It was already too late when Kelly finally realized that the ground under her feet was too slippery. The tears welled up in her eyes as she realized she was trapped in a small ravine that ran for several miles. There was no way she could get out. If she could just move a little bit faster, she could probably get the hell out of here and back to civilization.
Kelly knew she was probably going to die in this place. She had nothing to live for, and her parents were gone. Kelly couldn’t even get her brother to come see her. She was left alone to die.
She could hear the sound of something close by and she knew that it was probably her ragged clothes that were getting too wet from the rain. She felt her stomach tighten, her stomach twisting with worry.
“Stay down! Don’t move! Just stay still and don’t make a sound!” Kelly looked around, knowing that she was probably surrounded by some sort of predator. She couldn’t get help. Not even if she was carried to safety by someone.
Kelly took a deep breath. She would be fine. There was no way she would die in this damn ravine.
Kelly looked up, seeing how much further it was to the surface. She began to run in the direction of the sound, hoping that it would be a clear path.
As the day went on, Kelly continued to be carried to safety. Finally, after what seemed like forever, she heard a strong voice shout her name. Kelly was placed down on a soft surface, and she felt a heavy bandage over her stomach.
“Kelly? Can you hear me?” A familiar voice spoke.
Kelly opened her eyes, a large smile spreading across her face. “Luke? Is that you?” She asked, her voice thick with emotion.
“Yeah, it’s me. You’re going to be okay, Kelly. You’re going to be okay.” Luke told her, his voice heavy with relief.
“You’re alive?” Kelly asked, her voice sounding small. “You’re really alive?”
“Yes, of course. It was a cruel thing that those bastards did to you, but you’re going to be okay.” Luke told her, sitting down beside her.
Kelly nodded. She didn’t know what to say, how to express her feelings. She had been abandoned by her brother, and had nowhere to go. She had been left all alone to die.
Luke was quiet, looking at Kelly with worry. “Do you want to know why the bad guys took you?” He asked her, “Because they wanted to see you die.”
“Because…” Kelly began to speak, but the tears welled up in her eyes again.
“Kelly, they wanted you to suffer. They wanted to make you miserable. You could have run away and stayed safe in your house, but you didn’t. You ran, and you got hurt. And now you’re going to pay for it. You’re going to pay for the hell you’ve put me through.” Luke told her, his voice low.
Kelly nodded. “How do you know that it was them?” She asked.
Luke sighed. “Because they took my cell phone, and when they saw me answering it they didn’t think that would be a good idea. They tried to kill me, Kelly. And you know that.”
Kelly shook her head. “No, they couldn’t have…” She whispered.
“Maybe, maybe not. But they’re not the only ones who were after you.” Luke told her, putting a hand on her shoulder. “Look, Kelly, they’re going to come for you soon. You have to fight them. They’re going to try to kill you, too. They want to get to you first. So if you stay down and you fight them, they won’t be able to take you.”
Kelly nodded, her eyes wet with tears. She didn’t want to believe that Luke was right. She wanted to believe that she was going to live, that she was going to live to see her brother again. She wanted to believe that she was going to be okay. She wanted to believe that she would get her brother back.
“Thank you for saving me.” Kelly whispered.
“Don’t thank me yet, before you know it. Now, get some rest. You’re going to need it.” Luke told her, kissing her forehead. “You’re going to need it.”