Selena was excited they were finally going on a date.
Vlad texted, meet me at The Glass Dome Diner.
Her overly strict mom would be livid if she knew. She’d sneak out the back door.
I hope Vlad is as amiable as his poems.
“Feel like a walk before we eat something,” he said.
His arm cradled my shoulder as we walked.
“Let me get my cellphone in the car.”
Shock and fear engulfed me when he slid the side door open.
Inside, crying girls with taped mouths and hands were all she could see.
Terror overwhelmed her.
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