CAYDEN

CHAPTER 1:

MISSING

The water washed over the sand at my feet. I sat back in my lawn chair and the sun beamed down on my face. I looked to my right and Cam was doing the same, just soaking in the sun. She looked over at me and smiled. I smiled back and laid my head back down. I closed my eyes and everything started shaking.

My eyes flew open. The airplane had hit some turbulence. I looked to my right and Cam was fast asleep. I sighed. It wasn't a dream; it was a memory of the week we had just spent in Florida. It was a great week. Nothing but relaxing on the beaches with everyone I loved. Dom and Kylie had taken a different plane home yesterday because Dom had to start football training.

We initially planned on staying another day but Vince had caught some virus and really wanted to go home. We caught the red-eye so he could get home and rest. I looked around everyone in first class was fast asleep except for Jay. He was awake and flirting with the flight attendant, who seemed intrigued as to how 6 young kids could afford first class seats.

Jay was feeding her some story about being in training for the Olympics and the dumb broad was buying it. I flicked my finger and Jay's drink was knocked off of his tray and into his lap. I started laughing and he shot me a dirty look. The blonde flight attendant grabbed a towel and started wiping his shirt. She seemed to be more massaging him than cleaning him. He turned back to me with a huge grin on his face. I rolled my eyes and rested my head back on the seat. I closed my eyes and went back to the memory of Cam and me on the beach.

It was a great vacation but I was also happy to be going home. School was about to be starting soon and I wasn't really looking forward to it. They had been working to rebuild Ridge Mont but it wasn't going to be ready for a while so they were transferring all the students. Half the students were being transferred to Pleasant Lake, and the other half to Royal View. Cam, Kylie, Dom, and myself were among some of the ones getting transferred to Royal View. We threw a few parties over the summer to introduce everyone we knew to the full Rivers clan. Jay and I were going to be going to school together now so there really was no point in keeping it secret anymore. For anyone who asked, I just claimed that my dad finally told me about them and then I looked them up.

It felt good to finally have that out in the open except that now Dayna knew. She tried so hard to be friends with all of them but they already knew how crazy she was so they kept their distance. After much begging from Kylie I agreed to let Dayna come to a few of the parties but that was it. After we left the airport I dropped Cam off at her house so she could get her car.

"I'm gonna unpack and shower and then I'll be over" she said before kissing me and getting out of the car.

It was nice to have a car again. The guys had to total my car before to make the accident look legitimate so it took a few weeks for me to get a new one. It looked exactly the same. I pulled my car into the garage.

I don't know how but I beat the guys back because Nate's car wasn't in the driveway yet. Then I remembered Nate saying they had to stop at the 24-hour drug store to get Vince some medicine. I walked through the garage door and into the house.

The lights were all out and I was too tired to turn any of them on so I used my cell phone as a light to guide me through the kitchen, dining room, living room, then up the stairs to my room.

I changed my clothes and laid in bed to wait for Cam. I dozed off but woke up when Cam came in the door. When I heard her close to the bed I grabbed her arm and pulled her on the bed with me and gave her a quick kiss. She then grabbed my face and started making out with me. I was still half asleep and really just wanted to go back to bed.

I realized something was different. Cam never kissed me this way. I pulled away and I opened my eyes but all I could see was a dark silhouette. I tried to focus harder but she kissed me again and as she did the door opened and the light turned on. I pulled back from the kiss and got an immediate not in my stomach. I screamed and fell off the bed and got tangled up in blankets. Cam never kissed me that way, but Dayna did. And I wasn't kissing Cam. I was kissing Dayna. Cam was standing in the doorway with a look of horror on her face. I untangled myself out of the blankets and Cam just continued to stare at me.

"You said she wasn't going to be here tonight," Dayna said in disgust. My mouth dropped open. This girl is bonkers.

"Cam, I didn't know it was her, I swear! I was half asleep. She came in here in the dark. I thought it was you."

Cam looked pissed at the fact that I would even get her confused with Dayna.

"Whatever Cayden. Be with her, we're done," she turned to walk out the door and I grabbed her arm. She whipped back to me. "Cayden I mean it, leave me alone" She jerked her arm back and stomped off. I went to go after here but Dayna jumped in front of me

"Its better this way. You belong with me, not her"

I was pissed. I had enough of this crazy bitch.

"Listen, the ONLY reason I EVER let you come here in the first place was because Kylie begged me and claimed you had changed, but your still the same lunatic you were when we broke up, and how the hell did you even get in here?!" I was shouting. Someone came running up the stairs and I saw Kylie's shocked face.

"Kylie what the hell is going on?"

"Cayden, you were supposed to be gone until tomorrow."

"Yeah and I said you could stay here while we were still gone, I definitely did NOT say to bring Dayna here"

"I'm sorry I just really didn't want to be here alone and Dom had to go to his grandparents" she shot Dayna a death look. For a second I had forgotten she was there. I turned back to her.

"Get out of my house and do not come back. Ever." She looked mortified. She opened her mouth to talk but I didn't even give her a chance to speak.

"No. I don't want to hear it. Kylie, take her home"

She looked at Dayna disgusted. "She can walk"

"Kylie its too far and its late. You brought her here, take her home."

"Lets go" Kylie gritted through her teeth.

Dayna just stared at me still wide eyed and shocked as Kylie yanked her arm, hoping I would change my mind. I turned around and I heard her start crying.

"Come on!" Kylie yelled basically dragging her.

I got my phone out of my pocket and called Cam. There was no answer so I left a voicemail. I text her but she didn't write back to that either. That went on for two days.

She didn't return any of my phone calls or texts. After two more days I started to get worried. She wasn't answering Kylie's calls either so I decided to go to her house to try to talk to her.

I walked out of the house and my walk quickly turned into a run. I got to Cam's in a few minutes and knocked on her front door. No answer. I knocked louder. No answer. Her car was in the driveway so she had to be there. I walked around her house to the backyard to see if she was in the pool.

The pool water was crystal clear and was gleaming but no one was in it. I walked over to Cam's patio door and knocked on that. She usually was in her room. I knocked on her patio door a few times but she never came to the door. I started to get a bad feeling. Either she was really mad at me, or something was wrong. I knew it was probably locked but I tired to slide open the door anyway and to my surprise it slid right open.

"Cam?" I asked as I cautiously stepped in. Last time I had tried this, Cam beat me with a baseball bat. I looked around and Cam was definitely not here but something wasn't right. Clothes were thrown all over the place.

Everything that was on her nightstand was knocked down to the floor. I saw a puddle on the ground. I bent down and saw that it was coming from the magic 8 ball she had that was now smashed into pieces all over the floor. I felt a knot build tighter in my stomach. I quickly ran through the rest of the rooms in her house. The only room that was trashed was Cam's. I bolted back out her patio door.

My worst fear had come true. Axel was back.

I don't think I'd ever run faster in my life. I busted through the front door of my house and the guys all jumped up from the couch in shock.

"Whose here?" I blurted

"Just us," Tyler replied. He looked scared "what's wrong?"

"I think Axel's back"

Everyone had the same shocked looks on their faces.

"What? Why?" Nate asked.

"Well Cam hasn't been answering my calls, so I went to her house and her room was completely trashed. Clothes everywhere, broken stuff all over the floor, and her door was unlocked.

Now the guys just looked horrified. I was hoping that I was overreacting and that they would tell me to just chill but by the looks on their faces, they had the same thought as me.

Nate quickly pulled out his phone. "Camilla its Nate. Please call me as soon as you get this, we need to know that you're okay". He snapped the phone shut and started pacing. He looked at me. "How long has it been since you talked to her?"

"A week" I replied

"And has anyone talked to her?" He looked around as he paced and everyone shook their heads no.

"Well what do we do?" I asked.

"I don't know. But if it is Axel, we need to do something fast. He's obviously back with a vengeance and we can't let anyone get hurt because of it." Nate said still pacing.

"Maybe he'll just use her to get to us again. Maybe he wont hurt her," Tyler offered.

Vince frowned "Yeah but we don't know that. We killed his brother and his friend and injured him. There's no telling what he'd do to get back at us for that."

The knot in the pitch of my stomach felt like it was taking over. I felt helpless. I had no idea where Cam was and I had no idea how I could find her. Now I was pacing too.

"We need to find them" I stated.

"Yeah I know that, but how? They could be anywhere" Nate was rubbing his head.

"Maybe Axel will contact us. Were the ones he wants anyways right?" Jay offered.

"Yeah but we don't know that he will try to contact us, and we can't sit around waiting for him to call us knowing he has Cam." I argued.

"Well then what do we do?" Jay asked

"I don't know" I replied weakly "But whatever we do, we need to figure it out, fast"