Read an excerpt from Kidnapped: The Hypnotic Adventures of Madison Van Buren: Book 3

The sun hung low over the Pacific Ocean. Still a couple of hours until sunset. A gentle breeze blew off the ocean. Another day of perfect weather on Santa Maria’s boardwalk.

“It’s the easiest game in the world,” said Perry. Three playing cards lay face down on a rickety folding table. “All you have to do is spot the Queen.” He turned the cards over: Queen of Spades, Seven of Diamonds and Three of Hearts. He flipped them back and swiftly moved them around the table. After thirty seconds he stopped. “Where’s the Queen?”

“In the center,” said a blond twenty-something guy in an Ohio State jersey.

Perry turned over the middle card. It was the Queen. “See? Easy game. Let’s make it interesting. Say twenty bucks?”

“You’re on,” said the OSU fan. He slapped down a bill on the table.

“Okay, here we go.” Perry moved his hands about table and the tourist watched intently. After a minute the cards came to rest. “Which one?”

The OSU fan pointed. “The one on the left.”

Perry flipped the card over. The Queen. “Winner!” He handed over a twenty. “Care to go again? Fifty this time?”

A pretty brunette in a green golf shirt and white shorts, tugged on the OSU fan’s sleeve. ”Come on, Dicky. I’m hungry.”

“Hang on a moment, babe. I’m going to win enough to pay for dinner.” Dicky slapped down fifty on the table.

“Here we go,” said Perry. The cards flew across the table. Dicky kept his eyes locked on the Queen the whole time. He didn’t blink. The cards came to rest.

“Where is it?” asked Perry.

“In the center,” said Dicky.

Perry flipped over the card. The Seven of Diamonds. “Oh, sorry.” He flipped the card on his left revealing the Queen and scooped up the $50. “Go again?”

Dicky didn’t reply. He turned over each card and inspected it closely. He saw a slight bend on one corner of the queen. “Okay, but let’s go for a hundred.” He emptied his wallet and placed the bills on the table.

“Dicky, I’m hungry now,” said the brunette.

“Then go eat, Cheryl,” he growled. “I’m busy here.”

Cheryl momentarily glared at him, then disappeared down the boardwalk.

“Okay for $100,” said Perry. His hand began their work and the cards started flying.

What do we have here?” asked a feminine voice.

Perry glanced up and saw Calithea. Santa Maria’s leading super heroine had ditched her standard black cat suit for more suitable beach attire: a white sports bra, black short shorts and ankle boots.

“It’s nothing to worry about, Calithea. Just a friendly little game,” Perry said as he continued to move the cards about the table while stealing glances at her impressive physique.

“Games of chance aren’t legal in Santa Maria,” she replied.

“Only this is a game of skill,” said Perry. “Why don’t you go bust some meth dealers? Are you even a cop?”

Dicky chimed in. “Look lady, we’re trying to play a game here.”

Perry stopped the cards. “Where is it?”

Calithea looked at Dicky. “The Queen is in his pocket.”

Dicky shook his head. “You’re crazy. It’s right here. It’s got a bend in the cor—” He flipped over the card. It was the Seven of Diamonds. Dicky flipped over the other two cards: The Three of Clubs and another Seven of Diamonds. Hey, he’s a cheat!”

“I know,” said Calithea. “I tried to warn you.”

Dicky grabbed the table, tossed it aside and advanced on Perry. “You dirty cheater.”

Perry put up his fists.

“Stop! Both of you,” commanded Calithea.

They turned toward her.

“You don’t want to fight…

“You want to listen to me…

“Hear my words…

“Heed my words…

“Isn’t it just so relaxing…

“To listen to my voice…

“And forget about all your cares…”

Perry’s fists relaxed. Dicky’s arms dropped to his side.”

“Good…

“Very good…

“Just keep listening to my voice…

“And forget about the rest of the world…

“Nothing else matters…

“Just my words…

“Just my voice…

“Feels so good…

“To have your mind go empty…

“Go blank…

“And let my words…

“Replace your thoughts…

“I am deep in your mind…

“My words penetrating your subconscious…

“Molding you…

“Controlling you…

“You want my words…

“You need my voice…

“You crave my control…

“You are helpless before me…

“Counting down from ten…

“And when I reach zero…

“You will drop in to a deep trance…

“Where I will control you completely…

“Ten…

“Falling so fast…

“Nine…

“Falling so deep…

“Eight…

“Falling so far…

“Seven…

“Spiraling down…

“Six…

“Twisting and twirling…

“Five…

“Spinning around and around…

“Four…

“So dizzy…

“Three…

“So weak…

“Two…

“So mindless…

“One…

“So helpless…

“Zero…

“Deep trance now!” Calithea snapped her fingers.

Both men’s bodies swayed back and forth in the gentle breeze.

Calithea looked over the pair triumphantly.

“You are now deep under my spell…

“And must obey any and all of my instructions…

“You must obey me…

“You want to obey me…

“You need to obey me…

“You are compelled to obey me…

“You will obey me…

Calithea stared at the huckster. “Perry, give this man his money back.”

Perry’s eyes were empty and blank. He didn’t blink. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a wad of bills and handed it to Dicky.

Calithea placed her hand on Dicky’s shoulder. “Now run along and find your girlfriend. You’re lucky you have her.”

Dicky’s walked away in a daze down the boardwalk.

Calithea turned her attention back to Perry. “And now my enterprising young friend, tell me how much have you made today scamming the tourists?”

“Close to seven hundred dollars,” said Perry in a monotone.

Calithea frowned. “It’s not practical to have you chase down all the people you ripped off.” Her frown became a smile. “But you can donate that money to Santa Maria’s no-kill animal shelter. Doesn’t that sound like a good idea?”

Perry nodded.

She moved close and whispered in his ear, “And no more games of chance of skill with the tourists, understand?

“Yes, Calithea.”

“Good boy. Coming up on the count of five… One… Two… Three… Four.. Five…” Calithea snapped her fingers twice.

“Calithea!” Perry exclaimed.

“What sort of trouble are you up to today, Perry?”

“No trouble. I don’t do that sort of thing anymore.” He shook his head. “In fact I’m about to go volunteer at the animal shelter.”

Calithea smiled. “Is that so?”


Kidnapped! is coming in March of 2018.

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