Sarah and Heather were quiet. Not a word was said between the three of them. They were just anxious to get out and leave. Just then, Billy stopped.
“Why did you stop?” Sarah cried.
“I’m not leaving without David, Sean, Josh, and Tracy.”
“Who cares? They’re gone they’re not going to come back.”
“NO,” he banged his hand on the dashboard and everything got quiet. He quickly got out of the car and wanted to get away from everything. He didn’t know what to do. Sarah looked at Heather through the rearview mirror. She looked at her with a look on her face saying that enough happened already in one night. Instead, Sarah moved toward the drivers’ seat.
“Wait. What about Billy?”
“I could care less about him right now.” Sarah tried starting the car as they drove off trying to find a way out. Heather shook her head in disbelief at her. She couldn’t believe that any of this was happening. If only she left with them, she wouldn’t be in this situation with Sarah. They drove around trying to find a way out. It was useless. There was no way out. Each direction they went through only made it worse. They didn’t know where they were and they didn’t know where they were getting to. Sarah finally shut the engine off thinking that there was nowhere to go and no one to ask. They were well into being afraid.
“What are we going to do now?” Heather seemed to echo Josh as if they knew what each other were thinking. She missed Josh. She missed his laugh and his smile that made her happy. She missed the way he used to love her.
They both stared at the empty night. The stars seemed innocent; they glittered on ignoring the cries and their voices. The moon didn’t bother to show that night. It was empty and dull and the sky was nothing without the moon. Sarah and Heather shivered from the cold even though there was no wind that they could feel.
“There’s nothing we can do....yet,” Sarah’s voice sounded cold. Anything she said never had the nerve to have sarcasm or any jokes in it. There was bitter silence in the night that seemed to suit their attitude for everything that seem to happen all at once or things that already happened. Footsteps in the night caught their attention.
“Who’s there?” Sarah’s voice shivered. The footsteps stopped at the sound of her voice even though they were far away. They seemed to know when to stop and went to go. Sarah and Heather looked at each other both shaking in anticipation for something to happen.
“Maybe it’s Billy.”
“I doubt it’s even Billy. He left like an hour ago. As if he would come back.” They turned around to find no one there. The footsteps continued again. The footsteps got louder and closer toward them.
“Come on Heather get out of the car.”
“I said get out. We’ll both get out, come on.” They both got out stumbling on their own. They both stretched out. Sarah tried to smooth out her clothes.
“We don’t have time for that Sarah, what if we get caught?” Heather realized what she said was a mistake. Sarah looked up and stared at her.
“So what if we get caught?”
“What if it’s only Billy?”
“Billy, are you serious? He left like ten hours ago. You seriously think that he’s going to come back?” Heather shook her said.
“I wasn’t saying that. I just thought.....” Heather lost her voice and couldn’t even finish her sentence. Heather choked on her breath and couldn’t breathe. Sarah turned around to tie her shoes that she didn’t realize that Heather stopped talking.
“What were you thinking huh? That we might get killed or something. I mean, come on Heather don’t take it all so serious.” Sarah turned around and gasped in horror. Heather was strangled around the neck and she couldn’t breathe. Her face was turning purple and the blood was all rushing to her head and she could see that her veins were popping out.Sarah was about to scream, but he moved toward her and silenced her.
“You scream and I’ll fuckin’ kill both of you,” he whispered in her ear. Heather struggled in his grasp. The more she struggled with him, the tighter his grip became around her.
“Get in the car,” he shoved Sarah and Heather in the car. Sarah sat in the front in the drivers’ seat while he sat in the back with Heather.
“Drive,” he replied. He cocked a gun to her head and she heard it click. Sarah had no idea what kind of trouble they were going through. Sarah put them in the situation and she had to get them out. She was shaking trying to decide whether or not they should go through it. Sarah gently moved her head to the right and caught Heather’s gaze in the mirror. Tears were streaming down her face. Her eyes were shut tight praying that none of it was real, when she opened her eyes, nothing changed.
“DRIVE NOW.” He held the gun closer to her and was about to shoot. She turned her head around and put her hands on the ignition and started the car. Before she started the car, she looked through the rearview mirror and caught a glimpse of Heather’s eyes. They seemed to share similar expressions and thoughts towards each other. He pushed the gun harder against her skull and her head leaned against the window. If she didn’t do what he wanted, he was going to kill them both. She started the car and drove to where ever he wanted to go.
There was silence in the night between the four campers. Nothing seemed right anymore for them because of the trip. They all sighed aloud waiting for some kind of sign for anything.
“I would give anything to be home right now,” David sighed. They all nodded in agreement.
“I would give anything to be in England,” Josh sighed in deep thought. They all stared at him in amazement at him.
“What?” he threw and exasperated look.
“After being lost in the middle of nowhere and getting into some crap, you still want to go to England?” Sean looked at him.
“Well yeah. I mean, not by car if that’s what you’re thinking. That was Billy’s idea to come by car instead of an airplane to Darwin. You’re such a loser.”
“You’re the loser,” Sean picked at some remains of the fire that was still burning and threw it at him. Josh dodged out of the way.
“I don’t know about that. I don’t really see any loser here but you. And don’t try to hide it because I know everything about you.”
“You know nothing about me.”
“Oh yeah. Let me explain to you the life of Sean and how he lives,” Josh turned to David and Tracy and put on a play for them. They laughed at him. Sean’s face turned red.
“We all know that Sean is rich. He lives a happy life with his mother, but there is one thing that we don’t know exactly about his mother....”
“OKAY, okay. Nobody needs to know right now,” Sean interrupted him.
“I want to know. Come on,” Tracy pleaded.
“Yeah come on Sean you’re wrecking it for us.” David pitched in and they all laughed.
“You know what fine. Make your little play, because I don’t care anymore.” Sean turned and walked off.
“Oh come on man, were just joking.” But to him it was no joke.
As he walked away from them, he realized that all his life was his mother. A part of his life was ripped away from him because of his mother. He didn’t want to believe the things that she said and did to him. He also didn’t want to believe the truth about anything. He loved his mother yet at the same time he didn’t. He shut his eyes tight and tried ignoring it, but the image of his mother didn’t disappear.
“Look man, I didn’t mean any of that. You know I was joking,” Sean didn’t notice that Josh was behind him.
“Yeah, don’t worry about it man. We’re with you all the way,” David smiled at him. Josh busted out laughing.
“I’m sorry man. I just....” He couldn’t stop laughing. David punched him in the arm and Josh punched him back. They struggled with each other as they made their way back. He watched them walk the rest of the way. He sighed heavily and walked back towards his friends. He sat with his head in his hands.
“Are you okay Sean?” Tracy smiled at him. He lifted his head up and smiled back at her.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Are you sure, you don’t look okay,”
“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.” He smiled at her to reassure her that he was okay and she smiled back. That night was like any other night that they had at the same spot.
“What a night huh? Spitting nothing but jokes and fights over each other.”
“Yeah well, I just want to leave from this damn place that I call hell,” Josh cried.
They all agreed that it was no place for them and it was no place to have fun, but they tried to make it fun. They just couldn’t wait to leave the place and go home. Nothing was easy for them, they didn’t know how they got lost and they also did not know how they were going to find a way out.