Transcript by Elizabeth Ryder
The following is a transcript of some conversations I had with my friends. I am posting this as a warning with the consent of all involved.
5th August 5:03 PM
Sophie: Hey hey.
Lizzy: Stop saying Hey! What are you- horses?
Lizzie: Hey/hay- geddit?
Jade: We're not angry. Just dissapointed.
Allie: DON'T START THAT AGAIN!!!
Jade: Sophie, control your boyfriend...
Sophie: Derek! Shut up!
Derek: Yes mistress...
Jade: What are you doing here anyway? I thought you were sick?
Derek: I got better.
Sophie: Are you coming back to school then? Or are you gonna skive?
Derek: Skive. Deffo-nutley.
Lizzy: What are you- a squirrel?
Jade: Shut up Lizzy.
August 7th 12:37 PM
Sophie: Hi, Lizzy
Jade: What the hell did you just write?
Lizzy: I meant Hay.
Sophie: What was the history homework?
Lizzy: Write about Henry V.
Jade: Heard from Derek?
Sophie: Maybe he's ill again. His Mum wouldn't let me visit- she says he's contagious.
Allie: Odd. He was fine on Friday.
Derek: Hi guys.
Sophie: I thought u weren't allowed to use a phone?
Derek: I got bored.
Derek: Wanna meet up later?
Jade: Aren't you contagious?
Derek: I'm not as ill as I look. I just don't want to go back to school.
Derek: I just don't.
Derek: So how 'bout it Sophie? Wanna go on a date?
Derek: I found this great new place.
Derek: It's great. Almost as amazing as you.
Derek: Though nothing could be as beautiful.
Sophie: You're beautiful.
Jade: Ew! Lizzy, Allie- time to abandon ship!
Allie: Quick! Before they start talking about their feelings!
Lizzy: Bye! 🐠
Derek: Are you guys gone?
Allie: Not yet. Can you two start a different chat? I don't want to have to read this in my history.
Sophie: You guys are so immature. Fine.
August 7th 12:42 PM
Sophie: You were saying?
Derek: I found this great place. It's like a cave or something.
Derek: Y'know Tescos?
Sophie: Seriously Derek? We were there last week!
Derek: Right. Sorry. So, you know how there's a a sort of woody bit behind there?
Sophie: When did you find this?
Derek: Ages ago.
Derek: There's a gap in the fence. You can squeeze thru and get into the woods.
Derek: There are brambles, wear long trousers.
Sophie: Sounds romantic.
Derek: It is, really.
Derek: Go through until you get to a bit where the brambles are clear and there's like concrete or cement or whatever.
Derek: There's an iron grating that you can pull up and then there's a ladder to go down.
Sophie: Is this a sewer? Are you asking me out to a sewer?
Derek: Don't you trust me?
Derek: Don't you think I'm a good boyfriend?
Sophie: What the hell Derek!
Derek: Please, this is really important to me.
Derek: Just trust me.
Sophie: Okay... What time?
Derek: 6:30 tonight.
Derek: Don't tell anyone. If your mum and dad find out they mights stop you from going.
Sophie: My dad?
Sophie: Derek you know my dad's dead.
Sophie: Why would you say that?
Derek: God. Sorry- autocorrect. I'm really sorry.
Derek: Are you still coming?
August 7th 8:12 PM
Jade: Just got a call from Sophie's mum. Asking when me and Soph wanted to be picked up.
Jade: I'm at home. Alone.
Allie: She must have used you as an excuse to hang out with Derek.
Allie: What did you tell her mum?
Jade: I said we'd call her when we knew.
Jade: She got a bit annoyed. Asked me to put Sophie on. I had to pretend my battery died. I don't think she believed it.
Allie: Not your fault. Sophie shoulda come up with a better excuse.
Jade: Yeah. Except she kept saying that Sophie and me had been out since half six.
Lizzy: OMG you don't think that Sophie and Derek did it? OMG!
Allie: That wouldn't take them 2 & 1/2 hours Lizzy.
Allie: I wonder what they're doing.
Allie: Hold on- Derek's mum just texted me!
Jade: Derek's MUM?!
Lizzy: I didn't know she could text...
Allie: She wants me to add her to the chat.
Sue: Hi guys, Derek here, I'm on the long, slow road to recovery.
Lizzy: DEREK PUT THE PHONE DOWN! DON'T TEXT ON THE ROAD!
Jade: Tell Sophie her mum wants her home.
Sue: Tell her yourself.
Jade: Isn't she with you?
Allie: Derek, why are you using your mum's phone?
Sue: I can't find mine. I think i must have left it at the hospital. I was feeling like death in a microwave when I went there- coulda dropped it and not noticed.
Lizzy: Death in a microwave?
Sue: Death warmed up.
Jade: Wait, you went to the hospital again?
Sue: No. Only once. My mum said she told Sophie.
Lizzy: Derek, you've been texting us all week- is this a joke?
Sue: I haven't texted you guys.
Allie: Check the history.
Sue: That's not me. Some creep's got my phone.
Sue: Wait, did Sophie agree to meet up with this guy?!
Jade: I just tried to call her.
Jade: Her phone's switched off.
Jade: This cannot be happening.
Sue: I'm calling her mum.
Allie: I'm so scared right now.
Allie: What if he murders her?
Allie: Oh god we don't know where they are. I told them to go into a different chat and now we don't know where they are.
Allie: It's my fault!
Lizzy: No. She'll be fine. She's smart.
Lizzy: She'll get to wherever it is, see that Derek's not there and go home. That's what'll happen.
Jade: This stuff doesn't happen in real life. How can this happen?
Sue: I'm off the phone. Sophie's mum is calling the police. She says they'll want to interview you guys.
Sue: And look at your phones.
Sue: Oh god, Sophie.
Jade: Maybe she'll be alright. Like Lizzy said.
Sue: What sort of creep goes to all that trouble to get a girl and then doesn't show up.
Allie: God I hope she's okay.
Lizzy: My mum's calling me, the cops called her.
Lizzy: They'll be calling you guys next.
Allie: oh my god.
7th August 6:35 PM
Sophie: Sorry I'm late Derek, I'm just at the drain cover.
7th August 6:47 PM
Sophie: Where are you? I've been waiting ages.
7th August 7:06 PM
Sophie: I'm going home.
Sophie: The drain won't open.
Sophie: Derek where are you?
Sophie: Where are you?
Sophie: Did you forget? Please, I won't be mad. Just talk to me.
Sophie: I'm scared.
Sophie: It's dark down here and wet.
Sophie: OHMIGOD I THINK I SAW A RAT
Sophie: Is this a prank? Do you think this is funny!?
Sophie: Text me back or we're over.
August 7th 7:30 PM
Sophie: I'm gonna call my mum.
Sophie: I can't call her.
Sophie: How are you doing that? Did you hack me?
Sophie: When did you learn to hack?
Sophie: Stop. please.
August 7th 7:45 PM
Sophie: Are you down here?
Sophie: I can hear footsteps.
Sophie: They're getting closer.
Sophie: Please say that's you Derek.