Where's Zac?" I asked.
"Ahhh... he and Tay are in toys getting Zoe something and Mackie. I never saw you. Would you take this home with ya?" He said handing me a box and a bag.
"Okay." I said.
I handed him his.
"Happy Valentine's Day." I said.
"Early shopper?" He asked.
"Just got it." I said.
"Oh." He said.
"Zac's in the car and Taylor. They didn't have any peanut butter candy at the mall." I said.
"I know." He said.
"Made me come to Wal-mart." I said.
"Yeah well." He said.
He picked up a suit then looked at me.
"A red lagurie?" He asked.
"Not my size...it's Amanda. Little sneck. Had me come shopping for her." I said.
"Oh." He said.
"Yeah but I got to pick my own out." I said.
"Yeah tru.." He said.
I spotted Taylor walking toward us.
"Oh got to go. Here they come." I said.
I went left. They were on the right. I walked right past them. I finished my shopping. Zac paged me. I called back from the cell.
"Where ya at?" He asked.
I looked around.
"K-mart. You?" I asked.
"Wal-mart." He said.
"Okay. Well, I'll be home. Estimate 45 minutes. You want me to stop by and pick you up?" I asked.
"Yeah." He said.
"Okay. See ya at Amanda's." I said.
"Okay." He said.
We hung up. I paid in the back then left. I went by to give Amanda hers. I sat down.
"I got 25 minutes to get to your house." I said.
"Ten minute drive, Eh?" She asked.
"Yeah." I said.
I chatted with her a bit then left. On my way to her house a purple sedan got behind me. I watched it. I went left and it turned left. I changed lanes and it changes lanes. There was a police car behind it. I radioed back. They ran a search for the plates for any warrants. He hit the lights. The guy/girl looked back then hit the gas pedal. I sped up a bit. The person refused to turn and go around me. I radioed the officer when I was gonna turn. I came to an intersection. I had a red light. He/she wasn't gonna stop. I hit the gas pedal and prayed no one would hit me. No one did thank God, though the tires screeched, as I went through and so did the cop and the purple sadan. I hit the expressway.
"Gonna make me late." I thought.
I picked up the phone and called Zac.
"Hello." He said.
"I'm gonna be late." I said.
"Where are you?" He asked.
"Expressway in yet another high speed chase, going at 95 miles an hour and I'm being chased by a purple sadan. I'll be home okay this time." I said.
"You better be." He said.
"I'll see ya when I get there." I said.
"Okay." He said.
I hung up. I went for five miles from 94 -105 mph. Never going below 94. I saw a off ramp and one chance. I didn't tell the cop this time. I hit it at 100 mph and floored the brake, stopping looking down at the car going right past me. To bad it was the on ramp. I looked up and saw a 18 wheeler. I smiled a bit and went in reverse and hit the gas pedal, going backwards into traffic on the expressway. I turned it and it passed the side of the car about 16 inches. I breathed as he went on.
"How did I get on the on ramp?" I asked myself.
I followed the tractor trailer back and then turned off. As I turned off I heard an explosion. I looked up and saw the tractor trailer sat there in flames. I stopped then backed up and pulled up along side at a safe distance in case it went off again. The driver was laying beside the van. I ran up and leaned over. He was alive. I pulled him away and then radioed the police. They arrived shortly. I told them what happened and they took control while I left and went to Amanda's. I was pulling up and saw that Zac was sitting on the front porch. He looked sort of sick. I walked up. He looked up then ran to me.
"Wow, what is it?" I asked knowing something was wrong.
"Amanda." He said.
"What about Amanda?" I asked.
"They can't contact her. No answer." He said.
I walked in. Taylor sat on the sofa crying with Ike holding him. I sat down.
"Taylor, you alright?" I asked.
He moved from Isaac to me still crying. Ike got up. He walked the floor while Taylor cried. I was rocking Taylor in my arms when Zac came in and sat down taking Taylor from me. I got up and walked to the door.
"I'll be back." I said.
I took the jeep this time. It was Ike's and he told me too. I went back to the surveillance place. While going I called the house and turned the switch off. I pulled up and the surveillance truck was sitting there. I walked up and opened the door. She fell out. I screamed, thinking she was dead. I turned around. Well, I had good cause there was blood all over the place. I walked to the jeep feeling very unsteady and picked up the phone. I called the first number that came to my mind. Ike answered. I couldn't breath.
"Hello." He said..
I tried to say something.
"Hello?" He reasked.
"De....Ik....ama..." I said.
"Breath Jennifer." He said.
I slowed down.
"In out. In out." He said.
I slowed down looking back. The blood spilled out the door onto the ground. It was all over her shirt, pants... everything. The bags I had brought were unharmed. I started crying and forgot about Ike. I heard him.
"Something is wrong. I'm going." He said.
I sat down next to the jeep. I cried. She was the only person I was so close to that was female. I got up and crawled over to her.
"Amanda." I said with tears flooding my face. There was a small note covered in blood. I opened it.
Save her or let her die. Hum.. Fuck it.. kill her. Hi Jen. Adam here. Hope you like my valentines day present sweetie.
PS: The blood is on your hands.
I closed it and looked away. I heard the engine of the truck pull up and the car door shut, but didn't know who it was. Ike walked up then turned away himself. The blood was everywhere. All over the inside of the truck. He turned around walking up to me and grabbed me, pulling me away. He took me to the truck. He sat me in the back.
"Stay here." He said.
I sat there still crying. I had seen her an hour ago and now she's dead. I started shaking as Ike walked up.
"Jen. Listen it's not Amanda." He said.
I looked at him.
"It is." I said.
"No Jennifer it isn't. Come here." He said.
He led me over. I looked down at the girl laying before me then cried more.
"What is it?" He asked.
I turned around and buried my head in his shoulder. The police came up where he used the jeep cb to call. They checked out the sence. Ike took me away. He asked an officer to bring the jeep home and he took me away. I leaned my head up against the window, crying. Everything was blurry. When he pulled up I didn't move. I just sat there. Zac walked out and Ike stopped him. He told him something then he came to the truck. He opened the door. I held myself up looking off into space. Not really there. I didn't hear anything he said. He waved his hand in front of me. I just sat there. He shook me and I came back to reality.
"You okay?" He asked.
I fell into another fit of crying like Taylor. He helped me out and inside. Ike took the officer back. I sat there. I looked at Taylor who was a bit confused. He didn't understand why it hurt so much yet Ike wasn't even pained by it. He was crying.
"Taylor." I said.
He looked up with pain in those eyes.
"It's not Amanda." I said.
"It's not?" He asked.
She came through the door.
"How is..." She trailed off.
Me and Taylor sat there crying. Taylor saw her and attacked, hugging her so much he nearly choked her. Zac held onto me. When I saw her I remembered what I had seen earlier and went back to crying some more. She walked over to me and got on her knees.
"What is it?" He asked.
Raising my head to hers.
"He killed her." I said.
"Who?" She asked.
"Adam." I said.
"Who..who did he kill?" She asked.
I stopped looking at her. Tears filled her eyes.
"No." She said shaking her head. I nodded.
"No. It's not true. It wasn't her." She said backing up.
"Your lying." She said.
I shook my head no. She fell into tears not far from me. I eased down next to her and we both just cried. Tay and Zac looked at each other and shook there heads. Ike came back looking at us sitting on the floor. Taylor on Amanda's side trying to get her to stop. Zac trying to get me to stop. He got in front of us both and tilted our heads up.
"She um..she was murdered. Fifthteen stab wounds and a gun shot to the head.
She suffered a bit." He said.
We both then returned to crying.
"Who?" Taylor asked.
Ike looked at him.
"Taylor, you wouldn't understand if I told you." He said.
"Try me." He said.
"The girl. The one Jen thought was Amanda. It wasn't but she was a cousin to them both. They don't know how or when, because she is their cousin. Taylor she was fifthteen." He said.
Hearing it made us cry harder. Taylor tilted Amanda's head up.
"Listen to me. Quiet down some. You're gonna choke if you don't." He said.
I could feel her shaking beside me. I was shaking about as hard as her. I picked up the phone and dialed the number cutting the switch on. I then hung up. Back at the house the fantasy of lights started scaring him. He had begged for it to stop and an hour after they found her. I had to call our parents and tell them. I picked up and dialed the number. Dad answered. I was still crying a bit..
"Dad." I said.
"Jen what happened?" He asked.
"It's Maria." I said.
"What about Marie?" He asked.
"She's um.... dead." I said.
"Dead?" He asked.
"Yeah... killed." I said.
"No." He said.
He broke down eventually as the word spread. They all did. They hung up. I calmed down to think. Zac drove me back to the house I thought. Once there, I cut the switch off and went downstairs. I walked up. No kind of expression covered his face. He was scared to death now. He begged me to let him go.
"Shut up." I said.
He kept on.
"Shut the fuck up." I said.
"You listen and you listen good. I want to know where the hell Adam is." I said.
He blurted the address out. I then walked out. When I got to the stairs I smiled and flipped the switch for about twenty minutes then cut it off. Zac fed him. I suggested starving him.
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