Into the Wild "TO" Wander part 4
They stood still. reeling from the scene they had witnessed. What kind of man took life so shallow that he could kill a young girl? Questions begging to be answered but that time simply would not allow. The four of them watched the clouds continue to roll over the Park. They had a destination to reach; one they were unsure of yet. The only thing they were certain of is that this man would kill their children without even giving it a thought. They were at his mercy for now.
"What do we do now, Joel? We can't just wander aimlessly in to this Park. We don't have a clue where we are going."
"We don't have a choice, Mark. We will do what he tells us to do until we can figure a way to turn things our way."
"We are going to do that exactly how, Joel?"
"Karen, as soon as I know, you will know. For now, we just keep walking. He can obviously see what we are doing. We need to come up with a plan to get the kids away from him. He kept Stacey alive so we may be able to use her to help us. Rachel is with him on this so she is no good to us."
The sky began to turn darker with each passing minute. Rain had begun falling and the ground was quickly becoming slippery. They could hear echos of voices coming from the mountains.
"We might just have gotten our first break. If this rain continues, Trevor is at as much of a disadvantage as we are."
"Joel, we have climbing gear. If he thinks we are bogged down by the rain, we might be able to get in behind him somehow."
"Behind him how, Mark!? All you are going to do is put the kids in more danger. Let's just do what he asks and get the kids out of here."
"Karla, do you really think he is going to just let everyone walk? He will do something to slow our leaving down after he gets the money. It is going to be up to us to get those kids out safely before he has the chance."
"Mark is right, sweetheart, we really do have to get in behind him."
"We don't even know where he is, yet."
The rain began to pour now as the four of them walked towards the foothills. The sound of Joel's phone ringing echoed through the Park.
"It seems we have a little issue going on right now. this rain makes it very hard to see you right now. I need you to walk until you reach the foot of the mountain in front of you. When you get there, find some coverage and wait for the rain to slow down."
"This shit could last all night, Trevor. how long do you expect us to wait here for you?"
"As long as it takes, Joel!!!!!" The sudden anger in Trevor's voice startled Joel. He realized in an instant how quickly things could go from bad to very bad. Joel decided to slow things down and get a grip on his emotions. "Do not anger me or you will regret it. Your little girl is as close as my arm to me and I will make certain you hear every scream she makes as I kill her. Do we understand each other?""
"Yes, completely, Trevor. We will stay put until we hear from you." The phone went silent. They walked to the foot of the mountain and found cover from the pounding rain. The rain showed little signs of letting up as the day passed into afternoon.
A shot rang out from somewhere in the mountain. The four of them stepped out in to the downpour, panic gripping their minds. "Just wanted to make sure you were all still with me!!!! We wouldn't want you to go doing something stupid now, would we? Go back in to your little shelter and remember, I am still here!!"
"Where-ever he is, he can still see us. We need to pray this rain takes us into the night. That is our only chance at getting out of here and to the kids."
"We don't have long to wait for dark. Joel. The rain will help it come to us sooner than normal." They all agreed with Mark.
Joel's phone lit in the dark. He looked at it and saw he was getting a text message.
"Who is texting you now, Joel?"
Joel looked from his phone to Karla and then back to his phone. "It is from Carrie Peterson. She was with the kids on this trip."
"Cover the light, Joel, so it isn't visible to Trevor."
"Right, Mark, good thinking. She says she is alive. She is the one that Trevor tossed in to the river. She came ashore about a mile down stream. He has the kids all tied to one long rope with a huge rock on the end. If one runs, they will all go over the side of the cliff they are on."
"Ask her where she is now, Joel."
"I know what to ask her, Karen. I just want to be careful here. It could be a trick of Trevor's to see what we are planning to do."
Joel sent a text and waited for the response. "She says she is afraid to move in case he is watching her. She can see the cliff Trevor tossed her from. She doesn't know where he is. She thought he was shooting at her when she heard the gunfire. She is going to work her way towards us. She can see our car from where she is now. I told her we will wait until she is here before we do anything and to keep her phone covered so he doesn't see the light."
Darkness had completely covered the Park now. The only sounds that could be heard were those of the animals in the Park moving around. A noise from the side of the mountain made them all turn towards it. Out of the tall grass came a small figure. Carrie, trying to hold her cries in, crawled to the four of them. They pulled her in under the canopy of trees that protected them.
"Oh God," she cried as Karla pulled her close to her. "I thought I was dead when he threw me over the cliff. I landed in the water and just let the current take me. I was so scared, I didn't know what else to do."
"You did exactly what you should have done, Carrie. You need to tell us what it is like where the kids are."
Carrie described the cliff as best as she could. She told them where the kids were sitting. He has Amanda sitting right beside him and Stacey is tied to her. He shot Lance and Mary as if they were nothing!" She began to cry again.
"It's o.k., Carrie, we will get them out of there. I promise you we will." She nodded at Joel and then buried her head in Karla's lap, sobbing.
"We need to get up there, Joel, but you don't dare go. If Trevor calls out and doesn't hear your voice, he will know we are doing something. I brought a gun with me. I will climb the side of the cliff and try and ambush him."
"You can't go alone, Mark. I will go with you and help you get to the top." Joel started to protest as Karla held up her hand. "We have to do this as a team, Joel. Besides Mark, I am the best climber here. If he gets in to trouble, I can try and help him. You need to be here with Carrie and Karen. We can do this but only as a team. I will take Carrie's phone with me so we can communicate."
Gathering the ropes and harnesses, the two were off before anyone could say anything more. Joel watched as the two disappeared in to the darkness. He could only pray that they could pull this off without any deaths, except perhaps Trevor's.