Tension Builds

Nick’s point of view

My first instinct after I read the note was to call the police. I then realized that if I did that, they might do something that would tip off the kidnapper and he might kill Liz. So I did the next logical thing; I called the guys.
“Brian!” I exclaimed as soon as I heard him pick up the phone.
“Nick what’s wrong?” asked Brian in an urgent voice.
“Liz has been kidnapped!” I blurted out.
“WHAT???” yelled Brian and I heard all the other guys ask what happened in the background. “Are you sure?” he asked in a softer voice.
“Positive, I read the note,” I responded.
“Oh my God, did you call the police?” asked Brian.
“No, the note said that if the kidnapper sees any cops he will…kill Liz,” I choked out.
Brian was silent for a moment as he took everything in. “What else does the note say?” he asked.
“That I have to bring one million dollars to the abandoned warehouse near the Boat Marina tomorrow at five o’clock or Liz dies,” I replied tears gathering in my eyes.
“Okay, Nick, don’t do anything, we’re flying back right now,” said Brian.
“Okay, and Bri, HURRY!” I begged.
“We will, just stay put,” said Brian. “It’ll be okay,” he assured me.
“I hope so,” I replied and then we hung up.

Brian’s point of view

I hung up the phone in shock. Liz was kidnapped? I prayed that it was a dream and that I would wake up at any moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t wake up and the fact that Liz was in mortal danger was very real.
“Guys, we’re leaving right now,” I informed them and picked up my stuff.
“Bri, what happened?” asked AJ.
I looked up and exhaled deeply. “Liz was kidnapped,” I said and they all gasped.
“WHAT?” yelled Kevin.
“How did it happen?” asked Howie.
“When did it happen?” asked AJ.
“I don’t know how or when, but I can estimate that it was probably around the time that Liz stopped answering the phone,” I replied with a heavy heart.
“Oh my God,” said Kevin. “What did the kidnapper say?” he asked.
“That Nick has to bring one million dollars tomorrow or Liz dies,” I responded.
“This cannot be happening,” said AJ in disbelief.
“I know, now come on, we have to get home,” I said and we all grabbed our stuff and went to the airport.

Nick’s point of view

I was lying on my bed and staring into the ceiling. The following day I had to go to the bank and get one million dollars. But I was terrified. Just the thought of Liz being kept against her will by someone made me both angry and scared. Angry at the fact that Liz was kidnapped, and scared for her life. I couldn’t help but think that if I had paid more attention to the fact that Liz wasn’t answering the phone when I called, I could’ve somehow helped her. I didn’t know exactly when she was taken, but I suspected that it was probably two days before. Was she still even alive? That question was haunting me from the moment I saw the note. What I didn’t understand was why the door didn’t look like it had been forced open. There were no marks around the lock. I also distinctly remembered turning on the security system right before I left, and I remembered that I had punched in the code to open the gate when I arrived that day. Did the kidnapper know the code to my security system, or was he an expert at disabling security systems?
While I was thinking about all the things that could’ve possibly happened, another thought had been forming in my mind. I had real feelings for Liz. They weren’t a simple crush; they were more. I knew that it was quite possible that I was falling in love with her.

Brian’s point of view

We arrived at Nick’s house the following morning. We walked in and found Nick sitting in the living room staring at the kidnapper’s note in front of him.
“Nicky?” said Kevin softly. Nick looked up at his voice. We all saw that he had been crying.
“If only I had come back sooner,” he said quietly and tears began to fall from his eyes once again. We all enveloped him in a hug as Nick cried.
“It’ll be okay,” said AJ.
“Can you guarantee that?” asked Nick and AJ was at a loss for words. None of us could guarantee anything at that point.
“We have to find her before five o’clock today, it’s that simple,” I stated and all the guys looked at me like I was nuts.
“Bri, Florida is big, in case you didn’t know, and we don’t even know if Liz is being kept in Florida, for all we know, she might be in another state!” exclaimed Nick.
“Yeah, but we have to try,” I said. “We can’t just sit here and do nothing!” I added.
“We’re not going to do nothing, we’re going to get the money and bring it to the designated place,” said Nick determinedly. “We’re going to the bank,” he said and got up from the couch.
“Nick, do you think that it’s the right way?” asked Howie carefully.
“Yeah I do. I’m gonna do everything that he said to make sure that Liz is back here safe and sound. I don’t care if I have to clean out my bank account, just as long as she’s out of harm's way,” replied Nick and stopped near the front door. “Are you guys with me?” he asked.
“Yeah, we are,” replied Kevin and we all headed for the bank.

Liz’s point of view

I woke up painfully for what it seemed like the millionth time and looked at my dismal surroundings. I was in some sort of a basement with only one small window in the door that provided basically no light at all. The entire room was made of concrete and was very cold. There was no furniture, no nothing. Just bare walls, a ceiling, and a floor. I sat shivering in my shorts and tank top in one of the corners hoping that someone would get me out soon. I had no idea how long I had been there because I kept drifting in and out of consciousness. The back of my head, where the man had hit me back in Nick’s house, was bleeding and throbbing with pain. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything since I got there and I was fairly sure that I was coming down with something because I was coughing a lot and could barely move.
I heard footsteps approaching the door and I tried to shrink back as much as possible against the wall. The door swung open and I closed my eyes at the sudden bright light. It was my kidnapper.
“Oh good, you’re still alive,” he said gruffly and then laughed. “But not for long,” he said and then slammed the door closed. A shiver went through me but it was not because I was cold, this was pure terror.

Nick’s point of view

I looked at the money in the briefcase in front of me, one million dollars. I prayed that everything would go smoothly and no one would get hurt.
I looked at my watch and saw that it was 4:30. “Okay guys, I’m going, wish me luck,” I said and began to move towards the front door. Kevin stopped me.
“You’re not seriously thinking that you’re going alone are you?” he asked.
“Yeah I am, the note said that I have to bring it,” I replied and started towards the door again; Kev stopped me again.
“Nick, it’s too dangerous, we’re not going to let you go alone,” he stated firmly and the other guys nodded in agreement.
“Guys, what if you being there sets the kidnapper off?” I asked and they all looked at each other.
“Fine, then we’ll go in a separate car and we’ll leave a couple of minutes after you, but that’s the final offer,” said AJ.
I sighed. “Fine, but please stay out of sight,” I pleaded and they nodded. “Okay, I’m going, wish me luck,” I said and opened the door.
“Good luck,” they said and I was out the door. I got into my car and just sat there for a couple of minutes thinking about what I was about to do. What if Liz wasn’t with the kidnapper, better yet, what if he was just going to take the money and leave? Or what if Liz was already dead and he never had any intention of giving her back? I hoped that I would find that none of those choices were true when I found Liz, if I found her.
I got to the Boat Marina around 4:50 and looked around. Surely enough there was an abandoned-looking warehouse to my left. I approached it carefully and walked inside. It was completely empty except for a couple of boxes. I set down the briefcase with the money on one of the boxes and listened for any movement. I heard none. How was I supposed to get Liz back if there was no one there? I walked back outside and looked at the area surrounding the warehouse. There were no people in sight, at all.

Liz’s point of view

I was lying half conscious on the floor when the door opened yet again. This time my kidnapper came into the room, picked me up, and carried me outside.
“Come on, we’re going to pick up my money, and dump you,” he said coldly and another shot of terror went through me. He was going to take the money and kill me anyway! I wanted to fight him, but I couldn’t, I was too weak.
He put me on the floor in the backseat of his car and started the engine. We drove for maybe ten minutes when the car stopped and I felt myself being lifted out. I opened my eyes and looked around. We were in the Boat Marina and I was being carried towards some form of a warehouse. I saw a figure standing near the warehouse, a figure with very familiar blond hair. ‘Nick!’ the thought surged through my mind as a tiny speck of hope appeared. Maybe the kidnapper wasn’t going to kill me after all, maybe when he said that he was gonna dump me, he meant that he was going to give me to Nick. But that hope disappeared when the kidnapper carried me into a building near the warehouse, out of Nick’s sight. He put me down on the floor and warned me not to move or I would die. I could only lie still and listen for any sounds of Nick coming to get me.

Nick’s point of view

It was already 5:05 and still no one had showed. It was then that I heard footsteps approaching me. I turned around and saw a large man. He was about 6’5” with dark-brown hair and a muscled build. He outweighed me by sixty pounds easily, if not more.
“You got the money?” he asked me.
“Yeah, it’s in there,” I said and pointed at the warehouse. “Where’s Liz?” I asked and looked him in the eye.
“She’s in there,” he said and pointed at the building a few feet away. “But don’t even think about going there until I make sure that all the money is there,” he warned and went into the warehouse.
My mind raced as I tried to figure out what to do. Should I go get Liz anyway and not wait for him? Or should I stay put until he came out and then go get Liz? What if he was lying when he said that Liz was in the building? I decided to wait for him to come out, this way nothing would go wrong. He came out a few minutes later holding the briefcase.
“Okay, the money is there, follow me,” he said and started towards the building. I followed him, but couldn’t shake the feeling that I was walking into a trap. “There she is,” he said and pointed forward. I squinted in the darkness and saw Liz. She was sitting down on the floor and she looked horrible. “Walk slowly,” the kidnapper instructed. I walked carefully towards Liz. When I was just two feet away from her, I heard the click of a gun behind me. I slowly turned around and saw the kidnapper aiming his gun straight at Liz.
“NOO!!!” I yelled and turned around and tried to reach Liz.

Liz’s point of view

I saw Nick walking towards me and then I also heard the click of the gun. I peered into the darkness and saw it’s metal glinting and it looked like the gun was pointed straight at me. Fear shot through me and I prepared myself for the pain to come. The gun went off. I felt something crash into me as I was once again swallowed by the comfortable world of darkness.


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