:: As the third week of Heather's imprisonment drew closer to its end, all Heather could do was sit in her bonds and hope. She knew that Hallie wasn't likely to stop her killing spree with Lilly. Her real fear was who Hallie's next victim would be. Fatigue and hunger left a dangerous mix in Heather's body, and she was doing all she could to keep herself from passing out. In quiet desperation, she tried to look towards the window, but no sunlight could come through. Her head started drooping, and finally, Heather gave in to exhaustion. She slowly drifted off into disturbing dreams. ::

***************

:: Heather looked around her surroundings. Her, her brother Jeff, Holly, Heff, Kat, Mike, and Sean were standing at the end of a mile long driveway. Looming at the end was a huge mansion that looked as though it had went unoccupied for many years. Heather lights up a cigarette as they observe the structure. She's sitting on the hood of Jeff's care, her legs revealed in her tiny shorts. She's wearing her usual combat boots under them, and a black, belly revealing tank on top. Jeff is dressed down in baggy pants and a Buffalo Bills # 7 JP Losman jersey. Heff was dressed in all black, her weapon belt around her waist, as usual. Her hand mindlessly kept going back to the gun in her holster. Holly looked pretty in low-rise black jeans and red tube top. Kat was wearing baggy jeans and tank top. Mike was decked out in baggy cargo's and t-shirt. ::

Heather Halliwell
What do you guys think? Should we explore or leave well enough alone?

Heff Bentley
Sounds good to me. This place looks awesome from the outside, the inside should be totally kick-ass. Heather, can I get a cigarette off you?

Kat Brittingham
I don't know, you guys. This place looks pretty bad, maybe we should just leave well enough alone.

Mike Brittingham
I don't know Kat, maybe they have something going on. I think we should go explore.

Kat Brittingham
Mike, I don't want to go explore the damn house.

Heather Halliwell
Kat, chill out. So far, it's three to one. Jeff, Holly, Sean what do you think?

Holly Halliwell
I don't know, that house could be dangerous. At the same time, it does look cool as shit. I say we go in.

Heather Halliwell
Excellent. Jeff?

Jeff Halliwell
I don't like it, but I'm going to be outnumbered. So to hell with it, lets laugh at danger and just do it.

Kat Brittingham
Come on you guys, I really don't want to do this. I just have a bad feeling about going in there.

Heff Bentley
Kat, you really need to loosen up and live life a little. There's one left to ask... Seeeeaaan?

Sean Graves
Of course I'm in for this. We can go in, but we'll all have to stick together.

Kat Brittingham
Damnit you guys, why do we have to?

Mike Brittingham
You don't have to, Kat, fuck. Just wait out here in the car.

Kat Brittingham
No, not unless you stay with me.

Mike Brittingham
I'm going in with them, Catherine. If you don't want to, just stay out here.

Kat Brittingham
But I want you to stay with me, Mike... Come on, please.

Holly Halliwell
Come on, Kat. Live a little, whats the worst that could happen?

:: Kat's brown eyes speak a lot of volumes, but she chooses to keep her mouth shut. Angrily, she flicks her cigarette away and stands up from her seat. She looks around at everyone else. ::

Kat Brittingham
Well? If we're going to do this, lets get it over with so we can get the hell out of here.

:: Heather slides off the hood of the car to her feet and straightens out her shorts. Standing close to Sean, they lead the group up the long drive-way. With each step towards the house, Heather starts to feel more anxious and scared. There's not telling what to expect behind the huge oak doors with the eerie lion head knockers glaring at them. She looks behind her to see how the rest of the group is keeping up. Kat and Mike are right behind them, Kat clinging to Mike, and Mike looking annoyed by this. They argue all the way up the drive-way. Holly and Jeff follow suit behind them, looking around curiously. Heff follows closely behind them, her hands ready to quickly grab any weapons that might come in necessary. They have just reached the porch when Mike and Kat really get into it. ::

Mike Brittingham
God damnit, Kat! Fine, let's just turn back now and wait in the car while they explore. Even though I want to go with them.

Kat Brittingham
No Mike, you want to do this soooo bad, lets just go get this over with. I know my feelings don't mean shit to you, but who cares, right? It's only me.

Mike Brittingham
Kat, you're really starting to piss me off. Let's just go back to the damn car, because I don't feel like listening to you bitch, as usual.

Kat Brittingham
Oh, so that's all I do is bitch? Then why did you marry me, huh? If I'm such a horrible wife.

Jeff Halliwell
Will you both chill the fuck out? I thought we were going to go a weekend without anyone fighting?

Holly Halliwell
Yeah, really. You two are worse than Jeff, Heather, and me in a three way argument.

Kat Brittingham
Sorry, but I can't help the fact that Mike is a real asshole sometimes.

Mike Brittingham
Hey, I offered to go back to the car with you. You're the one who got an attitude and said, no, we can go to the fucking house.

Kat Brittingham
Yeah, because unlike you do for me, I don't want to deprive you anything you want to do.

Mike Brittingham
What do I deprive you from, Kat? Name one thing.

Kat Brittingham
Well... There's.. Um...

Mike Brittingham
See, you can't name anything. What do you ever really want... Sex, time with your friends, weed, and more sex. I give you all of that.

Kat Brittingham
Oh, kiss my ass. You piss me the fuck off a lot, you know that?

Heather Halliwell
Oh my god, you guys. Shut UP! We're already here, so Kat, you may as well stop your bitching and come inside with us. Lighters out, everyone, something tells me that there's no power in here.

Heff Bentley
I'll do you one better.

:: Heff walks to the front with Heather and Sean. From her weapon belt, she pulls out two little flashlights. She hands one to Heather and smiles. Heather looks kup with a bemused expression, looking at the size. ::

Heff Bentley
Don't smirk. It may be small, but it's got a lot of lighting power, and it's used by the best spies in the world. Really high tech, and they would have cost me a small fortune. Good thing I have really good connections that can get me discounts.

Sean Graves
One of the perks of being a bounty hunter, I'm sure.

Heff Bentley
You have no idea.

:: Heather looked around at her group of friends and family one last time to make sure everyone was still cool with the plan. Holly and Jeff looked curious, Sean's face was expressionless, Kat looked like she was ready to punch someone, Mike looked just as pleasent as Kat, and Heff looked ready for action. Heather nodded, reached out for the door knob and turning it slowly, pushed the door open. As soon as she did, a chill went down her spine. She hesitated, knowing that it wasn't a good sign. She looked to Sean, who was looking at her back. The look on his face told her he had felt it too. A moment later, he nodded, and Heather, nodding back, led the way for her group into the house. It's pitch black inside, so Heather and Heff turn their flashlights on. They beam them around the room. They are standing in a welcome parlor. Straight ahead of them is a long, winding stair case. Overhead is a huge chandalier with what looks to be real diamonds. There are doors on each side of them. ::

Sean Graves
You know, this place is kind of homey. Clean it up a bit, give it some power, and we could live here.

Kat Brittingham
You must be out of your mind, I hate this place already. I wanna leave.

Mike Brittingham
Kat, we just got here. It isn't that bad, really. You just have to get used to the surroundings.

Holly Halliwell
I don't know, I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this. Maybe we should turn back while we have the chance.

:: Heather doesn't speak, but she nods her head in agreement. All of a sudden, from behind them all, the front door slams shut. They all jump and spin around to see what had done it. There is no wind in or out of the house. Heather walks quickly over to the door and tries to open it. It doesn't budge. Her face pales as she tries again. ::

Heather Halliwell
You guys... I think we've just run into a slight problem...

Jeff Halliwell
Don't fucking tell me that. What's the slight problem?

Heather Halliwell
The door won't open.

Holly Halliwell
What do you mean, the door won't open? Did you check the lock?

:: Heather turns back around to the door and flashes her light on the lock. What she sees makes her blood come to a freezing stop. ::

Heather Halliwell
The lock... It's broken. It's not supposed to be locked, but the door won't budge.

Jeff Halliwell
Heather, that's not fucking funny. Open the fucking door before you piss me the fuck off.

Heather Halliwell
I'm not kidding, Jeff. If you want, why don't YOU come over here and unlock the door?

Jeff Halliwell
Fine, step back. I'll have us out of here in no time.

:: Heather steps back so Jeff can have full access to the door. She purses her lips, a hand on her hip, the other holding her light steady so he can see what he is doing. Jeff grabs the door knob and starts rattling it, trying to force the door open. He keeps at it for quite a while, just trying anything to get the door open. After a long period of time, where everyone remained silent, watching him, he turns around, his face extremely pale. ::

Jeff Halliwell
You guys... I think we DO have a slight problem.

Heather Halliwell
Thank you Captain Obvious. Nice to know that you finally realize I'm not bullshitting. So, does anyone have a plan?

Sean Graves
This place is huge, there's got to be another way out. If not, then whoever made this house must have been keen on no one getting out once they were in.

Kat Brittingham
That's lovely to hear.

Holly Halliwell
This house is too big, we'll never get out fast if we don't split up.

Mike Brittingham
Uh-uh, I don't think splitting up is a great idea. We need to stay together.

Heather Halliwell
I don't like it either, but she's right. We're going to have to split up into groups. Jeff, you and I are the only ones with working cell phones. So you go with Heff, Kat, and Mike. Check the upper floors for escapes and see if you can find anything that could help get us out. If you find a way to escape, call, and tell us where to find you. We'll do the same if we find a place first. We'll call to check in on each other and to make sure everyone is still together every ten minutes, got it?

Jeff Halliwell
Alright, that sounds like a plan. Lets go, you guys.

:: Jeff, Mike, Kat, and Heff are about to make their way up the long stair case when everyone hears something. They all stand completely still, no one even daring to breathe, trying to hear. A soft, little girls laugh comes floating from somewhere within the house. It starts out very faint, but grows stronger. Heather and Heff are beaming their flashlights all around, trying to find something that might be making the source of the noise. The laughing stops, and is replaced by the soft, sing-song British voice of a little girl. ::

Little Girls Voice
I've been watching you since you all got here. You really should have turned back when you had the chance.

Heather Halliwell
Who are you? Where are you?

Little Girls Voice
My name is Amanda, but my friends called me Mandy. I used to live here with my Mum and my Daddy. We were very rich, and life was perfect... Until the night the bad men came. They killed my Daddy, and killed and raped my mother. Now their souls live in violent pain and anguish in this house.

Sean Graves
What about you, Mandy? What happened to you that night?

Mandy
Mummy was able to hide me before they could break through the doors. She was still in my room when the did the bad stuff to her. I though that I would be able to stay hidden until they left, then go find help. But I must have made a noise, because the next thing I knew, they had me. They contemplated raping me, as they did my mother, but I was too little for them. So they took me outside and hung me on the tree in the yard.

Heather Halliwell
Mandy, that's horrible. I'm so sorry that had to happen to you. I know you said there's no way out, but...

Mandy
I never said there was no way out. I just said that you should have turned back while you had the chance.

Heff Bentley
So there is a way out, then? Where is it?

Mandy
I can't just tell you that. It would anger the souls that still inhabit this house. They wait for times like this, when curious people decide they want to come look at what was once a place of such splendor. They thrive for taking the lives of humans, especially young, pretty ones like the group of you.

Heather Halliwell
Okay, so you can't tell us. Can you at least give us a hint?

Mandy
I'm not really allowed to. But I hate seeing the souls of such young people like myself taken. I've seen it happen so many times, and when I've tried to help before, they've been too scared to listen to me.

Sean Graves
We aren't scared of you, Mandy. If you want, you can even show yourself to us.

Mandy
I don't know... It might anger the spirits of my parents. Even in death, they are able to punish me as they see fit.

Heather Halliwell
Is there any way we could free you spirit from this house?

Mandy
From the house itself, no. I will always linger here. But if I were able to save one life, I'd be able to have my sould saved and I'd go to heaven. Only my body would remain here then.

Sean Graves
Help us get out of here, Mandy, and we'll make sure you rest in peace. Trust us Mandy... Let us see you, we won't let anything happen to you.

:: There is a silent pause. Heather and Sean lock eyes with each other, both hoping that Mandy will show herself. They wait a minute, and start to give up, until a light appears on the other side of the room. The image of a little girl, no older than 8 or 9 appears before them. She's very pretty, with long, wavy black hair, clear blue eyes, rosebud lips, and a perfect little nose. Her little body is covered in a floor length white gown, with long, fancy sleeves. Despite the torture of her death, she still held her young, innocent look. Heather and Heff both beamed their flashlights at her to get a better look. Mandy puts a hand in front of her and cowers away from the light of the beams. ::

Mandy
Please, the light hurts me.

Heff Bentley
I'm sorry, Mandy. You're a very pretty girl, you know that?

Mandy
Thank you. I was told that in life, as well, though I never believed it. I never had a reason to feel that I was pretty.

Heff Bentley
That's a shame. I hate to sound like we're trying to rush things, but can you help us find our way out now?

Mandy
You'll have to seperate yourselves, like you said. There are clues scattered around the house, clues that will lead you to a key to the kitchen door. Once out there, run around to the left side of the house. If you run to the right, then your search was useless. You can't escape that way.

Heather Halliwell
Avoid the right side of the yard. Got it. Well, this shouldn't be too hard. As long as we split up accordingly and span the house, we should be able to find those clues in no time.

Mandy
It's not as easy as it sounds. There IS a catch.

Kat Brittingham
I was waiting for that. I knew that sounded way too fucking easy.

Sean Graves
Kat, just stay calm. Mandy, what were you neglecting to tell us?

Mandy
Once you get started searching, the spirits place a... Timer, of sorts, on you. You'll have exactly 30 minutes to find the 4 clues, scattered all about the house, and get out of here. And mind you, by 30 minutes, you must be on your way down that drive-way. If you are so much as on the porch, the spirits will come take your soul, and you'll be forced to stay here forever with the others before you that were unsuccessful.

Jeff Halliwell
So you're telling us that we have a measly half an hour to search this entire fucking house for only FOUR clues that can get us out of here, and if we don't find them in time, we're stuck here? Fucking Christ.

Sean Graves
Mandy, there has to be a faster, easier way to escape. A secret door that you've discovered that can get us out of here without having to search for clues, a window we can jump out of, anything?

Mandy
I've searched this house far and wide. There's nothing but the one door in the kitchen, and you have to find the clues to lead you to the key to unlock it. Once you do that, you're free.

Heather Halliwell
Are there any particular spots in the house that we can find these clues at?

Mandy
Then rooms that hold them are the kitchen, the master bedroom, the attic, and ballroom. You'll find them in the form of written words on portraits, old newspapers open to a certain page or article, and so on. It's not going to be easy, but if you read the clues right, then you'll be able to find the door and key.

Sean Graves
If that's the case, then we'll stick to our original plan. Jeff, Heff, Kat, and Mike you guys take the upstairs. Heather, Holly, and I will search down here. I would reccomend that the four of you upstairs go in groups of two and search the master bedroom and the attic. The three of us will take our time down here. Lets change it to 5 minute phone call check ups, and call us when you find a hint. Or call us if you find an easier way to escape.

Mandy
Which you won't...

Jeff Halliwell
Alright, you three stay safe. Lets find these clues fast, and get out of here.

Heff Bentley
And before we seperate ourselves...

::Holly, Jeff, and Heather hug tightly. Jeff kisses both his sisters on the top of their heads and finally lets them go. When he does, Heff hands Heather a katana, Holly a dagger, and Sean a hand gun. She nods and backs away, inspecting the weapons she has just given up. Satisfied, she nods to Jeff, the the four of them slowly make their way upstairs. Heather turns back to Sean and Holly and takes a deep breath. She sets her watch for 30 minutes, then heads in the direction of the kitchen. The image of Mandy disappears. ::

Heather Halliwell
So, what do you really think of the situation?

Holly Halliwell
What are we supposed to think, Heather?

Heather Halliwell
I don't know about you, but my DTA started kicking in as soon as Mandy agreed to show herself to us. I honestly can't tell if she's really trying to help us or if this is part of some sick game.

Sean Graves
I know what you mean. We've been through some pretty fucked up shit over the years, you and I. But this really is up there.

Holly Halliwell
Can you keep it down? I don't want to piss these ghosts off anymore than they seem to be already.

:: Sean and Heather nod, and a silence is maintained as they make their way through the house. They reach the ballroom first, and are quickly dismayed to learn that it could fit about 3 of Heather's Texas ranch home. ::

Holly Halliwell
Oh, this is going to be oodles of fun...

Heather Halliwell
Don't think like that... She said that the clues will be found in the form of portraits, old newspapers, stuff like that. Just look for something with writing on it, and if it sounds like something that could be a clue, use it.

Holly Halliwell
How the hell are we supposed to do that when we have no idea what the hell kind of clues we're supposed to be searching for?

Sean Graves
Holly makes a good point. We don't know what we're supposed to be looking for, so how are we supposed to find it?

Heather Halliwell
Shit, that's true... Mandy... MANDY!

:: In front of them, Mandy appears again. Her eyes are wide, and she looks a little scared. Heather kneels down so that she is eye level with Mandy. Mandy only moves her head, following Heather's actions with her eyes. Heather is a little creeped out by this, but she doesn't let it show. ::

Heather Halliwell
Mandy... Without telling us the exact spot location to find the clues or the key or the door... What kind of clues are we supposed to be looking for? Give us a hint.

Mandy
The fancy woman in blue satin... The newspaper article about our murders and their locations... The toy horse... And the big vanity table. That's where you'll find all the answers that will lead you out of this house.

Heather Halliwell
Thank you, Mandy.

:: Mandy disappears again, and Heather turns back to her companions. Sean is already looking around the room, and Holly just looks confused. Heather follows Sean's lead and starts beaming the around all the portraits in the room. ::

Heather Halliwell
A woman in blue satin, a newspaper article about the incident, toy horse, and a vanity table. The locations of the clues are pretty self-explanitory. The woman in blue satin would be in here somewhere. I'm willing to bet it's a portrait of an ancestor, and we gotta find out whats on it.

Sean Graves
Shouldn't we call the others and let them know whats going on?

Heather Halliwell
Oh yeah, they might gain something from this knowledge, too.

:: Heather pulls her cell phone out of her back pocket and turns it on. She checks for service, which she's not getting much of. She sighs and walks around the huge room, trying to locate at least one bar. Finally, she hits a spot where she finds two bars and calls her brothers phone. It rings and rings, but ends up going to his voicemail. ::

Heather Halliwell
Damn!

Sean Graves
No answer?

Heather Halliwell
No.... Jeff, it's Heather. Listen, Mandy just gave us more hints... We know what we have to find, you four look for a toy horse in the attic and a vanity table in the master bedroom. The clues should be there. It's been about ten minutes already, so give us a call, ASAP.

:: Heather hangs up and starts look around again. Sean doesn't leave her side once, staying barely a foot away from her the whole time. Despite the anxiety she's feeling about the situation, feeling Sean so close to her makes her feel safer. ::

Sean Graves
Who would have thought that one of Kat's bad feelings would ever come to something?

Heather Halliwell
Haha, yeah really, figures the one time we really should listen to her, we don't. Oh well, we can't turn back now.

Sean Graves
Do you think we'll make it out of here?

Heather Halliwell
Yes, I do. All of us, at that. We know what we're looking for, we're spread out, and we can all run fast.

Sean Graves
There's just something so unsettling about this...

Heather Halliwell
I know what you mean. I mean, Mandy claims she wants to help so she can free her spirit from this house...

Sean Graves
Yet, she says no one has ever survived the half hour. If she really wanted to be freed so bad, you'd think she'd be leading us right to our "clues".

Heather Halliwell
Hence, my asking if she was really helping or if she's playing some sick game with us.

Holly Halliwell
Listen, we're never going to find anything if the two of you just stand over there chit-chatting the half hour away. Have you guys found the blue dress lady yet?

Heather Halliwell
No we haven't. I'm waiting for Jeff to call us back. I'm worried about him.

Holly Halliwell
Don't say that... I refuse to leave this house without our brother.

Heather Halliwell
You and me both, Holly. I'm not too keen on leaving without Heff, either. Kat and Mike... Something tells me that they are going to manage to argue their way into their own graves.

:: Heather and Holly jump about a foot into the air when Heather's cell starts to ring. Heather checks the ID and it's her brother. She checks her watch. Fifteen minutes down, fifteen left. Sighing, she picks up the phone. Distress builds when she realizes that her brother has bad reception, and she can barely hear or understand him. ::

Heather Halliwell
Jeff?... I can barely hear you, what are you trying to say?

Jeff Halliwell
Heather... Kat's gone... Mike ran off looking... But watch your back.... Mandy... Lies.... Find a way out....

Heather Halliwell
Jeff? Can you hear me? Jeff, if you can hear me, just abandon everything, and meet us downstairs.

:: The phone cuts off at this point. Frustrated, Heather throws it across the room. The soft laughter from Mandy starts up around the house again. Only this time, there's a more treacherous ring to it. Holly grabs Heather's arm and squeezes the circulation out of it. Sean comes up behind both girls and puts his arms around both of them. They huddle against him and look around. Mandy appears before them again, a sly grin on her young face. Heather pulls away from Sean a little bit and stares the young ghost right in the face. ::

Mandy
I've been a naughty girl again...

Heather Halliwell
I have a feeling there's something you aren't telling us.

Mandy
Good instinct you've got there. You know, I do have to say, yours was the first group to ever suspect I was up to something so quickly.

Heather Halliwell
I should have known... There's no way out of this house, is there?

Mandy
There are ways to get outside, but you wouldn't live to see past this place. Not unless you were really good. But it's always so much fun to watch the lot of you foolish ones look like idiots. The mice in my little maze.

Heather Halliwell
And I'm guessing us splitting up our groups was just a ploy to watch the little mice scatter and seperate. Gave you a chance to pick them off one by one, right?

Mandy
Very good... I've been taking my time, tonight, though. I'm changing my ideas. I think I'm going to let the lot of you kill each other. Last person standing gets to kill themself. Isn't that fun?

Heather Halliwell
Oh yes, a bucket of monkies. You're sick, Mandy.

Mandy
I'm not sick, just bored. It's not my fault I was killed in the middle of nowhere. When there's nothing to do for long periods of time, when fresh meat comes along, of course I'm going to play.

Heather Halliwell
Well, the game is over, Mandy. I'm going to find my brother, and the rest of my friends, and we're going to get out of this place. Alive. And you won't be seeing us again.

Mandy
Is that so? Then I'll give you an extra ten minutes to do that, just because that's so very amusing. Have fun!

:: Mandy floats away, giggling evilly the entire time. Heather turns back to Sean and Holly. Sean looks enraged, while Holly looks absolutely terrified. Determination takes over Heather and she pulls away. She grabs her cell phone and calls Jeff quickly. This time, he picks up, and there is clear reception between them. She looks up and sees Mandy grinning down at her. ::

Jeff Halliwell
Heather, we're not finding anything. Mandy set us up, there's no way out of this place. Heff and I are coming back downstairs, and we're gonna try to find a way out on our own.

Heather Halliwell
Where are Mike and Kat, Jeff?

Jeff Halliwell
You know them. They got into another fight, and Kat ran off. Mike got pissed, and ran off after her. That was about five minutes into this trap. We haven't been able to find them, so I hope they are able to find us. We can't stick around to wait for them.

Heather Halliwell
How close are you and Heff to the stairway? Right now, the three of us are in the ballroom.

Jeff Halliwell
We're reaching them now. I'm going to get off the phone, I'll see you guys in a minute.

:: Heather hangs up her phone and waits impatiently. Another minute rolls by and no sign of her brother or Heff. Heather looks to Holly, then Sean. Another minute passes, and Heather finally loses her patience. ::

Heather Halliwell
They should have been here by now, I'm going to go look for them.

Holly Halliwell
No need!

:: Heather spins around and in walk Heff and Jeff. Holly and Heather run up to their brother and almost knock him over from the force of their embrace. They hug for a few moments before letting each other go. The group then gathers into a circle huddle and begin to contemplate ways out of the house. ::

Heff Bentley
Maybe there's some way out through the sewage... An underground trail that will lead us back to society where we're safe. All we'd have to do is just keep walking.

Jeff Halliwell
And leave my car here? You must be insane. No, we'll have to find a way out above ground and then haul ass down that drive-way. I'm not leaving that car.

Sean Graves
Maybe there's a basement somewhere... We can find cellar doors that will take us outside.

Heather Halliwell
Remember what she said, though... We can't go to the right side of the house. There must be something blocking it that we don't know about.

Heff Bentley
Yeah, and how trustworthy has Mandy been so far?

Heather Halliwell
Oh, true...

Sean Graves
It's a gamble, but it's worth a shot. Lets look for a basement and see if we can find anything down there.

Holly Halliwell
This is turning into a damn movie. I wonder what will pop out at us from the basement.

Jeff Halliwell
Well, I ain't gonna be the one who goes down there to find out. One of you can have the fun in that.

:: The group argues about who is going to go down to check the safety of the basement the whole way to the door. Once they reach it, everyone turns to look at each other. Heather looks around and nods to Sean. Sean meets her eye and nods back. ::

Heather Halliwell
Me and Sean will go down together and look. If its safe, then we'll call up for you. If not, we're going to have to think of another way to escape. So lets pray.

:: Holly crosses herself and peers down into the pitch black basement. Heather and Sean look at each other then, side by side, make their way down the long stair case. The air grows denser, and a moldy smell invades their noses. Heather reaches a hand out and finds Sean's hand in the process. Without thinking about it, they hold hands all the way down the stairs. Once they reach the bottom, they don't let go, but pull closer. Heather beams her light around, and the two look in awe. ::

Heather Halliwell
There's... Nothing down here. It's completely empty.

Sean Graves
Somethings up with this, I can feel it. I don't like this, this is way too easy.

Heather Halliwell
Well, since we're down here, we may as well look for a door or something.

:: Sean nods in agreement, and the two finally pull apart to start searching the huge basement for means to escape. At one point, Sean curses out loud, as he trips over a little girls tricycle. Heather hurries over to him to make sure he's alright. When he assures her that he's fine, she looks up. In front of her is a door leading to the outside. Her breath catches in her throat and she hurries over to it. Sean looks up in mute curiousity until he sees where she is headed. Her fingers had just closes around the knob when Sean's voice floats from the darkness. ::

Sean Graves
Are you sure that's a good idea?

Heather Halliwell
No, but it's the only idea we've got for now. I'm just going to peak my head out to see if the coast is clear.

Sean Graves
Good idea... As we are on the right side of the house.

:: Heather's hand, which had just closed around the knob again, hesitates mid-turn. She looks up at Sean, and for the first time, a flicker of fear is seen in her eyes. Sean notices it, and gently brushes her black hair out of her face. He brings his face close to hers so that their foreheads are touching and looks deeply into her eyes from the light of the flash light. Heather's breathing calms down again and stares back into Sean's eyes. He smiles and lets her go and Heather opens the door. She peaks out and... Nothing is there. Breathing a sigh of relief, she turns to Sean and starts laughing. ::

Heather Halliwell
We're almost free, Sean. Lets go get the rest of them.

:: Heather turns around to get her brother, but Sean grabs her arm and stops her. Heather looks back at Sean in confusion. There's a serious look on his face, and his breathing is uneven. Heather narrows her eyes in concern. ::

Heather Halliwell
Sean...?

Sean Graves
Sorry, but I want to do this before the rest of them come down here and we make our escape.

:: Sean pulls Heather against him, and gently wrapping his arms around her waist, touches his lips to hers. He takes them over hungrily, kissing Heather with such a violent passion, Heather is caught off guard. She put her arms around his shoulders tightly and kisses back just as fiercely. This lasts only a few moments, but when they finally pull away from each other, Heather is breathless. She stares into Sean's eyes and sees the same anxiety and intensity in his as well. She walks to the bottom of the stairs and calls her siblings and friend down to the basement. They come down, and the group gathers by the door. ::

Holly Halliwell
And you are absolutely sure that this is the way out? No obstacles or tricks or anything like that that'll get us killed?

Heather Halliwell
When I looked, I didn't see anything. But I didn't get a good look around, either.

Holly Halliwell
Great...

:: Heather rolls her eyes and opens the door. Everyone follows her out. Heather starts to walk forward, but Sean grabs her by the shoulders and stops her dead in her tracks. Heather looks up to ask, but no sound comes out when she sees what's in front of her. Hanging off a branch of a tree, blocking the way to where the gate would open, is the corpse of Mandy. She's swinging from the tree, a piece of rope tied tightly around her little neck. Heather bites back a sob of pity. ::

Jeff Halliwell
There's probably a spell on that thing... The moment we go near it to escape, she'll spring right up and throttle us.

Heather Halliwell
Look, there's enough space between her there, and that part of the fence over there. We can jump over the fence, and once we do, we gotta haul ass.

Jeff Halliwell
What about Kat and Mike?

Heather Halliwell
I wish we could go back and find them, but its probably already too late for them now. They'd want us to save ourselves, anyway.

:: Jeff nods and looks at the fence. It's a common picket fence, easily jumped with the right amount of speed. Jeff backs up a little bit, marks his target mentally, then takes off. At the gate, he takes a running leap and lands on his feet. He looks around, then motions for everyone to follow and starts running down the drive way. Everyone follows his lead, and soon, all five of them running as fast as they can down the drive-way. They reach Jeffs car without anything coming to hold them back. Out of breath, they lean against it, struggling to return to normal. But before they can, a voice floats down the drive-way... An evil, sing-song, little girls British accent. ::

Mandy
You may have escaped me tonight... But hear this now... I now have the souls of your friends... And they'll make sure that you'll come back to stay, too.

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:: Heather feels something slap her across the head. She moans, opening her eyes slowly. Hallie is staring down at her with a confused look on her face. ::

Hallie Halliwell
You must have been having one hell of a dream.

Heather Halliwell
It's better than the reality I've been living for the past three weeks.

Hallie Halliwell
Oh, I don't doubt that. But I'm glad I've got your attention now, because within the next couple of days, I'm going to have a huge surprise for you!

Heather Halliwell
Oh, yay. So why were you out so long?

Hallie Halliwell
Oh, I was with Sean... He's getting closer to becoming who I want him to be again. The sex was just so... Wow, lets just say that I forgot how good it was once that dark side came out of him.

Heather Halliwell
You had sex with Sean?

Hallie Halliwell
Oops, did I say that out loud? I won't lie, he still is resistent to me. He talks about killing me and stuff, but that won't be lasting much longer. I've got this plotted out to a tee. But I can't wait until you see my next victim. This one is extra special, just for you.

Heather Halliwell
Please, Hallie... Don't kill anyone else, you've already got the blood of two people on your hands.

Hallie Halliwell
Technically, I've only got the blood of one of my hands. I didn't kill Luke. But I will take full credit for Lilly. That one was classic, I'm glad I kept a copy of that tape. Anyway, I won't be committing another murder. This time, I've got hired help.

Heather Halliwell
Help... Who in the hell is willing to commit murder for you?

Hallie Halliwell
I could only hire the best... And this one was the absolute best. When I told them the mission, they were a bit reluctant at first. But with some sweet talking and a lot of money promises, I managed to talk this pro into doing just what I needed to get done. You'll be meeting them when they get the job done.

:: And with that, Hallie sashays out of the room. Her purple, plaid mini-skirt swishes teasingly for anyone watching her walk away. Heather lets her head hang again, and finally starts to cry. For the first time in her life, Heather knew what defeat truly felt like. ::