Noah Sark and the Mother Ship
by Nell Cooper
(excerpt - Chapter 13)
He will kill us. The blindfold sweats, and my stomach heaves as Sophie trembles beside me. I hear a rummaging noise near the desk. We aren’t alone and my voice is garbled in the darkness.
Papery hands brush my cheek, then pull roughly at my skull. An agony of light blinds me, and I squint and clench, then focus on that most dreaded of faces.
`It shouldn’t be this hard Noah,’ Nils Eon oozes, his moon face just centimetres from my face.
I shift away from him, and Sophie blinks at my side. I try to comfort her with a smile but I drool instead.
`I’ll un-gag you, so we can talk.’ Says Nils.
`And no interruptions, or they’re back on. Understand?’
Sophie and I nod in time.
He removes the cloth and I limber my bruised lips, quiet as ordered.
Sophie isn’t silent anymore.
`Dad’ll call the ship’s police when he can’t find us. Let us go, or you’re in big trouble Mister!’
She is a super hero!
Not literally of course, but her bravery is awesome. It’s because she’s desperate like me, but it’s me who should step up. I’m the oldest. I gasp as Nils slaps his hand over her mouth, and her face reddens.
`On second thoughts, Noah first. Sophie later!’ He re-ties her gag, and I watch her struggle against his fingers.
Sophie can’t help now, so it’s my job to find a way out of this. I’ll try talking first. And if that doesn’t work, I must be strong enough to fight. I swallow loudly. Maybe I’ve been training for this all along.
`Stand up Noah. We’ll talk in the bathroom.’
He pushes from behind and I stumble with bound hands towards the wooden lid. Nils Eon leans on the wash-stand, bleeding menace and speaking slowly.
`You know what I want, Noah. I know it’s not in your camera bag. Tell me, tell me now. Where is the Mother ship?’
I bite my lip. I’ll find it. The ship is my connection to Mum, and I can’t let its secret die with her. I’ll discover its magic for myself, for our family. I know Nils Eon will keep pushing and pushing ‘til he gets what he wants. But he won’t get it, he can’t get it.
Not from me.