Chapter 9- On the Road

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“She said only Niall can come with me to look for the kidnapper” I said. “What!?” Bobby asked. “Why!?” Greg asked. “Because she said if you came, you’d all die” I said. They all stared in shock, I turned to Niall. “She said only Niall and I will survive” I said. “Survive? Survive what?” Niall asked. “I’m not sure…but I don’t wanna risk it” I said. “Well then, they’re staying” Niall said. “Niall” Maura said. “Mom, I’ll be fine. Rae, where are we heading?” he asked. I looked around the room. “Anna? Where are we heading?” I asked. I heard a whisper inside my head. “Clare” she said. “Clare?” I asked. “Clare!? That far!? Why would the guy be there?” Niall asked. “I don’t know, I’m not from around here” I said. “Wait…shit!” Niall yelled. “What?” I asked. “Shannon Airport…he must be heading there, he’s trying to leave to country!” Niall said. “Oh shit” I said. He turned to me. “We’re gonna need our stuff, we’ll have to stay in hotels and spend days investigating until we can find him, is that all good?” he asked. I nodded. “Alright, be right back” he said. He ran upstairs, I turned to the other 3. “I never got the chance to properly say I’m sorry for your loss” I said. “Thank you” they all said. We all waited in silence for a few minutes until Niall came back down. “You got your bags?” he asked. I nodded, he turned to his family. “I promise you, I’ll be fine. We’ll call you in a little while” Niall said. They all nodded. Niall and I headed out to his car. “Put your bags in the back” he said. I put my suitcases in the trunk and went to go get in on the passenger side. “Hey, why are you heading to the driver seat? I’m driving” he said. I looked and saw the stirring wheel was on the right, not the left. “What the…” I began. “We drive on the right in Europe, I know you guys don’t in the U.S., should’ve told you that earlier, just get in on the other side” he said. I went around to the left, sat down and buckled in. Niall started up the car and started driving. He dialed the number of a hotel he knew of. After 10 minutes on the phone, he hung up. “We’ve got a room waiting for us when we get there, it’ll be about a 2 hour drive” he said. He took a deep breath, I saw sweat dripping on his forehead. “Whoa, are you ok?” I asked. Hearing that I noticed, he wiped the drops away. “I’m fine…it’s just been a tough couple of weeks” he said. I sighed. “I understand. I mean, I have no idea what I would do if I lost Lily that way” I said. “Who’s Lily?” he asked. “My 9 year old little sister” I said. He stopped the car in its track, luckily no other cars were around. He looked up at me. “You have a 9 year old sister too?” he asked. “Yeah, so I feel the pain you’re going through. If I lost Lily…I’d have nothing” I said. “Do you have a picture?” he asked. “I do, in my wallet” I said. “Can I see her?” he asked. I went into my wallet and took out a recent picture of Lily and I, I handed it to Niall. He stared at it for a few seconds. “She…she looks a little like Anna” he said. “I know, she’s a huge directioner you know, she always loved that her and Anna were the same age. Every single time it’d come up, she’d be like “Rae, I’m the same age as Niall Horan’s sister!” It was so adorable” I said. He laughed. Suddenly, I heard Anna’s voice again. “That’s the first time he’s laughed in 2 weeks…you’re touching his heart, you’re getting through to him. You’re affecting him in ways he doesn’t know yet, but he will soon enough” she said. I smiled at the thought, glad I can help. Hopefully we’ll be able to find her kidnapper before it’s too late.

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