"Hey! No! Ugh, you cheater! Ah! I'm gonna win I'm gonna win I'm gonna win! Argh! No!" I yelled, my voice rising in pitch the whole time. Me and my best friend, Matthew, were playing Mario Cart on the Wii. He walked al over me on every race.
"Belinda, I thrashed you," he grinned. I shoved him. He shoved me back.
"I was going to win. You distracted me."
"I think we both know that's not true, Missus." He raised an eyebrow as the doorbell rang.
"Don't 'missus' me," I stuck out my tongue at him as I went to answer the door. I was expecting it to be Joe, he would have normally been back around ten minutes ago. It wasn't. It as a couple of dodgy looking police men. They had unusually slitty eyes, and their hair was a bit too shiny. "Um... can I help you?"
"Yes," said the one on the left. "Does a Joe Henley live here?"
"Yes... what's he done? He isn't here at the moment. Is this about where you found him or something?"
"Well, actually, miss, it's quite the contrary. We can't find him. He's missing."
"He's... he's missing?" I blinked, not willing to believe this story. Joe, although a cousin, was the closest person to me. Losing him would be like... I didn't even like to think about what it would be like.
"Yes. We have no evidence as to where he could be or who took him, but we're doing everything we can to find him and the others who have been taken."
"Oh..." I breathed. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath in. "Who are the others? I might know them."
"That information is confidential."
"But... you have no leads? Nothing?"
"No. I am sorry, miss, but we have to go."
I shut the door, but not before noticing how the policeman on the right had stayed silent the whole time. I tried not to cry, and it almost worked as I walked back into the front room.
When Matthew saw me, he immediately looked worried. "Are you all right, Belle?"
I nodded, so Matthew pulled me into a warm hug as tears began falling down my cheeks. I assured him I would be OK, and then left the house to look for Joe. If the police weren't going to do anything, I would.
The lab was in ruins. All that hard work, for nothing. And Joe wasn't here. I knew it, but I carried on looking for him anyway. In the space outside the lab because I'd already given up inside.
A sound like someone stepping on glass made me look up quickly, pulse quickening. It would be him. of course he wasn't missing. He was too careful to go missing.
"Hello? Joe? Are you here?" I walked up to the smashed window, only to have my hopes deflated. I swallowed as I collected my thoughts together and took in how upset this man looked. "Y-You're Jane's boyfriend. I've seen you before. Where's Joe?"
He looked at me, eyes filled with pain. "He's gone." And I know he and I both wished he could have given a different answer as we began to cry.
I gathered myself up. "I'm... Belle..." I offered.
His eyes flicked up to mine. "Gervase."
I looked down.
There was a crash, and then a muttered "Ouch. I stayed where I was. Whoever it was would just have to find me. I knew seeing them would just set me off again.
Whatever happened, I was going to find my cousin. And, if he was willing, help Gervase find Jane. The police were useless, how could the have missed this? But I didn't know what to do with it. It was all broken now. But, missing? No way - these people had resisted. I was going to find what really happened. Whatever it would take.