Welcome to part 4 of "Help!". This continues from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and I recommend reading them before reading this if you haven't already done so. I hope you like it! :D
The light started to fade as night fell over the abandoned farm. It was quiet and peaceful, and usually Daniel would have relished the peace. This time though, peace was the last thing he wanted. He was scared, he was cold and he was alone. He longed for someone to find him, someone to be with him, to hold him and to comfort him. He longed for Jake. He began to shake uncontrollably as the temperature dropped. He decided that he should get up and search the big empty barn for some way of keeping warm. He slowly struggled to his feet and began to glance around. The barn was empty apart from an old rusty tractor in the far left hand corner and some bales of straw behind it. He knew the straw would be itchy and uncomfortable but he didn't care, he had to find some way of keeping warm. He walked over to the bales and began ripping them apart. He led down on top of one of the bales and grabbed hand full after hand full of the straw and pulled it over himself. After about 10 minutes of doing this, he was feeling much warmer due to the exercise and was sure that the straw would keep him warm enough to survive the night. All that was left to do for Daniel now was wait.
Daniel woke up with sunlight pouring through the many cracks in the walls of the old run down barn, onto his cold, numb face. He was itchy all over from the straw and in places, his body bled from where particularly sharp, hard pieces of straw had been digging into his delicate white skin. His body ached all over and he was in pain. He struggled to his feet making bits of straw fly everywhere, tumbling like a waterfall off of his fragile body. He stumbled carelessly back across to the big wooden doors, hoping and praying that in the daylight, he would be able to find some way of escaping his prison. There was no handle on the huge wooden door, and no way of getting out. He tried everything he could, he pushed, pulled, rammed, tugged and battered but it was no good. He was definitely trapped. He felt completely hopeless. "Oh why do these things always happen to me" he thought as he fell to the floor and began to cry into his hands.
Meanwhile back at Jake's house, Jake's parents were worried sick. Jake was still missing and they hadn't seen their son now for nearly two days. Not only that but they had just received the news that Daniel was missing now as well. They felt awful! They didn't have a clue where they're son or Daniel was and they knew that there was nothing they could do to help. They could only wait. They had no idea about the situation Daniel had gotten himself into and it was still a total mystery where Jake was.
In fact, Jake was staying at a just friend's house just around the corner from his house. He just needed to get away from things for a while, he was confused and needed to think. He was feeling much better now and was thinking much more clearly. He had thought about nothing and no one other than Daniel for the past 2 nights and had calmed down by now. He had realised that he didn't care that Daniel was gay, he was his best friend and he would stand by him and do everything he could to help him get through the torture which he knew that Daniel must be going through in his head. He was just shocked at first that was all and he was a little angry that Daniel, being his best friend, hadn't told him sooner. On the other hand, there was also the fact that Daniel was "in love" with Jake, and it was that which he was still unsure about. He didn't know what he was going to do, say, or how things were going to change between them in the future.
"Hey bro thanks for letting me stay over" Jake said appreciatively to his and Daniels friend Darren, who's house he had stayed at, "It's been a really big help to me and I'll never forget it".
"No problem mate, anytime" Darren replied, "You know I'd do anything for you, you're a good friend".
"Alright mate, I should probably get back home, who knows what my parents are thinking?" Jake explained looking back at Darren who was stood outside his front door.
"Yeah, I bet they're worried out of their minds!" replied Darren thoughtfully.
They said goodbye and Jake began to make his way home. He started to run as he longed to speak to his parents and let them know he was ok, but more importantly, he longed more than anything else to talk to his best friend who he hadn't seen since that night in the alley. He had to let Daniel know that he was still his friend, and that he was there for him and always would be.
He reached his house and slowly, carefully opened the door, not knowing what to expect. His parents leapt for the door as they heard it close and to their relief, there stood their son, safe and unharmed.
"Oh Jake hunny your ok!" his mother cried out with relief as she grabbed her precious son tightly and squeezed him into a loving hug.
"Where have you been Jake? Your mother and I have been worried out of our minds!" his dad exclaimed, placing his hand on Jake's shoulder.
"I'm ok" Jake said, "I just needed to think that's all. I was staying at Darren's house".
"Well we're just relieved that your alright" his mother said as she released him from her hugging grip.
"Yeah, I'm sorry guys I should have told you where I was" Jake claimed with a contemplative face. "I'm gonna take a shower and then I need to go and talk to Danny".
There was an awkward silence which filled the room as the atmosphere changed.
"What?" Jake questioned as his face dropped.
"You may want to sit down son" his dad said in a serious tone.
"Oh god, it's Danny isn't it" Jake asked panicking "what's he done?"
"Well, to be honest, we... we don't know. The truth is, well... nobody knows. He's just disappeared." Jakes dad answered sympathetically.
Without hesitation, Jake grabbed his coat and ran out of the door. He ran to Daniels house to see if maybe he was back and that maybe he just hadn't told anyone yet. No luck! He sprinted around the town checking every place he could think of. He tried the park, the wishing well, the club, everywhere. He was exhausted by now and was trembling and worrying like mad. Daniel was nowhere to be seen! He stopped and sat on a bench near the library. He needed to catch his breath and it gave the young man an opportunity to think. Jake ran through a list of all the places he had checked. "That's it, that's just about everywhere in town" he thought helplessly to himself. Then it sunk in. There was one last place, one last place which wasn't in town, one last place which gave him hope, this wasn't over yet!
TO BE CONTINUED...
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