Chapter 20: Finding Her
I ran out of that house before they could speak a word. I had to go. I didn’t want to see them get hurt.I had to get as far away from them as possible.
As I ran I decided to run into the woods, I know the woods it’s a good place, for now, to hide. They most likely will search for me and I just hope they don’t find me. Danger follows me wherever I go.
It was dark outside as I ran through the woods. I did my best to try not to trip over anything like tree roots, but luck was never on my side.
Falling onto the ground is was caused my whole body to ache worse than it was when I was running. The pain was shooting all through my body with every moment I made. Sleep deprivation and not eating was taking a toll on whether I could get up or not.
I didn’t want to move, but I had to. I had to get away. With one slight movement, I was back on the ground. Black dots filled my vision. I heard a noise that wasn’t far away, but I couldn’t do anything before I passed out.
I began to regain my vision from passing out. I noticed I was in the back of a car. I looked out the window, trying to give away that I was awake, well sort of awake. I noticed a number on the side of the building or warehouse that the car was pulling into. 48D2LK. I don’t think the person who was driving noticed the numbers, but I did.
Soon black dots violated my vision once more and I passed out again.
I looked at mom and she was wearing the same expression I was. “Zach Hunter Holt explain to me what’s going on right now!” She shouted at me. Okay, my mom was never the one to shout at someone, but right now I can tell she is beyond pissed.
“I’ll tell you in the car, but we have to go find Lena before she does something she’ll regret,” I told her.
She nodded her head. “Let’s go.”
We both went and got into the car. I was in the driver’s seat while my mom was in the passenger’s seat. “She couldn’t have gone far,” I told mom.
“Don’t over think her Zach. You don’t know what she is capable of and neither do I. Now explain to me what is going on and why Lena has bruises all over her arms and face?” Mom said to me.
I sighed. I shouldn’t have run away that day when I was yelling at Lena because she didn’t tell me. I should have helped her. It’s my fault she ran and I shouldn’t have caused her to do that. “I learn the information from Iza because Lena told Iza the truth earlier that day.” I began.
“Lena’s father and Mack abuse her, mom,” I said getting the tough part out of the way. “They have been abusing her since her mom’s death.”
My mom put a hand over her mouth to try not to cry. “I saw the signs.” She said.
“What?” I asked as I drove looking down the street to see if I can find Lena. God, I need to find her.
It will be my fault if something happens to her.
She then spoke again. “I saw the signs. When she first came to our house to stay the month with us, which only turned out to be a week or so, I noticed the bruises on her wrist. That’s why I pulled her aside that day and asked her if she was alright. She said she was fine, but she didn’t look fine.”
“And that day when you threw pancakes batter into her hair when she crouched on the ground saying please don’t hurt me. When she looked at her brother in fear when she spoke to him.” Mom said.
She had tears streaming down her face by the time she was done. “The day when I jumped into the pool to save her cause she didn’t know how to swim. She wouldn’t deliberately jump in if she could swim, especially in the deep end.” I said remembering the memory.
Mom had nodded her head at that. “It’s all my fault, I saw the signs and I didn’t do anything to help her.” She said. “I didn’t know what to do to help her.”
“Mom, calm down we are going to find her. It’s both of our faults, if I hadn’t snapped at her yesterday for lying to me I would have helped her. I can’t stand it when people lie to me. She didn’t know that, but I snapped at her for it anyway.” I said taking my mom’s hand into my hand and holding onto her as I drove.
So far there were no signs of Lena anywhere. “I know honey, ever since your--” Mom said but I cut her off. didn’t want to hear it.
“Don’t say his name,” I said in a bit of a growl. Mom then nodded her head and understood. That was a story for another time.
The silence between us was soon interrupted by a phone call. I reached down and grabbed my phone. I looked at it and Mack’s name flashed across the screen. “It’s Mack,” I said with disgust in my voice.
“Answer it, he might have an idea where Lena is.” Mom said.
I pressed the talk button and put it to my ear. “Yes?” I said to Mack on the phone.
”Ah, so you decide to pick up. Good, I need to talk to you anyway. It’s about Lena." He said and I did my best to concentrate on the road in front of me. I mouthed the words it’s about Lena to my mom and she nodded her head.
“What did you do Mack?” I said to him.
He let out a chuckle. ”Well, Zach, my father and I have taken Lena somewhere where you will never find her. I suggest you and your mom stop looking for her or bad things will happen."
I growled a bit. “Let me speak to her,” I asked him.
”And why would I do that for you hmm?" He asked me.
“Just let me speak to her for one last time Mack.” I implored.
”5 minutes. That’s all you get. Once those 5 minutes are over, this phone will be destroyed and then you have no way of tracking her."
“Fine,” I said. I heard shifting and then I heard a voice that I’ve been wanting to hear for the past few hours of searching.
”Z-Zach" Lena’s voice said.
“Lena? Are you okay?” I asked worriedly.
I don’t know when I decided I’d be worried about her, but all that has happened, who wouldn’t be worried about her? I know that I’m a bad boy, but that doesn’t mean I can’t worry about people.
”Z-Zach, don’t worry about f-finding me. I’ll b-be okay. Y-You and your m-mom need to stop looking for me. I-I don’t want you t-to get h-hurt and i-involved in any more of this m-mess than you already are." She told me.
“Now Cinderella, what kind of guy would I be if I didn’t go and find a beautiful princess who needed my help,” I said hoping to get some kind of laugh out of her.
”I-I mean it Z-Zach. T-They will hurt you a-and your mom. I-I don’t want that to h-happen. J-Just stop searching for m-me." She said.
I could tell that she had been crying, but I didn’t want to say anything. “I’m not giving up on you princess. Now, is there anything you can tell me about where you are. Anything you saw or reminds you of where you are?” I asked her in a worried tone.
"I-I deserve this Z-Zach. This is my l-life and I deserve e-everything they are d-doing to me." Lena said.
“You deserve a life, Lena. Everyone deserves a life. Even people who are in your situation deserve a chance at a normal life.” I told her.
She then said one single strain of letters and numbers ”48D2LK. B-Be careful and I--.” and then the phone was cut off.
“Lena?” I said hoping there would be an answer but there wasn’t one. “Damn it!” I said out loud.
“Zach, language!” I heard my mom say from beside me.
“Mom, look up 48D2LK,” I told her as I drove. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her looking at me confused. “I think it’s the place they are keeping her held. Those were the numbers she spoke to me. I need to know if it’s a place or not. It has to be close, it might be a warehouse number or something.” I told her.
She then nodded her head. “Well get her back Zach.” She told me trying to calm me down.
“Yeah, I hope so.”