Chapter Fifteen: She’s NOT for Sale
“Take off your clothes; I want to see what I’m buying.” The man growled as he pushed her into the room.
“No.” She said with a growl as she turned on him.
“I like attitude, but not disobedience.” He said as he moved towards her.
“Stay back.” She said as she backed away from him.
“It would be so much better if you would just make this easy.” The man said with annoyance as he stormed towards her.
“Keep your hands off me!” Ariel screamed as she closed her eyes when she saw the man raised his hand to hit her.
She opened her eyes when nothing happened and stared up at the masked man.
“No one raises a hand to Ariel.” He said with a growl as he held the man’s arm up, almost pulling his shoulder out of the socket.
“Took you long enough.” She said as she looked into his eyes.
“I had to find the place. Do you know how many places smell this bad and have a similar address?”
“No, but I’m sure you will tell me.” She said with a smile.
He laughed as he looked at the man who had dared to raise a hand to her.
“What do you want me to do with this one?”
“I don’t care. From what I could tell, he’s a regular here.” She said with a sneer.
The Sapphire Dreamer shook his head. He’s rubbing off on Miss Lawson, and he wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. The masked man shrugged then tossed the jackass across the room. The man hit the wall and fell to the floor unconscious.
“You didn’t kill him.” She said as she looked from the unconscious man up into his red eyes.
“He’s not who I came here for.” He said with a shrug.
“Brayden, Riley?” She asked as she watched him.
He shook his head. “No. You.”
She sucked in a breath as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. When he backed away, he was smiling.
“Let’s get you out of here. Luka and Abraham will be here soon and can take care of this mess.” He said as he grabbed her arm.
“Wait. That asshole could escape before the detectives get here.” She said as she pulled on her arm.
He stopped and looked at her. “So?”
“So, he has several girls as slaves. And one of them is Hannah, Meranda’s sister.”
He sighed; he knows how important that is to her. “Fine. We’ll go rescue the girls.”
She smiled as she leaned up to kiss his cheek.
He grumbled as he moved past her and kicked the door open, which led into the other room.
“Get ready, because daddy’s home, and he’s pissed off!” The masked man hollered with a growl as he entered the other room.
She rolled her eyes as she ran through the room to where the girls were locked up. She could hear men screaming and things banging around as the masked man threw them around the room.
“Ariel.” Hannah said when Ariel got the door open.
“Come on; we’re getting out of here.” She told the girls.
They ran from the room and followed her to the main floor. When they stepped off the last step, the women screamed when they saw The Sapphire Dreamer.
“Don’t worry. The Sapphire Dreamer is here to help.” Ariel assured the women.
“But he’s The Sapphire Dreamer. He’s a killer.” One of the women shrieked.
“He is also a hero.” Ariel said as she smiled at the masked man.
“Yeah, sure, a hero. Can we get out of here now? The detectives will be here soon.” The masked man said as he approached them, making the girls squeal.
“What are you going to do with them?” She asked as she looked around the room at the trash.
“Let Luka and Abraham have some fun, I guess.” He said with a shrug.
“Oh, wow, you’re letting someone else take out the trash?” She asked, stunned.
He laughed. “Just this once. Now let’s get out of here, ladies.” He said as he ushered them towards the exit.
“Ariel, look out!” Hannah screamed.
Ariel turned as a knife came down on her arm. She cried out and fell to the floor.
“Big mistake.” The masked man said with a growl as he grabbed hold of Brayden’s throat and lifted him off the floor.
“Dreamer, she’s bleeding bad.” Hannah yelled as she tried to hold pressure around the knife, still in her new friend’s arm.
“Give me a minute, ladies; I don’t think you should see this.” The masked man said as he carried the screaming man to another room.
“He’s pissed.” One of the women said as they listened to the man who has been keeping them, prisoner, for years, scream as the masked man pummeled him to death.
When the screaming stopped, the masked man returned to them and lifted Ariel into his arms. He led them out of the building and to a car outback. He set Ariel into the back seat, then hot-wired the car and backed out of it.
“Take her straight to the hospital.” He said as he helped Hannah into the driver’s seat.
“Thank you.” The women said as they piled into the car.
“Remember. Straight to the hospital.” He said as he watched Hannah.
“Don’t worry. We’ll get Ariel there.” Hannah said as she pulled out of the drive and headed down the road. “Any of you ladies know where the hospital is?”
They shook their heads with a laugh.
“Look, a GPS.” One of the girls said when she saw the GPS on the dashboard.
Hannah sighed with relief and picked up the device. But it didn’t seem to understand her language.
“How do you say it in English?”
“Hand it here.” One of the girls said as she took the device, then talked into it.
They found the hospital and carried their new friend inside. They treated all six of them, and the girls demanded to be placed in the same room.
Luka looked around the room in shock. The Sapphire Dreamer must have beaten them here, but the men were all still alive.
Abraham entered the room with their backup and paused. “Did you do this?” He asked as he looked around the room at the unconscious men.
Luka shook his head. “I just got here. I think The Sapphire Dreamer got here first.”
“But they’re all still alive.” Abraham said, shocked.
“Not all, sir.” One officer said as he came out of a room holding up a dream catcher.
They moved into the room and shook their heads at the dead man in the room. It looked like he had beaten him to death with almost every object in the room.
“There’s a note on this computer for Detective Gunnar.” One of the other officers hollered.
Luka ran to the computer.
Dear Slow Ass Cops,
Especially, Detective Gunnar,
I beat you here and rescued Ariel. Yes, I left men alive; I’m not all bad. Thought I’d leave something for you and your partner to do. I was going to leave Brayden Riley alive for you, but he stabbed Ariel, and I couldn’t help it. She brings out the worst in me. Yes, she’s alive. You can find her and the other five girls I saved, okay Ariel saved, at the hospital. Catch you later, steaming pile of dog shit.
The Sapphire Dreamer
Luka looked at his partner, then took off out the door and jumped into his car, then headed for the hospital. Ariel is alive and safe. All thanks to the damn Sapphire Dreamer.
He was starting to think maybe the man is a damn hero, after all.
Ariel opened her eyes and stared into the most beautiful brown eyes she has ever seen.
“You’re finally awake.” Hannah said with a smile.
“How long have I been out?” Ariel asked as she looked around the room at the rest of the girls. She had helped The Sapphire Dreamer rescue.
“A few hours.” One of the girls said from her bed, smiling at her.
“Detective Sexy already came by to check on us.” Hannah said a smile on her face.
“Detective Sexy?” Ariel asked, confused.
“Tall, handsome, and blue eyes that could steal your soul.” Hannah said with a sigh.
“You mean Detective Gunnar?” Ariel asked as she looked at her new friend.
“Yeah, him.” Hannah said as she pointed at Ariel.
“I think the hot detective has a thing for our hero.” One of the other girls said with a grin.
“The Sapphire Dreamer?” Ariel asked as she furrowed her eyebrows. “I don’t think either of them swing that way.”
“No, I’m talking about you, silly.” The girl said with a laugh. “Oh, look at her cheeks, girls. I think our hero has a thing for the detective…” She stopped talking as she stared at Ariel. “And The Sapphire Dreamer.”
“He shoved our captive into that room and beat him to death when he stabbed our Ariel.” Another girl said.
“So, he did.” Hannah said with a knowing smile.
“Stop looking at me like that.” Ariel said as she turned her head from them and looked down at her hands.
“Look at her; she has the hots for them both.”
“Oh, playing both sides of the field, are you?” Hannah asked as she moved her eyebrows up and down.
Ariel looked up at Hannah. “Don’t tell Luka.”
“Who’s Luka?” Another girl asked.
“Ooh, three guys, you go, girl.”
“No.” Ariel said as she shook her head. “Luka is Detective Gunnar.”
“She’s on first-name basis.” Another girl said with a laugh.
“Don’t worry, Ariel. Your secret is safe with us.” Hannah said as she looked over at the other four girls. “Right, girls?”
“Right.” They said at the same time, then used their fingers to zip their lips.
“How did you get the hospital to fit us all into one room?” Ariel asked as she looked around the room at the six beds.
Hannah moved over to her bed, which was next to Ariel’s, and hopped up onto it. “We told them we were all traumatized and are used to being in the same room, and if they separated us, we would all go insane and start throwing things…”
Ariel burst into laughter, then sucked in a breath when a pain shot through her arm.
Hannah chuckled. “Don’t laugh so hard. The knife cut you good.”
“How did we get here, anyway?” Ariel asked once the pain subsided.
“After The Sapphire Dreamer killed our captor, he carried you to a car and hot-wired it; then, we drove here.” The girl on the other side of Ariel said.
“We used the GPS in the car to find the hospital.” One of the other girls said.
“Splendid thing, too.” Hannah said as she shook her head. “Or we’d have been lost.”
“How did you get it to understand you?” Ariel asked as she looked at Hannah, who barely spoke English.
“I can speak English very well.” One of the girls said in almost perfect English as she held up her hand.
“You’re an American. How do you know our language so well?” Hannah asked as she laid back on her bed.
“After I met your sister two years ago, I studied your language. I knew I would need it if I ever found you.” Ariel said as she yawned.
“Smart woman.” One of the other girls said as she laid back on her bed and drifted off to sleep.
“Yes, very smart.” Hannah mumbled before she fell asleep.
One by one, the women fell asleep around her. Ariel smiled as she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep with the other women.