Jonah took a deep breath.
A young woman staring at her friend with a huge grin. Her long blonde silky hair slightly blowing in the wind. Her hazel eyes squinting from the sun kissing them.
In a sweet but raspy voice she called to her friend.
"Jonah hurry up, we're gonna be late."
Jonah tied his shoes and ran out the door.
"Coming Eleanor, what's the rush anyway?"
"It's a secret." she smirked.
Eleanor grabbed his hand and lead him out the house and through the meadows. She smiled all the way. At last the two reached a cottage.
Jonah looked confused. Eleanor smiled.
“It is our new home away from home.”
“It's safe, yeah?"
"Of course. Any way we can look at it later. I have another surprise."
She took him by the arm yet again and took him to a small cafe.
He looked confused.
She took out the keys and unlocked the door. And ushered him in.
"Your table, kind sir." she said while putting on a posh accent
She pulled a chair out for him and placed a napkin on his lap.
In front was silver platters with lids. She lifts them one by one while saying the name of dish.
"For starters we have macaroni and cheese mixed with sweet pepper and sweet corn.
" The main is seafood with dumplings. With a side of chips and freshly made ketchup.
"And finally for dessert we have gooey delicious dark chocolate moose."
Jonah looked up in surprise.
" What have I done to deserve this?"
"Do I need a reason to spoil my best friend?"
She sat down and ate the food with him.
They spoke about their plans for the future.
"All this, the cafe and the house is yours."
Jonah started to laugh
"Where did you get all this. How did you afford this"
Eleanor put her finger to her small lips and shushed.
He gave her a long hug. He couldn't help but smile.
Betime they finished it was the afternoon, so they headed back to the cottage. She was so excited to give Jonah the tour. Showing him every room. He couldn't help but smile seeing how happy she was describing every intercut detail.
After the tour, they went back into the living room.
"What ya think?"
He smiled "It's cool."
"There is one thing I forgot to put up. Right there."
She pointed above a small fireplace. Jonah looked as she put up a picture of them as kids. It was the first picture they ever took. They both were covered in mud, cuts and bruises. Roaming around the forest and meadows.
"Wow, you still have this. I remember your mom wouldn't let us back in the house."
The two laughed and reminisced some more of the trouble they got in.
Jonah realised he forgot something at home. He said he'll be back in ten minutes.
When he returned, the front door was wide open. He definitely closed the door behind him. Something was off. Jonah ran in the house. It was strange she wasn't there. He looked all over he rang her phone. He heard it in the living room. The picture on the fire place was replaced with a note.
We have your friend, if you ever want to see her again you'll have to do a little job for us. If you succeed we will set her free. If you fail… Well we'll leave it to your imagination. If you get x amount of money. We will set her free. Good luck. Our men will get you when it's time.
Two days go by Jonah could hardly sleep. It was midnight. Three men dressed in black burst in the room. One picked up Jonah like he weighed nothing. The second guy blind folded him even though it was pitch black. The third knocked him out. Next thing he knew was when he woke up, in handcuffs and gagged. it was eerily silent. At first he was so confused. Suddenly, he was hulled up and was dangling by his arms. Then was thrown outside. The men then started kicking him.
Once they had their fun they dragged Jonah into the building by his hair.
They rush in and told Jonah to go straight and turn left. While uncuffing him one of them explained that there should be a safe . He had to go straight down the hall and turn left. Type in the code ####.
Jonah waddled as fast as he could.
He was about to take the money out of the safe until he heard a girl crying. Quickly shutting the safe, he followed the cries.
Jonah can't quite remember what she looked like. But all he remembers is that it wasn't Eleanor.
The girl ignored him and didn't want help. He saw a room and went in. It was the control room. He saw something that couldn't be In the same building. It was a lot fancier. It seemed like a mansion . Then a girl walked out. It was Eleanor. Her beautiful hazel eyes were puffy. Her long, blonde silky hair that was to her waist was now at her chin and was scruffy.
His eyes widened and his fists were clenched. His thoughts were interrupted by a whisper.
"You can't stay here you'll get killed."
it's was the girl from earlier. Jonah was a bit shocked. He remembered his predicament.
"W-who are you? Why are you here and why am I here?"
"You're here for the money right take it and go. Hurry, go."
"What about Eleanor, I'm not leaving without her. What about you it's not safe here. Wait who will kill me. Please help me?" He started to panic.
She threw the money in his bag.
The young girl sighed. The conversation was cut short by a blood curdling scream.
He turned to the girl but she was gone. He ran to the scream. He opened the door ajar.
A young woman was getting stabbed again and again. The screams will haunt him forever. He started to get nauseous. HIs oak legs started to tremble. The smell of blood filled the room. He heard sobbing of a grown man tied to the chair. He didn't notice him initially through the chaos.
"My wife, my wife!"
One of the men shot him in the hand, leg and foot.
Police Sirens were heard in the background. That was the last thing he heard before he collapsed.
He awoke in unfamiliar surroundings. As he came to he realised he was in the hospital. He saw his parents faces as well as well Eleanor's mother.All looking worried, his mother explained how he's been in a coma for a week.
Later that afternoon two police officers came. His mom explained about Eleanor's disappearance as well as what happened that night.
"We have some questions for you?"
A police officer said.
The memory of that horrible night came back vividly. He started shaking uncontrollably and Vomiting continuously. The nurse was called. They hired a psychiatrist. The questioning happened a month later. He explained everything.
Within that time Eleanor was released for ransom.
Their reunion was when Jonah was sentenced.
It was a complicated case. After awhile the conclusion was made. The three men were arrested for armed robbery, murder attempted murder and kidnapping. Jonah was arrested for robbery and served three years in prison.
When he was finally released he went home. Eleanor stayed in the cottage and Jonah stayed in his room for days not eating or sleeping.
His parents went out when he heard something downstairs. He went down stairs and saw a note.
Well you've got the girl back for how long. We didn't receive the money… Times ticking.
He remembered that there was a place he could go.
It took him a long time but he arrived to a small building way out to the countryside. With his things.
" Welcome to the wanted pub."