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The Unknown

NICHOLAS never set store by having the believe that someone was around. He kept rotating with his gun fixed to his hand, ready to shoot anyone who came out of his or her hiding place. He was furious already, wondering who could have followed him to that point, but no one came out from the forest.

    Should he believe there was no one or who could have placed a tree on his car? He couldn’t tell if the tree fell on it’s own free will or if there was someone in hiding or the person left after leaving a sign.

    His heart raced so fast, he glimpsed at his cloth which had had different blotches on it, his whole self was out-of-the-way that minute. [i]It might have fallen on it’s free will[/i] he thought in his heart as he rushed toward the car and got the small tree away.

    He checked out the root and noticed it fell on it’s own free will, it wasn’t cut. He hopped into his car quickly, running away from the thick forest.

****

    “Mum, why do you like this perfume this much?” Anthony enquired.

    “There’s more to this perfume, you won’t understand.” Vivian smiled at Anthony.

    Anthony smiled too, picking up the perfume from the small stool before his mother. “I’m sure this is Dad’s favourite, right?”

    Vivian nodded, trying to force her tears back.

    Anthony stared for minutes, he soon dropped it, snorting. He looked at Vivian and noticed her change in countenance. She might start crying any moment, Anthony hated to see tears in her eyes.

    “I’m sorry I brought this remembrance, Mum. I really don’t want you to cry.”

    “No problem. I won’t cry.” She hugged him and curved her lips into a smile. “I’ll take you out for lunch, tomorrow.”

    “Really? It sounds great. I’d love that.” Anthony grinned.

    “Don’t worry, we should visit one of the best eateries tomorrow.”

    “I’m anticipating, Mum.”

****

    Craig and Doris walked besided each other quickly, glimpsing at each other and speaking at the rate both couldn’t understand. They were fast, maybe aiming to get somewhere at a particular time. They suddenly halted outside the gate where they met a brown envelope and both stared at each other.

    They motioned towards it and picked it up. ‘From The Unknown’ was read out by Doris and looked into Craig’s eyes.

    “What’s happening?” Craig asked, he noticed she was racking her brain, probably she knew something.

    “Yeah!” She blinked. “It was this person that saved me from Chief Sam yesterday.”

    Craig cleared his throat. “Really? This brave guy? He opened the envelope quickly. “This can’t be a bomb, I think this person is a nice one.”

    He brought out the other envelope inside the brown one and handed the brown envelope over to Doris. Doris opened the envelope, perhaps something else might be inside the envelope.  She found a foolscap sheet that she read the description of where Chief Sam was.

    Raising her head, she met two media cards lying on Craig’s hand. “What’s this?”

    “From all indications, Chief Sam is the one that has been shooting at the light from his darkness. He must have kidnapped you, killed the innocent people likewise.”

    “But, is that what this man called The Unknown just did? Are these evidences?”

    Craig pulled her. “Let’s go.”

    They both rushed inside the office to check the content of the media card.

****

    Finally, the boss had listened to all the voice notes too. He removed his gold-rimmed glasses and dropped it on the table. “So, they kill because of contracts?”

    “There’s nothing that can happen in this world. A world where a son cut the head of his father, what else?”

    “But who’s this Unknown in the dark? He should be arrested too.”

    Craig and Doris hurtled gazes at each other. “Arrested?” The chorused.

****

    “Guys, what were you looking? How could you have let The Unknown to take boss away!” One of chief’s men shouted.

    “He was furious, pointing the gun at us while we tried to take away a fallen tree from the road. See, he didn’t take it likely.” Another one spoke.

    “You should have called us instantly! Who knows where Chief Sam is? Are we not in danger too?”

    “That shouldn’t be the talk of this place now, we should be thinking of the possible places Chief Sam could be. We can’t sit like this, I’m sure he’s planning to kill him.”

    “We should start searching for him quickly, we should.”

    “I suggest that we start the ultimate search from the forest.”

    “Yeah, we should go into that thick forest some distance from here to start. Something tells me they should be in that forest.

“Okay, let’s get going.” They concluded.

****

    “He’s on our side, making this case easier.”

    “What’s my own business with the fact that he’s making it easier? Is he an officer? What right does he have to kidnap? Don’t you know that’s wrong under the law? You must also get him.”

    “Yes sir.” Criag and Doris chorused as they walked out quickly, heading to the forest described.

****

    “I’m Prince Edward, as you know.” Prince smiled at the lady by his side as they walked on.  

    “I’m Beatrice, the daughter of Engineer Ashley.” She introduced herself with a smile.

    “That’s cool, I never knew anything until today. What really happened?”

    “I’m sure the King and my father must have met and concluded everything. My Dad just informed me to get dressed because you’d be celebrating your birthday today.”

    Prince smiled. “Anyways, I can’t refuse this precious gift when I don’t have the type.”

    Beatrice chuckled. “Keep teasing me.”

    “Why would I? I head the headquarters of King’s Companies, what job do you do?” He enquired.

    “I own Bibie Computers.” She replied, flashing her teeth.

    Prince jammed his hands together. “I know that place.. never knew you own it.”

    “Now that you know, will you start patronizing us?”

    “Sure! Why won’t I? The party starts soon, let’s sit somewhere and discuss better.” He smiled.

    “Alright.” Beatrice followed him.

****

    Gregory rushed inside Moriah’s office. “I want to see Frank.” He told her without waiting for her to call Frank.

    He rushed into Frank’s office and sat down. “Why did you call me as if something terrible was wrong?”

    “Is this not terrible too? I don’t know why I can’t get my mind off Vivian, seeing her again just made me feel like holding on to her.”

    “So you made me leave my place of work because of that.. wait, she told us she’s married, don’t you understand?”

    “She isn’t married and I know. She just used that to scare us away.”

    “Really? If that is the case, I have something to tell you.” Greg stood and walked to Frank’s side to whisper into his ear.

    “Do you think that will be easy?”

    “Sure, why not? We just have to arrange guys that will get it done, then she will be yours.”

    Both laughed.

****

     The officers rushed into the forest, walking at a fast rate. They had met a car parked by the entrance of the bush and noticed probably some people were there already. “Be vigilant!” Craig shouted from behind, all holding on to their guns and swirling in dissimilar directions.

    “Keep going straight!” He ordered again.

    They were all felicitous to face whoever was inside the forest, either with the Chief or came on his or her free will.

    Some minutes after the walk, they started exchanging gunshots with some set of men. They were Chief’s men.

****

    It was getting tougher. It seemed Chief’s men had gotten him already. There were jusy four officers, Craig, Doris and two other junoir officers that were in the forest.

    They all divided as the battle was getting tougher. Each of the hid behind a tree, shooting at Chief’s men. Craig had missed Doris, they parted ways when theh noticed Chief’s men weren’t taking it easy.

    Doris’ heart was racing so fast, thinking on what might have happened to Craig and the other ofticers. Craig was also concerned about Doris but no one else, still shooting at the men who also hid themselves behind the tree.

    He was sure they must have gotten Chief Sam, if not, it wouldn’t have as tough as that.

    Doris was advancing, rushing away from the tree where she had hidden herself. She knelt, closing an eye and pointing the gun at one of Chief’s men she could see. Then, a gun was hit on her head from behind and she fainted.

****

    Craig had been missing his target till he noticed everything was getting better. Rushing out of his hideout, he didn’t notice Chief’s men again. He rushed to the direction he felt they must have passed, he still didn’t see any of them.

    Soon, he met the two other officers. “Did you find anyone?” He questioned.

   “None, Sir.” They replied.

    “What’s happening? Who are those guys? Have we been set up?” He was breathing heavily until he narrowed his eyes. “Where’s Doris?”

    “We all got parted, we don’t know.”

    Craig rushed away, in search of Doris.

****

    It was evening already. Craig had called the office earlier and had gotten more men for Doris’ search but they haven’t found her. It was getting dark when came to conclusion that she must have been kidnapped.

    He looked really unhappy as he walked out of the forest with the men. He noticed the car parked by the entrance was still there, he ordered one of the men to drive it as they headed to the station.

****

    Craig visited Stella’s hospital to get her informed quickly. He felt that she would get to know about it eventually, it would be better for him to her as early as possible.

    He looked sad too as he watched Stella rolling down tears. “Craig will she be found again?” She kept on weeping as she held on to Craig.

    “That’s certain, don’t worry. I’m sure this was done by Chief and his men. He has been declared wanted and Doris have been declared missing too.”

    “No!” She bellowed.

    “Let me just take you home, this won’t solve the issue.” Craig said, grabbing her hand.

    “No! Where’s my Doris? Where’s she?”

    “Just take it easy.”

    Stella picked up her mobile phone and got Nicholas informed immediately.

****

    Nicholas was indignant. He packed his things from their performing stage at the palace and told Henry he needed to get something done. He rushed out of the palace to his house to pick up his car.

    Soon, he got to the forest and began to search. He had used his mask and had his gun in his hand. It was dark already and it was him alone in the dark. He kept going deeper because he would never back off. His heart was racing and he was focused.

    He felt he was being too merciful unto Chief and his men, but this time he would show no mercy. He kept on going, not minding if he got lost in the forest. All he wished was to get Doris again, to catch Chief Sam and his men again.

    Soon, he entered into the thicker forest and went even deeper. He got to a point and could see smoke coming out from a part of the forest. He became more vigilant, walking closer, he kept advancing as he heard voices too. He was sure Chief and his men were there.

    Soon, his eyes caught something unbelievable.

****

    Craig kept parading the house, wondering what must happened to Doris. He kept blaming himself for leaving the forest just that way. He wasn’t sure about her safety and knew Chief Sam was the one against it.

    His heart kept beating fast. He wished he could get hold of Chief Sam so he that he would know how much exasperated he was. He had promised himself he would deal with Chief Sam mercilessly.

    He kept praying for her safety, praying if The Unknown would have heard about it and would help to get Chief Sam and Doris again.

    Just then, his phone beeped. A call from someone unbelievable.

****

   

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