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Echoes Of Deceit

Echoes Of Deceit

Seraphic River

Last update: 1970-01-01

Chapter 1 Escaping

  • She was running on the road, not forgetting to look at the back though she knew there would be no one following her at least not for now, but in the morning they will be on the roads searching everywhere. It has been more than half an hour she was scampering on the roads getting far from her own house, she could hear her own heart bumping wildly.
  • She took a sharp turn on the street that was in complete darkness, standing against wall, close to the entrance of alley, she peeked on the road to make sure she isn’t being followed by anyone, watching the empty road for a good one minute she turned her neck and closed her eyes.
  • Her back pack was hanging on her shoulder, before escaping from the house she made sure to take some clothes and money for her, she holds the bag and clutched it tightly against her chest, her face was covered in sweat and so was her body, she never ran in her life that much what she had run today.
  • She glanced the time on her watch, it was two in the midnight, not much time left for sun to show up, but she knows that her parents will be at home by now, and might be have went to look after her, she used the zig zag direction though to avoid getting caught by them but since the danger was lying over her head she couldn’t spend the night on the roads, she has to find some place for her night.
  • Going to the opposite side of the alley, she saw a car parked at the corner of the shop, assuming it as the shop owner’s car she took slow and cautious steps towards the car, she can use the car as her hidden spot and later could take some help from the car owner to maybe leaving this city.
  • She pulled the handle of the car, seems like luck was on her side, after the couple of tensed hours she passed, a small smile appeared on her face which vanished immediately, the time was precious at the moment for her, slowly she opened the door to avoid creating any noise, unlocking the back seats door she closed the front door and opened the back door, meanwhile doing this her eyes were continuously moving around.
  • Finally, she was inside the car, she made sure to lie down below the seat so she couldn’t be seen, maybe she can run away from here without being noticed. Her mind was constantly popping ideas, whatever suits her condition better.
  • Riley felt relax but her moment of ease was very short, when she heard the voice of men coming near the car, due to thickness and tone, she was able to conclude that it was not one person instead they were two, biting her lips she regretted her act, but she didn’t get time to react when the door of driving side was opened and the man slid in closing it with loud bang, she felt her heart jumped in to her throat, however, the toxic smell of the perfume consumed the car’s inside atmosphere.
  • ‘Non hai chiuso la machinna?’ (You didn’t lock the car?)’ she heard other man’s voice, that sounded irritated.
  • ‘Ho dimenticato’ (I forgot) accepting his mistake the other one said in his thick Italian accent.
  • Since they were talking in Italian she was unable to understand their conversation, not like she was interested.
  • ‘II bastardo ha osato non pagare I miei soldi’ (Bastard dared to not pay my money), the aggression in the voice forced Riley to shiver.
  • ‘I’hai gia ucciso, dimenticalo ora’ (you already killed him, forget now) both men were engrossed in their conversation whereas Riley was lying down keeping hand on her mouth to prevent any sound coming from her mouth.
  • Car was accelerating smoothly towards its destination, after they had done talking, Enzo was looking straight on the road while moving steering wheel carefully, and his right hand man Antonio was doing same, with only difference he was on passenger seat.
  • Not knowing how much time has passed, Riley felt her leg and arms going numb, she was bearing, thinking now the journey will end, but she felt for the moment the passenger had planned to move around the world on car, couldn’t tolerating anymore she lift her left leg little up and shook slowly and then did the same with her right leg, but her act caused very minor sound of movement which could have been ignored, but she doesn’t knew who the owner was, Enzo pedaled on brake, causing the car to stop abruptly.
  • ‘Che diavolo Enzo’ (what the hell Enzo), Antonio, whose head touched the dashboard yelled at him.
  • Ignoring him Enzo came out of the car and opened the back door seat, his gun was in his hand, ready to shoot whoever was in his car. Antonio turned his head looking at the back, the darkness had covered the surrounding making it difficult for them to see, he opens the torch and Enzo open the door, but what they saw surprised them, they exchanged the looks before Enzo’s face hardened.
  • When car stopped, Riley thought they have reached, but when she listens one of them yelling and other exiting the car, as if was in some sort of urgency, her breath hitched, was she caught, but she didn’t have to wait for the answer, soon a light entered into her eyes roughly causing her to whimper, she covered her eyes with her hand.
  • ‘Who are you?’ pointing his gun towards the girl he asked, Antonio opened the door of opposite side and drag her out.
  • ‘Wait please listen to me’ seeing the gun in man’s hand, scared Riley, she was trembling in fear but he spoke in English she had a very tiny hope in her heart that she could explain her situation and they can help, though her mind was alerting her of the gun but she ignored.
  • She yelped when she felt a harsh hold on her hand and was suddenly dragged out, she hit her bottom on the road, her backpack falls from her grip.
  • ‘Who are you?’ pointing the gun’s nozzle on her forehead, he asked with gritted teeth.
  • ‘Listen to me please, I actually ran from my house and was seeking a shelter to spend the night, saw your car parked and unlocked I hid inside’ she hurriedly said in one go, she was shivering badly, it was not like she haven’t seen guns before but to pointed at her with intention of shooting was obviously her first time.
  • Her hand was still in the tight grip of Antonio, when Enzo laughed sarcastically.
  • ‘Do I look like a fool to you’ he came close to her and hissed, the street light helped looking at each other.
  • ‘Please trust me, I am not lying’ she shook her head and pleaded to him, she wriggle her hand to get free from the grip.
  • ‘I don’t trust anyone, you are coming with me and we will talk their’ motioned Antonio, he went back to his old seat, whereas Antonio was now sitting with her at the back seat, tears roll down from her face, it was not what she expected, she ran from her house to find the peace in her life, but stuck with these some sort of killer or whatever they were, she just wanted to cry for herself and that was what she did, silently weeping, thinking about her life before tonight.
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  • Riley was nineteen years old, living with her father, stepmother and brother, her mother died giving birth to her and her father Thomas Campbell blamed her for the death of her mother and hated her for this reason. Soon he was overcome with the grieve and fell in love with Nora, at that time she was one-year-old.
  • The hate his father has for her never subsided, instead it increased by the time thanks to her stepmother. Her brother Hudson also hated her, she never complained after she came into the high school. She learned and accepted the fact that her family hates her and will not ever accept her.
  • Her life was just like others who lives with their stepmothers, she has to do all the house chores, cook meals for them and do the part time job as well. When she was entered into the high school, she was told by her parents that they will no longer full fil her needs, she has to earn to feed herself.
  • Not like she was pampered before, the life was going tough but she was fine with it until she saw her brother taking drugs and more to her dismay, Hudson saw her watching him taking drugs. He was though three years younger than her, but his built and height made him stronger and intimidate over him, beside they both knew whose side the parents will take.
  • She agreed to her brother she will not tell to their parents about this, but it opened more misery into her life when he started asking for money from her for drugs buying, she tried to deny him very first but he threatened her and thinking of her life she gave up, things were going this way and she became use to of this until today, when their parents had gone for the dinner and asked them to go to bed, they will be late. Riley was all alone, soon after they left Hudson also went out, she didn’t dare to stop him nor she was interested in his matters, but just in one hour he was standing outside her room asking for the money.
  • The month was already ending and the money she was left with was for her travelling and lunch expense, days were remaining in receiving her salary. She denied politely to him explaining her reason as well, but the spoiled brat her brother was has to abuse her, that was enough for her, she accepted every sort of behavior, torture and bad words her family throw at her but she will not accept physical abuse.
  • She picked the lamp from her side table and hit it on his head, when she hit him once he stopped due to pain and sudden blur in his eyes, but soon he recovered and jumped on her more violently, dogging him, she hit on his head from back side, she knew she had hit him hard and there he was lying on the floor unconscious.
  • She covered her mouth in utter shock, she swiftly realized what has happened and what had she done.
  • ‘They will kill me’ mumbling, tears start to fall from her eyes, she crouched down on the floor beside her brother, she ran her hand in his hair.
  • ‘I’m sorry’ a sob escaped from her mouth.
  • She immediately wiped her tears and stood hastily, it was the time she takes decision for herself, for her safety and peaceful life. Determined she shoved her few clothes in her back pack, money she had and went into her father’s room, opening the draw he keeps the money, she took from them as well. She knew she will be needing them, until she escapes from this city and find any job.
  • Before leaving she came into her room, she glanced at her brother and the room, she bit her lips, she was feeling guilty to do this with her own brother, but she has to defend. She run downstairs and close the main door behind her, she checked the time on her watch, considering their past trend of coming back to home after dinner, she had an hour to reach somewhere safe and with this she runs to her left, as the distance was increasing between her and the house, her heart was cheering, she will be free, but she never thought she will get stuck in such a weird and endangered situation.