“We’re going to die!” I screamed as the van wobbled dangerously.
“Don’t be so pessimistic!” Harry called back, concentrating hard on the road.
“Don’t talk! Concentrate!” Flossie demanded. She was clinging to me for dear life, and I gripped her arm with one hand, holding on to Silas with the other, while he held on to Louise.
“Use me as a hostage!” Louise yelled.
“What?” Si asked.
“Use me, point a gun to my head, do whatever, we will never be able to outrun these guys,” Harry took his foot off the accelerator and carefully braked to stop the car on the side of the road. There were several police cars in front of us now.
“Si, you point the gun at Lou, girls you stay here. I’ll do the talking,” Harry said getting out.
“Don’t be so stupid!” I yelled, and the rest of the group stared at me. “Don’t you realise it will make them want to get us more if we hold Louise hostage. It will just give them an excuse to get us legally.” I collapsed on the bed feeling quite dizzy with all the excitement and emotions I had felt in the last hour. Firstly Harry hugging Flo, and my burst of emotion towards him. Then that crazy drive away from the police. I wondered whether I hadn’t got over the sun stroke yet.
“Well, what do you suggest?” Harry asked tentatively, as though he wasn’t sure whether I’d hit him or not. I glared.
“I don’t know.”
“I have another idea.” Louise said timidly, obviously worried about the tension between Harry and I. “How about I go out there and try and convince the team that I heard them at the office and I am on their side. That I only joined you to make sure you didn’t talk, and that I’m quite willing to ‘deal with you’ if you say anything. They might believe me; I’m a good actress.”
“That’s too dangerous!” Silas exclaimed. I wondered in the back of my mind whether he liked Louise, but ignored the idea. It wasn’t important at the moment.
“It’s the best idea we have.” Silas slowly nodded although he obviously wasn’t too happy about it.
“Alright. Here we go.” Louise stepped out of the van, and Harry closed the doors behind her. There goes the bravest woman I have ever met.
“She’s got guts, I’ll give her that.” Harry muttered. We listened for sounds of trouble, or a gun shot, but there was nothing. That was a good sign. I closed my eyes and leaned on Flo. She held my hand and began biting her lip. The nerves in the van grew with every second.
God I hope she was ok.