"Well, for one, to get to know you better. Oh, and, I could always use a partner-in-crime."

"You want me to help you commit crimes? I can't do that."

"Well, there's always the alternative."

The man leaped towards Stephanie and held a knife to her throat.

"No!" Jason shouted.

"You'll come with me?"

Jason slowly lowered his head.

"Yes."

Matt's head was ringing as he lay there, dazed and confused.

"What happened?" Matt repeated out loud.

"Matthew?"

"Steph?" Matt called out.

"Matthew, what happened? About fifteen minutes ago, your head snapped back like you were being punched, then you just stopped talking."

"The man, he punched me, I blacked out."

Matt picked himself up off the floor and realized that he was laying in front of the game room door.

What he saw next shocked him.

Jason was standing in the game room with the man, shaking hands.

A terrified Stephanie stood in the background, trying to take in everything that was happening.

"Jason, what the hell are you doing?!"

"I'm sorry, Matt! I have to go! He's my brother!"

"Jason, what are you talking about?!"

BANG

The front door flew wide open. A few seconds later, Officer James Johnson came tearing down the hallway.

"Los Angeles P.D, stay right where you are! Jason Parker, Adam Stevens, you're under arrest!"

"Johnson." Matt growled, grabbing the knife that the man, whose real name was apparently Adam Stevens, had dropped after threating Jason and Steph.

Matt raised the knife above his head, ready to strike.

"Matthew, what are you doing?!" Steph leaped in front of Matt and knocked the knife out of his hands.

"Steph, you don't understand! He's working with him, he's-"

ZAP

Matt felt his entire body stiffen, and he lost his balance, falling to the floor.

"Matt!"

Matt felt Steph catch him before he fell to the floor.

Matt had been zapped by a taser, but it wasn't a normal police taser. This taser seemed to render him completely unable to move.

Matt watched helplessly as Johnson put Jason and Adam in handcuffs, thanked Steph for stopping Matt from stabbing him, walked outside, and drove away in his police car, even giving Matt a smug wink once he was able to move again.

"There must be a mistake!" Steph exclaimed, running off to dial the police to try to get Jason released.

"Steph, we have a problem." Matt said once he was sure that the physical Steph was out of earshot.

"What is it?"

"Do you remember me telling you about Officer James Johnson? The police officer who went psycho, then turned into a ghost in my nightmare?"

"Yeah, why?"

"He's back. And he just "arrested" Jason and Adam."

"Who?"

"The man. His real name is Adam Stevens. And he just tricked Jason into thinking he's his brother."

"Wait, what?"

"Yeah. I've gotta find Jason quick, otherwise, he's gonna turn into something he can't come back from. And then he's not gonna be the only one I can't save after that."

Matt sighed.

Saving Jason was going to be harder than he had expected.



Hey guys, Scottsc20 here. This chapter is a LITTLE bit on the short side, length-wise, but I hope you still liked it.

If you haven't seen the update I posted earlier on this book, go check it out. It covers a lot of important stuff.

I tried to make this like the first few chapters of the first book, focusing on emotions, not fights, which is something I covered in the update.

It feels great to get back to what I love about writing Stephew fanfiction, and I'm gonna try to keep this up!

Thanks for reading!

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