Though my brain was still foggy, I could hear a loud crash, angry voices, and heavy footsteps. I heard a door bang open followed by a familiar voice.
“Thea!” I hadn’t yet figured out whose voice it was but they sounded panicked. There was a slight pressure on my arm, but it was only there for a second before it was gone again. I felt a tap to my left check followed by, “Thea, Thea, wake up!” Why is this person so god damned persistent? It’s rather annoying. “Thea, we have to get going.” I tried to open my eyes but my lids were so heavy and it was really tempting to just go back to sleep. Smack!
“Ouch!” I yelled as my eyes flew open. I blinked a few times and my vision cleared. “Smithy, why did you feel the need to slap me so hard?” I asked wincing at the pain shooting through my right cheek.
“Sorry I had to, you were going to fall back to sleep, and we need to leave.” He explained.
“What’s going on? What are you doing here? And where the hell is here? It smells disgusting.” I complained. I looked down at myself, I was wearing a black bikini and there were cuffs around my wrists and ankles.
“Well I was going to ask you something along those lines also. I call you to tell you to come to the office right away and hours later I am still sat there waiting for you.” He said.
“How did you find me?” I asked him.
“Um, well. I may have sent out a search party.” He said sheepishly.
“Oh you may have?” I asked and he nodded. I was beginning to be able to think clearly now and with that my memories started to come back to me. “Hold on, where’s Bastien?” I asked.
“Who is Bastien?” Smithy asked confused.
“My economics teacher, he brought me out here to distract me, and then locked me up in here when I realised his plans.” I explained.
“Distract you from what?” Smithy asked and I thought carefully.
“Oh my god! Brian and Abby. They hadn’t returned from visiting their parents and I was getting worried so I was on my way to Mr Jackson’s office to get some answers when I got your call. When I hung up I bumped in to Bastien and he brought me here.” I said with sudden realisation.
“Well no one else is here except for us, he must have taken off. I am not very happy that after my call you just decided to go off with your teacher.” Smithy said annoyed.
“Well I wasn’t going to but….” I said and thought back to Sunday.
“But what?” Smithy asked.
“His eyes were so……hypnotising. Wait, you have got to be kidding me. Smithy, is it possible to hypnotise someone?” I asked annoyed.
“Well it’s uncommon but certainly possible.” He answered.
“I can’t believe he’d do that.” I said.
“Hasn’t he only been your teacher for a few months? Why would you presume he wouldn’t do this?” Smithy asked me, confused again. I didn’t answer, I thought back to the few times me and Bastien spent together when no one else was around. “There is more to this than I know about isn’t there?” Smithy asked and I nodded. “Alright well let’s get you out of here; we can speak about this later.” I looked down at my still bound wrists and ankles just as Smithy started pulling on them. “These are pretty tough. Thea, you push up against them as I pull them.” He said to me. But even with the two of us they still wouldn’t budge. Smithy waved one of the men he had brought with him over to help as well. In the end it took me, Smithy and two other men to break the cuffs. What the hell were these made of?
Once I was free Smithy helped me up but I was a bit wobbly on my feet, my legs were still half asleep. Smithy held me up until I regained my balance. I hadn’t noticed how cold it was in here until a shiver ran down my spine. Smithy took off his jacket and wrapped it around me.
“Now let’s go. We have much to discuss. And we need to find out what’s going on with Brian and Abby.” Smithy said and we left to head back to the office.