“I don’t know!” Aaron screamed, pulling on the ropes holding his hands behind his back.
“You do know, and you will tell me,” the man in black replied stepping off the metal grate onto a rubber mat. “You will tell me what you know, for her sake…”
The electricity surged through the chair into Aaron as the man turned the knob. The smell of burning hair wafted through the room as every muscle in his body tightened and vibrated. He couldn’t think from the pain. His mouth opened only for his scream to escape.
When the electricity stopped, he felt his body go limp, and he slumped in the chair, trying to catch his breath.
The man in black walked to him and grabbed his chin in his leather gloved hand. He turned his face to his and stared at him for a moment.
“You’ll die here, you know that?” the man said. The quiet reserve in his voice matched the sadness in his eyes making him seem all the more dangerous. “All you need to do is tell me where she is, and I’ll cut the rope and leave you here to recover. You’ll live, and she will be safe. There isn’t much of an argument here.”
“Y-You…” Aaron whispered, not even able to hold his head up. Memories of his time with Gabriella filled his mind and vision, cutting him out of the concrete hell-hole that he had found himself in.
“Tell me,” the man whispered, leaning closer.
“Y-You are going to fail. Y-You are never going to find her,” Aaron managed before the darkness swallowed him. Through the black he saw her, smiling and happy. She called his name and beckoned him to her.
“Aaron! Aaron!” he heard her say. “I love you!”
“I love you, too,” he said as the darkness closed in on him.
“Wake up, Aaron!” she yelled, suddenly booming.
Aaron’s eyes snapped open. He wasn’t in the concrete room any longer. The man in black wasn’t there. His whole body hurt, but he wasn’t tied to the chair. Instead, he was lying on a mattress in a dimly lit room that smelled of earth.
“Gabriella,” he croaked, “H-How?”
“Don’t talk,” she replied putting a cup to his lips, “you need to drink now. We can talk after. We’re safe, for now…”