The guy who held Tracy didn’t let go. He dragged his long fingernails around her neck. He let his breath trail along her neck, which brought a chill down her spine, and she shivered.
“Let go of her,” David demanded. He knew that yelling at him would do no good. He didn’t seem to hear him. David turned to him and shoved him. He brought back a hard slap against David’s face and blood poured from his face where he dragged his fingernails. He turned back to Tracy and whispered in her ear.
“I’ll be back for you,” he growled. Before he left he dragged his tongue in her ear. He pushed her back inside the car. Tracy gasped for breath.
“Are you okay Tracy?” David hugged her close.
“Yeah, I’m fine,” she quivered and clung to his embrace. David seemed to forget the slap and the pain the guy gave him. He held her close in his arms not letting her go. There was a moment of silence between them. They still didn’t forget what had happened. The image of the guy hurting Tracy kept coming back to him.
“Okay, Where to?” Josh tried pulling in conversation between the thick air that was held for a while between the seven of them.
“What do you mean ‘where to’? We’re practically in the middle of nowhere,” Sarah raised her voice.
“Relax. It’s just a joke.”
“Well there’s not going to be joke when we’re lost,” Sarah hardened her tone. Everyone turned blunt and the air turned thick between them once again.
Driving around was useless for Billy. They had enough of it all, especially Billy. He was the one who planned the trip and he was the one that wanted to go with his friends trailing behind. Billy drove around for hours trying to get out. The sky above them darkened fast. The stars that once shown its light, were hidden behind dark clouds that threatened them with a storm. Sarah got impatient by the second.
“This is so stupid. This trip was supposed to lead us somewhere not to the middle of nowhere.” Billy sighed heavily. No one said a word.
In the backseat, David hugged his arms around Tracy and fell asleep in them. David drew his head against the seat and fell asleep. Sean and Josh made small conversation while Heather slept peacefully in the backseat who had no clue in what was going on. Heather had been sleeping the whole time that she didn’t hear Tracy scream.
“This is so stupid,” Sean whispered.
“Why did we even bother to come?” Josh agreed.
“It was mostly all Billy’s idea for the trip. We’re just tagging along for his sake.” They both shook their heads at didn’t say anything for a while.
“You know what amazed me the most though? The concert,” Josh brought up.
“Yeah. That was the best concert ever.”
“We all got the best out of it,” Sean nodded in agreement. They grew silent once again.
Heather woke up and sat up straight. When she stretched her arms, she punched Sean.
“Sorry.” David was the last to wake up ten minutes after he felt Tracy slip away. Tracy fingered the scratch on his face. He winced.
“Does it hurt?”
“A little.” The touch of her fingers drew away the pain that he felt. He locked his eyes on hers and they both knew exactly what they were thinking.
“Guess what everybody, we are now officially....” Sarah left her sentence hanging, waiting for someone to finish it off, but no one did. She finished it off herself.
“....screwed.” Billy gasped in horror, as he realized that they were driving around in circles. It was midnight and there was not a trace of a star leading them anywhere. There was no reverberation of cars passing by or cars honking at one another. They were stranded in the middle of nowhere.
“Great,” Billy groaned.
“Where are we?” Heather shivered trying to adjust to the darkness.
“This doesn’t look like the road we were on before,” Sarah started to realize.
“You think?” Josh shot back. They were starting to get on each other’s nerves and the air between them was getting thicker by the minute. Billy continued on driving in the darkness.
“This is nice,” Sarah had a sarcastic tone but no one caught it.
“I swear to god I will hurt you if you don’t shut up,” Josh yelled.
“Don’t tell me to shut up.”
“I will if you don’t stop talking.” Now that they were lost, they thought that arguing will get to them, but it wasn’t taking them anywhere.
“Let’s just get out and see if we can find a gas station or something,” Heather finally suggested as she began to realize what was going on.
“I don’t think we can. I think we’re lost,” Sean revealed. They all huddled close together. The darkness loomed over them trying to give up their hopes of freedom.