Previously On The Unknown
“Mum, why do you like this perfume this much?” Anthony enquired.
“There’s more to this perfume, you won’t understand.” Vivian smiled at Anthony.
Anthony smiled too, picking up the perfume from the small stool before his mother. “I’m sure this is Dad’s favourite, right?”
Vivian nodded, trying to force her tears back.
“What’s happening?” Craig asked, he noticed she was racking her brain, probably she knew something.
“Yeah!” She blinked. “It was this person that saved me from Chief Sam yesterday.”
Craig cleared his throat. “Really? This brave guy? He opened the envelope quickly. “This can’t be a bomb, I think this person is a nice one.”
“From all indications, Chief Sam is the one that has been shooting at the light from his darkness. He must have kidnapped you, killed the innocent people likewise.”
“But, is that what this man called The Unknown just did? Are these evidences?”
“But who’s this Unknown in the dark? He should be arrested too.”
Craig and Doris hurtled gazes at each other. “Arrested?” The chorused.
“We should start searching for him quickly, we should.”
“I suggest that we start the ultimate search from the forest.”
“Why did you call me as if something terrible was wrong?”
“Is this not terrible too? I don’t know why I can’t get my mind off Vivian, seeing her again just made me feel like holding on to her.”
“Really? If that is the case, I have something to tell you.” Greg stood and walked to Frank’s side to whisper into his ear.
“Do you think that will be easy?”
“Sure, why not? We just have to arrange guys that will get it done, then she will be yours.”
The officers rushed into the forest, walking at a fast rate. They had met a car parked by the entrance of the bush and noticed probably some people were there already.
“Be vigilant!” Craig shouted from behind, all holding on to their guns and swirling in dissimilar directions.
“Keep going straight!” He ordered again.
Some minutes after the walk, they started exchanging gunshots with some set of men. They were Chief’s men.
He was sure they must have gotten Chief Sam, if not, it wouldn’t have been tough as that.
Doris was moving, rushing away from the tree where she had hidden herself. She knelt, closing eye and pointing the gun at one of Chief’s men she could see. Then, a gun was hit on her head from behind and she fainted
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Craig had been missing his target till he noticed everything was getting better. Rushing out of his hideout, he didn’t notice Chief’s men again. He rushed to the direction he felt they must have passed, he still didn’t see any of them.
Soon, he met the two other officers. “Did you find anyone?” He questioned.
“None, Sir.” They replied.
“What’s happening? Who are those guys? Have we been set up?” He was breathing heavily until he narrowed his eyes. “Where’s Doris?”
“We all got parted, we don’t know.”
Craig rushed away, in search of Doris.
It was evening already. Craig had called the office earlier and had gotten more men for Doris’ search but they haven’t found her. It was getting dark when he came to conclusion that she must have been kidnapped.
He looked really unhappy as he walked out of the forest with the men. He noticed the car parked by the entrance was still there, he ordered one of the men to drive it as they headed to the station.
Craig visited Stella’s hospital to get her informed quickly. He felt that she would get to know about it eventually, it would be better for him to tell her as early as possible.
He looked sad too as he watched Stella rolling down tears. “Craig, will she be found again?” She kept on weeping as she held on to Craig.
“That’s certain, don’t worry. I’m sure this was done by Chief and his men. He has been declared wanted and Doris have been declared missing too.”
“No!” She bellowed.
“Let me just take you home, this won’t solve the issue.” Craig said, grabbing her hand.
“No! Where’s my Doris? Where’s she?”
“Just take it easy.”
Stella picked up her mobile phone and got Nicholas informed immediately.
Nicholas was indignant. He packed his things from their performing stage at the palace and told Henry he needed to get something done. He rushed out of the palace to his house to pick up his car.
Soon, he got to the forest and began to search. He had used his mask and had his gun in his hand. It was dark already and it was him alone in the dark. He kept going deeper because he would never back off. His heart was racing and he was focused.
He felt he was being too merciful with Chief and his men, but this time he would show no mercy. He kept on going, not minding if he got lost in the forest. All he wished was to get Doris again, to catch Chief Sam and his men again.
Soon, he entered into the thicker forest and went even deeper. He got to a point and could see smoke coming out from a part of the forest. He became more vigilant, walking closer, he kept advancing as he heard voices too. He was sure Chief and his men were there.
Soon, his eyes caught something unbelievable.
Craig kept parading the house, wondering what must have happened to Doris. He kept blaming himself for leaving the forest just that way. He wasn’t sure about her safety and knew Chief Sam was the one against it.
His heart kept beating fast. He wished he could get hold of Chief Sam so that he would know how much exasperated he was. He had promised himself he would deal with Chief Sam mercilessly.
He kept praying for her safety, praying if The Unknown would have heard about it and would help to get Chief Sam and Doris again.
Just then, his phone beeped. A call from someone unbelievable.
His brown eyes widened. He got browned off, moving back a little. All he had seen was just like a dream, but if it really was, he would love to wake up quickly. How come he hadn’t been hearing their voices? All was dark and as silent as graveyard. Perhaps, his fear was at work, wondering if he was seeing clearly or it was just an illusion.
He pressed his thick lips together, still taking some steps backward till he fired the gun to another direction. He wanted those in hiding to know that someone was around.
Still hiding, but seeing the guys, he noticed that the atmosphere changed. The guys stood up quickly too, holding their guns firmly. He held his breath as he sprung up from where he hid, peeking at them. He knew if he come out of the hiding place, the guys could use Doris as their hostage.
He rued that he had shot at the first instance, rambling away from where he was. Still alert, he kept onrushing inside the bush, till he got to a verge where he felt he would be safe. He pointed the gun at one of the guys he saw, a distance away from him.
The small fire they made around where they were seated made it easier for him to see them, even though not clearly enough. He pulled the trigger and heard the shout of the fellow and crinkled down again.
The guys started spattering bullets, but, they couldn’t see the person in the dark. “Loosen her and let’s go!”
He darted up again. Yes! That was exactly what he saw, wasn’t it? He saw someone moored to the tree. Could that be Doris? He took some steps forward, jacking up his eyes if he could see properly.
Alas, it was her! He pointed the gun and shot the guy he saw loosening her. He felt happy, but at the same time, he felt Doris was in danger. He stood again, this time more resolute to shoot anyone.
“Guys, let’s go!” He heard Chief Sam’s voice and moved forward. He shot again but missed his target. Still moving, he noticed the men had left the scene but Doris was still there. He rushed after them, even though he didn’t know if he was safe or not.
He preferred being in the problem than Doris. He kept hearing footsteps but he never stopped following the sounds he was hearing. It was darker, even if it wasn’t, the canopy trees at the region where he presently was had caused a blackout.
Suddenly, he stopped hearing the footsteps. He halted and rushed to his left side, who knows if they had stopped and were seeing his black image? He opened his eyes but didn’t see anyone.
The cough of one of the men made him get the direction where they have hidden. He came out and spritzed bullets. Soon, he heard the groaning sound of one of them and stopped. The other men started shooting too, though, none of them could see.
Nicholas made his way to the branch of one of the trees. He kept hearing the groan and knew they were still at the spot. He shot again and was convinced he just shot another one of them. “Let’s go.” He heard and jumped down the tree.
In the dark forest, he could hardly see but he kept going. He kept trailing, using their sound of footsteps to trace them. Then, they got to a lighter region and he noticed it was just two of them left. Chief Sam and one of his men. Still shooting, he heard a shout suddenly and paused. “Boss, please let’s go.” He heard faintly and moved some steps forward.
He moved closer, still alert and sweating profusely. He got near them and pointed the gun. The guy with Chief Sam suspected and ran up to his feet. Nicholas stood behind the tree, peeping as he saw the black image also pointing a gun. He pointed his gun too and pulled the trigger.
But, he was short of bullets already!
“I hope you have been enjoying yourself?” Prince Edward asked Beatrice, taking a seat beside her.
Beatrice smiled. The scent of the body spray the Prince used refreshed her breath as she looked into his eyes. “I have been, thanks to you.”
“It’s a good thing you’re still in the palace, I thought you’d go earlier than this.”
“Did I tell you I’m going now? I won’t leave until the end of the party.”
Prince chuckled. “This is such a nice personality.” He drifted closer to her and whomped his fingers.
“This place is jaunty. By the way, tomorrow is Sunday.”
Edward laughed. “Don’t you go to church?”
“I go, that is when I feel so bored. But, I leave anytime they start to annoy me.” She grinned.
Prince clapped his hands together. “Now, we really fit in. I don’t go to church too.”
“No, I didn’t tell you I don’t go to church, I only told you it’s whenever I feel the urge to.”
He chortled as he stood up. “Let’s go and have a nice time.” He made tense his hand to pull her up.
She gave in her hand and stood up too. She yawned as Edward led the way and she followed. “Where exactly are we going to?”
“I asked for us to have a nice time, haven’t you gotten the message.” He winked and she laughed. He drew her closer so she could be by his side. He walked in and neglected the faces on seat till he got to his room and got the door locked.
To Nicholas, it was his very end already. He was running mad as he hid behind the tree, wondering how he would go about it. He was hearing strange footsteps, imagining if the guy was approaching him. “How am I going to get myself out of this trouble?” He mumbled as he tried to peep again and there was a loud gunshot.
He shivered. It seemed the guy was moving closer to him. He wished to bring out his heart and placed it in his hand before he would come and shoot him. His heart race was as fast as if he just concluded a relay race.
The footsteps didn’t stop getting closer, he never stopped shivering too. It came from nowhere, he felt he could finish any task before him that moment. Nicholas threw his fist against his hand as he peeped and saw the guy still coming. He liked that, a courage from nowhere. He calmed himself and swallowed, wiping his sweat and scratching his head. He felt he would die due to the heat.
Suddenly, he heard another shot and a loud groan after. He froze as his mind was thinking of what must have happened. “Doris?” He remembered her and shivered.
He still couldn’t get what was happening well. Who just shot? He skipped his breath as he tried to peep and met the guy lying on the floor already. He simply came out to face whatever it might be, holding his gun as if he still had bullets in it. “Hold it.” He heard Doris’ voice.
How did she get here? He thought as he dropped his gun, turning around to view if he would be able to see her. He saw her tall self pointing a gun at him and he simply stood, looking down. “Turn around.” He heard and smiled.
Still thinking if they were still safe, he turned around quickly and waited for her to approach him. Doris herself was short of ideas, it was not totally dark at the region where they were, but she was alone and knew the man before her was The Unknown. “Don’t play knavery with me.”
Nicholas just smiled, raising his hands up. Doris reached for her mobile phone in her pocket and dialed Craig’s mobile number but it wasn’t going through. Perhaps, because they were in a thick forest. She snifled and dipped the mobile phone into her pocket quickly.
She walked closer, incertitude if The Unknown still had no gun. “Don’t make any move.” She found her voice again as she finally got behind him. She checked her pocket if the handcuffs she took away from the office was still in her pocket.
She finally reached for it, shivering that something might happen too. She knew she wasn’t safe, neither The Unknown that was before him. Who knew if the man would just snatch the gun from her and shoot her?
She held her breath as she moved closer again. “Bring your hands to the back.” She ordered.
Nicholas brought down his hand slowly and motioned it to the back. Doris shivered as she wanted to handcuff him, though she couldn’t see properly. Suddenly, Nicholas turned around quickly and held her hands. “Don’t shout.” He faked his voice and handcuffed her hands instead. He picked up her gun and dipped it in his pocket as he carried her up.
He walked forward and dropped Doris. He kicked Chief’s man to know how far with him. He crossed over him and crouched, touching Chief Sam.
He heard his moan and carried him up, wondering how he would get Doris and the man out of the forest that night. He was at ease for the and sat down, thinking of what to do. “Till tomorrow.” He surmised with his eyes still wide open.
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