Author’s note: It feels like I haven’t done this in forever O_O I apologize for the long wait but things in my life were just really hectic and rough. It was just too hard to write anything; I had no motivation. I’m feeling better now, not 100%, but better. I’ve been itching to write my new chapter, I hope you enjoy it!
Warning: Disturbing scenes (I did warn this generation would be disturbing >_<)
James called in his two most trusted men for they had news for their commander. James sat and stared – waited – as his two men stood in front of him. They were frightened to bring the news forth but what other choice did they have?
“Well?” James asked, growing impatient, “What is it?”
Blue stood there with his eyes lowered to the floor and Kriss gulped.
James growled, “Don’t just stand there; tell me what happened!”
Kriss sighed, “Commander… a boy by the name of Koby has come forward and confessed that he witnessed the death of the boy that Ryder killed. He said that he and 2 others were present and he’s willing to testify in court. They have already started an investigation!”
James’ anger rose up from his stomach and he let out a shout. James stood up abruptly and he slammed his fists down on his desk. The sudden outburst caused Blue and Kriss to back up a few feet.
“I feared this would come sooner than later.” James sighed.
“Don’t worry sir! We’ll make sure to take care of this boy; we’ll shut him up!” Blue finally spoke.
“No.” James stated, “I don’t want you two to do anything. I feel that this will work out to our advantage.”
Kriss sighed, “Commander there is something else… Jack and Ross found the girls out in the middle of the woods about 4 hours from here. What are your orders sir?”
James laughed, “Get Ross on the phone… I have an idea.”
Ryder’s Point of View
I think back to the day James found me on the beach and just replay the words he said to me over and over again in my head. He was so right, it didn’t matter if I went to prison or if I went with him… the outcome would be the same. Life here in this mansion is no better than a life behind bars. Oh, except for that one tiny little difference… LIFE IN PRISON WOULD BE BETTER! I mean for god’s sake I’m still recovering from those burns they gave me last week! No matter what I do the scars just won’t go away. Instead of trying to help me though, James just gave me two long gloves to cover up “that mess” as he called it. Sometimes I imagine what life would be like if I just accepted my fate instead of tried to run away from it- Like that matters now though. I’m here and I’m not allowed to leave; EVER.
I sighed, leaning against the wall, “Why is James such an jerk?”
Adam just continued to look forward. Oh crap, I still have to get used to that.
I reached down and tapped his shoulder and he then turned his ear towards me.
“No, I was just asking… why do you think James is such an a-hole?”
Adam scoffed, “You got some balls asking that question knowing they can hear us.”
I rolled my eyes, “I know you’re right. I’m just… I’m just so tired of being in here.”
I have to play it smooth. I don’t need James to hear me talking that way. I need to get on his good side…
Adam sighed, “You and me both.” he looked over at me, “You really wanna know why he’s pissed?”
“Well, I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to tell you this, but… here goes. About 15 years ago one of James’ top operations got taken down by these two agents. They went in there and cleaned out the entire place and then shut down the Law Firm where they kept all their information and stuff. James has been an even bigger jerk since that happened and he’s been trying to seek revenge on anyone who took place in bringing it down.”
My eyes widened, “I thought you said you didn’t know anything!”
He chuckled slightly, “I know more than I should. The only reason I’m telling you this is because James and a bunch of his men were having some giant discussion downstairs earlier. I’m pretty sure they’re not paying attention to the cameras right now.”
“I guess not…” I stated, “But that’s beside the point! Are you sure that two agents just took him down with ease??”
I remember my dad saying something about my aunt and uncle working for the government once… I‘m not sure if it’s true or not. Heck, I’ve never even met them.
“Well obviously they didn’t take him down.” Adam sighed, “They took down his stupid operation. Also back then he wasn’t so big on security and secrecy like he is now. He’s super cautious ever since that happened.”
I shook my head, “Seriously how do you even know all of this?”
He stood to his feet and stared at me, “Don’t ask questions to things you don’t want to know the answer to.”
Before I even had a chance to respond, the door flung open and Blue stepped in.
“Are you two idiots having a heart-to-heart?” he growled, “Well knock it off and get your behinds down the steps. James needs to have a word with you two.”
Oh CRAP! Were they seriously listening to the stuff we were saying?? I thought Adam said they were having a discussion or something?! Great, now he’s probably going to gauge out my eye or shove my face in the fireplace! Why do I have to keep asking so many questions?? I really need to just shut up.
Adam just lowered his eyes to the floor; he didn’t even say a word to Blue. He always gets like that around him and I don’t quite understand why. He’ll talk to Kriss but he’s completely mute when Blue comes anywhere near him.
I looked at Adam and then back at Blue, “Uh, we’ll be right down.”
Blue rolled his eyes and then walked out of the room.
I turned to Adam, “Hey are you alright?”
He just shrugged his shoulders and then headed for the door. Well I’ll just take that as a no…
When we got down to the first floor, Blue told us to go get in the living room. We didn’t question his remarks; we just did as we were told. Once in the living room we both took a seat on separate couches.
I waved to get Adam’s attention and he turned his head.
“How badly do you think he’s going to hurt us for talking about his busted operation?” I sighed.
Adam rolled his eyes, “I don’t know and really I don’t care anymore.”
Well, I do care. I don’t want to be beaten senseless or have any other body parts shoved in some acid…
“Well… if he decides to hurt us… it was nice knowing yah.”
Adam just scoffed and turned away. What? I was just trying to lighten the mood a little…
Not even a minute after I got done talking, James walked out of his office and into the living room. Adam and I both kept our eyes locked on his every move. I had no idea WHAT he was going to do…
“I’m not going to beat around the bush with this, I’m just going to get straight to the point.” he stated, “Apparently a boy that was at the beach when Ryder murdered that other boy has confessed to witnessing the murder. They’re already starting an investigation and we need to make sure that this stupid boy is silenced so he can’t provide them with any further information.”
Oh god I have a bad feeling about this…
I continued to stare at him, “S-so what do you want from us?”
God I really don’t want to know the answer to that question…
“Well Ryder…” he smirked, “Since this was YOUR doing I see it only fair that you’re the one to take care of this little problem. Don’t you agree? Oh and since Adam is your partner he has to help you do it. Whatever crap you get in, he gets in.”
What does he mean take care of this?! He doesn’t actually expect me to kill someone does he?!
Adam lowered his eyes to the floor, “I don’t see why I have to do this too. I didn’t even kill that stupid kid.”
James glared at Adam, “Are you DEAF!? Did you not hear- OH wait… that’s right.” James laughed, “I almost forgot about your poor, poor ear. Do you want to disobey my orders and see what would happen to your other ear?!”
Adam looked up at him terrified and shook his head no rapidly. Okay I’ve had it up to hear with all this crap! He’s just torturing him now! Screw my freaking plan to get on his good side, he doesn’t even have one!
I jumped to my feet, “Leave him alone!” I shouted, “He shouldn’t have to deal with any of this crap! I was the one who killed Liam, not Adam. Besides, even if I did, it doesn’t mean I have to kill this other kid! What the heck is wrong with you!?”
“Back talking again? I was wondering why you were holding back for so long.” he chuckled but then grew serious, “I don’t care what you want to do Ryder; you listen to what I want you to do. This boy is getting in our way so he must be punished. Since it’s your own fault, you must be the one to do it. I think that seems pretty fair.”
“Screw YOU!” I spat, “You can make me torture my sister or shove my hand in acid… but I’m not going to freaking MURDER someone else! You’re INSANE!”
“But Ryder…” he smirked, “Don’t you remember who this boy was? He was there on the beach that night when Liam tried to KILL you. He watched and laughed in your face as Liam held a dagger to your neck. He was going to watch you die… and he liked it.”
I gritted my teeth and clenched my fist. I don’t want to hear any of this! I care if he’s telling the truth…
He pointed to his head, “Think back to that night on the beach Ryder.”
I closed my eyes and tried to ignore what he was saying.
“Think about how they hurt you Ryder! How they mocked you and watched you suffer. How could you possibly want someone like him to live? You already took out Liam; think how simple it would be to take out Koby or that other boy.”
I shook my head, “No, just stop it! No one deserves to die!”
“What about that girl? What was her name? Chelle?” he stated, “Don’t you remember how she lured you there in the first place? She played with your emotions and brought you to that beach so she could watch you die. How can you stand there and say that these 3 don’t deserve to be punished one-by-one?”
I opened my eyes back up and glared at him, “I can’t do it… I can’t kill again!”
“YES YOU CAN!” James growled, “You have the will-power and strength to eliminate all three of them! You took out Liam for the way he treated you, what makes them any different? They deserve to be punished! Why should I take that glory from you? You’re the one who should bask in that moment.”
“You’re right…” I breathed, “They don’t deserve to live. They were going to watch me die on that beach and they laughed in my face as Liam held that knife. He was going to kill me and they did nothing to stop him.”
James smirked, “So what are you going to do about it?”
“I’m going to kill them all.”
Adam’s Point of View
I have no words to express how I feel right now. I can’t believe Ryder is actually falling for his conniving ways. James is full of bull crap! I thought Ryder was different than all the rest of his people, I never thought for one second that he would actually let James get to him like that. Every single person who works for James has found themself in a bind – that’s how they wound up there in the first place – but it doesn’t mean every person has to believe his crap! I’ve been here a lot longer than Ryder and I would never EVER agree to this. Anything I’ve ever done for James has been by force… I just can’t believe Ryder would be so stupid.
After our little “meeting” with James, we both piled into Kriss’ car. From there we both sat quietly in the back seat until Kriss brought us to this boy Koby’s house. I could already feel the bile rising to my throat as I thought about what we had to do. It’s sickening!
Kriss sighed loudly, “Just makes this quick, I don’t want to be out here all day.”
Ryder smirked, “Don’t worry… this won’t take long.”
Holy crap… if that doesn’t sound messed up I don’t know what does!
We snuck around the outside of the house trying to find the easiest way in. I let Ryder do all the sneaking around; I just followed behind him praying we would get caught. Like I care anymore; sometimes I just wish I could die. I hate living this life in hell.
Ryder whispered, “All the doors are locked and the windows don’t open…”
I scoffed, “Like I give a crap.”
He punched my arm, “Stop being a idiot and focus.”
OH, right, I’m the idiot…
He looked down at the water, “The only way in… is to go under.”
“HECK no!” I shouted.
“SHUSH!” he whispered, “If you mess this up and we get caught… we’re going to get in so much trouble!”
Even though I had no desire to do ANYTHING Ryder said, I still went along with it because I had no choice. I know I say I don’t care about dying – and sometimes to an extent I don’t – but I honestly don’t want to die. I’m afraid to die. So I just quietly climbed into the water with Ryder and we both dove under. Within seconds we were inside the house dripping water all over the place.
“This sucks.” I muttered and Ryder rolled his eyes, “Where do we go from here?”
He looked back and forth and then signaled me to follow him. I bet he has no idea where he’s going. If we get caught… it’s every man for himself. I can’t trust Ryder anymore, not after what happened back at the mansion.
The first way we took only lead us to the garage door and the living room area. So we had to turn back around and try another direction. This would have been so much easier if this house wasn’t all on one floor. It was like trying to go through a maze in the dark.
“Are you sure this is the right way?” I questioned.
Ryder sighed, “Adam I don’t know. I’m just as clueless as you are.”
I stopped in my tracks, “I may be clueless right now, but at least I have my head on straight and don’t fall for James’ crap. I don’t understand you Ryder! I thought you were different from all those other idiots! How can you just let James get you like that!? Of course he’s going to say things you wanna hear but it doesn’t mean you fall for it!”
Ryder spun around to face me, “Well he wasn’t lying!” Ryder shouted in a whisper, “Those pricks all tried to murder me on that beach! You weren’t there Adam; you have NO idea what it feels like to be in the face of death!”
“OH YEAH?!” I shouted back in a hushed tone, “You don’t think I’ve EVER been in a situation where I thought I wasn’t going to live? Are you FREAKING kidding me!? You don’t know two things about me Ryder! You’re just always wrapped around yourself! ‘Oh what’s going to happen to ME? How can I get out of here?’ ME, ME, ME!” I scoffed, “You want to get out of here SO bad that you’re willing to do anything! Heck, at least that’s what I thought. From the looks of it now, it’s like you’re actually enjoying this! Do you actually want to kill people Ryder? Does that bring a smile to your face?!”
“Well I’m not frowning…” he spat back, “They deserve to die.”
“How can you say that?” I gasped, “I mean, if someone does something wrong they deserve to be punished… but not like this or from you. If these people did rotten things to you then they need to be behind bars, not in a 6 foot hole.”
Ryder scoffed, “Well that’s never going to happen. Even if I could come out and tell the police what really happened… what difference would it make? All three of their words against mine… I would be put behind bars faster than I could blink. I know I did something wrong and now I have to make up for my mistakes.”
“By enjoying this??” I sighed.
He smirked, “Well… I’m not saying it doesn’t feel good.” he spun away from me, “Now come on… we’re wasting time.”
He began to walk away but I just stood back for a few more seconds in shock. I can’t believe this! I can’t believe he’s actually going to walk into that kid’s room with a smile on his freaking face! Just because James is forcing us to do it doesn’t mean we have to like it. He wants them to die for what they did to him. I mean of course I’ve felt like that about people who have hurt me… but I would never actually kill someone on freewill. I swear ever since he killed that other kid he’s been messed up in the head… At first he was normal and he acted calm… but then he let James get to him and now it’s like all hell broke loose. I really hope he snaps out of it; I really do.
It didn’t take us much longer to find Koby’s room after that. We were looking for a room that would be suited for a teenage boy and since he was the only one living in this house… we were sure we had the right one.
Once inside his room Ryder snuck over to Koby’s bedside and then motioned me to follow. I stood next to him and we both watched Koby sleep until Ryder turned and whispered in my good ear.
“I’m going to take the pillow and put it over his face. I want you to hold down his legs and arms until it’s over. You got that?”
My stomach churned and my throat felt dry. I don’t want to do this! I don’t want to be involved in yet another murder… I HATE this!
“I said did you get that??” He questioned again.
I swallowed, “Y-yeah…”
“Alright on three…” Ryder whispered, “1… 2… 3…”
Before I had the chance to even take in what was happening, Ryder grabbed the pillow from underneath his head and shoved it down on top of his face as hard as he could. Koby squirmed and kicked and tried his best to get up but Ryder leaned all his body weight into that pillow. I tried my best to keep his legs and arms still but it was just so hard. Koby was really strong and he was putting up one heck of a fight.
Just as it was happening… I heard a knock at Koby’s door.
“CRAP!” I whispered, “Ryder hurry up, I think someone is at the door!”
Knock, Knock, Knock
“Koby?” A voice questioned, “Are you alright son? Koby?”
The door knob twisted but the man couldn’t get it because I locked it.
“Koby open this door right now! You better not have another girl in there!”
I was so focused on the man jiggling the door knob and banging on the door that I didn’t even realize that it was all over. Ryder had suffocated Koby and he was just lying there on his bed… completely motionless.
“It’s done.” Ryder smirked, “Let’s get out of here.”
My breathing heavy I said, “Al-alright, but what about the body?”
Ryder looked down at Koby and then back up to me, “Leave it here, there is no physical evidence to trace it back to us. We have no fingerprints for god’s sake. Now come on!”
Before I could get another word in, Ryder was already out the back door that was in Koby’s room. I for one didn’t want to stay there, so I quickly followed after Ryder before that kids father found a key to get in. As we were running though, I did take one last look back. I just can’t believe I had to kill another human being… and what makes it worse was that look on Ryder’s face after it was over. It was so full of pleasure and happiness… it made me want to throw up.
Kriss took off as soon as the two boys jumped in the car. Kriss knew that since Koby was dead the cops would be called upon at any moment. So he wasted no time in getting the heck out of there.
Once back at the mansion Kriss approached his commander with great pride, for he knew what he had done was good.
“The deed is done.” Kriss smirked, “The boys took out Koby; he is no longer a threat to us.”
“Excellent.” James stated, “Wonderful work Kriss. Oh and did you happen to speak to Ross for me?”
Kriss nodded, “Yes sir and he took care of it. He gave me what you asked for.”
James couldn’t help but let out a laugh. Everything was going exactly according to his plan.
“Wonderful.” he smirked, “Simply wonderful.”
Ryder’s Point of View
As soon as we got back to the Mansion James told Adam and me to go wait for him in the dining room. I just know he’s going to be proud of us, there is no way he can say anything bad. I made sure to do exactly as he said and I did it in record timing! I know Adam was all worried and skeptical about doing it but he just doesn’t understand what they put me through. He wasn’t there, he doesn’t understand. He’ll never understand how I feel. Just because I’m angry at them doesn’t mean I’m falling into James’ web. I’m still very much aware of how much I hate him and how much I hate being here. So what I liked taking them out? It shows how strong I really am! Now who’s laughing?!
“That was a close one, eh??” I chuckled, “That kids father was about to break down his door! We were like seconds away from getting caught. God, it was like a real life suspense movie.”
Adam rolled his eyes, “Yeah, except we were the Michael Myer’s and Jason’s.”
I laughed at him, “Are you still stuck on this? Just give it a rest Adam. What’s done is done, move on.”
He glared at me, “No, I won’t move on! You’re supposed to be the one person I could trust but you’re turning out to be a freaking monster just like them! I thought I finally had someone but I guess I was wrong!”
I narrowed my eyes, “Don’t call me a monster!! I’m nothing like them!”
He scoffed, “OH YEAH!? It’s funny because I could have sworn you walked away from that kid’s room with a freaking GRIN on your FACE! I’m no expert in psychology but I’m pretty sure that meant you liked it! Only a monster would enjoy killing someone!”
“You better watch what you say to me Adam!!” I screamed.
He got in my face, “OH I SHOULD!? What happens if don’t?! Are you going to freaking kill me TOO!?”
Before I had the chance to respond to him, James came in the room with a disgusted look on his face.
“I leave you two alone for 5 minutes and this is what happens? I know I said I don’t expect you two to get along but at least pretend that you do.” he sighed, “Adam leave my sight, I have to speak to Ryder in private.”
“Fine by me.” he scoffed and then stormed out.
I wanted to make another remark to Adam… but the whole ‘speaking in private’ thing got me a little nervous. What did he want from me this time?
As soon as Adam was out of view James turned to me, “You did an excellent job in taking out that boy. Answer me this question Ryder… didn’t it feel good to do it yourself? To know that you were the one who took that sweet revenge on him? Isn’t revenge one of the greatest feelings?”
I looked away awkwardly, “I guess so…”
I wanted to answer so much more than that. I wanted to tell him that it felt amazing to get rid of another person who hurt me. Just like with Liam, deep down, it felt good. My entire life I felt so weak and so useless, but when I took them out I felt so powerful. It was like I could actually stand up for myself for once. But I didn’t say that to him because I didn’t want to give him that satisfaction. I don’t care if I got my revenge on another person because of him. I still hate this man more than anything in the entire world.
He chuckled, “Well, you may only feel a little pride for it now… but in time you will grow to love it. You will love it so much you will seek after it like a drug. It’s just that sweet feeling in the pit of your stomach that makes a grin so wide spread across your face. And since I am a man who loves the taste of revenge… I have something I would like to show you.”
I looked at him puzzled, “Wh-what? What did I do?? I thought you already punished me, this isn’t fair!”
He grew serious, “That’s the thing about revenge Ryder. You keep at it until YOU feel satisfied. There is nothing fair about it.”
I groaned, “Then show me it now! Just get it over with…”
James pulled a picture out of his pocket and then shoved it at me. I took one glanced at the photo and I had to swallow the vomit that rose up into my throat. MY SISTER! AND KAYLIE! How did he find them!? I thought that they got away?? No, this can’t be happening! I want them safe!
“This is what you get for losing them in the first place.” he growled.
“Dead?” he smirked, “Of course they are. It’s all your fault too. If only you wouldn’t have let them escape…” he smiled wide, “They’re not the only ones either. We decided that since you don’t quite understand that you belong to me, we decided to just get rid of your father and your brother as well.”
“YOU SICK FREAKING PSYCHOPATH!” I screamed, tears streaming down my face, “How could you do this to my family?! Why did you have to go after my dad and my brother too?! WHY DID YOU KILL THEM!?”
“Because your father stuck his nose where it didn’t belong! It’s his fault that I almost lost everything! Now he’s dead and I own you for the rest of your pathetic life. I’d say it’s a win-win for me. I finally got my revenge on your father… and now that he’s gone, his son has to be under my command until he dies.”
I glared at him, “You’re a dead man! You hear me?!”
“Oh you’re threatening me now?” he scowled, “You really don’t learn do you?” he pointed to the kitchen, “Since you think it’s okay to disobey me and back-talk… go scrub the kitchen down. Oh but use your tooth brush. Maybe that will remind you every time you go to brush your teeth that you don’t talk crap to me.”
I wanted to say something else to him but he left out of the room before I even had the chance.
I clenched my fist to my side and let out a loud screech. I can’t believe he killed my family; that murderer! He took away the one thing that I cared for the most in this world. He didn’t even have to do that but he did it because of REVENGE! Who cares what my father did!? God that psycho! I want him DEAD!
“I don’t care what I have to do, or where I have to go, but mark my words… he’s going to pay for taking them away from me.”
Thanks for reading guys! Well… I’m sure a lot of you are having mixed emotions right now but that’s a good thing! Everything is not supposed to make sense right now but it will become much clearer as the story progresses. Now as far as Ryder… well let the ‘not liking the things he does’ begin… Also I threw clues in there as to why Ryder was acting the way he was acting… or err… is going to continue acting. Just read over Adam’s POV ;]