Capturing the Stranger, Part 1

“Well this is interesting,” Stuart Greer said as he, Shara Shinnok, Mara Llewellyn, Irene Haughton, Marie Lewis, and Tara Schindler were standing in the room. Three hours had passed since Georgette Schindler was arrested for cyberstalking and threatening a group of minors under the age of 16 years. “How did we know Tara’s mother was the Stranger?”

“I don’t think so,” said Shara. “She definitely was a patsy, as no one would believe a middle-aged woman would stalk a group of teenagers. That’s something that would inspire a lifetime original movie.”

“You’re right,” said Tara. “My mother may be full of hate, but she would NEVER do anything like *THAT*!”

“I’ve noticed,” said Marie. “But who forced Georgette to stalk us? What did they have on her?”

“Me,” said Tara. “You remember when she forced me to leave when I got those kids in trouble while we were at Harrison Creek Elementary School? I had to go to another school under a different name. Only Shara knows who I was.”

“What kind of mother does this to her own kid?” said Irene. “Wait, don’t answer that question. I just realized something.”

“What?” said Shara.

“I know who forced Georgette to send Tara away,” said Irene. “And Team Sescape must find them and stop them. We cannot remain silent a second longer.” The others agreed, knowing that the time had come for the Stranger to go down…

To make a long story short, Team Sescape caught 17-year-old Jacob Jordan as he tried to flee from the city. Jacob had gotten mad at the Teen Rebels and Tara (and Taylor) when they exposed him as a liar. (Jacob was a year older than Tansy Dorkins and Lavinia Nadler when he was sent away from the school. Tara got him in trouble for attempting to kill the two girls in question the year before; Jacob swore to make her pay for telling on him.) He became The Stranger to destroy Tara and her friends, and the game continued until the end of the kids’ freshmen year, when everyone in Harrison Creek High School discovered who he was and called the police.

As the Team toasted their victory, they knew that now that the game was over, they now had a brighter future. But they had to deal with the fallout of Jacob’s evil deeds and the results that happened because of those deeds.

And that’s a different story.

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