The officer looked at Ivan in surprise.
“Do you know this girl Laura?”
“Please you must do something. She is not who you think she is. She will kill him”. The officer could see that Ivan meant every word. His mood dramatically changing in an instant. He motioned to his colleague to move to the back seat.
“Hang on, slow down. What do you mean?”.
“This girl Laura. She will kill him”.
“Ivan, please. Calm down and tell me what you know”.
“I have only met her once before. In the restaurant last night was the second time. I knew her brother Dan through one of my friends” said Ivan.
“Okay. Go on”.
“Dan was a soldier. As far as I know he used to teach in martial arts. Some time ago he was posted to the USA to assist in teaching new recruits the art of unarmed combat. He was a big deal amongst our group of friends. A hero”.
“Where are we going with this Ivan? You’re not making sense” replied the officer. His impatience growing by the second.
“One thing I do know is that after Laura’s first ordeal with this man, Dan promised her that he would teach her everything he knew in case she ever met him again. I am aware that she has been waiting for or even looking for this opportunity. This is no abduction Sir, this has been set up”.
“Do you know where this Dan is?” asked the officer.
“Yes” Ivan replied. “He is dead and has been for months”.
“Great! This gets even better. Why didn’t we do a background check on Laura for crying out loud”.
“Why would we Sir? Until now we hadn’t any reason to suspect she may be involved” replied his colleague from the back seat of the car.
“Please tell me you won’t let her kill him” pleaded Ivan.
He continued to pace up and down the lounge stamping his authority on what he thought was his situation to control. Laura shifted along the sofa as he turned his back on her for the first time. An action that she took note of. He was becoming too comfortable and his concentration was slipping. Dan had said that this may happen. Chloe had brought him here and that she was grateful of. Now she just had to finish the job. Part of her sympathised with his story but it was not enough to spare him from what he was owed. It would end here and now, she thought.
“Now this time we have a problem Laura. The police are outside and as far as I am concerned I am a dead man walking. It’s time to put these years of misery behind us. The three of us will go quietly. Together”. Laura looked at Chloe knowing that whatever happened now, they were in this together.
“Kneel down beside Chloe”. Laura didn’t move an inch.
“Now!” he said. She fell from the sofa onto the floor and knelt perfectly still beside her friend. He bent down to retrieve what Laura knew would be a weapon. “Anything but a gun. Please” she thought to herself. From his bag he pulled a small knife and Laura’s mind went blank. She needed Dan now more than ever. She could see his face before her. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed Chloe’s fearful eyes burning through her. She made her move grabbing his right leg from behind whilst bringing her left leg around in a sweeping motion taking his left leg clean out. He fell to the floor dropping his knife in front of him. Laura climbed to her feet and mounted him sliding her right arm underneath his chin cutting off all hope of an escape. Chloe looked on with her muffled screams continuing to grow in volume.
“All these years I’ve been waiting for this moment and I don’t even know your name” said Laura. He said nothing.
“Your name!” shouted Laura. He could hardly breathe her grip was so tight. Dan had taught her where the pressure should be applied.
“Im… Imran” he said.
“Why us Imran?” said Laura.
“Why you? Why any of you?” he replied.
“There was more?” she asked.
“A lot more Laura. You’re not as special as you think”.
“Well I’m afraid Imran that there will be no more. Goodnight”. Laura reached for the mask and placed it over his face before looking to the sky and ending her nightmare. It was over in a flash. She let go of him and he fell to the floor motionless.
Laura turned and removed the tape from Chloe’s mouth before untying her arms. They embraced each other in tears. Neither of them moved for five minutes.
“Laura what the hell are we going to do now?” asked Chloe.
“He fell down the stairs whilst chasing me okay? Come on I need a hand”. Laura removed the mask from his face and they pulled the body to the bottom of the stairs. With her ankle now a swollen mess, she took Chloe’s hand.
“It’s over Chloe. He’s gone. I have so much to thank you and Dan for. I couldn’t have done it without you both”. She looked up and smiled.
“Come on”. They walked towards the door hand in hand and as it opened, light filled the hallway with what felt like a heavenly beam of light. “I love you too bro”.