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Run, my little pets, run!
CHAPTER 12 – NATASHA GILL
Natasha looked up to see Jack hovering over by the mirror.
“Kaiden?” he whispered, his mouth right where the wall and mirror met.
“Jack?” a voice called through the mirror.
At the sound of the second voice, Natasha stood and ran to the mirror. Daniel was quick on her heels.
“Yeah!” Jack called back, hovering above her. “I’m in here! But we can’t get out!
“Hang in there. We’re going to get you out in no time,” a man’s voice asked.
“Hey! Is that you, Mr. Watson?” Jack asked.
“Sure is. Can’t you see us?
“No, this mirror is in the way.”
“We can see you,” Mr. Watson said. “I need you all to step back from the mirror. I’m going to try and break it.”
“I’ve already tried that on this side,” Natasha said. “It’s not like regular glass. I think what the way to open the mirror is to run your hand along the top. Is there a lever there or something?”
There was a long pause, but nothing happened.
“I don’t think it worked,” Daniel said.
“Very astute of you,” Natasha replied.
“Hang on, I’m going to try something else,” Harold asked.
At first, nothing happened. They just heard a bunch of whispering and then feet walking away.
Suddenly, Jack shouted, “Mr. Watson!” He sounded pleased. Natasha looked up, but Jack wasn’t looking at the mirror anymore. He was looking at the room. She turned and saw a very transparent, older man standing there. He waved. She waved limply back. Soon, she could barely see through him anymore.
Jack swam down so that he was eye level with Harold.
“Hey buddy,” Harold said, grinning. “Good to see you again.”
Jack grinned back.
It took about 30 seconds from him to become solid. When he did, he said, “grab my arm. You two as well,” Harold said, looking over at Daniel and Natasha as Jack took hold of his arm. “I’m going to get us all out of here.”
Natasha held his other arm while Daniel took hold of Harold’s shoulder. At first, she thought there was something wrong with her eyes. Everything became progressively blurry. She started blinking rapidly trying to clear them, but it just kept getting worse until finally she couldn’t see the room or anything around her at all.”
“What’s happening?” she tried to say, but no sound came out. There was no sound anywhere. Everything was white.
Slowly, the white had splotches of gray. Then colours mixed with the gray and shapes started to appear. Soon she found herself in the parking lot of her doctor’s office.
“That was so cool!” Jack said, grinning.
“Why did you only take us to here? We need to get away from here,” Natasha said, looking around in panic.
“I know, but we have to wait for Evan and Kaiden,” Harold said, pointing at the garage.
The door slowly started to open and the two quickly ducked under, ran up the incline, and joined them.
“Thank you so much for rescuing us,” Daniel said.
“Yes, I’m sorry,” Natasha said, quickly. “Please don’t think I’m ungrateful, but I need to get home and check on my family.” She’d been about to start running home, when Harold reached out and grabbed her arm.
“You can’t,” Harold said, looking alarmed.
“What do you mean, I can’t?” Natasha asked, turning back around to face him.
“They know where we live. They came to my house and ransacked the place. They’re going to try again, and next time, I doubt it will be so easy to escape. They’ll have figured out what I can do now.”
“I can’t leave my family,” Natasha said. “They’re probably worried sick about me. I have to get home.” She shook her arm free.
“Hang on a minute,” Daniel said. “He’s right. You’re going to put your family in more danger if you go home. Look at me. I took me because they were after Evan.”
“Exactly! What if I run? They might go after my kids,” she glared at them. “I need to make sure they’re safe and I can’t do that if I run away.”
“They don’t have powers too, do they?” Kaiden asked, looking somewhat jealous.
“No,” Natasha said.
“Then they should be fine,” Harold said.
“You don’t know that. Daniel doesn’t have any powers and they took him.”
“I think that was a mistake,” Daniel said.
“You don’t know that,” Natasha said. “I’m going home.”
“How about the rest of you?” Harold said.
Everyone else agreed quickly agreed that they couldn’t go home. “We need to stick together,” Kaiden said.
“Not you Kaiden,” Harold said.
“What? Why?” he asked, looking horrified.
“Because they aren’t after you. You need to go home, while you still can.”
“He’s right buddy,” Evan said. “You helped us a ton, but now it’s time to go home.”
Kaiden shoulders slumped as he stared at the pavement.
“The rest of you, grab a hold of my arms,” Harold said. Jack, Evan, and Daniel reached out to hold one of his arms. As they disappeared, Natasha walked over to Kaiden and put hand on his shoulder. “C’mon, I’ll take you home.”
He shook it off. “I’m not a little kid. I can get home by myself.” He walked over to shrub and pulled out the bike he’d stashed there when he’d chased after Harold the first time and slowly road off down the road.
Natasha felt torn between wanting to make sure he got home safe and needing to check on her own family. She waited until he turned the corner and then she raced toward home. What she hadn’t told the group was that she thought they were right. Of course, they had to leave. But she couldn’t abandon her family.
She slowed down as she got to the end of her driveway. Harold was right. But she needed a different strategy. One that would protect her family as well. She reached for the door knob and knew that this would be the last time she would walk into her house in a very long time.
End of Part 1