My Twin Brother Goes Missing is the forty-fourth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on February 13, 2016.
I grabbed out my phone and called my mom.
She answered. “Hello?”
“Mom, I need to come to the school right now,” I said. “It’s an emergency.”
“Zack’s gone. I think something bad happened to him.”
“I’m on my way.”
She hung up the phone and appeared ten seconds later, carrying Emily, Pikachu on her shoulder, and the animals right behind her.
“Sarah,” she said. “Tell me what happened.”
I told her what I knew. When I was finished, she looked distraught. She looked around, up on the ceiling.
“What’s going on here?” a man asked.
It was the principle. He was walking our way.
“Sir, I need to see your camera system,” Mom told him.
“What for?” he asked.
“Something happened to my son and I’m hoping that the cameras caught something.”
“Very well. Come with me. You girls go back to class.”
“No,” Selena and I both said.
“I’d like them to come with me,” Mom said.
The principle didn’t argue. “Follow me.”
He took us to the security system and Mom gave me Emily while she looked over the cameras then replayed them.
The one in the hallway showed Zack going to his locker. He grabbed out his backpack and unzipped it, then the camera blacked out. It came back about a minute later and Zack was gone. Only his backpack was lying on the ground.
Mom stopped the tape. “Damnit.”
“Don’t you usually stop something like this before it happens?” I asked.
“Yes, but there are some conditions.”
“Like who’s causing the crime: a mortal or an Immortal.”
“Raylee, you don’t think that it’s connected to here, do you?” Amber asked.
“It’s gotta be.”
“What?” Selena asked.
Mom took a deep breath. “For the past half year, teenage boys have gone missing without a trace all over the country. I haven’t been able to find any of them, which is something that has never happened to be before since I’ve been the Protector of America. And now my own son is gone, and I have no idea where he could be.”
“But who could have taken him?” I asked.
“It’s gotta be an Immortal, because I can’t sense when one is doing any kind of crime in the country like I can with a mortal. Plus, all of these other cameras don’t show anything out of the ordinary like in this one camera. There’s no way a mortal could’ve done it without getting caught. And Zack can handle a mortal, but not an Immortal.”
“Do you know any Immortals that are causing these crimes?” I asked.
Mom had a pained look on her face. “One. Well, actually, three. They’re working together, but I really do hope that it’s not them who took Zack and all those boys. And there’s only one way to find out.”
She walked out of the room. We followed her.
“Wait, Mom,” I said. “Who are they?”
“I need to go talk to Nikki and Nicole,” she said, ignoring my question. “You girls go to our house. Take Emily with you. I’ll meet you there later.”
“Go. I’ll tell you more later.”
“Sarah, let’s just go,” Selena said.
I decided not to argue about it anymore.
Mom and the animals teleported away. So did me, Emily, and Selena.
When we got to my house, I put Emily in her crib. She didn’t like that.
“Out,” she said with her arms outstretched.
She’s about a year old now and she was starting to talk. She knows my name as well as Zack’s, and Mom and Dad. She's still working on the others.
“Whose Nikki and Nicole?” Selena asked me.
“Do you remember that one time you came to see us with the Saturdays last summer?” I asked.
“And do you remember those two women who helped us out of that jail cell?”
“Oh, right. They’re your mothers old sisters-in-law, right?”
I nodded. “Yes.”
I took Emily out of her crib and put her on the floor. She’s also been walking. I helped her stand on her feet and walked her to the living room.
“I’m really worried about Zack,” I said.
“Me too,” Selena agreed. “What Immortals do you think your mom was talking about?”
I thought about it for a moment. “I’m not sure. I feel like I know. It’s on the tip of my tongue, but I can’t think of any names.”
“Well, then, I guess that all we have left to do is wait.”
We didn’t have to wait much longer. My mom and the animals appeared a few minutes later. But Mom had a distraught expression on her face.
“Mom, what is it?” I asked.
She sat down on the couch and told us the whole story. “Zack’s in serious trouble. The Immortals that I suspected before kidnapped him.”
“What Immortals?” I asked.
“That Immortal men that raped me.”
My eyes widened. I now remember what my mom told me about them. “Oh my God,” I said heartbrokenly.
“I know,” Mom agreed. “Nikki and Nicole told me that they’ve been targeting young boys lately. But they’re targeting them differently than when they target girls.”
“Well, instead of raping them where they find them and then leave, they’re abducting them, keeping them prisoners, and . . .” She faltered.
But she didn’t need to say the rest. I understood it completely, though I wish I didn’t. Tears began to streak down the both of our faces and Selena’s.
“Nikki and Nicole also told me that those men eventually target their victims off-spring sometime in the future when they reach a certain age,” Mom continued.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, I was their victim eighty years ago, and Zack’s my son. They also targeted my two oldest daughters, your older half-sisters, Madison and Kiara, when they were teenagers. Now they’ve targeted Zack and they got him.”
“So what are we suppose to do?”
“We’re going to look for them as well as those other boys. Alex, Madison, Kiara, Nikki, Nicole, and their family are going to help us. They assume that those men have them imprisoned somewhere on the planet, but we have no idea where, so we’re going to look.”
“I get to help too, right?” I asked.
“Well, I don’t think that there’s anything I can do to stop you,” Mom replied.
“No, there isn’t.”
“Fine. You can help. But you still have to go to school. It’s only for eight hours, which is a third of the day, ok?”
“I’m guessing that I can’t help though?” Selena said.
“Sorry, Selena,” Mom said.
“It’s fine. All that matters is that you find him and bring him home.”
“Then what are we waiting for?” I said. “Let’s go.”
Wow. That is not good for Zack at all. How long do you guys think it'll take for them to find him?
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