The Mavericks: Book Bundles 1-9
Just then Amanda heard a gentle tap, but she didn’t understand from where. She hopped out of bed, instantly woozy and unsure on her feet, stopping to steady herself, and still not knowing what time it was exactly in the darkness. She was losing track of most of her senses now.
She walked over to one wall and tapped gently. Nothing. She walked to the next, tapped again and again, and at the door she tapped as well. And just as she went to do that on the next wall, another tap sounded, but it came from the ceiling above her. She slowly stepped onto her cot, steadying herself again, not surprised by her weakness, and tapped back. There was almost a startled sensation, and then two more taps came. She tapped twice back.
At least this way, they knew that she had heard and that they were communicating. Didn’t mean that they knew what they were communicating, but she’d take any sign of human existence that she could.
When the taps came back three times, she got a little pissed, but she tapped three times back as well. Her worst nightmare was of a child playing up there, letting people know that the floor was talking to them. And then she noted the ensuing series of taps and breaks. And it repeated over and over again. She caught her breath, dragged her mind back to the Morse code that she had learned when interested in navy life. She realized that somebody was signaling to her. She listened to it tapped out over and over again: H-E-L.
Her heart sank and her eyes closed when the P came.
She didn’t know what to say. She tapped her reply slowly. Yes, please help me.
Another startled moment could be heard from above and then another set of taps. Can’t came back. And then Help me?
Tears dripped down Amanda’s cheeks as she realized that, indeed, somebody else was being held here too, another prisoner, not just the crying woman heard earlier on Amanda’s same floor but also above her. She tapped back slowly. Can’t. Locked in.
The answer came as Me too.
Needing to know that somebody was out there, somebody who maybe could tell her father, she tapped out her name and added Chemist kidnapped.
What came back was a name. Brandon Coleman. Kidnapped.
And then the next part broke her heart. Ten years old.
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