The voice on the other end of the phone holds your fate. Live or die. The choice is yours.
Chapter 1: The Beginning
There was nothing. All I saw was darkness. I was aware of some sounds; rustling, muttering, and slow breathing. Then I felt a pair of warm hands on my face, thumbs caressing my cheek.
“This isn’t funny anymore,” I said. “Come on, let me see.”
“I’m afraid I can’t do that,” replied a voice.
“You said you had a surprise, but you didn’t say anything about a blindfold. This is weird. What are you doing?” I touched his hands, then the cloth around my eyes.
“Not yet,” he said, gripping my hands and lacing my fingers with his. His lips found mine briefly.
“Clay,” I muttered, “this better be worth it. I’m in the middle of the woods.”
“You talk a lot,” he said, but then he started to laugh. “Relax, I’m almost done.”
“You’re an unusual boy,” I told him, frowning.
I had my hands behind me on the log, my fingers digging into the bark, trying to keep busy. If I didn’t, I was going to rip the blindfold from my eyes and ruin whatever he had been planning.
His hands returned to my face. They slid behind my head to undo the knot there. When he told me to open my eyes, I do it slowly, like I’m scared of something.
The woods looked different, but they were exactly the same. The only difference was the white Christmas lights hanging along some of the branches from the trees right in front of me, and the blanket spread out on the ground.
“This is what took you so long?” I asked, standing.
Clay stared at me before smiling. “The lights were annoying to get up there. But it was worth it.”
From the beginning of my relationship with Clay, I learned quickly that he never did anything without having an ulterior motive. Today was no different. So, when he took my hand and led me toward the blanket, I couldn’t help but wonder what his reasons were.
“This is really lovely, Clay.”
He grinned and joined me on the ground, his deep blue eyes watching me carefully. “I’m glad you like it.”
I smiled, leaned forward and kissed him.
This was the happiest part of my life. Too bad everything was about to change for the worse.