Okay, sorry for the long wait! This is the last part for History Repeats 2, so don’t be looking for an update on it, but if it’s liked a lot I might keep it going and write a History Repeats 3. Anyways, there’s a few unexpected surprises in this part, and a small adult reference at the end but its not descriptive. Please R&R!
I woke up in a bed I didn’t recognize. I looked around. Artemis was sleeping soundly beside me, but Butler was nowhere to be seen. I sighed and laid back down. He wouldn’t have left us alone if it wasn’t safe. We must have gotten safely away from Koboi Enterprises, then.
The thought made me sit bolt upright in the bed. We had gotten safely away, but where was Holly and Artemis?
“Artemis,” I whispered, shaking the boy awake. “Artemis, get up.”
“What?” He groaned and sat up. “Sam. What’s wrong?”
“Holly and your father aren’t here,” I said.
“Relax,” he said. “I’m sure they’re fine. They’re probably just running a little behind us.”
I pointed to the clock on the nightstand beside us, which read 5:27 a.m. “When we made it out, it was almost two,” I said. “They should be here by now.”
“Okay, okay. Don’t panic.” He looked around. “Where’s Butler?”
I shook my head. “I don’t know. He wasn’t here when I woke up.”
“Well then, let’s call him,” he said, and pulled out the cell phone that I had given him the night before. He opened it and dialed the number in, then put the phone to his ear. He waited for a few seconds as it started to ring.
We both about jumped out of our skins when a loud ringing noise came from the other side of the room. We looked at each other, and Artemis walked over to investigate.
He sighed and held up a cell phone and a piece of paper. It was Butler’s cell phone, I realized, and the paper had Butler’s handwriting on it. He ended the call, and immediately the ringing noise stopped.
Artemis walked over and handed the paper to me. It was a note from Butler. He sat down on the bed beside me and read it out loud from over my shoulder.
“Samantha and Artemis Jr,
I’ve gone out to look for Holly and Artemis Senior. I’ll be back soon. Stay put until I get back, and try not to get into any trouble,
I bit my lip. Artemis squeezed my shoulder reassuringly. “You okay?” he asked.
I nodded. “Just worried. What if they didn’t make it out and that’s why they’re not here?”
“Well, that’s where Dad’s genius brain will come in handy,” Artemis said. “I hear he comes up with some seriously good plans sometimes.”
“More like seriously dangerous,” I muttered.
“Do you want something to distract you?” he asked.
“Hmm… Sure,” I muttered. Hopefully that will keep me from worrying about Holly, I thought.
Artemis thought about it for a minute. “You want to hear a story?”
“Just something,” I said. “I don’t care what.”
“Oh, I’ve got one you’ll like,” he said, a grin suddenly appearing on his face. “Want to know how Holly and Dad met? I’m not supposed to tell you, but hey..” He trailed off, and I sat up straighter and nodded. Now I was interested. “Okay,” he said. “Don’t laugh, cause its kind of ironic, but…”
He opened his mouth to tell me, but the door opened and Butler came in. As soon as I saw who it was, I tilted my head, trying to see around him to look for Holly.
Butler saw me and shook his head. “They’re not with me,” he said. “I couldn’t find them.”
My face fell. “Oh.”
Artemis squeezed my shoulder. I’ll tell you later, he mouthed. I nodded. “Where do you think they could be?” he asked him.
“Honestly, Artemis, I went back the way we came and completely circled around Koboi Enterprises. I don’t think they made it out, otherwise I would have found them.”
I bit my lip and looked down at the bed, tears stinging at my eyes. They hadn’t made it out. But why? Had Chris betrayed us? Or, just by some stroke of bad luck, Opal managed to catch them. Or maybe she had known all along.
There was so many possibilities, but sitting here thinking about them wasn’t going to get them back.
I jumped up off the bed. “Then what are we waiting for? We can’t leave them there! That pixie is a devil! We have to go get them!”
“Sam,” Artemis said. “You said the same thing when it was just Holly. We cannot just rush in there.”
“I’m surprised you don’t agree,” I snapped. “After all, your father’s in there too. Don’t you care?”
“Of course I care! I’m just not stupid!”
Butler stepped in. “Hey, you two. No bickering.”
I shut my mouth, but Artemis snapped at him. “Stay out of this.”
“You two are just like them,” Butler said, ignoring the comment. “One of you will say the wrong thing, and the other will snap on them.” He looked at me. “I’m not surprised at all by you. Holly raised you, and usually she was the impulsive and snappy one.”
Of course, I had a snappy remark on the tip of my tongue for that, but I held it back. I closed my eyes and took a few deep breaths. Meanwhile, Butler was still talking.
“Neither of you are stupid, either, Artemis. Samantha is just upset. When Holly gets upset she has attendency to not think rationally either.” He caught me looking at him and said gently, “Don’t be offended, but its true. Barging in there is not rational thinking. It doesn’t mean you’re stupid,” he threw a glance at Artemis as he said this, “It just means that you think with your heart, not your head. You have attendency to act on impulse, without thinking about it before hand. That can be good, but it can also be bad. In this case it would be bad. Very bad.”
I nodded. “But we still have to get them back.”
“And we will,” he promised. “But not right now. Holly is with the person with person with the best chance of getting them out of there. The best thing to do right now would be this: give them a few days to get out of there on their own. In that time, we can work on a plan, in case they don’t show. Then we can try to break them out.”
“A few days,” I echoed numbly. He nodded.
“A few days. Then we’ll go after them.”
“I promise,” Butler said.