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Posted December 22, 2013
Chapter 27 of Lakeside Drive
BACK IN THE DENILES…
Usually, on Christmas Eve, Lakeside Drive would be alight with cheer. Cooking smells would waft from every opening, children would be checking every single place possible for their gifts, and teens could be seen meeting up with their friends and exchanging gifts.
Not this Christmas.
The vanishing of the 13 teens had rocked the entire street. When the police first got the call of the missing party host at Chris's disasterous party, the random disapperence had spread like wildfire throughout the town. Those on Lakeside Drive were most affected. Though not everyone's children were gone, every life was, one way or another, uprooted. Parents sobbed over pictures, friends posted lost posters all over the county, and neighbors comforted the depressed, though it was no use. In fact, it seemed that everyone had forgotten it was the "most wonderful time of the year".
The moon cast its light upon Lakeside Drive. It met a desolate street, although it was Christmas eve. No carollers, no parties, complete silence.
Except for the rustle of the two boys as they met eachother on the sidewalk.
Lee Burke was one of these boys. He was shaken by the disappearence of his sister, and even though he hadn't really met Toni, he wished she hadn't been kidnapped too. Then, he'd have another kid in the house.
The other boy was Mark Firicano, Frank's brother and Lee's partner in crime. Mark had been very close to his brother, and losing him, especially right before Christmas, was like losing a limb.
How ironic the pair was, considering Toni and Frank were working together to lead the 14, just as their siblings were.
Seeing Mark, Lee gave a solemn nod. Mark gave his friend a slight wave and ran to meet him. "You ready?" He asked once he was near, and Lee nodded. "Let's do it."
And together, they started towards the forest-the Real World.
There was no conversation between the friends as they trekked to the forest. This was a serious mission for clues. They had both heard tales of teens lost there, never found again, and both figured it was a good place to start.
It wasn't long until the road veered away to the dirt path, revealing the forboding trees. Lee turned to Mark. "Okay, this is do or die time. Split up and look for anything unusual," he directed. Mark nodded. They split up.
Startled by their movement, a doe, who was grazing on the other side of the road, raced away from the boys. It lept into the forest-only to collapse as if it had crashed into something. Lee and Mark both saw it, and ran to the doe. But the deer swiftly regained its hooves and pranced the other way, out of sight.
The friends caught eachother's gaze. "That was weird," Mark commented. Lee nodded, saying, "It could be a clue. Probably just a faulty deer, though."
In a tree at the edge of the woods, a white cat sat. This was, of course, Missouri, waiting vigilently for his team to lower the barrier and let him in. He saw the two boys with a fearful eye. "They can't find out too much," he muttered to himself, searching for something. He pulled a glove from a hollow in the tree, and, leaping to a branch far away from his spot, released it from his jaws. It dropped to the ground.
He heard the two boys' gasps as they saw the lone glove. "It's Brielle's!" Lee exclaimed excitedly. That was correct.
"We have to go home and show everyone!" Mark said. The snow crunched beneath their feet as they ran home, oblivious to everything.
Oblivious and safe.
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Posted July 12, 2013