We stood there with the dumbest facial expression as Kevin slowly walked away. "I can't say more than that, but I must go. See you when I get home, Ellie." Just like that, he was gone.
"Now things just got interesting," Nate said with a hearty smile.
"You know what. My brain hurts. I can't be doing this right now." I began to head back home. Like a puppy, Nate followed.
~ Evan ~
"This design is too cutesy for my taste in this game." I leaned back in the desk chair, intensely focused on the computer.
"What are you talking about? She is perfect for that part." Jennie excitedly said.
"This game needs to sell; if you keep putting this idea up, the boss will have to deal with you." The door to our office cracked open, and a small intern peeked his head inside. He excused himself as he walked in, holding our daily coffee. All the staff stopped to gather around Ryan to get their addiction. Dazed, Ryan went to my desk.
"Here's yours... make it just how you like it, Evan." He smiled with his bunny teeth showing. I thanked the intern and told him that he would become us one day until he finished his presentation. Once he does that, he can join the A-team!
"I promise! I will be ready for my presentation; I need to be here. This is my environment; I was born to create games." Ryan hopped up and down with excitement.
"I know, bunny, but I can't let you join if your presentation doesn't sell," I said as I began to type.
"I won't let you down!" he said as he returned to his desk. Ryan needs to learn how hard it can be to get to the top. I was a receptionist for years before I got to this position. I do not know, but I made it. Since I was a lead manager, the CEO called us the Dream Team. It sounds suitable for us. Once everything settled down and everyone was doing their work, Jennie's mouth came. I do not want to hear about the gruesome murder that happened.
There is a rumor about how the body was chopped into pieces and served to rats. That's when I had to end the conversation right there. We are not detectives; we can't put words in people's mouths. "Do we need to talk about this?? The case is over with." I said as I sipped my coffee. "Besides, it is depressing. Nobody wants to know about that."
Ryan jumped up and explained how he loved this kind of thing and would like to see it with his own eyes. Why does he have so much enthusiasm?? I liked it, so I took him to see it. Smiling, he sat back down in his chair. I gulped down my last cup of coffee and went to get another batch. When I entered the breakroom, I saw someone sitting at a table–alone. I had never seen him before in my life.
Being the nice person I am, I went to say hi. As I got close, the person gave me a blank stare and then got up with two cups in his hand. He must have had a rough night or getting someone a coffee. However, he felt off for some reason. After he left, I got my new batch. As I turned around, Brandon was standing there. "Hey baby," he said.
"Mr. Hampton, what are you doing on this floor? This area is for top dogs only." I smirked.
"As a marketer for the company, there's a meeting I have to attend with the CEO. So, excuse me for invading your space." He said as he took hold of my shirt and pulled me closer.
"What strength for a tiny man?" I teased him.
"There's more where that came from, Evan." He leans in for a kiss but whispers in my ear instead. "But first, I need a cup of coffee before I deal with her."
"Brandon, she can be tough to please IF she's in a good mood. Which she always is. Good luck with the meeting, babe." I waved goodbye as I went back to work. Heading back, I saw Jennie with that guy I saw earlier. "Must be her boyfriend?" I said quietly.
"Who's boyfriend?" a voice behind me repeated. The sudden sound made me jump with fear; I tripped and fell on the soft ground, "goddamn it, Ryan, you can't be doing that to people." I gasped.
"My bad– didn't mean to startle you, Evan. But you shouldn't be spying on people."
I explained to him I was not spying; I spotted Jennie with an unknown guy. When I looked back, the guy was gone, and Jennie was staring me down like a hound dog. Fuck… I headed back to the office with Ryan in hand. We got scolded when she walked in. As time passed, people left one by one, and at the end of the day, it was only Ryan and me. Ryan turned towards me, "You should rest, Evan. You have been staring at that screen all day."
"I'm okay; I need to finish this for our meeting tomorrow with the boss." Evan rubbed his eyes in exhaustion. "You should get home too. It's dangerous for you to be out this late." I yawned.
"My mom does not expect me home until 7, so I am good. Plus, you promised to take me to the scene."
"I changed my mind. When 6:30 hits, you will be going home." I said.
With a pout, Ryan fixed up his desk. I felt terrible, but it is dangerous now, and we do not need him to go missing. His mother would have my head. I stretch to loosen my muscles before I turn back to my computer. It was eerie when all the day shifters were gone. With just developers and management on this floor, it's scary. The only people left are the CEO, lead supervisor, and me.
As I was bored, I heard a weird noise coming down the hallway. It sounded like a heavy box. That back part is forbidden; nobody can go there, knowing that I went anyway. I looked around and saw nothing until a shadow appeared in my sight. It made me jump back with fear.
I gave myself whiplash when I did that. Anyways, it was probably those damn rats again. I told Kaylee to get this area cleared out. But, nooo… she wants to save money knowing she is a multi-billionaire. After searching around, I found nothing that would make that crash. I'm not too fond of this place. While walking back, I stumbled towards Kaylee's office to see what the big boss was doing. I squinted to look through the tinted glass, but that did not work. So, I put my ear to it.
"Have you been working hard, Ryan??" her voice mumbled.
"Of course, you know how badly I want this."
"You should have taken my offer then. The position could have been yours." She stated
"You know I don't do that, Kaylee. That is cheating and unfair. What would the others think?"
I took a step back and tried to comprehend what was said. What kind of offer was this?? I placed my ear back on the glass. Kaylee talks about it as the fastest way to get promoted. Shit, if I knew that, then I would climb on board. But Ryan sounded troubled. Out of nowhere, someone tapped my shoulder. It was Kaylee's secretary who came back from break. She gave me a look of confusion as she asked if I needed anything.
"N-no, not really; I just fell and landed on the glass... you know what? I'm finna go. Bye!" I sprinted back to my office. When I got there, I plopped down in my chair. Who knew Kaylee was sneaking around with Ryan… It could be the reason Ryan got this position in the first place.
By one in the morning, everyone was gone, even Kaylee. I need to get out here fast before I end up in the basement. As I was packing up, I felt a vibration on my phone.
"EVAN!" Brandon's voice rang through the phone.
"What's up, my mochi?"
"Another woman got attacked near your house. But she was kidnaped! Babe, just be careful when going home, okay." He said as he hung up. That's two nights in a row. Now, this is getting worrisome.
I had an exciting day at work. As I left the building, the police were roaming certain areas like madmen. They are stopping people out of thin air. I couldn't even step out of the building before I was stopped. "Excuse me, have you seen anything unusual here in the last hour?" the officer asked. "No. I was at work most of the day. Sorry that I can not be of any help." I said. The officer smiled and walked away. Good, now I continue to head home in peace. As I turned the corner, the two crime scenes caught my eye. Who would do such a thing, especially this close to one another? Holy shit, it was giving me the chills. What kind of feeling was this?? Out of nowhere, I picked up a rubber glove. Blood stains appear on it. Who would leave this around?? "HEY!" a voice rang out into the air. I jerked slightly from the voice; I released the glove in my hand. "What are you doing here?" the stranger said."Nothing, officer... Kevin? Thought you had the day off today?" I said as I relaxed my b
I cleared my throat and had the assistant follow me to the uncomfortable seats in the world. “So you’re the assistant that jer- I mean Henry’s assistant whom he talked about. Nice to meet you.”“Bradley, Bradley Fowler. But you can call me Brad for short. Nice to meet you too, Ellie. Well, I can say nice to meet you again.” He smiled. That was the same smile he gave me that day. But his eyes seemed more alive this time.“How did you know my name?”“I do work here. Don’t I? May I say you have a good record.” Brad smiled slightly and wobbled away towards the stage as I stood there, creeped out. I told the actors to go over scene fifteen because it needs some work. I looked over to get approval from Brad. He nodded and then examined me up and down. Why does Henry attract weirdos? I felt a beam of eyes burning my cheek; why? When I took a peek to my right, Brad’s eye was on me. Can I call the police if someone looks at me?He chuckled as he flipped the script. It was like he knew what I t
After work, I walked to Evan's job, and as I was walking, I was stopped by some cops. "Excuse me, miss?" the officer said as he rolled down the window. "I haven't seen anything or anyone, officer. I just got off of work." The officer laughed, "I wouldn't ask you about that. I was going to ask you if you like a ride. It's dangerous for you to walk alone after 6." He smiled."That's okay; I can handle myself. I'm headed to my brother's job, which is right there. But thanks for the offer." "Of course, but for now on, have your brother come and pick you up. We have issued a missing woman report, and we need you to be cautious." The officer kept his eyes on me as he rolled up the window. A missing person?? That is too many people this month. I shook my head in disappointment and continued my walk. As I got closer, I texted my brother. The Annoying One: I'm here; come down to the lobby so we can leave.Big Head: Just come up; I have two more meetings before going home. He told me that
~ Kevin ~I woke up the following day fresh and calm. It was going to be a good day. When I got to work, I limped to my desk, and you could hear my back crack as I sat down. Ouch. She did it too hard last night. "What happened to you?" a co-worker pointed out. "Had a wild night with my girlfriend. We both had some stress that needed to be taken care of." "Shit, at least you get some ass. I am just sitting there while she talks on the phone. Anyways, you asked to bring Henry in? For what?" He asked as he got up from his desk. "Don't we already have a description of her?""You will see. I want to talk to him about something." I said while tapping my desk while sipping on my coffee. Ten minutes rolled by, and an officer with Henry behind him came. His face was blank, and his eyes were dark. I took a tissue and handed it to him. Has he been crying?I did not know why I asked because I knew he was missing his wife. He answered with a sarcastic comment. I was doing my job; no need for the
“What are you doing here??” I said with confusion. “You know him?” Kaylee asked. I mentioned we work together at the theater, and he was my boss's assistant. Who knew he worked here out of all places? We stared at each other in shock. This asshole knew about my job offer the whole time and acted like I was in the wrong. Hypocrite. Without paying me any attention after that stare-off, he stepped right over me and asked for an office key. One of the computers needs tuning. “That’s right. A new software update will be added to his computer.” Kaylee said as she grabbed the keys. Brad thanked her and walked away, giving me a deep stare. Once that door closed, my eyes went straight to Kaylee. Should I be worried about him here too?? The boss laughed and stated he was only here when needed; otherwise that he would be on the ground floor. I sighed in relief and was given a task. I was to greet everyone.With a simple nod, I was handed a clipboard. I walked through the halls; I saw Brad wor
~ Evan~ I sat down in my chair once my sister and Kevin left. My mind is in a bind with the words she had said. Did they check her computer for hints or clues? What will be on her laptop that will help? The only thing she has is files– I hope. Who has she been messaging? I begin to tap my desk with frustration. Maybe… I should. No, wait, I shouldn't. That is still her privacy. However, Ellie saw something we didn’t.I sat there like a lost puppy, trying to figure out what to do. As I was lost in thought, Ryan came through the doors all happy and shit. What is he so happy for, and why is he not home?? Somehow he got permission to stay late to finish his presentation. When did interns get night shifts?? “Easy, especially when seven younger siblings run around the house. I can’t get anything done with them. A night shift won’t hurt.” He stated.Since he is here, I can use him for something. "Hey Ryan, you want to do some snooping with me?" I asked in a weird tone. His eyes lit up with i
I didn’t waste any time; I called Nate right now. “NATE!! DID YOU SEE THE FUCKING NEWS!!” I screamed. There was a pause on the phone. I knew he had to collect himself from internal bleeding.“Okay. Now that I could hear again. Calmly tell me,” he said."Dude, Henry is dead!"The mind filled the empty silence. Only breathing was the only thing that came through the phone. This will take some time to process, so I waited. "How in the fuckery fuck did that happen??? He was the one that told us about the fucking theater being closed. That was fucking fast as hell" How? Who is bold enough to kill in broad daylight? Is this the same person who has been kidnapping women? While talking, my phone buzzed.BFF Aria: My plane will be arriving; I hope you are there to greet me; love.Aria's Baby Girl: I will be leaving the house now; I will give you the biggest hug of your lifeI hung up the phone and grabbed my bag. As I drove to the airport, my thoughts bounced off the halls. I couldn't stay sti
~ Kevin ~Finally, I talked to Bailey’s friends to discover what happened that night. They are key evidence right now to get a new lead. As I got up and stretched, I slumped to the bathroom. However, it was locked— I waited ten minutes to see Ellie come out. "Three people, one bathroom. I love you, babe, but don't take too long, okay." I said.Moving out of the way, I went inside to freshen up for work. Once ready, I grabbed my things, got in the car, and drove off. I didn’t want to be bothered by chaos, so I got coffee before heading to my desk. "Good morning, detective." A co-worker said with a smile on his face."Morning, do we have the girls on deck?""Yep, they got here a while ago. Her friends are quite interesting, I may add." He stated.I stared at him strangely and went to settle in before the interview. I needed to clear my mind before receiving this information. I took a deep breath and clocked in. I was ready for the witnesses. Dazed and confused, they enter the area. Thei