I must have been out for awhile. When I woke up, I forgot where I was. I slowly sat up and propped myself up on my elbows. My head ached and my feet were numb from the cold. I couldn’t see anything.
“Hey.” A voice echoed through the room.
“Hello? Who’s there?”
Suddenly I felt a hand on my back. It was warm, almost comforting. “Sweetie, I’m so sorry. I know that you’re confused and scared and you have every right to be. But I assure you that I will keep you safe. Do you have your key?”
It took me a second to process what she was talking about, then I handed my mother the key that I received with the note.
“This key is meant for you, and only you. Remember that.” She handed it back, rolled my hand into a fist, and held it there as she spoke. “I don’t want you to worry. But don’t let your guard down. Ever. Do you understand me?”
“Where am I?”
“You began before he was ready, and you caught him off guard. He needed more time to prepare so he tossed you in here to pass the time. You’ve been knocked out for over 2 hours, everyone else is already in there.”
“They’re all discovering the truth, as you will in time. Follow me.”
We got up and headed back into the hallway. She lead me into another room where my brother sat, holding a journal. He looked up at me and smiled.
“Stay with your brother. He can help you.” She closed the door and left me in the dark once again.
“What is going on, Toby?”
“Sis, you need to chill out. Alex isn’t what you think he is. He’s just so-”
“The guy with the screwed up hand. Anyway, he actually saved mom. I mean, he looks like a bad guy, but he really isn’t.” He started to read the journal again
“Saved mom? What- what are you reading anyway?” I snatched the book out of his hand and as my eyes fell onto the page, my heart fell into the floor.
“Where did you get this? I-I don’t-This is my handwriting, but I don’t remember writing any of this.”
“You might want to take a look at it then. Alex gave it to me, said it would have some answers. It looks like you may know more than you think you do.”
To Be Continued…