Thursday, 17 January 2013

Chapter 6: TAKEN

[beep beep..horn sound]
"Bye Mum!!",
"Okay, have fun dear! Take care!", kissing her mother's cheeks, Ri then off to the front yard and walked straight to the stunning car. It was shiny black with a touch of sporty red bold lines on top of the car roof. Efron was standing right beside his Ford Fiesta-Beta, smiling looking at Ri all the way to his car.
"Mrs. Arlisa, may I borrow your daughter for today?", asked Efron politely while raising his hands towards Ri's mother, standing at the front sliding door.
"yeah, sure", smiling. Charles from behind hugged his mother's waist with a piece of buttered toast in his mouth and mumbled "Don't worry mum, I'll take care of Ri ",
Mrs. Arlisa kissed her son's forehead and whispered, "be safe okay!",.
"Hey, nice one you got here.. birthday gift?",
"Nahh, borrowed my brother's..",
" Ahh, I see,. oh by the way Ri! ", holding his sister hand who was just about to open the left passenger's seat door and drag her to the back door, "you be a good girl and seat at the back okay..I'll seat at the front",
" Okay, Fine!", giving a tensed glare towards her "over-protective" brother.

" Enjoy your day and be careful!", Mrs. Arlisa waved the kids goodbye.

[ in the car]
" So, where are we heading for? ", asked Efron while looking at the rear-view mirror and smiling as he sees Ri's image, so cute wearing her sky blue plum blouse.
Ri smiled back, but before she could answer the question, Charles interrupted their conversation.
" umm, I'm starving, a piece of toast is no match for my tummy. How about we stop by the Moonbuck Caffe down town, across the Beverly Mall, search it on your GPS".
"yeah, alright. I haven't had any breakfast too.", Efron answered back with a quick glance at Ri, and turn on his touch screen GPS on the dashboard.

After a fine breakfast they planned on watching Taken 2 at Beverly Mall, rumors spoke that the movie is a blast, thrilled with action scenes and heart chasing climax.
" so, the movie starts at 11 p.m. , what do we do now?",
" well, since we have time, and got nothing to do, lets go to the arcade. It has been so long since I've been there. Come on lets have fun and play! this time, its on me",
 Entering the arcade, Ri bought ten tokens, five for her and the other five for Efron.
" Hey! how about me?", Charles just kidding around her sister,
" You got your scholarship, buy your own..hahah",
" What do you want to play first?", "Owh..look look! over there! its a racing motorcycle!!", Ri pointed on a side-by-side paired racing motorcycle, full with excitement.
" Ri, are you sure you wanna ride that? can you even balance yourself on it?",
" Shut up Charles..wanna bet? two out of three, if I win, you'll pay for our lunch at the T.G.I. Friday's and we're spending this day the way I planned ",
"okay settle, but if I win we'll go back home after the movie....",
Efron went speechless and just laughed to see the argument.
[ and the game started ]
" Hey this isn't fair! I'm just a have a Ducati of your own!", whining as her brother continues leading the race.
" Well, you should've thought of that before you made the deal.. Hahahahhh this won't take long my baby sister.", a wicked smile carved on his face then he grinned showing his pearly white teeth to Ri.

What to expect when a pro rider, town's motor cross champion challenged a young 18 year-old beginner, spoiled sister; other than winning it.
" your cuteness and spoiled accent is no worthy over a powerful opponent like me dear sis..Hahaha",
Charles just laughed as he got off from the exact replica of the yellow Benelli Tornado.

And so they spent the rest of the hour finishing their tokens. 3D car racing, being monster hunters, basket balls players and went to the picture booth.
" I know how much guys hate it when their photos have been taken, but please!! for proves that we've been together, the three of us..its fun! common, put on your silly smiling faces okay!", Ri put her palms together and opened her eyes wide just like the kittens that beg for some food.
" hahaha, okay, okay. Carilyn, you know that I can't bare it when you begged like this.", Efron nodded and tapped Charles's right shoulder.
" Well this better be worth it.. there goes my last three tokens".
Ri collect the passport-sized photos at the side of the box-shaped booth, it came out automatically after the photos had been taken for 15 shots.
" Alright, I'll take this best five..the other ten are for you guys! go crazy~",
" Ri! that is not fair, I paid, I pick!", " Hahaha, that was fun, everyone looks silly in this one, I'll take it",
" So, we have about 10 more minutes left before the movie starts, I need to go to the ladies room first,I won't be long! just give me 5 minute..but I don't mind if you guys wanna go first, I'll meet you there.",
" We will queue up for popcorn and soda, we'll wait for you there", "hurry back! if you're late I'll finish your popcorn!",
So, Ri walked to a few corners and her shadows faded from sight.

It has been fifteen minutes, but still no sign of her.
" Where is she? ", Charles called her cellphone non-stop for the whole five minutes. But still, not a single call had been answered.
" This couldn't be right...I have a bad feeling about this. You wanna come with me?",
Charles looked at Efron with a worried face, anyone who saw his face could actually felt the uneasy feeling that he's in to.
Charles and Efron walked to the front of the restroom,.without any hesitation Charles barged in the ladies room, but no one was there. Every door was wide opened, not even one was locked or shut closed.
" Carilyn!!! Carilyn!!", Charles shouted as loud as he could and punch his fist on the shiny-tiled sink table top to yell out his frustration. He looked down, at the floor, under the sink and saw a wet movie ticket.
" What the.....Oh my...Ri's ticket", Charles took the ticket off the floor and observed it. Somehow he knew and was definite that it was his sister's ticket.
He was sweating, his heart beats faster than it should left him speechless to see some sort of  light pink wax circled around the movie title; TAKEN. Due to the wax that scented like vanilla cinnamon, Charles was assured of it, " this is Ri's lipbalm... Oh my god! Ri!!!", he ran out of the restroom and ran of like crazy towards Efron.
" We gotta go! Now! They couldn't be that far by now! Hurry!!!",


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