There was darkness and clattering noises, and loneliness. Her parents had stopped checking in too long ago, and Jess wouldn't be able to survive much longer. They were out there, searching and waiting. But she couldn't stay here forever, and they could. There was no escape, no fighting them. There was only one hope, and it was a long shot. Jess gulped, and hesitated. There was no way this would help. Zero percent chance. But whatever they would do to her, it was better than starving to death in this whole, right by their feet.
You do not belong in this world anymore.
Jess created a light by her shoulder. A flashlight, hovering and bobbing just slightly. There was footsteps and rummaging above her as the light tipped them off. Jess had the phone by her, and was frantically dialing. She was certain now that even if it did anything, the phone number was too strangely long, she'd never make it in time. The ceiling was destroyed above her, smashed in. Fire and brimstone poured out, but they were undeterred and wise to her tricks. They reached in and with great force began to drag her out as Jess frantically pressed buttons on the old phone. Jess had caught her feet on something to resist but now they were lifting her up. One last digit. Jess was rising up, and reached out her hand, her other arm trying to force herself from their grip. Her finger wavering, she was almost there....
It was an awful feeling, like being sucked through a straw across miles in an instant. After a short time through that ride she arrived at "The Acadamy", in some kind of large chamber full of strange and alien-looking teleportation devices. There were people all around her, although she wasn't exactly crowded. For a few moments she was disoriented. Her insides felt like they were burning. But she was too scared to be fully nauseous, and she was too desperate to be scared. She had no idea where she was.
In her few moments of disoriented panic she tried to piece together her surroundings. Technologically advanced devices, lots of people, large building. And she was brought here when she used the card, the card that said "you do not belong in this world anymore".
What an insulting thing to say to someone to like her.
It became clear very quickly. This was a trap. Those agents were the backup plan, but that card was the main lure. She called, gave away her position, and was abducted by some kind of technologically advanced cult or conspiracy or government organization. This was the belly of the beast, a torture chamber hundreds of miles below sea level where people like her were spirited away to and never heard from again. She had to act. She had to do something.
These new surroundings were very odd, but she glanced around the room looking for an exit. Behind Jess were some strange-looking machines, she couldn't tell if she could leave through those or not. In front of similar ones were other people, strangers. There was a boy in front of her, close to her age, with his hands raised for some reason. Very plain looking. He said "All of you, come with me. I'll explain everything along the way." Aha! An exit behind him, probably where this weirdo entered the room from. "If you have any questions, ask while we're walking. Oh, and, welcome to the Academy. This is the place-"
"GET AWAY FROM ME!" Jess shouted once her post-teleportation stupor had fallen away and she was focused enough to act. Storm clouds rapidly swirled and surged above her, covering the ceiling in an instant. With a ferocious bang, a lightning bolt struck her and shrouded the room in a blinding light. She made a break for it, rushing past the other teleportees in the general direction of the door she had spotted. When the light faded, Zack and the other arrivals could see Jess sprinting towards the entrance Zack had used, looking almost but not quite exactly like their greeter. His feet didn't touch the ground completely, details in his face were slightly off, his clothes didn't fold or move correctly, and the illusion gave off an "uncanny valley" feel if you looked at him too long. But it was close. Hopefully close enough to distract them.