This will be my third Blogfest. I'm so glad I found out about them! This one is called Primal Scream. It is being hosted by Raquel Byrnes. Click on over there where you can find the other contestants' links to read and enjoy some great writing.
My entry is from a completed manuscript called The Trouble Next Door. The MC, Kaci, is almost 12. This might be a bit longer than it should be, but I wanted to do the whole capture scene.
Behind me I could hear Sam’s footsteps thudding after me. “Gardiner! Get her!”
I rounded the corner at full speed and plowed into something solid. It knocked me flat on my back.
“What tha’?” Gardiner just stood there holding plants in both arms.
I started yelling as I struggled to get up but Sam came barreling around the corner and immediately jumped on me. He clasped his hand over my mouth and held me on the ground with his knees.
“She’s the one we heard in the house. She’s been spying on us.”
Gardiner dropped the plants and reached down and grabbed my legs. “Hold her head and keep her mouth closed. We’re taking her to the cellar.”
I kicked and squirmed as hard as I could when Sam got off of me. I tried desperately to scream but my sounds were muffled. My parents were on the other side of the wall not four feet from me.
“Here, shove this in her mouth!” Gardiner passed a handkerchief to Sam. He shoved the whole thing in my mouth and clamped his hand over it.
I was gagging from the dry wad in my mouth. Sam had a good grip on my mouth from behind and his other arm was wrapped under my arms. Gardiner grabbed my legs and lifted. I was beginning to choke on my own saliva. It was getting hard to draw in air from my nose. Waves of fear washed over me. The two men carried me into the greenhouse.
“The gag will come out as soon as you settle down!” Gardiner must have heard the choking sounds I was making.
“Hurry, I’m about to drop her!” Sam yelled.
When they reached the cellar door they shoved me inside and I tumbled down the steps. At the bottom I pulled out the wad and gulped air. In seconds they were standing over me.
“It’s that brat from next door,” said Gardiner. “Kaci, right?”
I nodded—too scared to speak.
“What do you know about what’s going on here?” Gardiner squatted down and grabbed a fistful of my hair, jerking my head back.
“Ow! N-Nothing, I was just checking the house when I heard someone come in. I-I got scared and hid. I didn’t know it was you. Why are you doing this to me?”
“You don’t have a key and no one asked you to check the house,” Gardiner said, letting go of my hair. “How’d you get in?”
“Clara’s my friend; I came in through the kitchen window. I was just trying to help.”
“The kitchen window is locked,” Gardiner argued, standing.
“Not when I looked,” I said, rubbing the back of my head. “Someone left it open.” Maybe I could lie my way out of this. They didn’t look quite as mad any more even though they towered over me.
“I didn’t know this cellar was here…” I said looking around as if I'd never seen it before. Neither one stopped me as I got to my feet. I was sore but nothing was broken. “Are those new kinds of plants that Clara is growing,” I said pointing. “They’re really pretty.”
“Yeah, new kinds of pretty plants.” Sam laughed in a scornful tone.
“Hush!” Gardiner ordered. He was squinting at me like he wasn’t sure if I was telling the truth or not. “Those plants are secret plants that Clara doesn’t want anyone to know about. That’s why they’re down here and we come at night to give them special care.”
“Gee, I’m sorry, Mr. Hamilton, you must have thought I was another thief like that teenager who got caught last night.”
“What teenager?” Gardiner’s jaw tensed.
“What are you talking about?” Sam asked.
“Last night the police caught some kid trying to break into homes to steal money for drugs, they caught him a few houses down,” I told them. If I kept them talking maybe they’d let me go.
“I didn’t hear about it,” Gardiner said.
“Look, I’m really sorry about all this and you don’t have to worry about me. I can keep Clara’s secrets. She’s shown me lots of new plants that she’s created and I have never told anyone about them.” They just had to believe me!
Sam and Gardiner kept looking at me without saying anything. I tried to look at them like a wide eyed toddler. Gardiner gave Sam a shove. “Go on upstairs. Wait for me.” Sam turned without a word and climbed the stairs. I watched him go, panic was rising, and I didn’t want to be alone with Gardiner. Waves of fear coursed through me and my knees felt weak. I fought down the urge to run for it. Gardiner could hurt me and no one would know.
“What are you going to do with me?” I managed to ask in a quivering voice. I felt nauseated and my whole body was beginning to shake.
“I haven’t decided yet,” Gardiner said very slowly. “For now, you’re going to have to stay down here until I decide whether to call the police or not.”
“No buts!” Gardiner suddenly yelled at the top of his voice. His face turned into such a grotesque expression I shrank from him; stepping further back into the shadows until my back hit the concrete wall.
“You had no business around here and now you can just suffer for it, maybe it will make you think twice!” He raised his fist at me then he stormed up the stairs.
The door slammed shut but I was actually glad I was alone in the cellar. Gardiner was yelling and soon I heard the two men dragging heavy objects onto the flat door. Tears welled up in my eyes and I cried. My knees buckled and I fell in a heap. They were piling potted plants on the door! The door would be hidden from people looking for me and it would be too heavy for me to lift. I was trapped!