chapter nine

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Adelaide took one look at the small, dark and musty garage before she decided. She quickly grabbed Richies hand, stopping him from entering. He turned back and looked at her. "Can I wait out here?" She blurted.

When everyone looked at her like she was being selfish, she quickly and shakily added, "It's just... dark and small."

Richie nodded, and the rest of them went inside. "Stay out here. Scream if anything happens," he said, not letting go of her hand until she nodded.

When they closed the garage door, she waited outside, kicking rocks and humming. She grabbed a piece of hard candy from her back pocket and enjoyed the sweetness of it, once in a while puffing her cheeks up in boredom.

She had wandered to the end of the driveway when she heard screams erupt from the garage, the whole structure beginning to shake. As her heart beat faster, her eyes widened as she sprinted towards it. She grabbed the garage door handle and grinned as she tried to push the whole weight of it up.

When it was opened and light illuminated the garage, all of the people inside scrambling to the door. "What the hell happened?" Adelaide asked frantically.

Richie, obviously shaken, ran towards Adelaide and embraced her in a hug. She could feel how heavy his breathing was and she held onto him tight in attempt to comfort him.

Richie couldn't help but bury his face in her shoulder. She smelled amazingly good, like the rose shampoo she used.

They finally broke away, but Adelaide held onto Richie's hand tight.

"I-It knows where we are," Eddie whimpered.

Beverly gave Bill a hug, then saying, "It always kn-knows." He walked out of the garage, saying, "S-So, let's go."

"Go?" Ben scoffed, baffled. "Go where?"

"Neibolt. That's where G-G-Georgie is."

"After that?" Stan exclaimed.

Weakly, Richie added, "Yeah, it's summer. We should be outside."

"If you say it's summer one more f-fucking time..." Bill angrily said, picking up his bike and quickly beginning to ride away.

Adelaide, looking around, seeing everyone unmoving, rolled her eyes before hopping on her bike and beginning to pedal.

"Adelaide, what are you doing?" Richie yelled, not liking the absence of her hand.

Looking back, she yelled, "Someone's gotta go with him."

Adelaide gulped as she stepped up the first step of the house on Neibolt.

"Adelaide, Bill! You can't go in there. This is crazy," Beverly exclaimed, her and the rest of the boys following on their bikes and hopping off.

"Look, you don't have to go in with us. But what happens when another Georgie goes missing? Or another Betty or Ed Chorcoran, or one of us? Are you just gonna pretend it didn't happen like everyone else in this town? Because... I can't. I go home and all I see is that Georgie isn't there. His clothes, his toys, his stupid stuffed animals, but he isn't. So walking into this house is easier than walking into my own."

"Wow," Richie breathed.

"What?" Beverly asked.

"He didn't stutter once."

Adelaide spoke up before she entered the house behind Bill. "Listen, guys," she said, looking down at her feet. "Do you have any idea how scared I am right now? I'm freaking terrified. But not of the stupid clown. I'm afraid of losing you guys. Any of you. And that could very well happen if we don't kill this bitch." She took a deep breath. "So you guys can wait out here like... like pussies, or you can come with us."

Just when she started to hear footsteps behind her, she heard Stan blurt, "Wait. Shouldn't we have some people keep watch? You know... just in case anything happens."

"Son of a bitch," she muttered.

"W-who wants to stay out here?" Bill asked.

All but Beverly raised their hands.

Richie could only sigh. "Fuck."

"I can't believe I pulled the short straw," Richie said, entering the disgusting house. "You guys are lucky you're not measuring dicks."

Adelaide could only nod. He's right, she is lucky.

Walking into that house, Adelaide desperately wanted to tell Richie that she liked him. It somehow seemed more urgent than ever. Eddie, Bill, Richie and Addie separated and searched the house, not really knowing what to actually look for.

That was, until Richie picked up a piece of paper. Adelaide walked over to him, asking, "What is it?"

Obviously feeling anxious, he said, "It says I'm missing."

The three looked over his shoulder at the paper. It was a MISSING PERSON sheet, Richie Toziers information on it.

"That... that's fake, Richie," Adelaide said.

"That's my shirt! That's my hair! That's my face! That's my name, that's the date!"

Bill grabbed at the paper, trying to convince the freaking out boy that it wasn't real. "What the fuck, am I missing?" Richie screeched.

"Richie, look at me," Adelaide said, grabbing the sides of his face. Richie shut up, and everything was silent.

Eddie and Bill looked at each other, not knowing what the hell was going on. Richie didn't know either. Hell, Adelaide didn't know what she was doing.

A moaning sound came from upstairs, and all of their heads turned towards the sound. Adelaide let go of his face and cleared her throat, quickly saying, "Yeah, we should, uh... check that out." Being the first one to start walking upstairs, the rest followed.

Richie caught up with her, whispering in her ear, "Were you about to kiss me?"

"Um, huh?" she said, trying to play it cool, her heart beating erratically.

"You were totally about to kiss me."

For once, she didn't answer, only tried to cool down the red heat in her cheeks.

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