3 - The Phone Call
Tina's phone rang. It was an unknown number. Tina answered it.
"Hello?" She asked.
"Put Natalie on" The voice on the other end was smooth and gentle, it belonged to the voice of a man in his 30's.
"Who is this?"
"If you want to see your fringe again, you'll put Natalie on"
"Erm, yes I will, I'll just grow it back"
"Not this time you won't, and then you'll feel ashamed for the rest of your life, the rest of your life"
The man put emphasis on the last words as if to sink it into Tina's head.
"Why Natalie?" Tina asked impatiently.
"No more questions, you will put Natalie on now, or you will never see your fringe again"
Tina handed over the phone to Natalie with a puzzled look on her face. "Who is it?" Natalie asked
"It's for you" Tina replied.
Holding the phone to her ear Natalie said "Hello?"
"Hello Natalie" the voice said.
"Who is this?"
"You don't need to know who I am, just what I want"
"Why would I care about what you want? I don't even know you"
"Because if you don't care about what I want, you will never see your family again"
"What?! Where is my family! What have you done with them!?"
"Your family is in a safe place, do not worry, but it won't be safe for long, and if you don't give me exactly what I want, they will be there for a long, long time"
"How do I know it was you who took my family?" Natalie was getting stressed, she felt if she could squeeze her hand tighter, it would crush the phone, and Tina was looking like good target practice for her fists.
"Because, Natalie, I'm staring at them right now"
"You could be lying about that as well"
"I could be, but in order to change your mind I'm afraid I will have to do something that will hurt you, a lot" Natalie didn't want to think about what he would do to prove his point, but she could tell from his voice that he was not lying; but maybe his plan was to make her think like that.
"Do you want me to change your mind?" The voice on the other end sounded impatient.
"I suppose I have no choice in the matter" Natalie regretfully replied.
"Very well, look to your left, you see that black van?" Knowing what most likely was going to be inside, she replied "Yes".
The door of the van was slowly opened, it looked slow to Natalie, because she knew what to expect. When it had finished opening, it was what she expected, her family. Upon seeing Tina and her daughter, Julia started screaming out for help. Upon seeing her mum Natalie dropped the phone and began running towards the van, the man that had opened the door hit Julia on the head knocking her out cold and then closed the door before Natalie could get near enough to pull her out. The van drove off. "Mum! Dad! Elaine! Come back! Come back here you fucking coward piece of shit!" Natalie screaming at the van had no effect.
Tina picked the phone up from the ground "Are you still there?" she asked; phone to her ear.
"Yes, put Natalie back on the phone" Without asking any questions she put Natalie back on the phone. Natalie pushed the phone to her ear "You have your proof now, now you will get me what I want" the voice sounded more harsh then gentle now.
"Please don't touch them, I'll do anything just don't harm them please!" Natalie figured out if she acted aggressive towards him, then he was more likely to harm her family.
"Good, you will go to college today, like any other day, when you have finished your lessons you will go to Hull, from there you will find the bosmanator, when you have found him, I will call you"
The phone went dead. "The Bosmanator?" Natalie said "What? Michael?" Tina asked.