This is my story from the February romance contest and as such is much softer than a lot of the things you would find here. So please just be patient with it and if it's a quick thrill you are after you may prefer to look elsewhere, this is meant to be more romantic. For those of you who are still here, I hope you enjoy.
Sophie slowly came to her senses; her memory was hazy and she could not remember why see was here. As thoughts began to re-enter her head Sophie realised that her eyes were closed but despite her best efforts it seemed like they were glued shut. In fact her how body seemed to be frozen to the surface upon which she lay, nothing would move. Normally a discovery like this would have scared Sophie silly (as you would expect it to) but this was not the case; she stayed calm and relaxed almost as if her paralysis was just some minor inconvenience that would soon go away. Just as her mind was on the verge of wandering off on a tangent trying to get to the bottom of the whole not moving and not worrying situation it struck Sophie that someone else was with her. She could not she but she could definitely make out the sound of breathing on her right. However, before she had the opportunity to ponder her next action her company spoke:
"Sophie I'm glad to see you're up at last, I was starting to panic that I'd given you an overdose, how do you feel?"
"F... f... fine," Sophie replied, slightly thrown by the warmness in this voice. There was also the fact that this voice was nothing like what she was expecting. Trapped like she was, Sophie had pictured a dangerous rough looking man, getting off on the power trip he was experiencing by having a girl completely at his mercy like she was. However this voice was not like that at all; it was different; it was... female. Although this was shock enough on its own it was not just the femininity of the voice which came as a surprise. The voice lacked forcefulness; there was concern and almost a sense worry encapsulated in her tone. These did not strike Sophie as the words of a kidnapper but the position she found herself in kind of suggested otherwise. Sophie realised she needed to know more about who this girl was. Was she just a guard? Maybe she was in hospital after an attack; this girl could just be a nurse on call. Sophie knew she needed to find out more:
W... W... Where am I? What's going on? Why can't I move?" she asked.
"It's nothing to worry about Soph, trust me. Where you are is not important, all that is important is that we have got this chance to talk in private. I thought you may be nervous about what I had to say so I gave you a couple of mind and body relaxants just to clear your mind a bit. I don't want you to worry; I'm only thinking of you."
There was a tranquillity in this girl's voice which made it hard for Sophie to question her motives. Even though it was now quite clear she was indeed a prisoner, Sophie did not feel she was in danger. Hearing this other girl speak Sophie was able to pick up a few things about her potential identity: It was a young voice, probably mid twenties; the accent was local like her own but softer. Sophie still couldn't quite get over how shy this girl seemed to be. In fact if you had heard them talk you could have mistaken her for a captee not a captor. One thing was for certain though. This was not a voice Sophie recognised so again she spoke out:
"But, who are you?"
"I do not expect you to remember me" The girl responded. Sophie thought she even detected a hint of sadness in her words as she continued: "We see each other everyday day and still you do not know me; but then why would you? You are the Vice-President of a major insurance company; I am just a woman in love with the unattainable. In love with a woman whom I know should be mine, who has always been mine and always will be."
This again caused confusion in Sophie's mind. If they meet everyday how can she not recognise the voice? Sophie's mind started racing through the possibilities. Where does she go? What does she do regularly? Maybe this girl works in Subway, or drives a bus. She could be a beggar on her route to work. She needed to put a face to the voice:
"You said we see each other everyday?"
"We do" the girl replied. "Of course you would not know but please, just try to think. When you take the bus to work, who is it that gives up their seat? Me. When you are running late for work, who is holding the door open for you as you rush past? Me. I am the girl who always gives up her place in line for you. I am the girl who is always watching out for you, always trying to protect you. Even when you go abroad I am there with you, looking after you. Every penny I earn I spend for you. You are the reason I exist and I am yours. If we were to spend just one day apart, our lives would cease to matter."
Sophie could not help but be slightly moved by the passion with which these words were uttered. A large part of her still of course hated this girl and was more than a little worried about what was about to happen to her. However there was something there, something hard to pinpoint which made this girl feel like a human and not some monster who went around abducting other women. There was a weakness in the way she opened herself up to Sophie in this way. At this point Sophie decided that the best thing for her to do was to keep this girl talking:
"Surely I would have noticed you"
"I keep out of your way" the girl replied. "Everyday I say that 'today is the day, today will be the day I finally tell you that we are destined to be together forever' but I can't. I am a nothing in this lifetime. Just like I am a nothing in every lifetime but you are always so majestic so much better than I. For this reason I make sure you do not see me, that you cannot know me until I am ready to make you understand our destiny."
Despite her better judgement Sophie felt a deep sense of sorrow for this girl; she seemed so close but yet so distant. Sophie could feel no malice or spite in her words, just grief and melancholy. However this did not change the fact that she was a prisoner and this girl was her captor. Sophie knew that there were all too many times when people have committed acts outside themselves, having done things nobody else felt they were capable of doing. Yes this girl felt frail and sincere but one false move could well send her psychotic. She had to keep questioning her:
"So if you love me so much why kidnap me? Why trap me here? I cannot move; you hold me here against my will. If you felt so strongly why did you not just summon up the courage to tell me instead of resorting to this? How could I possibly feel love for a person who would do such a thing?"
She heard a distressed sigh, for this girl was audibly hurt by what she had just said. "What would you have said if I told you? If a woman you did not know professed her love for you in the street what you would think? You would think she was crazy or delusional, you would have done all you could to get away as quickly as possible maybe even called the police. I defy you to tell me differently."
"But still, this is..."
"I don't want to tell you how I feel about you, I need you to understand. To truly understand how deep our connection goes."
"Then why trap me like this? Why can't I move or open my eyes?"
"There is no other way. I hate to see you like this I really do but I need you to stay here. Just for as long as I need to make you understand. I do not want you to see me until I am ready; I cannot bear the thought you may reject me. When I see you look into my eyes for the first time I want to see love in those eyes not fear or hate. I have no wish to hold such power over you but for this day. For this one moment in time it is vital in order to help you realise what we mean to each other but after today my hold over you will cease there shall be no lasting bind. I have no wish to control you, just to be loved by you.
However I do realise now that for you to truly understand us, I will need you to trust me. The bonds that hold you come solely from the power of my words; I can release you whenever I wish. I have no permanent hold over you; my power is drug induced. Once I release you, you will become a free woman again. I only tell you this so that you can accept my next offer without scepticism or suspicion."
"What offer? What are you planning to do?" Sophie asked sensing a window of opportunity.
"I am going to let you go... if you want me to. When I hold your hand I will give you the power to move it. If you take your hand out of mine then I will accept that we can never be together. You will be free to go. However if you leave your hand in mine then I will know you are willing to listen to my heart, to give me a chance to help you understand how much we mean to each other. All I want is the chance; I know I can help you realise the love we share."
Sophie could feel that this girl was sincere but she was not going to remain a prisoner. She knew what she had to do and soon she would be free. A slight sense guilt began to eat away at her but she did all she could to suppress it. Yes it was going to be hard on this girl to suffer rejection like this but that did not change the fact she was a kidnapper. She had committed an act for which she should be incarcerated not pitied. As much as a part of her felt real compassion for this girl; that fact still remained unchanged and regardless of any other feelings she may have Sophie knew she had to take advantage of what could possibly be her one chance at freedom.
.... There is more of this story ...