“It’s all right,” Margaret said as she raised her hands, “We’ll both do as you say, won’t we Alice?”
Alice nodded under Anne’s hand, realising what may have happened to the others at the same time. “Good,” Anne said as she took her hand away, “I want you to kneel on the floor facing each other, and put your hands behind your back.”
As they did so, Margaret said “I want to hug my daughter - it will help her to keep calm. Will you allow me to do that?”
“Really,” Alice said as her mu wrapped her arms round her, and she did the same to Margaret.
“Really,” Margaret said with a wink, “and it might make it more difficult for us to free each other.”
“More difficult? Mum, what’s happened to you,” Alice said as she felt her wrist being tied together by Sarah, while Anne crossed and tied tightly together Margaret’s wrists behind her daughter’s back.
“Oh come on, miss skinny dipper - I’m rediscovering my sense of - what the...” Margaret suddenly found her eyes covered by a sleep mask, as she felt her ankles been tied together, and then pulled up slightly as they were secured to something.
“Blindfolds, already - I guess they have something really devious planned for us,” Alice said as she too felt her ankles secured, and then placed her head against her mother’s chest as the two women tied their legs, and then their upper bodies together.
“I think they look really cute,” Anne said as Margaret tried to move her wrists, only to stop when Alice said “Hey - who’s lifting my feet?”
“I was - they must have tied our wrists to each other’s ankles,” Margaret said as Alice nuzzled against her. “So what now - do we getmmmggmgyswd.”
Margaret’s question was answered as Sarah pushed a knotted scarf into her mouth, and from the muffled sounds at her chest she realised Alice was being gagged in the same way. “There now,” Anne said as she looked round the room, “I think it’s time we looked in on the others. Can you go and make sure the residents are still there?”
“Leave it to me,” Sarah said as they left the room, and she walked to the rear garden, climbing the stairs as she smiled to herself at the thought of Sue in the cellar.
“Hey,” Brian said as Sarah came back out, “Everything all right in there?”
“Yeah, everything’s good,” she said as she took her place at the table. Heidi and Cindy were sitting there, t-shirts now covering their upper bodies as Natalie came over and sat with them. “Where has everyone else gone,” she said as she looked round.”
“I’m not exactly sure,” Veronica said as she put her glass down on the table. “Have you two cooked up something?”
“Hey, don’t look at us,” Heidi said as she looked at her aunt, “Whatever’s going on has nothing to do with me. You know anything about this, Nats?”
“Nope,” Natalie said as she stretched her legs out, “but I suppose we could go and see what’s keeping them - everyone expect Joanne and Alexa?”
“Why not - oh,” Dorothy said as she nodded. “All right - let’s search the house. You take downstairs - we’ll take upstairs. Do you three want to join in?”
“Oh no,” Brian said as he sat with Jack, and handed Sarah a drink. “You go off and have fun - we’ll clear up out here.”
As the others went into the house, Anne was checking the rooms. Turning the handle of the door she had left Blossom and the girls in, she looked in, seeing Britney and Margo still sitting on the floor - only their gags were hanging down on their tops.
“What the...” was all Anne said before she was pulled in, the door closing behind her...
“So,” Jack said as he looked at the young couple, “Why do I get the feeling you know what’s going on in there?”
“Not me,” Brian said as he drank from the lager bottle, “Sarah?”
“Don’t worry,” Sarah said with a smile, “your wife and daughter are having some close family time, and the others - well, I’m sure they’re just playing a game. Don’t worry - I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
“And the redoubtable Sue Duncombe - where is she?”
Sarah looked at Jack, smiling as she said “I think Sue has met her match.”
Jack raised an eyebrow as Brian smiled, and said “Oh - I want to see this one.”
“Why not - come with me,” Sarah said as she stood up, the two men following her.
“Well,” Dorothy said as she closed the bedroom door, “I don’t think we need to worry about Joanne and Alexa?”
“You surprise me,” Amy said with a smile as she looked at Dorothy. “See anything interesting?”
“Enough to know that young Ms Badelaine has some real skills,” Dorothy said with a smile. “What about you?”
“Nothing yet - what about you Veronica?”
They turned to see Veronica coming down from the attic. “I’ve found Maria and Chloe,” she said with a smile, “they’re fine, and asked not to be disturbed. Apparently Anne and Sue did it - a little present for us.”
“Fair enough,” Amy said as she put her hand on another bedroom door, “I wonder what’s - oh well now, you two need to see this!”
She opened the door to allow Dorothy and Veronica to look in, the two of them laughing as they saw Anne staring at them from the bed. She was tied spread-eagled to the bed, her arms and leg stretched out side, and a length of rope was tied between her legs, moving with her as wriggled round. Her cheeks were bulging, and a black scarf was pulled tightly between her lips.
“Oh my,” Veronica finally said, “who did this to you?”
“Judging from these,” Dorothy said as she looked at the piles of rope and scarves on the floor, damp spots visible in the centre of them, “I can guess who was in here - Blossom and the girls.”
“Very likely - but if that’s the case, where are they now?”
“Oh look - four victims, all waiting for our special attention.”
Natalie had the biggest grin possible on her face as she saw the four bound and gagged women in the room. Alice turned her head at the sound of her face, and said “hgdddd,” anticipating what might be about to happen.
“Well, that explains four of them,” Heidi said as she and Cindy walked over to Alice and Margaret. “Now what do you think we’re going to do with them?”
“Well, I don’t know about you,” Natalie said as she walked to where Katherine and Heather were struggling, “but these two are mine!”
“hhhnnnnnaAHAHNNNNNNNNNNN” was the combined response as Natalie started to tickle their feet, while Heidi and Dorothy took the opportunity to do the same to the sides of Margaret and Alice, neither of them able to make a move in defence of themselves in case they toppled the other over.
“Payback is a bummer, isn’t it,” Heidi said with a big smile as she tickled Alice, while Cindy stood up.
“Back in a moment,” she said as she headed for the toilet, emerging a few minutes later with a smile on her face.
“Now, wherWereemmmmmg,” she said to herself as she was pulled backwards back into the toilet...
“NCLLLLL” Alice finally called out as the sleep mask fell from her head, and she looked at Heidi.
“Well, if you insist,” she said as she stood up, “what about you Nats?”
“Oh I think they can withstand some more - HEY!” Natalie called out, as a sponge ball hit her in the back. She and Heidi turned suddenly to hear laughter, and the sound of running feet...