Thick billows of smoke from spluttering chimneys filled the darkened January air. Eddie walked home in blissful ignorance of the misfortune that was about to befall him, his head filled with thoughts of Beth someone who had recently filled a space in his once lonely heart. Somebody with sinister intentions lurked like a sly fox, hiding amongst the shadows. It was a perfectly planned attack, the evening was rapidly drawing in, and the once bustling streets were deserted. If it was carried out with enough precision no-one would suspect a thing….until tomorrow.
Eddie unknowingly passed his potential attackers. He was a fast walker with a tall and elegant frame. The night was nippy, his hands were tucked into the deep pockets of his warm, yet rather expensive jacket making him even more vulnerable. This was their chance!!
The attackers sprung out , a brutally sharp blow struck the side of Eddie’s face with an almighty force, causing his vision to rapidly blur. A flow of scarlet blood began to pulsate from the gash and trickled down his neck staining his once pristine white shirt. Eddie seemed to sway as if drunken and rough hands grabbed his arms in a grip as strong as steel iron. Semi-conscious Eddie was gagged and forced into the back of a small van; too dazed to struggle. The boot was airless and his body jolted violently as the vehicle sped carelessly along the poorly lit city streets. He drifted in and out of consciousness for the duration of the dreary journey completely disoriented.
At last there was a clanking noise as the boot was jerked open, Eddie was dragged out. His legs turned to jelly as they approached a disused building. He could not see the faces of his captors as they were heavily clad with woollen balaclavas. Brutal hands grasped his shoulders, forcing him forwards and causing him to trip and fall down a small flight of slate stairs. He struck his head sharply on the uneven stone wall, falling into frightening darkness.
On opening his eyes Eddie was aware of the bitter cold, his coat was gone and his bruised body ached badly. The icy stone floor seemed to numb the throbbing pain slightly. He felt nauseous from the lingering effects of the head injury; as he was badly concussed.
Why would Harrison do this and go to these extremes? Eddie loved Beth more than words could ever express. They had only been together for 6 months but they were so in tune with each other’s emotions. Beth was beautiful, with stunning emerald eyes and porcelain skin, and had a heart of gold. A girlfriend any man should have been proud of. Harrison her ex-boyfriend on the other hand was a major issue. He was possessive and unpredictably aggressive, often resorting to using his fists, not to mention his unruly and sinister crime involved family. When Harrison stated that Beth would regret leaving him for Eddie, no-one could have predicted that this would happen. Hours of darkness seemed to pass, as the new day dawned it brought twisted promises of further misfortune…..
PART TWO COMING SOON !!