10 ; Chapter Ten

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Song of the chapter is Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes

Eric tried to get me to go inside and sit with him and his wife while he rang the police but I couldn't move myself from their porch steps. He rang the police while I stood on the decking, watching for any movement from the house. I hadn't seen the torch light flickering through the windows. The house was still, nothing inside appeared to be moving. I could barely breathe, my lungs were doing their job of sucking the air in but I was too scared to use the oxygen. 

I was aware of Eric standing behind me on the steps and that he was saying something but the words weren't making sense. I could see and hear the police cars in the distance as they were coming towards my house. Within seconds they had pulled up outside and a small group of about four officers were in position on their way to the door while three more went to the back of the house. They wanted to make sure whoever it was that was inside wasn't going anywhere.

Within five minutes, the police had escorted my parents out who seemed more confused than anything. I ran over to them just as another car screeched to a halt on the side of the road. I was just about to try and push my way through the officers to get them when I felt my arm being clasped from behind.

I shot around as a panicked noise escaped my throat, "Freddie? What are you doing here?" I asked as I shrugged myself out of his grip and stood opposite me.

   "I was barely home when my dad walked past me, mumbling about responding to a break-in in your area and I got this feeling that something was off so I asked if it was you, and well here I am," he replied, his tone almost frantic as he scanned his eyes over me and then over the scene.

I turned to look back as my parents were standing off to the side being questioned and the group of armed officers who went in were not retreating. My breath hitched as I couldn't see anyone coming out behind them in handcuffs. Either they were still in there or they managed to get out. But I had locked the only two exits which were open and he went upstairs.

I forced my legs forwards as I pushed my way towards the man who I recognised to be the Chief of Police and Freddie's dad, "he's still in there, I know he is."

Freddie's dad took his hat off as he turned around to look at me, "You're Vivienne, correct?"

I nodded as I wrapped my arms around my torso, attempting to block out the cold.

    "There was nobody in there, Vivienne, we checked every room, under every bed, in every wardrobe. We also checked all of the doors, all of which were locked-"

    "That's because I locked them! I saw someone, and I locked them in so they couldn't escape. I thought it might be-" I started before I caught myself. I couldn't explain that I thought Pandora's killer was in there because they were the one's who were investigating and currently only saw it as a robbery.

    "You locked a suspected intruder in the house with your parents?" he repeated, as though he couldn't quite believe what he was hearing.

I wanted to explain that I wasn't crazy and that there was no reason for him to be looking at me as though I was. 

    "It made sense at the time," I offered before shrinking back. I noticed Freddie standing beside me as his dad shot him a look. I didn't like their silent communication.

   "Look, Vivienne, at the moment, we have no evidence that anyone was in the house. There were no signs of a forced entry, you said you locked the doors, your parents have confirmed that nothing was taken and that they didn't hear anything. Right now, launching an investigation would cost us a lot of money that we don't have. I'm sorry, kiddo, but with no sort of haunch, we can't go looking for evidence if it isn't there," he finished, offering me a regretful smile before nodding his head and leaving to go talk to some of the officers.

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