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The Message

Rikki went up to Lotus the next day.

"We're you able to get anyone?"

"A few. Only our friends. Everyone else finds me... weird." She gave a small downhearted sigh.

"Well, there's nothing wrong with weird. Where are they?" Their friends came to the table, as if on cue.

"Right here," Aoi said sitting down. "We got your back."

"Of course man," Luuk said sitting by him. "We're here for you."

"All the way," Kilo chimed in.

"Yeah, go team," Chyanne said sarcastically. Rikki looked down on her.

"Could you not?" he asked her. She shrugged an answer.

"So how are we going to do this?" Aoi asked.

"I don't know. Is my brother part of this?"

"Yes," Dan said coming to the table. "I don't agree with you, but you're my brother, so I guess, I have to come with you." He gave a rueful smile.

"Thanks." They shook hands. "I knew I could count on you."

"So, how are we playing this game?" he asked sitting down.

"First, we need to see if we can get any more to join."

"How do we do that?" They all thought for a moment.

"I got nothin'" Luuk said.

"Drawing a blank," Kilo stated with a heavy sigh.

"Haven't a clue," Lotus said. "I think we can do this with what we have."

"Look at this," Aoi announced to the group placing her phone on the table. It was a news article. "Girl Kidnapped From Local Institution" the headline read. They skimmed through it. Below was a picture of Suzy that Rikki recognized. It was the first day of her senior year at West Coast High School.

"How'd it get online?" Dan asked. "And on Fox News?!" he asked reading farther. Aoi smirked her answer.

"She didn't post it," the man said walking over and putting his hand on Rikki's shoulder. "News people did it. When I went to the hospital with Professor M, they asked how she received the gunshot so I told them the truth." It was Jack. He sat down next to Rikki. "Don't worry. I've alerted The Order. They have search parties out right now as we speak."

"What about Suzy's mom?" Rikki asked him.

A few states away.

Suzy's mother, Florence Garrison, heard heard the news. The door bell had rung. She stood up and walked over to answer it. She then saw who it was before she got there. It was police officer Rafferty Delaney, a good friend of hers. He was about her age and had blond hair in a style she always liked. She opened the door.

"Rafferty, hello," she said through the screen door, above the sound of the falling rain.

"Hello, Florence. May I come in?"

"Sure." She opened the door and the door and the man stepped inside. "Is there something I can help you with?" The man hesitated and sighed.

"I… don't know how to tell you this but… I received a call from the college Suzy attends."

"Yeah?" she said slowly, as she was scared to hear what he might say next.

"There was… there was a…" he struggled to find the words. "I'm sorry but… your daughter, Suzy," he paused, "she's been kidnapped." At first, she didn't understand, but she read his mind with her telepathy.

It's true. He thought allowing her to read. She slowly brought her hands to her face and she started to cry. He gave her a hug. I'm sorry. We're doing everything we can. He led her to the couch and he sat her down gently. She continued to cry for what seemed like forever.

"Hey, look at me," Rafferty said to her in the nicest way possible, holding her chin up. She stopped crying a moment. "We will do everything in our available power to find her and we will not stop, until we bring her home safe and sound. Understand?" She nodded. "We'll also do anything to help you." She nodded wiping tears from her cheeks.

"You're so nice," she said to him, her voice still broken from crying.

"It's my job," he said with a small smile. She placed her head on his shoulder.

"At least, when you're here, I feel better." She stopped crying.

"Okay," he said unsurely. She sighed happily. Raffity stood up.

"W-Where are you going?"

"Well, I can't stay, Florence, I have a job to do. If you need me, just call." He started to walk away. She stood up and went after him running out into the rain.

"Wait, but I need you now," she said to him stopping him by grabbing his arm.

"Florence, whatever this is, I'm sorry. Not now. Please." He left her grip and he walked back to his police cruiser. He started the ignition and left the driveway. She continued to stare out in the direction he headed off to, her sniffling coming back. She sadly stepped back inside and she shut the door. She went over and sat back down on the couch. She sighed sadly and she lay down not caring that she was soaked. She wanted to cry some more, but she was all out of tears. She later dozed off and fell asleep.


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