Black shirt and blue jeans, he might as well have said Black or Latino person, Roxie thought. It was such a broad description.
They had about four more minutes to look for this person. Roxie and Aston were in the cafeteria pacing back and forth. Aston stared at Roxie with frightened eyes.
“I have to get Mace back. So we need to at least try to find her,” Aston said to Roxie. Roxie was looking more tired and stressed out than ever. Roxie cursed.
“I’m trying the best I can, Aston, but I have seen and heard six people killed tonight. I have been up since 4am yesterday morning. I’m tired and I’m scared. All I wanna do is go home. I know you want to find Mace, but I can’t take this anymore,” Roxie whined. Tears were finally flowing down her eyes. She fell to the ground and sobbed quietly.
Aston was pretty jumpy because of the amount time. He kneeled down and grabbed her face.
“You can’t crack Roxie. I need you and you need me. Roxie, you are stronger than me and we both need to put our heads together to save these people…ok?” Aston said. Aston didn’t like seeing Roxie upset especially since this was the first time she has broken down in front of him like this.
“Wait! Have you noticed that all the people who he’s been killing has been in Mr. Gliden’s class?” Roxie asked.
“No, not until now,” Aston replied.
“So think about it. Remember, in class, when we said that black people look good in white and white people look good in black? So this person started wearing black all the time?”
“Warren!” Both said in unison.
“But where could he be?” Aston asked.
“We should check the locker rooms again.”
Aston got up off the floor and then helped Roxie. They ran into the library to get the keys. They ran back out and then towards the locker room. Roxie was thinking, why wasn’t anything happening to them. Usually the light would be flickering on and off and something would be falling from the ceiling, but there was nothing.
Instead of entering the girls’ locker room, they went to the boys’. Aston turned on Roxie’s flashlight.
“Warren! Warren!” Roxie and Aston called out. They looked all around the locker room but they couldn’t find him.
“He’s not in here,” Aston yelled. Aston was thinking there was probably only one minute left and he might not even make it to the same room Warren was in.
“Okay, where are the some other places that Warren would be?” Roxie asked.
“His classes,” Aston said.
“No, too obvious. There are only two classes I know he has and that’s because we have those classes together.”
“Hold up. Before they go to their first class and practice, the football team goes to see Coach Green. Coach Green teaches biology upstairs in room 209.”
Roxie and Aston ran towards Coach Green’s room. They still wasn’t any screaming, nothing falling from the ceiling or anything.
It’s probably over five minutes Roxie thought.
They ran to room 209. Aston checked to see if the door was locked but it was open. They walked in, turned on Roxie’s flashlight, and saw Warren lying on his back, locked in chains with tape across his mouth. He looked up and saw Aston and Roxie. He jerked around. Aston went over there with the key.
“10.9.8.7.” The creep continued to countdown. Aston had Warren out by the time the creep got to six.
“Thanks, man,” Warren said to Aston. He walked over to Roxie and lifts her from the floor and gave her a big hug. Roxie face was in shock but she hugged him back.
“Good Job, Roxie and Aston. Three more people to save until you can save Mace,” The creep announce on the intercom.
“Just tell us what we have to do next.” Roxie said. She was rubbing her eyes and yawning. How was she sleepy at a time like this? Aston looked at her and he knew she was going to pass out soon. So it would be better if they got this done sooner than later.
“Patience Roxie. The riddle isn’t ready yet.”
“What?” she asked the creep but he didn’t say anything more. Warren and Aston watched Roxie. Roxie was getting angry and cranky. Roxie threw a book on the desk across the room.
“What now?” Roxie asked.
“I guess we wait,” Aston asked. She sat down in a chair and put her head down on the desk.
“I’m going to go to the locker room. I have a flashlight,” Warren said. He walked towards the door.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Aston added.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”
Aston let Warren go. This time it wouldn’t be his fault if Warren died. Aston didn’t have the patience anymore and he was too tired. Roxie put her head up and walked to the door to look out the window. The hallway only had a few lights on so he didn’t know if she could see anything anyway. She walked up to Aston and got close enough to be inches away from his face. Then she grabbed him by the sides of his face. They were so close that Aston thought they were going to kiss. He was about to say something but she put her finger on his lips.
“Don’t talk, just listen and follow.” Roxie whispered to Aston. Then she kissed Aston and with no surprise he kissed her back. It was a long kiss, too. Roxie slowly pulled away but she was still lingered close to his face.
“I think Warren’s working with the creep because why would it be that easy to save Warren but so hard to save everybody else?” Roxie whispered. Aston understood what she was coming from. He knew that they had more than five minutes to save him and there was no trouble finding him at all. The door was unlocked, the lights were on, there was no screaming, and no traps.
Aston was about to say something but she kissed him again. She grabbed his face harder and pull away.
“Don’t say anything, you are facing the camera. You say anything and he’ll know that we know. We just have to keep our cool and think of a way to get out of here.” Roxie pulled away and then put her head back on the desk. Aston look up and saw a camera right across from where he was sitting.
Five minutes later, Warren was back in the room.
“Got the flashlight,” Warren said. Aston just nodded. Roxie picked her head up and smiled at Warren.
“Did you take a nap?” Warren asked Roxie.
“Yep, now I’m full of energy and ready for anything,” Roxie said. She saw Warren smile quiver a bit but then he smile harder. Roxie turned to Aston to prove her point but he knew. Warren was working with the bad guy.
“Aston, Roxie, and Warren move to the gym.” The creep announced. Roxie thought it was strange that he was telling them to go somewhere. Warren began to walk out the room.
“You guys coming?” Warren asked. Aston and Roxie just nodded. Both of them were shaking. Warren walked out the door. Aston and Roxie held hands and followed Warren to the gym.
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