Flo: The SearchMature

It would be one of us that wandered off and got lost.  It seemed to be becoming a feature of all of my holidays with Silas, Harry and Aimee and I wasn't sure I liked it.

"It'll be fine," Ian said calmly as we searched the downstairs lobby for Silas and Louise.  "They'll've just found somewhere nice to sit or something.  Lightning never strikes twice so stop worrying."

"Tell that to Roy Sullivan," I muttered to myself.

"Roy who?"

"Roy Sullivan, the man who was hit by lightning seven times.  I bet he would disagree with you when you say lightning never strikes twice."

"How on earth did you know that?"

"I've been reading a manuscript for a client who's written a book on extraordinary phenomena.  Roy Sullivan had a whole chapter dedicated to him.  He killed himself in the end."

"Well that's a cheerful story," Ian said sarcastically.  "Couldn't you be a little more positive?  You're usually so cheery."

"Sorry, I feel a little on the edge at the moment," I confessed, my eyes sweeping the lobby again for my two friends.  "What with Harry and Aimee switching from being best of friends to at each other's throats, I'm not sure how to act at the moment.  I mean, what do I do?  They're both my best friends, I can't take sides."

"Then don't."

"But the women's code states you do not stay friends with your girlfriend's ex.  It just doesn't happen."

"But this is different.  Aimee doesn't want you to stop being friends with Harry no more than Harry wants you to stay away from Aimee."  He put his arms around me, hugging my head against his chest.  "You're the strong one, you know that?  These guys wouldn't be anything without you."

"You're biased."

"I know, but that doesn't mean it's not true."

"We need to keep looking," I said, steering the conversation away from me and back towards our disappearing friends.  "There can't be that many places for them to hide."

Ian and I searched the entire ground floor of the hotel, looking in every reception room, bathroom and changing room possible.  We came to the conclusion that if Silas and Louise were on the ground floor then they must be following us because we could find no other explanation for why we couldn't find them.

We walked back to the restaurant and found Aimee sitting at our table looking just as confused as us.

"Did you find them?"  She asked the moment she saw us.

"No," I replied.  "What's happened to Harry?"

"I don't know.  He suggested we split up to find Silas and Lou and I haven't seen him since."

"Oh God," I said, fear gripping me.  "They're picking us off one by one."

"Who's 'they'?"

"I don't know, but that's what people say in the movies.  There's always a 'they' out there to get the main characters when they start disappearing."

"I think you've been reading too many horror novels," Ian said, wrapping his arm around my shoulders.  "Take a deep breath and calm down.  Everything is going to be fine."

"They always say that in horror books too."

The End

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