A man snapped back in a language Marya couldn’t place, but she didn’t need to understand it. His meaning was clear, punctuated sharply by the crack of a fist hitting flesh. The woman yelped, then fell eerily silent.
She couldn’t think too hard about the silent woman or the invisible man and what they meant. Instead Marya took stock of herself as best she could. She sat on cold, wet stone strewn with something that smelled of animals and shit. Her hands were cuffed at her back, her arms aching dully. When she stretched her legs, her feet hit a wall. She tasted blood on her tongue and there was a slow, burning throb at her temple. She thought that might be where one of her abductors had hit her, but her memory of the abduction was still fuzzy.
Abduction. Oh God, she had been abducted. Her, of all people. She could almost laugh. A mob boss’s daughter, swept up by human traffickers. It was ridiculous. It was unreal.
It was terrifying.
Her eyes adjusted a little to the smothering darkness, and she saw she was in a small, crude cell. Probably in a basement somewhere. All around her would be similar cells, housing women just like her, ready to be shipped off to China or the Ukraine, or even just back into Russia, sold as sex slaves to the highest bidders. She suppressed a sudden urge to vomit, only because she knew she’d have to sit in it. She was suppressing a lot of urges – the urge to weep, to scream, to make threats. Do you know who I am? she could ask her captors, but she bit her tongue until she tasted fresh blood. Because what if they did know who she was, and that was exactly why she’d been taken?