Shadows & Roses

Locked Away

My head felt heavy as did my eyelids as I forced them open. Groggily I sat up and looked around. I was in a dim room with walls made of some sort of rough stone and no windows. There was a door at one end that was metal with two slots in it; a top one and a bottom one. A brass four poster bed, which I was sitting on, was shoved into one corner with dingy white sheets and a faded blue comforter. A nightstand was next to it and there was a table a small across the room with a single chair. Finally an old TV was mounted on the wall with heavy bolts.

Rubbing my eyes I slowly began to recall the events that had lead to this. I had gone out to lunch with Kasumi and when we were leaving we'd been jumped. Suddenly I remembered Kasumi's face when whoever had me grabbed me had thrown me into the van. Jumping up I unsteadily walked towards the door and began to bang my fists on it.

"HEY! WHERE THE HELL IS MY SISTER?! WHAT DID YOU DO WITH HER?! ANSWER ME DAMNIT!" I screamed, banging my fists on the metal of the door.

I continued to scream and pound on the door until I heard movement from the other side. The top slat opened and a pair of eyes looked back at me.

"Move." the person on the other side of the door said gruffly and I backed up.

When I moved away the door swung open and there was a man on the other side who was built thick. He had bulging muscles and a neck as big around as a tree.

"Who are you and why did you drag me here and what the hell did you do with my sister?" I spat looking at him.

"Oh your sister's fine." a voice said from behind him and my blood froze.

A second later Kasumi stepped out from behind the guy. She had a smug grin on her face and in an instant I went from worried to angry. I had never felt such rage fill my body and for the first time in my life I knew what it meant when people say they saw red.

"Bitch!" I spat and lunged at my sister but before I could get my hands around her scrawny neck the guy had grabbed me, his hands holding mine to my sides hard enough to leave bruises.

"Oh I'm the bitch? Well who's the one that cheated on her husband hmm? Here's a hint darling sister….it was you!" she said.

"You have no idea what you're talking about Kasumi." I growled.

"I think I do though. Now why don't you have a seat? Tanako put her in the chair." Kasumi said and Tanako walked over and shoved me roughly into the chair. Before I could blink thick lengths of rope had appeared from nowhere and Tanako was carefully tying them around me.

"Comfy sis?" Kasumi asked leaning on the table in front of me.

"Let me go." I spat.

"Sorry….I don't think so but you know what sounds nice? How about some TV?" she asked and walked over and clicked on the TV. The news was on.

The female reporter was talking about the weather when we turned it on but a second later my face popped up on the screen.

"Oh looky! It's you! Hmm…let's see what's going on!" Kasumi grinned and turned up the volume.

"And for tonight's top story. The city is currently being turned upside down in search of a missing heiress. Misora Haninozuka was kidnapped in front of Yoshimo's Sushi Bar this afternoon after having lunch with her younger sister Kasumi Nishimura. Ms. Nishimura was left mostly unhurt but eyewitnesses say that Mrs. Haninozuka was pulled into a large white utility van which sped off. Mitsukuni Haninozuka, Mrs. Haninozuka's husband, and their friends are pleading for her safe return. A reward has been posted and if you have any information on the whereabouts of Misora Haninozuka you are urged to contact either the police department or call this number." the reporter said and Kyoya's number flashed on the screen.

"Hmm…well it's too bad no one is going to ever find you. You don't know it but I've found the perfect spot to hide you Sora. You might as well get comfortable you're not getting out of here anytime soon." Kasumi smirked.

"That's what you think." I grinned and pulled my arms free from the ropes.

What Kasumi had failed to notice was the fact that I still wore my wedding ring. It was a force of habit to wear it and I simply hadn't taken it off. It was large and it had been more than easy to rub the side of the diamond against the old and dry ropes while Kasumi and I had watched TV. Now I was free and I wasn't going to hold back from Kasumi.

I lunged at Kasumi but she ducked. Taking a deep breath I rushed her again and aimed a kick at her head. However she managed to stop it and throw it aside before brandishing her own kick. This one hit me in the side and I flew against the wall. I only broke concentration for a split second before diving back in. I threw punch after punch but she ducked and dodged every one.

When had Kasumi learned to move like this? How had she kicked me like she had earlier? Out of the 3 children our parents had had, she was the one that shunned the lifestyle of the Nishimura family. So why was she able to do things that I had worked on for years?

My shock got the better of me and a moment later Kasumi managed to sweep her leg out and I fell to the stone floor. A second later Tanako scooped me up and threw me roughly on the bed. I wanted to stop him but my body was still recovering from hitting the floor so hard. With a jangle of chains Tanako cuffed my hands and feet to the brass headboard and footboard of the bed.

"H-How do you know how to fight?" I asked as Kasumi walked closer to me.

"There's a lot you don't know about me Sora. I've been training for the longest time now so I could out do both you and Isamu. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have the drive." she leered over me.

"They're going to find me Kasumi. You're not going to get away with any of this." I spat.

"In case you didn't realize I'm not even a suspect. I was there when you were taken so they think I was just another victim. In no time I'll have everything I ever wanted…everything YOU took from me. Now I have to get back, they think that I'm going home to get some clothes. They'll miss me soon. Bye-bye Sora." Kasumi said and a second later brought her fist back and punched me in the side of the head.

Stars exploded in front of my vision and things became blurry. I saw Kasumi motion for Tanako to follow her towards the door. The last thing I saw before I slipped into unconsciousness was Kasumi giving me a wave and slamming the door.

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