Chapter 35

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-------------BRUNO'S P.O.V-----------

I try to steady my heart beat as I roam the living room, my right knee bleeding and sweat covering my back and chest.

I hear the click of the lock and am relieved when Phillip and Nala walk in.

"Finally."

Then, she appears. Brooke. I stand in the middle of the room and look her dead in the eyes. She doesn't say anything but I already know she's mentally killing me.

"What is she doing here?" I half yell.

"I needed to see her and..." Nala stops. "What happened to you?"

I must look more hurt than how I feel. Honestly, the only pain I feel is my knee and my lungs after running so much. Other than that, I don't feel any pain.

"I'm fine." I say just as Nala wraps her arms around me, the same way my mom would whenever she was worried about me.

I accept her hug but my eyes never leave Brooke. There was something about her that I didn't like. Maybe it was the fact that she was a little snitch who called the police on us. Or maybe it was the fact that she tried to keep me away from Nala. Whatever it was, I knew it wouldn't go away.

Nala separated herself from my arms and gave me a nervous smile, my eyes now on her. I leaned in and kissed her right below her jaw, making her skin erupt with goosebumps. I brought my attention back to the other two people in the room and cleared my throat.

"I found something. Something everyone officer in the building was talking about." I rubbed the back of my sweaty neck. "I'm not sure what it is but i'm positive it involves us and Bill."

I slowly take out the notes from my back pocket and unfold them. I feel my heart beat increase even more and even though I am standing still, I have never been so exhausted.

All eyes are on me as I read the note.

"P.G.H and P.L." I pause, immediately recognizing those initials as mine and Phillip's. "Your time is running out. You know what I want. It's been two days and I have not obtained what you stole from me. Each day that passes by, someone dies. Make the right choice and maybe I won't kill someone tonight." My mouth feels dry and my eyes sting.

I toss the paper to the floor and pull my hair, a bad habit that just recently started. The room is silent except for my loud heartbeat that only I can hear. I look at Phillip who has his hands in fists and his eyes filled with anger.

"Who would do such a thing?" Nala breaks the silence.

I look over at her, my hands no longer pulling my already messy hair. I remember the first note and how she did not read it. She has no idea. Phillip on the other hand knows what's going on. He knows about Drew because even after I ripped the paper, he read it.

"What's going on?" Brooke's voice echoes through the living room.

Phillip sits down on the couch and looks at me. I take a deep breathe and look back at the girls in front of me.

---------------NALA'S P.O.V-------------

Seconds feel like hours before Bruno finally speaks. My mind is spinning over the note he just read and my heart feels heavy. The worst part is that I have no clue on what's going on.

"Remember the note we found at Bill's house?"

"Yes." My voice is shaky and my hands are trembling.

"In that note, someone is asking for me, us, to give them what they lost." He closes his eyes. "They want what we stole."

So confused.

"And what is that thing that they desperately want back ...?"

He opens his eyes, his lips closed tightly.

"He wants you."

A gasp escapes from my lips as my brain process everything. It's Drew. He's the one that killed Bill and is now threatening Bruno and Phill. I walk back as I collide with the wall behind me.

It all makes sence.

I slide down to the floor and cover my ears with my hands, blocking every voice that is currently calling my name.

Drew won't stop until he gets you.

No.

This is your fault.

No.

I close my eyes as hands try to separate my hands from my ears.

You have to give Drew what he wants. Do it for Bruno and Phillip.

I let out a scream as images of Bruno and Drew pass through my head. One second it's Drew and the other it's Bruno. I scream again.

"Nala!"

I hear my name being called but all I can think of is Drew. He ruined my life.

You can't let him ruin Bruno and Phillip's life.

I scream for a third time when I feel someone lift me from my shoulder.

You have to protect them.

Then, something snaps in me. I no longer scream. I open my eyes and bring my hands down to my side. I no longer see the images of Drew, instead all I can think about is death.

Bruno stands in front of me, his eyes wide and sweat covering his forehead. I say nothing to him or to the other people in the room, instead I run towards the door. I open the door and run out, ignoring the loud screams. I have no protection and will soon have no source of light but I don't care. I run for what seems ages until I reach the familiar house. I knock on the door and seconds later, the door opens.

"Well, look what we have here."

Drew stands in front of me, a smile planted on his face.

Nala is one crazy chick. Anyway, enjoy and don't forget to vote and comment! Love you guys!

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