Elliot Phillips groaned while squeezing his eyes shut tighter before opening them. He looked up at the dingy ceiling from his spot on the floor. It felt like there was a marching band in his head as his brain pulsed. Elliot blinked a few times trying to figure out why he was laying on the floor with a pressure on his chest that felt like someone was laying on him.
Closing his eyes again, Elliot thought back to the last thing he remembered. He and Laci were at the park for her sixth birthday party and he was on the phone with Christian wondering where he and Rick were. Laci had kept asking him if they could cut the cake. Elliot then remembered hearing Laci scream when he looked at her, Hector had been holding a gun to her head. He also remembered trying to stall until Christian and Rick made it to them. When he saw Kilian step out of the car, he heard police sirens, before Killian apologized, then there had been a blinding pain before everything went black.
Elliot’s eyes snapped open again, Laci.
“Daddy are you awake? I’m scared.”
Elliot breathed a sigh of relief when he realized it was Laci’s head laying on his chest.
“Yes, pumpkin I’m awake.”
Elliot groaned when he sat up after Laci lifted her head. He slowly turned his head checking their surroundings. They seemed to be in a basement, all the walls were made of concrete bricks. A stairwell was directly in front of them. Besides the two of them, there was nothing else in down there.
“Has anybody been down here since we got here?” Elliot asked turning to look back at Laci.
“Only two people. The bad guy who held the gun at my head and the man who got out of the car.” Laci answered. Daddy will Christian and Rick be coming to get us soon?”
“I don’t know sweetie.” Elliot answered, he believed they would be coming to get them, but if Killian hadn’t gone to the dark side, Elliot could get his help.
“Sweetie, I want you to over to the corner and close your eyes,” Elliot insisted when he heard footsteps above them.
“No buts Laci, I need you to keep being strong for daddy. Go into the corner and don’t open your eyes until you feel it’s safe,” Elliot urged her.
He let out a sigh of relief when she stood and started to move.
“But how will I know?”
Elliot heard the fear in her voice, but he was helpless to do anything about it. “You’ll know baby.”
Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2016