“So when do the girls get off work?”
“Not sure. Sometime this afternoon I think. Maybe 4ish?”
“We can go do some more research if you want. You know, until we can go pick up the girls.”
“If its ok. Can we just wait here? I have had a long couple of days. I am kinda enjoying a nice visit to the park.”
“Of course what ever you like. Jujube ordered me to keep you entertained until then. So you are kinda under my watch I guess. Not that she had to force me… I like hanging out with you.”
“Aww Jordie you are just too sweet.”
“Well its true.”
We were up and out of the house by almost 6:30 am and as we walked to the Sweet Treats store, I had to chuckle at the girls. Their work uniforms were so funny! They looked like “Hotdog on a Stick” uniforms from back home, only instead of yellow, blue and red, they were teal, lavender and lime green.
Afterward Jordie and I had made our way to the skittles park. We found a nice little spot near the pond and took a seat. I was growing more worried that we were never going to figure out how to get me home, and the thought was wearing me out. Home sickness was starting to set in. I was just on the verge of crying most of the time. Jordie was doing his best to keep me company, but it was obvious my mind was else where. He was so incredibly nice. I could see why Taffy liked him so much. She had not exactly admitted that fact to me, but it was so absurdly obvious, once you were around them for more than 2 minutes. I have no idea how he didn’t see it.
“You are a really special girl. I don’t think I have ever known anyone quite like you.”
“Well of course not…”
Uh oh.. I knew where this conversation was going. I started wracking my brain trying to think of something I could say to derail this love train.
“Chloe I th-”
“Man Jord I am sooooo hungry! You know what sounds so good right now? Ice cream! I bet your guys ice cream is the sweetest of the sweet!” Yup ice cream would totally hit the spot right now.”
“Ice cream? Hmmm… Wait here! I’ll run over to the Neapolitan dragon! They have the best in town, don’t leave ok?!”
Faster than I had ever seen anyone move in my life, Jordie was up and half way down the street. I called after him. “Ok! Not like I can go anywhere! Oh!! And I like Chocolate!”
Content with my aversion, I smiled to myself as I watched him sprint out of site. Silly Boy…
If only I had known what storm was brewing, I may have opted to take the love confession instead. Unfortunately for me I didn’t. So Unbeknownst to me, while I was waiting for Jordie to return, a strange man was heading my direction.
“Hello my dear.”
“Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Professor Bitters.
“My that is an unusual name. How ever did your parents come up with it?”
“I uhhh… don’t know. I never knew my parents.”
“Oh goodness. I am terribly sorry.”
“Well listen Chloe my dear, there are rumors going around about you. Did you know that?”
“Why yes. There is talk that you are not from Sugar Valley at all. In fact some say you may come from a whole other world entirely. Now how strange is that?”
With those words, I started to get a really nasty feeling in my stomach. Suddenly I felt unsafe and as I looked around, the park was now completely empty. I knew I needed to get out of there fast. “Well it was wonderful chatting with you, but I really must be going. I am meeting with a friend and he is probably wondering where I am. Good day sir.”
With that I quickly started to walk out of the park.
“I was afraid you were going to make this difficult for me. The only place you are going…is with me.”
Suddenly the creepy man was closer than I realized. Before I could react he grabbed me and everything went black.
“Hey Chloe! I’m back! Would you beleive it! Neapolitan dragon doesn’t open for another 2 hours!”
“Chloe? Where did you go?”
I have no idea how long I was out, but when I did finally come to, the room was very dark. All i could see was a now all to familiar apron worn by the evil Professor Bitters. I tried to move, but ended up hurting my wrists in the process. “Ow!”
“Ah good you’re awake.”
“Whh— where Am I?”
“My dear child that is not important.”
“Please let me go! I just want to go home!”
“Home!? Haha! My dear you are never going to see your home again. You are too important for that. Whether you admit it or not, I know as well as those stupid kids that you are not a Sweetian. And now that I have you, I am going to find out what makes you tick. Mwahahahahahaha!”