Nori’s body felt heavy. Why was she still so exhausted? She wanted to go back to sleep. She cracked her neck and reached her hand up to fluff her pillow. As her hand gripped it, her eyes snapped open. This wasn’t her pillow. Something was wrong. Where was she?
She squinted, looking for her glasses. They were on the nightstand. She grabbed and put them on, instantly noticing a large smudge. She took them off and used the blanket covering her to clean them and slipped them back on, then she looked around the room she was in...it was someone’s bedroom. Someone’s massive bedroom.
What happened last night? She wracked her brain. Had her blood sugar gone too low? Nori sat up. She felt a little shaky and lightheaded so her blood sugar probably wasn’t great. The room was huge and felt way too fancy.
The lack of clutter unnerved her. It reminded her of something her mother always said. If someone has a lot of space and doesn’t have a lot of stuff, there’s a good chance they are exorbitantly wealthy because they don’t need to worry about throwing things out the same way that poor people do. Despite being so inherently middle class, that line of thinking always stuck with Nori.
She tossed off the blanket and suddenly, she realized what she was wearing. She was wearing some sort of sexy lingerie set, and an unbuttoned men’s shirt. These weren’t her clothes. She shuddered in fear. The only explanations she could come up with were not things she wanted to think about. Someone had undressed her...or drugged her...or kidnapped her...or all of the above.
The door swung open. Now, she could ask her mysterious “captor,” some questions and find out what happened. The man entered the room and her eyes widened. Theo? She covered her mouth. Wait...This couldn’t be right. Theo Masterson walked into the room, smiling. He was wearing a t-shirt and some pajama pants. He had a tray of food. Her skin was crawling.
She quickly realized what she was wearing and let out a squeak. She pulled the heavy blanket up to her chin. She had a million questions and her brain was moving a mile a minute.
“What?” asked Nori. “Theo? What’s...what’s going on?” He was her friend. He had helped her. And now...
“Eat first, little one.” A chill ran up her spine at what he called her. “And I’ll explain.” Theo put the tray on a small table. He went to the dresser and pulled out her blood sugar meter, placing it next to her food. She stared at him. She clenched her fist so hard that her nails were digging into her palm.
She sat there, cautiously. No, not cautiously. She was afraid, she was angry and hurt. He’d betrayed her. Nothing made sense and she was half naked in an unfamiliar place with a man who was completely unfazed by this.
“You need to eat, darling. I’m not going to have you get sick.” Theo walked over to her and gently tugged on the blanket until she dropped it. He took Nori by the hand. She pulled away from him. Her skin felt like it was burning at his touch.
She hissed, “I can get over there by myself.” Nori stood up, keeping her eyes down, and buttoned up the shirt that presumably belonged to Theo. She needed to stay calm. If she freaked out she would make everything worse. She took a few deep breaths trying to calm herself.
She went to the table and took a reading. Her blood sugar was low. But not enough to explain how she felt. She was very shaky and weak and she felt nauseous. She studied the food before she dared take a bite.
“It’s not poison, little one. Just eat.”
Her mouth was dry, she conjured up a bit of saliva and swallowed. She licked her chapped lips. “If I eat will you tell me what is going on?”
His eyes narrowed, studying her. He must have been satisfied because he nodded and sat down next to her. She slowly took a few bites, took a sip of water, and looked at him waiting for an explanation.
“How do you feel?” asked Theo.
“I’m nauseous. But you promised you’d tell me what’s going on, Theo?” she drew her knees up on the chair and held them to her chest.
Theo smirked at her. “I brought you here.”
“Where is here?”
She stiffened. Every muscle in her body was tense and frozen. “How...how did you get me to London?”
Theo quickly stood up and walked behind Nori. “What are you doing?” she demanded. Her eyes darted back to him.
“Just relax, Nori,” he purred in her ear. A shiver ran down her spine and her already tight muscles got tighter, if that was even possible. Theo started rubbing her neck.
She jerked away from him. “How did you get me to London?” she yelled.
He grinned at her, his eyes narrow. It made him look sinister. She was certain that’s what he was going for. The worst thing for her was that it didn’t make him any less gorgeous. She lowered her eyes as a blush crossed her face.
“It did take some work. I had to sedate you and keep a regular eye on your blood sugar. But I’m not going to hurt you, Nori.”
She jumped up in front of Theo, her lips pinched tightly shut. She was a foot shorter than him. “What the fuck is going on?” she shrieked.
Theo backhanded Nori. She fell to the floor. No one had ever hit her like that. “Don’t you ever curse at me! I told you this before!”
Nori gently touched her cheek and looked up at him with wide-eyes. Her eyes were watering, she tried to push back her tears. “What are you talking about?” she shuddered. “You’ve never said that before! I don’t understand what’s happening?”
Theo grabbed Nori by the arm and pulled her up. “Finish eating your food.”
“Don’t touch me!” She tried to pull away from him, but he squeezed her arm, so tightly that she gasped.
Theo grabbed her by the chin. “I’ll touch you whenever I want, little one. You’re my property, now.”
She jerked her head out of Theo’s grip. “I’m no one’s property.”
Theo pulled her in close and lifted her up. She screeched, “Put me down.”
“With pleasure,” he sneered as he threw her on the bed.
He stared at her blankly. Nori sat up, eyes darting around the room. He walked to the foot of the bed and grabbed a metal cuff. She pushed herself back on the bed, trying to put as much distance between them as she could, but Theo reached out and snatched her ankle, pulling her close.
“Let me go!” she screamed as he closed the ice cold metal around her leg. “What the fuck is wrong with you!”
Theo slapped her across the face, again. He jumped on top of her and slowly unbuttoned the shirt she was wearing, his shirt. Every time he loosened a button his burning fingers trailed down her skin to the next one.
“Get off me!” she shouted, thrashing her hips. But it was useless. He was heavier than her, and stronger.
Theo quickly sat her up, pulling her small frame into his arms, and tore the shirt off her. He threw it on the floor. A dark grin etched its way into his face. He chuckled as he pushed her back down onto the bed. “I knew that shirt would look so much better on the floor than it does on you.”
Nori opened her mouth, then closed it again. Where was her friend? The guy with whom she laughed about the lack of good pizza? The man who offered to drive her to set because she didn’t have a car?
“Why are you doing this?” she cried.
“Because I want to.” Theo ripped the sexy lingerie and tore the shreds off her body. Nori was completely nude. He took her glasses right off her face and whispered, “You won’t be needing these.” He climbed off her and she squinted around trying to figure out where he put her glasses, but she couldn’t tell.
“Theo! You don’t have to do this! You could let me leave and I’ll never tell anyone.” She bit down on her index finger.
“Why would I ever do that, Nori?” He pulled her hand away from her mouth and gently stroked it. “I love you and I want to prove my love to you.” It was the complete lack of emotions in his voice that frightened her the most. No joy, no remorse. Nothing.
“This isn’t how you prove your love to me!” She pulled her hand away from him as she started wheezing, trying to draw in enough air. She was gasping for air, struggling to breathe. She was going to die because she couldn’t breathe.
Theo tore off his own shirt and his pajama pants. He had on boxers and she let out a faint sigh. She finally felt the air hitting her lungs. But it was short lived relief as before she knew it Theo climbed on her and planted a demanding kiss on her lips. He tried to force his tongue into her mouth. Nori jerked her head away, but he grabbed her chin and kept her in place.
She tried to push him off her, but his weight and muscular physique kept her pinned to the bed. He pulled back and she screamed, “Please, Theo, stop! You’re hurting me!” He grabbed both of her hands and pinned them above her head with his left hand. Meanwhile, his right hand was free to roam around.
Theo touched her in ways she’d never been touched before. It was an assault on her senses like she’d never felt before and she hated it. She slammed her eyes shut.
“Open your eyes, darling. I need to see you look at me.” She sucked in a deep breath and reluctantly opened her eyes and looked up at him. His piercing blue eyes bore painfully into her soul and she was petrified.
Suddenly, Theo climbed off her and Nori prayed to whatever God was out there at the thought that he wasn’t going to go through with this. But her relief was short lived as he merely removed his boxers and climbed back onto her.
He growled in her ear, “I’m going to make you mine.” Nori froze in shock as Theo penetrated her. She wanted to scream at the top of her lungs. But no words came to her. She wanted to punch him in the face. But she was frozen as he raped her.
Theo wrapped his hands around her neck, choking her. She heaved her chest trying to breathe and finally her body listened to her commands and her hands moved. She scratched at Theo’s hands, but he didn’t stop choking her.
“God, you’re so beautiful right now, little one.”
Nori looked up at him, her mouth open, her eyes watering, and she thought to herself, ′This is how I die.′ Her eyes were going blurry. Theo was relentless. She stared at the ceiling and hoped that this would end. But it just kept going. Every time she thought she was going to faint Theo’s hands loosened so she could draw in some much needed air, but as soon as she did he’d squeeze her neck again.
Finally, Theo let go of her neck and after a few more quick movements he collapsed on top of her. He wiped the tears from her eyes, which continued to flow despite his efforts, and he slowly stroked her hair. She didn’t know how long they lay like this for time had stopped moving. Finally, he pulled away.
She remained perfectly still, unable to stop crying. She didn’t know how, but she would get out of here or she’d die trying.
Theo walked to the bathroom. He came back with a towel. She felt empty. How could she ever move on from this?
“Don’t cry, little one,” said Theo. He wiped off her body.
Nori whispered, “How could you? How could you do this to me?”
“Nori, you are my soulmate.” He gently kissed her forehead. “Some day you will get past this. Now, how about you finish your food? We have the rest of the day ahead of us.”
Nori rolled over, looking away from Theo. “Derek is my soulmate. I will never love you.”
“You might as well put him out of your thoughts now because you’re never going to see him again.” Theo walked to the dresser and put on a fresh pair of boxers, then he went over to the closet and put on a t-shirt.
Nori wiped her tears. Theo walked out of the closet. She grabbed her glasses off the nightstand, then she reached down to the discarded shirt she woke up in. As Nori sat up to put on the shirt Theo snatched it away from her.
“Hey! What did you do that for?” she cried. Nori took a few deep breaths trying to calm herself.
“I’m enjoying the view. Maybe I’ll give it to you if you give me a kiss.” Theo dangled the shirt just out of reach.
Nori covered her chest from view. “Haven’t you already violated me enough?”
He made a pouty face. “Just one little kiss.”
"Theo looks so cute,′ she thought. ′I have to stop thinking like this.′ Nori chastised herself. But it was hard to stop thinking about her favorite actor in that way. She had idolized him for so long. She was on fan pages and enjoyed watching all his movies. Now that she was stuck here she knew the true danger...that she’d fall for the same charm that made her a fan of his in the first place.
Nori quickly kissed him on the lips. Theo tossed her the shirt and she put it on and quickly buttoned it. He unchained her ankle and extended a hand to her. She reluctantly took it and he pulled her up. Her legs felt like jello, but she ignored it and went back to the table with Theo.
She quickly finished her food and slumped down onto the table, avoiding eye contact. Her emotional exhaustion had finally overtaken her. She no longer had the energy to fight. She wanted to wrap herself in a blanket and fall asleep. Then with a clear head she’d attempt to escape again.
“Are you ready to have some fun?” asked Theo. He extended his hand to her. She looked up at him, shocked. Was he serious? Nori wanted to say no. But his temper was...unpredictable to say the least.
“Can I get some pants first?” whispered Nori, afraid he’d hit her for asking.
He chuckled and walked to the dresser. He threw her a pair of panties. She stood up and quickly put them on. “What about actual pants?”
“Those are actual pants. Though I assume you mean trousers.”
“Yes, can I have some trousers then?”
Theo gave her body a once-over and smirked. “Those should be enough.” He was certainly in a better mood than before. But it didn’t make her feel any better.
Theo took Nori by the hand, pulled her out the door, walked her down the hall. He was walking so fast and she couldn’t tell if there were any escape routes. He opened another door and brought her into the room, closing the door behind them, and making sure to lock it.
The room was some sort of multimedia center. He had a large TV, comfy chairs, and shelves upon shelves of movies and video games.
“Make yourself comfortable, little one.” Not like she could be comfortable next to this monster.
Nori sat in one of the chairs and saw a blanket. She covered herself. Theo sat next to her holding a plastic bin full of video games.
“So, I was thinking you could play a game. I know you like them.” They’d talked extensively about gaming. It was one of the things they’d bonded over.
He passed her a box and she silently flipped through them. They were all platformers and first person shooters. The kind of games that you need to be good or get good to play. She could play them, but she wasn’t good.
“I’m not really a fan of these kinds of games.”
“Fine.” She handed him a case. It was a game called Hollow Knight. She’d heard of it, but never played it.
He turned on the TV and set up his Switch. He handed her the controllers. When all she wanted to do was rest, he wanted her to focus.
Nori spent far too much time trying to silently master the controls. For a short while she was in a trance, forgetting everything around her. Theo made her test her blood sugar, then she went back into her daze, just trying to forget everything. She was numb to it all.
Theo left the room to cook dinner and Nori snapped out of it. She was alone and she needed to find a way out. She ran to the window and looked down. She was in some high end part of London. There were neighbors. They could be the ones to help her. She just needed to get out of here.
But how could she contact someone? Then it hit her. Most of these video game consoles were connected to the internet in some way. She needed to contact someone...anyone before Theo came back. She went to the menu to connect with friends. She had never used the Switch so she fumbled through looking to see what she could do.
The door creaked open.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” growled Theo. He tore the controller out of her hands.
She looked up at him, refusing to speak to him. She wished she could look brave, but she knew she probably just looked like a child who’d been caught being bad.
“I was watching you. You really think I’d leave you alone and not have some way to make sure you weren’t doing something incredibly stupid?”
She looked down, hoping he wouldn’t see her fighting back tears.
Theo grabbed her chin. “Don’t look away from me,” he snarled. She let out a whimper and she lost the fight, giving into all her fear and sadness. “It’s not like you’d be able to connect to anyone. There’s absolutely no way to contact the outside world. I’ve made sure of it, Nori. Now, I suggest you apologize and give me a good reason not to punish you right now?”
“I’m sorry, Theo. It...It was a mistake.”
“You better believe it was a mistake, little one.”
“Please don’t hurt me. It won’t happen again. I promise.” Nori was shaking like a leaf. She was on the edge of an emotional breakdown and she wasn’t sure she could handle it if he punished her.
Theo smirked at her. “That’s what I like to hear.” He tossed the controller on the seat next to her, then turned off the Switch. Theo grabbed Nori by the arm and pulled her to follow him. She held the blanket around her. “You’re coming down to the kitchen with me.” she nodded. Theo took the blanket and threw it back on the chair. Nori followed behind him, completely at a loss for words. What was she gonna do now?