I felt my heart beating rapidly as Mrs Tristan stood, shaking in front of me.
What’s she talking about? What does she mean Alex’s missing? And why’s Theo not in the building as well?
I felt conniption grip me as so many thoughts ran through my mind.
Immediately, the door opened and Hetty showed up.
She seemed kind of nervous but tried to dissemble it when she saw other people in the room.
“Um…Jeanne” she called after breathing out softly.
“C…Can I speak with you privately, please?” She asked and I flinched. Privately?
“Why? What’s going on?” Mum asked immediately.
“Um…Please, it’s nothing to worry about. I just need to show something to Jeanne. It’s between both of us” she said and came up to me and swiftly, she of my hand and ran out of the room with me.
I felt like screaming her name as she hurriedly took me through the passage.
I suddenly felt scared and twitchy.
What is going on?
She didn’t say a word until she took me to the restroom which was empty.
“Hetty!” I called as she finally let go of my hand.
“What’s going on?”
She sighed and looked around, probably trying to make sure there was no one around.
“I’m sorry if I frightened you. But someone called me – a strange number – and he had requested me to give the phone quietly without anyone getting to know about it. I had refused at first; but he told me it involved Alex and Theo and they’d be dead if I didn’t do as he said. So, that was why I had to give you the phone” she explained and all I could do was stare.
What’s she talking about?
She turned on her phone and dialled a number on the screen and it ringed for only a short time before being replied.
She handed it to me immediately, putting it on speaker.
I just placed the phone on my ear, not being able to say anything.
“Hello?” I heard a thick cold voice from the line.
I still couldn’t say a word
“Is this Jeanne?” He asked and Hetty prodded me to say something.
“Y…Yes” I replied with a nervous gulp.
“Jeanne” he called and paused.
“Good. Now, I want you to know I’m in possession of Theo and Alex and if you want to see them again, you’ll do exactly as I say.”
I looked at Hetty who also seemed curious.
“First, I want you to leave the hospital and come straight to PR lounge – alone.
I repeat, you must come alone else, you won’t like the turn out.
“You have 10 minutes to get there” he concluded and ended the call.
The phone almost fell from my hands, but Hetty was quick enough to grab it.
I felt my heart skip and feared I might pass out.
“Jeanne” Hetty called and held me.
It took me sometime to gain back my stamina.
“Wh…What do we do?” She asked.
I touched my head and closed my eyes.
Ten minutes…I had just ten minutes to get there?
“Give me your car keys, Hetty” I said frazzled and she scoffed.
“You…you’re not trying to go there, are you?” She asked.
“You heard him, Hetty! He’s in possession of Alex and Theo and he wants me there in ten minutes. So please, give me your car keys” I replied rather frustrated.
“But…you don’t even know how to drive. And…It might be risky.”
I sank my fingers into my hair. Its true; I don’t know how to drive. How do I get there?
“Hetty please, I need to get there” I pleaded.
“But it’s risky, Jeanne. Why don’t we inform someone or the police?”
“Didn’t you hear him? He wants me to . come alone. I can’t risk it”.
We both remained silent, lost in thoughts.
Then, I tried running away, but she held me back.
“I’ll drive you there” she said.
She had to stop far from the bar to avoid being seen and we had concluded if she didn’t hear anything from me in the next five minutes, she was to call the corps.
I left the car and walked the remaining distance to the lounge, feeling so scared. I had taken her phone along with me.
The lounge was shut down and no longer active and it dimmed on me that I was going to a deserted area that late at night.
Immediately I got to the lounge, Hetty’s phone with me started ringing and it was the strange number calling.
I gulped nervously before picking up.
“Come straight to the back of the lounge” he said and ended the call. Hold on; could he see me?
My nervousity increased as I walked slowly to the back of the lounge which was a grassy area.
Immediately I got there, I sighted Theo and Alex being tied to a tree.
What the hell?
What’s going on?
The phone started ringing and this time around, I picked up without reluctancy.
“Take your eyes to the top of your building, Jeanne” he said and I lifted my eyes to see a sniper standing high at the top of the lounge with his gun being pointed down at the direction of Theo and Alex.
Oh, my God!
What’s going on?
“I want you to make a choice between Theo and Alex.” The caller further said.
“Whoever you chose will be set free, while the other dies” he added and a tear escaped my eyes.
Grade finale #Season 2