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Chapter Thirteen: Kidnapped

Author’s Note: Gray is a character from a manga series called Fairy Tale. I don’t own him in any shape or form.

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The next morning I woke up and Axel was still asleep. I got changed and went for breakfast. The cafeteria was serving hot oatmeal that wasn’t really hot. I grabbed a cup of coffee and went to sit at a table. I sipped a little at a time. I stirred it with a straw and just zoned out for a while. I saw lots of nurses talking and doctors while they were eating breakfast. There were not a lot of people there that were just visitors, like me, or patients. I did see one old couple. They were dressed in hospital gowns, so I guessed they had been admitted.

I sighed and got up. When I turned around I bumped into someone. “Sorry, I’m just a little...”

“Hey, haven’t I seen you somewhere?” he smiled.

“Yeah. Gray, isn’t it?”

“You remember. So, why you still here?”

“I’m visiting my boyfriend. He was hurt very badly.” I smiled back.

“Hmm. You'll have to tell me about it. I'd love to chat with you. Here, sit down.” He went to the other side of the table and sat down.

I sat back down with my coffee. “He got into a fight, or something like that, and whoever attacked him messed him up pretty bad. I was worried about him when I heard what happened but I am even more worried now. I found out that he was in the E.R. in critical condition for a while. Now he is acting weird. Well, anyway, why are you here? Just out of curiousity.”

He laughed warmly. “Don’t you remember that saying, curiosity killed the cat? Well, if you have to know, I’m here to see a friend. He was in a car accident. He should be out in a couple of days. So, how long are you staying?”

I took a sip of coffee. “Just until noon today.”

He frowned. “Well, would you like to meet for ice cream at one? Personally, I would love to see you again. How about the one you had in your dream. Remember?”

I nodded. I remembered the dream very well. “Yes, let's do that. But how about two instead? I have a few things to do first.”

“Alright. Now, if you will excuse me, I told my friend that I would be back in five minutes. Bye.” He waved and I waved back.

“See you later.” And he was gone.

I sighed and looked back at the coffee. “Well, I'd better be going back, too.” I told myself.

When I got back to the room Axel was up and dressed. “Hey!” I said and sat my coffee down on the table.

“Hey. Where were you?”

I stood behind him and shook my head. “I went to get some coffee. See.” I jerked my thumb toward the coffee cup.

“You could have told me before you left. I was worried.”

I sighed and put my arms around myself. “You're worried I can’t take care of myself?”

“No. I told myself that I would take care of you and I will.” He turned around and hugged me. “What do you want to do until you have to leave?”

I hugged him back and let myself think for a second. “I want to talk. See if we can get those memories back.” I got out of his grip and lead him to my cot. I sat down and he did the same. “Okay, what do you remember after dropping me off at my house?” I asked.

He closed his eyes and thought hard. “I can’t remember. It’s all a blur. But I do remember going into the city... Wait, I remember something! I’m going downtown, into a closed down building. It is all boarded up. I know this place! It is the Organization's hang out. I’m going to see Xemnas. I want to tell him to leave us alone. I see him. As I walk up to him and I’m jumped by four other members. It's Xaldin, Marluxia, Demyx, and Larxene. They beat me until I can’t think straight. Then Xemnas talks about how they killed Xion and I get angry. I lunge at him, but Xaldin and Marluxia get a hold of me first. I shout death threats but they go unheard."

"Then... Then Xaldin and Marluxia take me to where they keep the prisoners. They laugh at me and spit on me. Then a man in white comes in and tells me to say sleep and I do. The next thing I know, I am in the hospital. That is all I can remember.”

He opened his eyes and looked at me. “Why couldn’t I remember that earlier? I tried as hard as I could, but I just couldn’t remember.”

“I don’t know. Maybe you weren't trying hard enough.” I laughed and turned away. “It's so easy to be around you. I never noticed that. Hmmmm.” He turned to see what I was looking at. He cocked his head and started to laugh. “What? Was it funny? I’m being serious here, Axel.”

“I know you are. That's what is so funny. You take everything too seriously. You only live life once, so live it free, not worrying about everything all the time.”

He took my hand and held it. “Okay, I’ll take your advice, but if it doesn’t work I will come back and kick your ass. Just 'cause we're dating that doesn’t mean you are going to right all the time. I’m going to be there when you finally find that out.”

“I wouldn’t have it any other way. I always knew you were someone that likes to say, 'I told you so.'” he laughed and stood up. “I’m going to be leaving later today so I need to get some rest. What do you have planned for later?”

“Well, I’ve got errands to run first, but I’m having ice cream with a friend later. Two o’clock sharp, and they won’t like it if I’m late. Hey sweets, it’s twelve. I’ve got to go meet Gippal or he won’t let me out of the house for the rest of my life.” I gave him a hug, took my stuff, and left.

I saw Gippal standing near the front door, chewing on a toothpick. “What’s wrong, Gippal?”

He turned and sighed. “What took you so long? I thought someone had stolen you away. I would and wouldn’t have a problem with that.”

“And people wonder why we're related. Come on, I have things to do.”

He nodded and tossed me his helmet. I put it on and nodded to him. He started the motorcycle and I jumped on. He must have put more fuel in it because his bike seemed faster. We reached the house and I threw my stuff on the couch then ran back out the door. “Hey, I’ve got to go. I will be at the ice cream shop by two. Come an get me around three, if you can. See you later.” And I walked back out the door.

First I stopped at Riku’s house. He was in his workshop working on a Corvette. He had some problems with it a while back. “Hey punk, what'cha doing?”

He turned and smiled. “Hey! When did you get out of the hospital? And how is Axel, since you couldn’t wait for us.”

“Oh, he is doing really well. He should be out later today. How was school?”

He looked up at me and grimaced. “Horrible. Too many tests. You are so lucky! When do you come back?”

“I will be there Monday. Just think of everything I'll have to make up.”

He laughed and shook his head. “That’s true. Anyway, I have go jump in the shower. I’ve got a date.”

I jumped up and shook his shoulder. “Who?! You have got to tell me! Please?!”

“Fine. Her name is Melody. I met her at the Skate Shop yesterday. She looked lost at first but then she was able to manage her way through the store. She bought a really expensive skateboard and gave it to me. I asked her why and she said that she liked me. So, we talked for a while when I got off and we had lunch. She is really sweet."

"I asked her out and things have been going really well. I haven’t told anyone in the group yet. You know how they get when they find out that you're dating someone. But, anyway, I really should go and get ready. We've got a date at the ice cream shop and I can’t be late.” He waved and then left me.

“See ya.” and I left.

I looked at my phone and saw that it was now twenty till two. “Oh no, I have to get there.” I left Riku’s house and barely got there in time. I saw Gray looking at his watch. “Hey, Gray!” I yelled and he turned around.

“Hey, where have you been?”

“Errands. So, what we getting?”

“Mint for me, and what do you want?”

“The sea salt special. It's my favorite.”

“Ok, you heard her.” And the waiter left us alone.

“So, what's new since this morning?”

“Um, nothing really. How about you?”

“Same here.”

I sat there and watched him. He stared at me a lot and it was creepy. “Hey, I have to run to the bathroom. I'll be right back.”

“See you in a bit then.”

“Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.” I heard a girl say. She had black hair with red streaks. She had golden eyes and her attire consisted of a shirt with the band name SIXX A.M. and plain blue jeans with a hole in one knee.

“What’s wrong?” I asked her.

“Oh, nothing. I'm just worried. My date was supposed to meet me here."

“You must be Melody. Riku has told me about you. I’m Mickey, one of Riku’s best friends. He should be here soon. I just saw him at his house, he was getting ready for your date.”

“Oh! Well, it's good to meet you, Mickey. I have heard about you.”

“Mind if I ask you a question? Could you and Riku come and sit with me and my friend over there? It is just a little bit weird for me to be dating someone that is in the hospital while I’m sitting here with a guy I met a couple of days ago. Please? I’m begging you.”

“Sure, I guess Riku wouldn’t mind.”

“Thank you so much. We are going to be such good friends.” I took her hand and walked quietly back to Gray. He was talking on his cell phone. I put my finger to my lips and motioned for her to be quiet.

“Yes, she is with me. I have done this a lot faster than your guys ever did. Don’t even think I’m going to leave without getting paid. We’ll talk later.”

We heard his conversation. I pulled Melody back to her table and we both just stood there. “That’s your friend? What did he mean? He scares me...” she said.

“I don’t know, but I have a bad feeling about this. If anything bad happens, once Riku gets here you'll run. You can call Axel and tell him what happened. Riku will give you his number. Got it?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay, let's try this again, but don’t give him any reason to be suspicious.” I took her hand again and we approached Gray.

“Hey, Gray! Look who I found. She is one of my friends so I've invited her to sit with us.” I smiled and waited for him to show some sign of annoyance, but he didn’t. He just stood up and greeted her. “Melody, Gray. Gray, Melody.” I said, introducing them. Melody didn’t say anything, she just smiled.

“Hey, Melody. I’m here. Oh! Hey, Mickey. What are you doing here?”

“Hey, Riku. I’m here with my friend, Gray. Gray, Riku. Riku, Gray.”

“Hello, Gray. Nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you, Riku. Now, Mickey, let's eat.”

“But I can’t eat until my friends order something.”

“Don’t worry, Mickey. I will get Melody’s ice cream and mine now. I’ll be right back. Don’t do anything while I’m gone, okay?”

“Sure, Riku.”

“Ok, punk.”

Gray sat back and watched him. As soon as Riku left us with Gray, the same chills that I got when I met Xemnas came rushing back. “Umm. So, Gray, what do you do for a living?” Melody asked.

“I write horror books. None of them have been published yet, still working on that.” He smiled and tilted his head. “What are you doing in your life right now, Melody?”

“Going to school mostly.” Melody flinched and rubbed her hands together. “Hey, Mickey, I’m going to go help Riku. I’ll be right back.” Melody got up and left. My eyes pleaded with her, wishing she would come back.

“So, Mickey, how is life?”

“Going great, I guess. Axel is supposed to be getting out soon. I’m giving him a surprise tonight. Hey... I’m going to go get something to drink. I'll be right back.” I got up and before I knew it he was in front of me.

“What did you hear?”

“Nothing. I heard nothing.”

“I saw you and your little friend over there. Now, I will ask again. What did you hear?”

I turned around and he grabbed my wrist. “Let go. I didn’t hear anything.”

“You know I can’t do that. I would have to kill myself if I did that.” He held my wrist even tighter and started to drag me away.

“Riku! RIKU!” I yelled.

Riku and Melody ran outside with ice cream in their hands. “Mickey? MICKEY!” Riku yelled.

“Melody! Remember what I said before. Run and tell him. RUN!” I screamed.

Gray turned around and slapped me. “Shhh, we don’t want to start a panic?” I rolled my eyes. Too late for that. People were running toward us and yelling. I wasn’t going to let him have me that easily. I started thrashing around and clawing at his hands. “Now, now. Don’t do that. Just come along quietly.”

I spit in his face. “How about you just leave me alone?”

He wiped the spit off his face and grimaced. “Have you forgotten who came and sat with you when you were all alone? You must forget very easily.” He laughed.

My lips trembled and I quickly remembered the dream. I was sitting all alone and then he came and sat with me. “Yes, I remember my dream, but that doesn’t give you any leverage over me. Now let me go!”

He sighed and reached into his back pocket. “Here, just sleep.”

He pulled out a small metal bottle. Gas sprayed out and I felt dizzy. “No. I won’t sleep. No...” My voice faded and I passed out. Right then I knew I had been kidnapped.

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