Tarryn was out with friends at a restaurant they all loved. They laughed and talked about their lives and eventually, as seemed to often occur, men came up in conversation. Her friend Alice was in a new relationship and it warmed Tarryn to see her so happy and gushing like she was about this guy. Alice was an amazing person and somehow she always ended up with the worst human beings. It seemed things were finally changing for the better with her. Once Alice was done talking Camilla, a friend Tarryn had had since middle school began talking. She was a wolf shifter and incredibly beautiful. Tarryn had expected to hear about another amazing lover she had hooked up with but to her surprise Camilla had apparently found her mate.
“No way!” Alice squealed and Camilla nodded happily “Yeah, I can finally just settle down. I’m so happy”
“I’m so happy for you guys” Tarryn said, tempted to get up and hug them. Camilla grinned “Now you just need to find someone. I mean other than your little pen pal” Camilla looked around the restaurant and spotted a male server she had noticed the last time they were here “He’s cute”
“I’m not really looking”
“because of your pen pal?”
“No, Not because of Orthu”
“You do talk about him a lot” Alice pointed out and Tarryn responded “well, I mean, we talk all the time. I may not actually see him a lot but he’s become a big part of my life.”
“He’s the leader of his planet and makes time to write you frequently. I sense theres something there”
“His planet is pretty peaceful, I sense someone is bored and I fill time” They teased her a little more before the conversation went to other things. The girls only left when the restaurant was near closing and the group already had plans to meet the next day. Tarryns head began to ache as she approached her car and the air around her somehow became thick “Camilla” she had tried to call out to her friend and had no idea if she had heard.
The only thing her senses could pick up now was the sound of plastic moving and soon enveloping her. The next day when Tarryn didn’t show up at the arcade Camilla called her, worried when she didn’t answer. Tarryn had never been a flake “we should go to her house”
“she’ll be here, maybe she was up all night writing Orthu. Give it another hour or two alright Camilla”
“I’ve known her longer than you have. She would have called or texted me last night if she was worried she’d sleep in. Tarryn wouldn’t just be hours late, she doesn’t have a rude bone in her body”
“Look, I’m supposed to meet my boyfriend. Can you just go? I mean, I’m just a human anyway. Only you are going to be helpful”
“fine but I’ll remember this next time I feel we should be worried about you” Camilla said angrily and left for Tarryns home. She still lived with her parents so her father Neek answered the door “Camilla, where’s Tarryn?” That was the last thing she had wanted to hear her father say. He saw the dread on her face and he asked more seriously “where is my daughter? I thought she was with you and Alice last night”
“she was but she went home, we all did” Camilla followed Neek to Tarryns bedroom and then out to Tarryns ship and they both knew, Tarryn had never made it home. Neek walked out and Camilla followed, soon finding herself on his ship “what’re we doing?” Tarryn asked and Neek said “I’m going to track her phone” just as he said it he groaned “damn it”
“It’s been destroyed”
“Neek, you have got to tell me theres another way to find her, for all we know she’s been missing since we left the restaurant” Camilla was near tears even as Neek said “we have a large family. I’ll tell everyone to look for her while you and I go back to the restaurant”
“I’ll call my pack”
“Good, thank you Camilla”
“I knew something was wrong the second she didn’t show up on time…I should have checked sooner” Tarryn woke with a gasp, immediately grabbing at the cold, meal thing around her neck. She stood, just to see if she could but nothing bound her. She looked around the room “don’t panic, whatever you do don’t panic” she internally instructed herself. Tarryn decided to try to leave the room she was in and found she could “what the fuck is this?” once again, speaking in her own mind. She looked back into the room to see if she still had her purse but it was gone.
She soon noticed her jewelry was missing as well beyond her favorite hair clip. She wondered what sort of weirdo takes everything from someone but a hair clip and doesn’t even bother to lock her up beyond this ridiculously heavy thing around her neck. She began walking around what she soon realized was a ship “great, I’m in space with whomever did this. How is anybody supposed to find me” her inner voice said worriedly.
She jumped back a little when the alien who had taken her came rushing down the hall “good morning Tarryn” He noticed her looking him over and he chuckled “looking for weakness’s little mixed breed? Now that isn’t any way for a good captive to behave”
“I do not plan to be good”
“Oh?” Something appeared in his hand. She was trying to make out what it was as he said “How miserable this is completely depends on you Tarryn. I have nothing against you but Orthu, that’s another story. He’s being a stubborn asshole. He has something that belongs to me and now I have something of his. I know he’ll trade so you just need to be a patient, obedient little bargaining chip. If you comply, you wont be harmed”
“Do you think I’m dating him?”
“No, I know you’re not but he’s in love with you”
“No he isnt, I dont know why I have to keep telling people that” with his free hand he pulled a picture out of his pocket “Guess where I found this” he started as he handed it to her, it was a picture of her “I dont know, the internet”
“don’t be smart ass Tarryn.”
“well don’t ask me dumb questions you know I don’t know the answer to” he glared at her “a little birdie of mine found it in his home”
“I’m his friend, you’ll find pictures of my friends in my home too”
“I dont care if you believe he loves you, the point is I know he does”
“because of a picture or because you’re a loon who’s talking to birds?” she knew he meant some sort of informant but she was annoyed and wanted to annoy him. “Tarryn, do not make me hurt you.”
“I can get a lot more annoying. You may want to just take me home” He pressed into what he had been holding and she instantly began screaming, unable to stop. The pain coursing through her was more intense than anything she could have ever imagined. He didn’t stop until she hit the floor again. Growling angrily he kicked her in the stomach even though he knew she was out cold. He then grabbed her by her hair and drug her back to the room she started in “I hate you beings form Krawnum” he snarled at her as he left, planning to continue getting as far into deep space as possible. The farther he was away from Krawnum and earth, the harder time they were going to have finding them. He was going to drive her away for at least a week. He wanted Orthu nice and desperate when he finally contacted him with demands.