Archie awoke, and instinctively moved to run a hand through his hair. But, his hand was stopped by something, and suddenly he was wide awake, eyes flying open. Not that it did much good; the room was almost pitch dark.
The events of earlier suddenly came rushing back to him, being captured by not-Regina, because he knew now by the way Pongo had reacted that it certainly hadn’t been the Mayor. As for who it was, however, he had no idea. All he knew was that he really should have listened to his dog when he had the chance.
But, perhaps he could figure out more. He was sitting on what felt like a wooden floor, and his hands were restricted by … rope. He could tell after feeling the coarse texture. Of course it was rope; if it had been chains he would have been able to pick his way out, using the skills his parents had taught him that he hadn’t used in ages. But, apparently he wasn’t that lucky. Suddenly, he noticed the odd swaying motion; he must be on a ship. He was also gagged, probably so he couldn’t call for help, meaning that he might be relatively close to the shore. Unless he was just gagged so his captor wouldn’t be annoyed by him yelling to be let go … or screaming out in pain. He felt some of the blood drain from his face at the thought, but torture was a distinct possibility. One he needed to be prepared for.
He didn’t even know why he’d been captured; something he’d need to ascertain quickly. Most likely, his captor wanted information, because that was the only reason he’d still be alive. Unless he was a hostage, but out of all the people in Storybrooke, he was probably one of the least likely to be captured for such a reason. So, it was information he (she? They?) were after, and Archie was determined not to give anything away. He could outlast the torture until someone came to rescue him; surely they’d know he was missing by now, or soon at least.
Suddenly, he heard footsteps above him. His captor was coming, and Archie would know a little more of what he was dealing with. The hatch opened, and he squinted from the sudden light, trying to get a good look at the person he’d be trying to outsmart.