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ProfNigma Stories #10: Schneider’s Island #1iCarly/Victorious: Schneider’s Island #11 – Rip[Warning – there is no sex in this story, please don’t hate me for that, but I hope you enjoy it nevertheless]”What kind of game are you talking about, Savanna?!” Freddie practically shouted. “What did my dad say?!””Freddie!” Spencer said in a hushed angry tone, scooping up his daughter once more. “You can’t just yell at her like that.””Savanna just said that this was a game.” The two men had no gained the attention of the whole group now. “A game my father is playing for me.””Then let’s head upstairs and ask him,” Spencer said, trying to keep calm, and wondering if his father was right about the grizzled sheriff all along.”I don’t think that’s a possibility,” Noelle said, nervously interjecting.”What do you mean it isn’t an option?!” Freddie said, pushing past everyone and heading back into the inn. Just as he reached the stairs to look, Noelle informed him of what his eyes were now alerting him to.”He’s gone. Cat and I ran by his room when you guys came out of the tunnel.””And you didn’t-“”Cool you fucking jets, Benson,” Sam said, sliding into his path. “We haven’t exactly had more than a second to recover just yet since we found the k*d.”Spencer sat Savanna on the couch and kneeled in front of the girl. “I need you to tell me what happened, sweetie. What did the policeman say to you?””He said if I did what he wanted me too, I could see Mommy.”The group exchanged some heavy looks of dread, wondering exactly what that meant, while Spencer could only see it for a promise of murder. The lanky father lunged at Freddie and pinned him against the nearest wall.”What the hell is wrong with your dad?!” he screamed as Andre and Nate moved to separate the two of them.”Whoa…” Andre said, pulling Spencer back a bit. “Can I just say that this is nuts?””He’s right,” Nate said, watching Freddie to see if he’d retaliate. “None of this makes any damn sense.””The sheriff seemed to check out,” the musician continued. “We talked to him and everything, and with that leg, there’s no way he could move that fast.””He ran out of here pretty damn fast after we won his ‘game’ didn’t he?” Spencer said, snapping a bit at the nice guy.”There’s no real proof of that, though…” Noelle said calmly. “We just know that he disappeared.””Like Mr Beck…”All eyes suddenly turned towards the small ch*ld and the slow realization that perhaps that ‘safe room’ might not be so safe.”We should go down there and try and find him,” Tori said, very nervously.”No,” Freddie said, apparently believing he spoke for everyone. “No more splitting up. Savanna said that room was safe and maybe it is, but if it isn’t, odds are it’s already too late for us to help him.”Tori wanted to fire back and stand up to Freddie, especially as nice as Beck had been to her, and he did save Savanna… But given the looks that the others gave, the choice was pretty clear.”Look,” Freddie said, motioning toward the couches, “the state police should be arriving really soon, and everything is going to be fine. We just need to wait it out, and stay together.””Yay… Cops…” Sam said as sardonically as possible, waving her finger in a feigned celebration while rolling her eyes. “Cannot wait.”* * *”I’m telling you guys… this k*d is not dangerous. I’m sure this is just a misunderstanding.”The young black officer, riding shotgun in the biplane, looked back at the Hispanic man that had tagged along with their investigation. “Maybe, Detective Vega, but from what the sheriff reported, before everything went cold, was that the k*d was a danger. Two people dead under mysterious circumstances and a few missing. And I don’t intend on going down there with my guard down.””Robbie Shapiro is a weird k*d, I will give this Singer guy that at least. But he wouldn’t and couldn’t be a killer. He still plays with a damn puppet for Christ’s sakes. My daughters have been friends with him for nearly 10 years. Hell, my oldest dated him for a lot of it.””All the more reason, you shouldn’t be here,” the older white officer said coldly as he stared out the window, flying low to avoid some pretty dense fog. “You ever wonder why they call them a pod?””What?” the two passengers said, nearly in unison.”Those whales down there,” the older man said, as if this was just as important as the case. “The group is called a pod instead of a school, like other fish.””Why do you do this all the time?” the younger officer said, shaking his head and rolling his eyes.”Do what?””That. The random ‘look at that’ or the weird philosophical bullshit.””Look, you’re young,” the older man said, giving this look that was almost fatherly. “For you, this is all about catching the bad guys and putting the evil people in jail, and that’s normal. Me? I’m all about the scenery and the world around us. The job is just second nature. You forget that being able to see these kinds of sights… it’s an experience many people don’t get.””Were you the same way when the murders happened here decades ago?” Vega said having read the file, trying to make small talk, even if they didn’t want him there. “I saw that you worked that case in the file.””Nah… I was just a newbie back then. I think it was the last case I worked before I made detective…” The old man took a deep breath before he continued, clearly affected by the topic. “It was pretty awful.””I saw the crime scene photos,” Vega said, flipping back through the thick folder.”Doesn’t do it justice…” the man said, almost grunting, “It was a massacre.””So, are we thinking there might be a connection?” the young officer asked, trying to establish a lead over Vega.”Not likely… just a random thing. Maybe a copycat, but there’s no way that this killer, after what they did, would just lie low for nearly 22 years just to reappear. That’s why we’re keeping this quiet. No press until we report back and hear about this evacuation that no one seemed to heed. Near as we can tell, no one’s heard or seen anyone from the island in a day or so.”The older man went silent, deeply contemplating things as he slowly brought the plane down onto the water, slowly moving toward the dock, where it looked like an officer was waiting for them.”Dispatch,” the younger man said into the radio, trying to sound older and more professional than he actually was. “Made it safely to Schneider’s Island, and making contact with the local department momentarily. Will be in touch once the suspect is in custody.”While Vega gathered up the supplies in the back, both the state officers began to climb out of the biplane, the younger man tossing a rope to the local man, but the island’s officer remained motionless.”What the hell, man? Can’t catch?” he called out, but he immediately felt a loss for words when he saw the face of the man on the dock. It was scarred, and a quick look showed that there was blood all over the collar of the uniform. “Stop!”That was the only word he managed as the scarred man levelled a pistol and two lightning fast shots later, giving the younger cop a head shot, and the slower, older cop through the neck, both of the state officer ‘cavalry’ members were dropped into the water.Vega however, was still inside and drew his weapon and kept it pointed at the killer as he slowly climbed out of the plane. This was the killer, and for a moment Vega wasn’t sure about defending Robbie as the killer had a very thin and nimble frame, but he needed to focus.”Drop the gun, or I drop you…” he said, trying to stay calm despite losing both the men that were supposed to be leading him.The killer surprisingly did just that, tossing the gun into the water below and raising his hands up in surrender.Vega made the mistake of lowering his weapon as he approached the seemingly unarmed killer, readying his cuffs instead of focusing on the hands, and a concealed knife quickly appeared in the palm.For the LAPD officer, it was simultaneously slow motion, and too fast to react as he felt the sharp pain in his stomach as the knife entered with a swift f*rce, and he tried to speak, but found himself unable to say anything as the pain doubled in his stomach. His knees began to buckle and he tried to swing at the killer but the killer moved too quickly and jammed the knife into his throat.The fade to black happened fast for the father of two, or one, as far as he knew, watching the killer standing above him, just staring. “You’re… not… Robbie?” he choked out, reaching up weakly.The Slasher tilted his head to the side, staring as the life drifted from the out of place detective, and then grabbed the gun from his hand before rolling the dying man into the water. Once the killer was sure, the thin murderer headed towards the plane to start the next phase of the plan.* * *”So, you ever use one of these before?” Sam said, examining the rifle in front of her, and barely looking at her conversation partner.”Yeah,” Andre said, with a slow breath, “in like Call of Honor and Medal of Duty and all those types of games. Can’t be much harder to aim and shoot.””Ha…” the blonde said, with a slight smirk. “Better than nothing I guess.””My dad didn’t do this.”All eyes turned to the speaker, and saw Freddie looking pensive at the window. He seemed to be looking for something, pretty intently, out on the back lawn, but no one could really decipher what.”I don’t think Savanna would just lie, Freddie,” Spencer said, trying to remain calm, holding onto his rescued ch*ld closely as she softly napped on his arm.”I’m not saying she would, Spencer…” Freddie turned to face the room. “But this doesn’t make any sense for him to do that. Why would he lose his mind trying to schedule boats to get us off this island, and then use Savanna to keep us here?””I kinda gave up on ‘why’s’ a day or two ago,” Nate said, plopping down next to Sam on the couch. “It’s been like three hours and no police. What we need to do is go steal a boat.””It’s not a bad plan…” Sam said, coming to the side of her former beau. “Not like anyone with a boat left here is going to be needing it more than we are.””You can if you want to,” Freddie said, clenching his fist as Jade moved to his side. “But I can’t just live with anymore questions with my father. I have to find him and find my answers.””Freddie, you-“”Spencer,” the former web show techie said calmly, cutting Jade off and looking to his former neighbour, as Jade squeezed his arm, “I think you guys need to do what you have to, and I’m going to trust you, all of you really, with making sure Jade gets on a boat… even if I’m not back in time.””No!” the former Goth screamed pushing Freddie back. “You can’t just keep fucking off somewhere while I just sit here… if you’re going, I’m going too.”Freddie’s face began to flush, “I’m not going to let you-“”I’m with Benson,” Sam said, nearly jumping from the couch, earning surprised glances from the room. “Someone has to look out for him… and her if she’s going to tag along.”Jade sneered and started to say something but luckily, she was cut off pretty quick by another plan.”Andre and I seemed to do pretty decent on the generator…” Nate said, looking to his unlikely friend. “We could probably snag the boat.””Then I guess that settles-“”Whoa!” Tori exclaimed, once again, turning all the heads. “Now we’re splitting up? Looking for Beck was a bad idea, but splitting up chasing after your possibly psycho dad and a boat that someone may have left keys in are both solid? That’s bullshit.””Tori, it’s not like-“”Don’t even start ‘explaining’ with me, Jade. You have hated Beck for years now, and I’ve gone along with it. He had a rough time and didn’t treat us well back then, but he was nothing but nice and humble, and kind to me since we got here, and I’m just not okay with this.””Then go look for the asshole, Tori,” Sam said, putting her rifle on her arm, and motioning Freddie and Jade in front of her to leave. “Haven’t exactly stepped up much at all. Maybe you should go.””Sam…” Freddie said sternly, giving her a glare that she would usually argue with, but she just slid past her former true love as Freddie looked to the rest of the group. “One hour, and we’ll be back here. Otherwise, we will go to the marina.”The group remained silent for a few moments as they contemplated what to do next, eyes avoiding Tori’s now bloodshot ones, praying for an escape in one form or another.* * *”Why is it exactly that you keep volunteering me for all these missions?”Nate looked over at Andre and just smirked for a moment. “Maybe I just like your company. Maybe if I keep an eye on you, my wallet won’t get stolen.”The aspiring musician stared blankly, trying to figure out if this was more of his mock racism, or if he actually believed what he was saying. “I feel like it doesn’t even affect you to call you an asshole anymore.””Did it ever?””I’d like to think so…” Andre said, punching him in the shoulder. “But really, why not someone else?””Well, let’s just run down the old roster, shall we?” Nate said, pausing for a second to consider what to look for in the marina’s options, as he pre-pared the list. “Freddie is way too focused on his own mission, and while I respect that… it just ain’t really teamwork. That Spencer guys got laser focus on his k*d, which I get, but that’s a liability in this situation. Robbie is a good guy who got dealt a bad hand, and I certainly can’t go with him. And then Beck… well, obviously, that’s not going to happen.””Obviously,” Andre said, with a shrug, feeling bad about his former friend who was missing, and that Nate could just be so blasé about it. “And can I assume sexism is the reason that list is so short?””You could assume that, but I got reasons for the ladies as well.” The Texan stopped short to go through to notably longer list. “Jade and I have never seen eye to eye, and I guess that’s for the best. I don’t know Carly that well, and I don’t think we’ve even had a conversation. Cat’s so sweet and naïve, I might as well just team up with the 4 year old.””For the record, I’d watch that show,” Andre said with a laugh.”Watch it? Please… you’d record every damn episode…” Nate cracked a smile and for a few shining moments, things just seemed a bit more relaxed. “Noelle’s the guy in that relationship but her whole intellectual liberal schtick would just get on my nerves. And Tori… it’s been years since I fell for her and crashed but I still can’t even be in the same room with her without swooning.”Andre waited to hear the last name but it never came. “Pretty sure you left off Sam… way I see it, you and her would make a great-“”You’re not gonna be finishing that sentence buddy…” Nate slapped Andre on the back. “Me and Puckett have got some history but… that’s all it is. The less we see of each other through all of this, the better.””Dude, you don’t have to tell me… I was there when you guys had that epic split. But you-“”I said to drop it,” Nate said coldly, rubbing his temples. “New subject. Like how-“”Like how we could use that plane?””What?” the lara escort former line-backer said, looking over his shoulder at the marina, now featuring a white plane. “Guess the state guys did arrive…”The two unlikely friends rushed to the plane, but the closer they got, the less white the plane actually looked, thanks to splashes of blood on the sides. What started out as a hopeful jog became a cautious slink towards what would certainly be more carnage.Sure enough, once they got to the plane they were sickened at the execution style that the officers had been subjected to, and Nate carefully checked the door of the plane, hoping that maybe it could be a means of escape, but once again, his hopes were dashed by the insides. Whoever had done this, had also smashed up the radio and the controls, not that either of them could fly anyway.”Nate,” Andre called to him in a shaky voice full of terror. “You need to get over here.””Yeah, what-“Nate thought of himself as a strong guy- a man’s man- he was confident, never cried, and never backed down from a fight, but what floated in the water in front of them, shook him to his core.”Is that?””Yeah…” Andre said with a heavy sigh. “That’s Tori’s dad.””What the hell would Mr Vega be doing all the way up here?””Maybe the sheriff called him when he thought Robbie was the one doing all of this…” Andre whispered, as if the bodies could hear him. “We have to tell her that-“”Not a chance. Not just outright,” Nate practically shouted through gritted teeth. “She just lost Trina-“”Don’t remind me… I was the one who found her, remember?””I know… but still…” Nate scrambled to find the right words to explain the situation if they had to, and he was coming up empty. “Let’s just find a boat and worry about breaking the bad news when we have to.””I think we might have an answer though,” Andre said, pulling up a piece of clothing just on the shore of the water. As he wrung it out and revealed the tan uniform top to his friend, both of them instantly knew who the pinned starred shirt belonged to. “Pretty sure Freddie’s dad is the guy we’re looking for.””And he and Jade, and… Sam, just went to his place, didn’t they?” Nate paused for a moment wondering if the three of them, or one specifically, was alright. “Shit… I guess all three could handle themselves…Let’s just find a way to get the hell off this island.”The two men raced to opposite sides of the plane, checking each boat they could find, but every single one had controls that were either smashed or shot. By the fourth or fifth boat, both of them had lost all the humour they were enjoying and any hope they had for an easy escape.* * *”Ha…” Sam said, staring at the ground in front of the sheriff’s house before reaching down and grabbing a rock. “People never learn how fake these things look…”The blonde criminal thumbed open the rock and revealed a key, giving a self-congratulatory nod to Jade and Freddie who looked more surprised than sycophantic.”Oh thank you Sam,” the blonde said, imitating Freddie. “You’re so smart and we’d never do-“”Shut the fuck up, Puckett,” Jade said, holding Freddie close, knowing that even though it had been a while, seeing Freddie with someone still got to Sam. “Let’s just get inside and take a look around.””But watch out for traps,” Freddie said, looking all around. “If my dad is responsible, I don’t think he would just leave his house unguarded.The trio took a long look around the house which looked pretty meagre considering his esteem in the community. The kitchen was bare, and certainly looked like a bachelor’s place. Jackets were hung on chairs, and everything creaked a bit, but what really blew them away was the living room. Books. Wall to wall bookshelves, with only trophy a****ls punctuating them, and that wasn’t even counting the stacks of books by the doorway.”Yup…” Sam said, patting Freddie on the back harder than she should. “This guy’s your dad. No question about it now.””I guess so…” he said, unsure what to make of this since it did answer where at least one of his interests.”Let’s just hope you didn’t inherit the murder genes too?”Freddie almost said something to Sam, but he let it slide, allowing Jade’s death stare towards the blonde say everything he would have liked.Moving cautiously up the stairs, Jade gripped Freddie’s hand tight as he led the way, with Sam facing downward just in case they might not be alone. Upstairs looked about as unlike the downstairs as anything could. It was neat and orderly, things were put away and there was some sort of clear order to how everything was set up, including the entire east wall, made up pinned diagrams and maps. All the traps they had seen so far had their blueprints on a table, notes scribbled across them, while newspaper clippings were connected with tape and string with bright red ink making notes.”I’m… really sorry, baby,” Jade said gripping his arm and placing her face against the bicep. “I know you-“”He didn’t do this…””Benson, I know all about denial,” Sam started showing that rare compassion she was secretly capable of showing. “But this stuff is all over his house. Stuff about the Slasher and planned traps. I don’t see how-“”The newspaper wall is his,” Freddie said coldly, pointing to all the strings and red writing. “But these notes here on the traps? Not his. Wrong handwriting. My father is left handed.””There could be two killers…” Jade said, wincing, as if this idea made things 100 times worse. “Might explain a lot.””So much for finding answers,” Freddie said with a heavy sigh. “Is it wrong I still kinda hold out hope?””No, baby…” Jade said giving him a soft kiss on the cheek. “But we need to focus on getting out of here first and foremost.””About that…” Sam said, peering from the window. “I can see the marina. The dream team clearly can’t figure how to steal a boat properly. I should get down there.””Ugh…” Freddie groaned, worried about leaving the house without answers, but Jade was right. And Sam too, he supposed. “I guess we don’t have a choice but to go help them then.”* * *Just as Freddie, Jade, and Sam were making their way to the marina to meet Nate and Andre, the others also joined them in a hurry. Spencer was leading the charge, holding tight to Savanna, while Carly, Tori, Cat, and Noelle followed closely behind. Freddie checked his watch and saw that it had only been about 45 minutes, and wondered for only a moment why they would head down so much earlier.He didn’t have long to ponder, however, as his thought process was shattered by Nate’s booming voice calling out to them.”Hey!” the large young man shouted. “I think I found one!”If the inn group was moving fast before, they certainly were now, heading to the center of the area near a long dock with a lone large boat at the end. As the group headed towards the boat with Nate motioning towards them, something happened in Freddie’s mind and everything went into slow motion.What happened next took place in about 60 seconds, but for the former web show tech producer, it felt like so much longer.He suddenly had a chill that this didn’t seem right, and that this felt like a trap, but just as he cried out that it was a set up for an ambush, a shot rang out. There was a mist of red that blew from Nate’s hand, sending the Texan into a sudden shock, but recovered to dodge the second shot that was fired.Those racing for the boat suddenly paused, unable to process things for a half second before turning around. Someone yelled that the inn was far too open for them to rush back to, and another voice suggested the nearest building, which was a bar several yards from the marina.Everyone ran for the bar as fast as they could as shots rang out, missing nearly everyone, save for a graze on Carly’s shoulder. As the crew rushed inside the building, Freddie looked out, and was happy that everyone seemed accounted for, even if Carly and Nate were both bleeding, the latter still too adrenaline fuelled to realize his palm had been mutilated.Freddie locked the doors tight while Sam rushed to check for any other ways in or out, so they could be sealed. For a moment, the long-time Seattle frenemies had to admit that the other was pretty handy in a crisis. Once the main door had been locked, as if by magic, the firing stopped completely.”We’re locked in, right?” Spencer said nervously after nearly 10 minutes of silence, as Savanna was softly crying in his arms.”Yeah,” Sam said, patting him on the shoulder as she made her way behind the bar to serve herself, earning the rolled eyes of those around.”So we just need to wait on the state police,” Spencer said with a hopeful head nod, looking around the room, but stopping when he saw Andre doing the opposite, with a very gloomy look on his face.”I don’t think so,” the LA musician said with a heavy sigh. “Looks like the killer got to them first. Two officers were shot and… there was someone else.””Someone we know? Was it my dad?” Freddie said, moving towards Andre, feeling fearful.”No…” he looked to Nate, to see if they should keep the information to themselves like they agreed, but he was too busy dousing his hand in alcohol. “Tori… it was… it was your dad. He apparently came with the state guys and-“If Andre said anything else, Tori Vega certainly didn’t hear it, as everything just went to silence. Her world crumbled so hard and fast, she just felt her body give up. Falling to her knees on the wooden floors had to have hurt her, but she felt nothing but a hard phantom kick right in her stomach. She had only just accepted that Trina was gone, and now with her dad’s death out of nowhere, she felt, heard, and saw absolutely nothing.”- all three of them were dead… just floating in the water. But we found something too, Freddie. Not sure if you’re gonna like it.”The Seattle raised male had figured that he wasn’t going to get any answers about his father and had started pacing as Andre spoke, but now he once again had Freddie’s full attention. “Just tell me.””Nate and I found your dad’s shirt by the dock. Had the star on it and everything. I know you don’t really want to believe it, but-“”No,” Freddie said firmly. “There’s no way that he, in his condition, a hole in his fucking leg, could take down three cops. I don’t care if he had a gun. He could barely limp. I think he’s being set up.””Or there’s two killers.” Sam said, in a way destroying Freddie’s argument for his father’s innocence, as she poured and downed a shot in a matter of seconds.”Rather than having this same argument over again,” Noelle said, holding Cat closely, “we should pay attention to Carly and Nate. The least we can do is look after each other while we seem to have a moment of peace.””Noelle’s right,” Spencer said, already tending to his s*ster’s graze, which really just looked like a bad burn more than a gunshot. “Let’s just try and relax and regroup.”Andre moved to help his friend but Nate just raised his hand signalling him to stay back, using a lighter on the wound to cauterize it. The way he emotionlessly handled the pain was as astounding as it was disturbing, and watching him do it made Sam Puckett feel a tingle she’d long since forgotten.”So, did you guys manage to find any boats that we could actually use?” Sam said after a nearly ten minutes of being out of it, trying to snap out of her weird feelings toward her Texan ex.”Not a one,” Andre said, sighing once again. “All the rest’s controls were smashed.””Shoulda known that one was too good to be true,” Nate said, gritting his teeth as he continued to burn the wound. “Seems like this sumbitch is ten steps ahead of us every one step we take.””Great…” Sam said, rolling her eyes. “Guess that’s the end of that fuckin’ plan.””There’s gotta be another way,” Spencer said, looking out the window for a moment at the sabotaged boats 50 yards away. “What if we-“”There’s another boat!”All eyes turned to Cat who had practically screamed out her words, and eagerly awaited hearing what it was she was talking about.”Noey got us a sailboat rental for the night of the wedding… last night. I think it could still be there.””But that was on the other side of the island,” Noelle said, looking around the room. “Even if it’s there, I’m not sure we would make it hoofing it like 8 miles. Plus, not sure if there’s room for 10 extra people.””Give it some time… way we’ve been going, I’m sure our numbers will drop,” Sam said, toasting the room that stared daggers at her for her horrible attempt at humour. “I only count 11 people here though.”Freddie started to speak, but suddenly there was a skritching sound on the roof, soft, sneaky footsteps from the sound of it. Sam, Andre, and Freddie all readied their guns at the ceiling noise, waiting for something to happen. But after a full minute, it stopped and things went back to silence.Savanna, believing it to be a bird, moved over to the window and sat looking all around for what could have put everyone on edge. The innocent ch*ld pressed her hand to the glass and pushed her face tight against it, when the unthinkable happened.Just as her skin made contact with the glass, something dropped right into her field of vision, frightening the young girl so much she nearly fell over with a bloodcurdling scream. The others rushed over to see what made the noise, now swaying back and forth in front of the window.The missing member of the crew, who they thought was left safely back at the inn, was now strung up before them, From the look of his body, not that anyone could look for very long, his hands and feet had been pierced and run through with wire, and barbed wire ran along his neck which was slashed deep. He had become a puppet boy, and if there was ever any doubt that whoever was behind this was twisted, this moment made that abundantly clear.Noelle and Cat had to rush to the bathroom to throw up, while Carly ran to her br*ther’s arms, as he held his daughter and s*ster close, as if he could shield them from the horror at the window.Freddie and Andre quickly drap*d something over the window, covering up the visage as quickly and carefully as possible.”We shouldn’t have left him behind,” Tori muttered, falling apart even further than she was 30 minutes ago when she received even more horrifying news.”We couldn’t have just carried him,” Spencer said, trying to stay calm. “The inn had been a safe place pretty much. We thought-“”We thought wrong,” Noelle said coming back from the bathroom, trying to gather herself together. “And now his death is on us for our hubris.””Do you know exactly where that boat is?” Freddie asked, grabbing Noelle’s shoulder, feeling as much blame for Robbie as he was feeling anger toward the dark haired girl’s self-righteous words. “If it’s our only shot, it’s our only shot.””Yeah…” Noelle said breathing heavily. “I can find my way to it and sail it back to this side of the island.””Cool…I’m down for a field trip.”All eyes swung over to the bar where Sam’s voice had rung manavgat escort out, almost shouting and surprising the room. The fact that she’d volunteer for this was certainly unexpected as being a team player was never really one of her best traits.”What?” the blonde said quizzically, as if this wasn’t a surprising turn of events. “I like Sailor Shrub-Scout as much as the next person, but she can’t exactly take care of herself.””Um…” Noelle said, shaking her head, feeling horribly offended, but was relieved she wouldn’t be alone, “Thanks, I guess.””Eh, no worries. We could probably make it over and back by nightfall if we-“”I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Nate said, bandaging his hand tight.”What’s a bad idea?” Cat said, coming from the back, her eyes still shimmering with tears.”Sam and Noelle heading to the sail boat right now,” Andre said, without thinking how that might affect the redhead to know her girlfriend was leaving.”WHAT?!””Kitty Cat…” Noelle said, grabbing the redhead’s arms tight and looking into her eyes. “We have to try for that boat. It might be the only way to get out of here.””But we don’t need to go now…” Nate said, receiving slightly confused looks from the room.”Why?” Spencer said, holding Savanna close to his body.”Because there’s a goddamn sniper out there,” Jade said pointing out the window. “You two heading out there right now would be like open season for that guy.””She’s right,” Nate said, with a pained sigh. “We need to at least wait for nightfall. But I actually have an idea for how we could get this asshole’s attention and get your ladies safely on your way.”* * *”Can I state for the record how much I hate this plan?”The others standing at the bar just stared at Sam, rolling their eyes, and wondering if her doubts and fears were justified. The plan seemed simple when Nate explained it- while others created distraction, Sam and Noelle would sneak out the other way, avoiding the killer’s gunfire, and then move silently to the fabled sailboat. So simple in theory… not so much in practice.Hours had passed since they had sought shelter in the bar, and now it was finally nightfall. Everything was falling into place for the plan Nate had laid out, but for everyone just sitting around, it just felt like yet another day being kept in a trap.Freddie was going over the last three days over and over in his head, trying to make sense of who his father was and if he was capable of the evil that they had all witnessed in that time. None of it made any sense to him whatsoever. There was only one witness to his father’s deeds, and the tech producer had no desire to pump her for information if he could help it.”Savanna…” he said quietly to the young girl who was playing with bottle caps. “I need to ask you a couple things. Is that ok?””Sure thing, Mister Freddie,” she sweetly replied.”Did my dad seem… alright when you saw him?” Freddie said, readjusting his sitting style so he could get close and not seem to imposing. “He was hurt pretty bad, and I just want to know if he was acting fine.””I don’t know… He sounded ok though.”Freddie almost had to do a double take. “What do you mean? Didn’t he grab you?””I only really heard his voice. I never saw him, Mister Freddie,” she said innocently. “But it’s ok that you can’t find your dad… I can’t find my mom either.””Well, I appreciate that, Savanna, but-“”Get away from her!” Spencer said rushing to snatch his daughter up into his arms. “Stop harassing her. She needs to rest.””Spencer, I-“”No, Freddie…” the normally goofy man no longer seemed to be in a joking mood. “I’m sure you mean well, but this is all about your dad and I really don’t want Savanna being brought into this.””The k*d got grabbed and is the only person who has had contact with the killer,” Jade said, joining her fiancé’s side. “She has answers that we all need.”Before Spencer could say anything else, Andre called out to the group.”Hey, guys, come over here and help us with these bottles.””So, we’re still good with the ‘molotov the front of the bar’ plan, I guess?” Freddie said, approaching the other guys and Sam.”I’m not,” the blonde said as she started ripping tablecloths apart. “But no one cares what I think.””You’re lucky that you drinking so much freed up a few bottles for us to utilize, Miss Puckett,” Nate said offering her a glance as he reached for the torn cloth. He quickly doused them with dish soap before pushing them into the 2/3rds full bottles that Freddie and Spencer were levelling out so that 8 liquor bottles had become 12 ‘grenades.'”So,” Andre said, throwing Nate a confused look of his own, “are you making bubbles or bombs here?””Because science,” Sam said, throwing a tough look Andre’s way.”She’s right,” Nate said, pushing yet another soapy cloth into a bottle neck. “Everyone knows alcohol’s flammable, but it also burns up really fast. The soap gives it something to stick to so the fires stay a bit longer.””Should I even ask where you learned that?” Spencer asked the large young man, as Nate looked over at Sam who simply shrugged, both of them knowing the answer. “Not remotely surprised…”* * *On the other side of the bar, sat two young women, one of which, a redhead, was sobbing incoherently into the arms of her girlfriend. They had been like this, for the last hour, and while Noelle shared her feelings, she also knew that if there was a chance either of them would get off the is-land, she needed to leave.”I’m sorry…” Cat blubbered, squeezing Noelle tightly.”None of this is your fault, Kitty Cat,” the raven haired girl cooed, stroking her red hair.”Yes it is… I made you come here.” There was a long sniffle while the sweet girl collected herself. “To this horrible place. You didn’t want to come, but… I made you.””Cat… there’s no way you could have known.” Noelle lifted Cat’s head up and gently kissed her pink lips tenderly with a smile. “And yes, this wedding certainly ranks near the bottom, it’s not much worse than my mother’s third marriage, to a street mime. The whole-“”Stop,” Cat squeaked, looking incredibly serious. “Don’t do that.””What?””Pretending to be brave,” the redhead said, nuzzling her face into Noelle’s chest. “I don’t want you to go.””I don’t want to go either. I want to spend the rest of my life just like this moment, holding the love of my life in my arms. But someone…” Noelle looked at her long-time girlfriend and just held her tight, feeling deep shame for leading the escape mutiny against Beck. “But I have a responsibility.””You don’t-“”Cat, I need you to do me a favour, alright?” Noelle said, sliding back for a moment and locking eyes with Cat.”Anything, Noey,” she said, her bloodshot eyes wide with wonder at what this might be.”I need you to hold this,” she said, handing Cat a small metal circle, which was obvious just from the touch what it was.The ring. The one that Noelle would have proposed with. The one that she fought tooth and nail for from some ugly guy and his girl. The ring that meant they were more than just roommates or girlfriends.”I need you to keep that safe for me, Kitty Cat.” Noelle kissed her forehead lovingly and pressed her cheek against it. “Because, when I get back, and I WILL come back to you, I need to ask you something.”* * *”We ready to do this dance?” Nate called out to the room as Sam and Noelle were both getting themselves prepared to run. “We’ve got about 12 of these things so I need 4 people.”Freddie, Spencer, Andre, and Jade all got up for the offer, while the others simply stood by the windows wondering, and praying, that this might work. The plan seemed like it would be pretty simple: The four of them would grab three bottles, hold one in the throwing hand that Nate would light, step into the doorway one by one, toss it, then move to the back of the line, rinse, and repeat.In practice, however, it was far more daunting. Standing the doorway would mean that if the shooter was pointed there, they could be blown away, especially once he figured out the order and everything. Tensions were at their highest for all those involved, and Noelle was practically shivering with fear.The fire-team tried to breathe, hoping they could run and throw and dodge any danger when Jade suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder.”Can you work a lighter?”The former Goth turned to face Nate, having her first real conversation with him in God knows how long.”Yeah… I’ve used my fair share,” she said, quickly realizing what he was implying. “But I can do this. I actually have both my hands.””Yeah…” he said, leaning in close, an eye moving to Freddie for a moment. “But I have a feeling you have something else, much more important than a hand, going for you.”Jade’s eyes widened and wondered if he was actually talking about what she feared he knew. She was pregnant. So far, only a couple people knew, and having this guy, who she had barely talked to since college, insinuate the fact made her all the more uneasy.”So, I’m gonna throw, miss,” the large young man said, putting his hand on her shoulder. “You light. We throw.”The Texan moved to the front of the line, tucking the other two bottles into his hurt arm while his strong one prepped the first throw.”Wait!” Cat called out, and rushed Noelle, throwing her arms and legs around her less than brawny girlfriend, and delivering the deepest kiss that the redhead could manage. It went on for several seconds, and it was astounding to the room, which wore slight smiles, that Noelle could hold her up for that long. Finally, Cat came up for air. “I couldn’t let you go without that.””Ugh,” Sam groaned, and walked over to her adventure partner, but surprisingly moved based the raven haired girl and went for the injured Southerner. Before he even realized it, she planted a kiss on his astonished lips, and was not shy about throwing in the tongue.With that done, the two girls headed for the back door and awaited the signal to run after the first round of molotovs, and it was a few seconds before Nate could even see straight to start the plan he had been working on.Nate drew a couple quick breaths before throwing open the door and moving to Jade who quickly lit the soapy cloth. He tossed it as far and as hard as he could, and it exploded, spreading flames in a surprising circumference. A moment after it hit, a shot rang out, causing Tori to scream in surprise.The others followed suit as best they could- Freddie, Spencer, and on Andre, a shot hit the side of the door frame, splintering it just as Andre threw.”Go!” Jade screamed, and a moment later, the back door burst open, and was slammed shut, signalling that both girls were now on their way.The four fire tossers continued, aiming for random spots outside now, trying to keep thing unpredictable, and as Tori, Cat, and Carly watched the back windows, they started to feel giddy that their friends had made it into the woods.At least, until a loud shot was heard that splintered a branch behind the bar, and from that moment forward, there was doubt that Sam and Noelle were as safe as anyone hoped.* * *”I don’t understand!” Cat practically screamed. “It’s been like two hours… they should be back by now!””Calm down,” Carly said, not looking particularly hopeful. “They said it was a couple miles to the other side… that’s gonna take time. Plus sailing that thing over could take the whole night.””Sorry…” the redhead whined, like a puppy that’s just been shamed before moving towards the bar where Jade and Freddie were.The former web show host shrugged, trying to keep calm and a level head so she didn’t go off the deep end like Cat, but that was no easy task. After a couple minutes of looking around the room for something or someone to focus on, she settled on her ever cheerful niece.”Hey sweetie,” she said, sitting down next to the 4 year old who was just absent-mindedly swinging her legs.”Hey Aunt Carly,” she said sweetly giving her a big hug. “Are you scared too?””A little, Savanna…” the dark haired young woman said trying to seem like an adult. “Aren’t you?””Oh yeah… but daddy tells me not to be scared. He said he’s not scared.””Did he?” Carly said, wondering what Savanna’s world looks like if her br*ther who had been an absolute wreck was coming off as brave.”Yeah… but he’s lying,” she said, giving Carly the look that said that what she’d just said was the most important news ever. “He’s just trying to seem like a hero cause mommy isn’t here.””Where do you think your mommy is?” Carly asked hoping she wouldn’t give anything tragic away.”Don’t tell daddy, but I think she’s not coming back.” The way the words just fell from her mouth, seemed bittersweet, like she understood death, but wanted to play innocent. “I’m trying to be brave like daddy, and I know he’s scared so I don’t want him to know she’s dead.””Dead?” Carly said, acting like that word was foreign to her.”Everyone else died… everyone here will too,” Savanna said twirling her hair. “Someday at least.””That’s very… interesting, sweetie, but-“HONK HONKAll attention went from idle conversations to two bright headlights just outside the bar, illuminating everything but blinding nearly everyone inside. Freddie, Nate, and Andre moved to the windows to look, but were prepared to dodge if things went south.There wasn’t really much to see thanks to the bright lights, but they could make out someone getting out of a truck. A truck with something on top.It took Freddie a few seconds, but he finally realized those were lights. This was Singer’s truck. His dad’s police vehicle. If Freddie still had lingering doubts about his dad’s involvement, they were evaporating quickly. The Seattle born tech producer rushed for the door, but Jade stopped him cold.”This might be a trap… you shouldn’t go out there!””I have to…” he said, strongly. “He’s my father, and I need to confront him.””No way, Invincible,” Andre said, joining Jade. “Dude might have guns or spears or some crazy shit pointed at you, ready to kill. Plus, that might not even be your dad, man.”Freddie was going to speak, but the figure grabbed something big from the back of the truck and put it in front of the vehicle before climbing back in, and driving off, motor revving the whole time.After nearly 30 seconds, Freddie could not be held back any longer, and Andre ran out with him to whatever the figure left on the ground. The two of them used their flashlights to take a peek at what was left behind, realizing fast that it was less a what and more of a who.Beck.His guts were hanging out and he was ice cold, clearly dead for a while, but what was even more chilling than the body, was that he had some-thing sticking out of his mouth. A piece of plastic held onto a chain. Freddie used Beck’s bloodied shirt to reach up and pry his mouth open, revealing a familiar piece of metal.”Is that a key?” Andre said, wanting to keep his distance from the mutilated body of one of his closes friends.”Yeah… mine,” Freddie said looking up at him. “This muratpaşa escort was my room key at the inn. And the back says ‘Meet at 11pm.'””Damn… let’s get inside,” Andre said, looking at the windows where the others were huddled to see what he and Freddie were up to. “I can’t imagine Tori’s going to take this well.”Freddie stopped short and gave a look. “Tori? I thought she hated him.””She did for a while I guess,” Andre said, squinting and realizing that he was about to give away a secret of someone he swore to. “But they were together off and on since that first semester of college. Secret thing. Didn’t stop until she found out he had slept with Jade again like a year ago.”The look on Freddie’s face showed that he not only wasn’t aware of this information, but also confirmed his fear. “I didn’t-“”Shit, man… Dude, I’m sorry. You guys were on a break or something though right? I mean-“”Yeah… we were.” Freddie’s gut felt like it had just been fired into his throat. “Just… we swore we wouldn’t talk about what… and who, I guess… happened during that time.””Fair enough,” the musician said with a sigh, angry at himself for letting two secrets slip out, and without a response for either of them.As the two entered the bar once more, Nate threw the lock back on the door and joined the mob waiting to hear what exactly they had found. There was no point in anyone asking if it was any sort of good news, as Freddie and Andre’s faces clearly displayed a deep despair.”So was it your dad?” Spencer asked, partially wanting to be right as it would prove Savanna wasn’t lying, but he still felt bad for Freddie.”I don’t know…” the tech producer said, deadpan expression across his face, “but someone was in his truck and dumped Beck’s body outside.””What?!” Tori screamed out, the aspiring pop star pushing to the center of the group, in front of Andre and Freddie.”Way to just tear that bandage off, man,” Andre said, trying not to make eye contact with the heartbroken young Latina.”I guess he got to him in the tunnels,” Freddie said, avoiding eye contact with everyone, save for Jade who looked more heartbroken than he’d prefer.”So your dad just dumped him off like he was garbage?!”Jade stepped forward to touch the shoulder of her maid of honour, “Tori, I don’t-“”Fuck you two!” she practically shouted, Spencer doing an impromptu earmuff session for Savanna. There was silence for a few moments as it was clear something explosive was coming once Tori found the right words.”I understand that Beck was-“”You don’t understand a goddamn thing, Freddie!” the brunette singer fumed as she turned her rage to pushing him against the wall. “You and Jade are just the same! You don’t care about anyone but yourselves and your ‘perfect’ relationship. You have always been that way. Whether it’s being more focused on your own issues while your friends die, or kicking people to the curb because you got tired of using them as a fuck-toy.””Look, Vega-“”No… not this time, Jade. You don’t get to just say ‘Look’ and then make some point that puts you in the ‘right.’ Does anyone besides me even care that he’s dead?” She looked around the room, searching the eyes of the others for some semblance of sadness, and found no one, except Cat who was already a wreck, showing the least bit of sympathy. “He was our friend for years. For some of us, he was more.”All eyes moved to Jade for a moment, but Freddie’s stayed for a few seconds longer, still processing what Andre said.”You two tore my heart out, and you know what I did?” Tori asked, looking back and forth between the former bride and groom. “I acted like it didn’t bother me, and tried to be your friend, knowing what I was missing out on- fantasizing about being Jade and you making me yours, Freddie. Or imagining that pillow I’d press against me was your body, Jade. I did that every night practically, and STILL, I agreed to stand beside you while you got married. I did what I had to do just to keep you around, and not once did I even feel like you cared. You guys do whatever you want… I’m fucking done.”Tori sneered at her former friends and lovers before marching into the bathroom and locking the door behind her.”Daddy what’s a fuck-toy?””Umm…” Spencer said wide eyed, and still wincing, giving a look of blame to Freddie before taking Savanna to the other side of the bar to ex-plain away something that he never imagined in a million years.”Not to ignore what just happened,” Nate said, taking a seat on a barstool, “but do we think dumping Beck meant something?””I don’t know…” Freddie said, his face flushed and ears buzzing from getting verbally bitch slapped. “This guy loves showing off his work. Tasha, Robbie, that psychic, and now Beck.””Or…” Carly said, coming to Freddie’s side to casually touch his shoulder to comfort him, “maybe he was a gift.””What?” the three guys said in unison towards the former web star.”Well, if this is your dad, maybe giving Beck to you, since he was Jade’s ex, was like a gift.””That’s ten degrees of fucked up,” Andre said, shaking his head.”No more fucked up than stringing up Robbie like a goddamn marionette,” Jade muttered, her mind also still little more than static since Tori’s rampage completed.”Fact, he said back, before looking at Freddie as if it was his turn to speak. “There’s something else we found too.””Yeah,” Freddie said, reaching inside his pocket to pull out the key. “This was in Beck’s mouth. Post mortem I’d assume. But whoever left this key wants me to meet them.””You’re not seriously-“”I don’t know, Jade,” he said calmly. “If this is my dad, maybe he just wants to talk.””Or…” Jade said, preparing her sardonic retort, “it’s another fucking trap by the killer to get you alone, like… I don’t know… every fucking thing that’s happened so far.””I think I need to go,” Freddie said, walking back behind the bar, to fix a drink before he went out into the night for this meeting. Jade quickly shuffled over to him, leaving Nate, Carly, and Andre to stand there and grasp for conversation.”We should go with him,” Carly said, as if this was the only option.”Like hell,” Nate said, looking around the room. “He wants to head up there alone, more power to him, but I ain’t leavin’.”Andre started to agree, but quickly realized why Nate was not exactly trumpeting for Freddie. The cowboy still had something protective with Tori and the fact that he, and Jade, had hurt his longtime love, was not going unnoticed.”I’m actually thinking Carly might be right…” Andre said, wanting to let Nate blow off his steam and talk to Tori if it might help either of them. “We’re just gonna have to not let him notice us.””Let who notice what?” Spencer said, joining the conversation.”Freddie wants to go off and meet his dad since there was a note on Beck’s body.” Carly spilled. “I think we should follow him and be there if things go south. You should come too.””Will Savanna be safer here or with us, you think?” he asked, believing that helping his former neighbour did need the backup even if it was his dad behind this.”I don’t see why not,” Nate said, looking around the room. “Me, Tori, Cat, and I guess Jade, can handle it here.””Then I guess I’m in. I don’t think I could handle another question from her like that ever again…”The others tried to let their chuckles hide the fact that they were going on a mission they might be crazy for trying.* * *”Why the fuck do you keep trying to leave me?!”Freddie looked over at his long-time love, her teeth gritted tightly, making her anger abundantly clear without the volume.”I’m not trying to leave-“”Bullshit, Benson,” she said, pressing him against the bar. “Every chance you get to leave me alone, you do. Going to the police station, going after the k*d, checking out Beck’s body, this meeting shit… Whether you realize you’re doing it or not, I want to know why.””Fine…” he said, with a heavy sigh, before looking her in her piercing blue-green eyes. “You’re not wrong.””There… that so fucking hard?””Yeah, actually,” he fired back, turning his back on her for a second. “I can’t be around you and be ok.””What the hell are you talking about?””This… all this, I have felt since the start, like it was my fault. Like there was something that I’m responsible for here.”Jade’s demeanour went from rage to compassion in a split second, surprising both of them actually.”I don’t believe that… I’m not blaming you for anything.””Jade…” he said, his thumb sliding across her cheek as she nestled against his palm for a moment. “You nearly called off the relationship when you thought Robbie, who I invited, was responsible. I’m pretty sure if my dad is responsible for killing all these people, then you’re not exactly going to be ok.”Jade tried to speak, but nothing would come out. He was right, but she couldn’t say that. Not here and not now.Freddie checked his watch, and saw it was almost time, and kissed Jade’s silent mouth before heading out the door, not wanting to make too much of a scene. He was so nonchalant that he didn’t notice that he was being followed nearly 50 yards back by three people.* * *The former iCarly cameraman took several deep breaths as he climbed the stairs of the inn, fearing what might be waiting for him when he reached that door, holding his rifle tight. Would it be Singer? Would it be the killer, ready to pounce and kill him? Would it be both? His dad’s truck was still running back behind the inn, and there was no question that whoever left that message was here now. With a mighty thrust, her opened up the door to his hotel room and his heart sank at the silhouette against the moonlit window, as the sheriff faced him, standing stiff.”So it is you…””Is… Jade safe?” the sheriff asked, standing as still as he could be, staring exasperated at his estranged son.”Yeah… she’s safe at the bar, no thanks to you.””That’s good…” Singer said, with a heavy sigh. “At least the Slasher held up that end of the bargain.””Yeah, well I got your other gift too, ‘Dad’,” Freddie said, with enough venom in his last word to kill a snake, stepping forward. “I know the ‘Slasher’ died twenty something years ago, and so do you… drop the act.””No!” Singer shouted, staying stiff. “Don’t come any closer. And the Slasher isn’t dead either.”Freddie stepped forward just to spite him, and Singer winced, his eyes glancing over to the bedside table.”That man,” the sheriff said, his voice straining as if something very wrong was about to happen, still eyeing the bed. “That monster never died. Just waited. I took credit for killing the Slasher even though no body was found. Col Shay helped, but I shielded him from the investigation, since he had his hands full with Spencer, raising that k*d as a single parent. But really… I lied to get this job and earn some fame points.””What?” Freddie said, stepping forward again.”Stop!” Singer shouted at him again, forcing Freddie to look at the floor for triggers. “You shouldn’t have to pay for my sins, Freddie… I’m… I’m so sorry.” Singer started to cry, his body staying completely rigid, which was starting to make his son nervous. “You need to get out of here… I thought this was about me…””You can’t tell me what to do, Singer,” Freddie said, getting angrier by the second. “You abandoned me, and then proceed to tell me this story about your innocence, so… what? I might help you with this sick shit?”He took another step forward and Singer winced again, flinching at some expected pain.”No!” Singer said, starting to tear up at his son screaming at him. “You have to go now!”* * *Back at the bar, things had calmed down a bit. Cat had camped out by the window, waiting for any sign of her former roommate, and current girlfriend. Jade and Nate were sitting at the bar sharing small talk, trying not to think about their friends and loved ones being out there, but his eyes were focused on Tori the entire time. The aspiring pop star sat alone at a table, staring off into the distance, and feeling relieved and ashamed at the same time for her outburst.”Miss Tori?”Tori looked down and saw Savanna tugging at her shirt, and looking sad.”Hey Savanna… are you ok?” she asked, trying to be polite.”I need to tell you something, and I think Miss Jade would be mad if I told her.””Well,” Tori said, wondering if this was some sort of karma for what had come to pass, “I think you should tell me, or your daddy when he comes back.””I need to tell you now,” the young ch*ld said, looking at Tori with sad and ashamed eyes. “I lied.””About what, sweetie?” Tori said, stroking the girl’s brown hair.”It wasn’t Freddie’s dad that took me. It was my friend, the man with the scary face.” Savanna just looked at Tori like a sad puppy. “I didn’t want to lie, but he said that if I didn’t lie, he said that daddy would disappear just like mommy, but once Freddie was gone, I could finally be with Mommy again.””Savanna…” Tori said, feeling speechless.”I don’t think that man is a nice man after all…”* * *”The Slasher is more than just alive, son… you have to understand that!” Singer yelled, praying Freddie wouldn’t step any closer.”Yeah… because you’re the Slasher!” he shouted back, pointing the gun at him. “You were so hell-bent on getting my attention. Well, here I am. Say what you need to say!””I can’t say anymore. You need to go now. This is a trap!””I knew it! This was all about luring me away…””Not for you… this is a trap for everyone else!” Singer cried out, easing more towards his son despite the pain. “For all your friends! For me!”The sound of a revving engine told Freddie that this wasn’t what he thought it was at all, but as the headlights lit up the room a bit more, he could see the ropes. There were four of them, each connected to a limb, which explained why he was so stiff, with all four going out the window behind him.And then Freddie saw what his dad kept staring at during the shouting match: a walkie talkie, with the talk button taped down. Whoever this was, had been listening to the whole thing.Freddie lunged for his dad, but Singer stepped back and shook his head.”It’s too late for me, son…””But… but I just met you…” Freddie felt his body tearing up inside, going from hate and anger into utter sadness and despair at what was going to inevitably happen. “I need to know more.””I have told you everything I can. I wish I could say more. He,” the grizzled man shot a death stare at the listening device, “promised to spare you if I wouldn’t reveal anything and gave myself up. I’m so sorry… Just know that I loved Marissa with all my heart, but I was too much of a coward to face up for what I did. I loved your mother once too,” Singer said, ignoring the face Freddie was making, so he could finish, the revving outside getting louder. “And I love you so damn much, I-“vooRRRR, vooRRR, vooRRR VaaaaRRRROOOOOOOMMMMMMLike a flash, Singer was pulled out of the window, and Freddie couldn’t help but stare as the glass shattered behind his screaming father as he was jerked out. Even more horrible was the realization that the ropes on his hands were not tied to the truck, but to something above. Freddie was frozen in absolute horror as the man who just confessed the love he’d missed his whole life, was torn in half, his upper torso just swinging in front of the window, his insides dripping on the patio beneath the window.

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