Sunday, December 25, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 25

December 25- 7:30 AM

            The constant beeping was the first thing that Caleb noticed when he came back to consciousness. He must have been on one heck of a pain killer because he couldn’t feel any pain in his stomach. He cracked his eyes open and was instantly blinded by the light that flooded behind his eyelids.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 24

            “So basically what I’m saying is that I didn’t know if you were saved and I didn’t figure that you would here too much evangelization where those people were taking you,” Caleb finished. “I guess I did it so that you would have another chance to receive Christ since, you know, I don’t want to see you die and go to hell.”

Friday, December 23, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 23

The two teenagers walked down the sidewalk sometimes walking through the snow where it had not yet been shoveled. Kristy slipped on an icy patch and grabbed onto Caleb to keep from falling down. Their eyes met and she quickly let go. How embarrassing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 22

December 24- 3:30 PM

            All of the Christmas preparations were finished, and Caleb had finished his book. He had spent the last half hour looking for things to do, but literally everything was done. Maybe it was time to go see if Kristy was doing okay. He hadn’t seen her since she was kidnapped, and his father had said something about her wanting to talk to him. Heck, what could it hurt. Caleb grabbed his coat and stepped out of the front door.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 21

December 23- 10:00 AM

            The last of the decorations were finally in place, and Caleb stood back to admire them. Another year of decorating was finally done, and this time he had two days to spare. Well, now it was time to stash the boxes back in the attic so that he could pull them back out in a week or two and stuff all of the garlands and such back into them. That was the cycle of his life, a good cycle to be back into now that all of the upheaval surrounding the kidnappings was finally done with.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 20

            To say that the man was not happy would have been an understatement to say the least. He was used to being crossed every once in a while, but not like this. Not when his own men were involved. He had lost four of his own in this one.

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 19

            Kristy pulled the blanket that the paramedics had given her tighter around her shoulders and hunched her shoulders against the cold. She just wanted to go home, but she knew that the police would want to talk to her about what had happened. The last thing that they needed was to think that one of their rescued hostages had been kidnapped again.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 18

            Mr. Henry strapped on his bullet-proof vest, slid a side arm into the holster on the back of his belt, and slung the shoulder strap of his assault rifle over his head. He would be leading the assault team in the front door, if that became necessary, while one of the officers in his unit would lead a squad in the back door. The perimeter was now fully set, and the trap was just about ready to be sprung. Mr. Henry reached for his radio and was just about to give the signal to move in when the lights in the house came on. Had something alerted the people inside? He didn’t know, but it didn’t change anything in the plan. Quickly he made sure that the squad in the rear of the house was ready, then motioned for his team to advance. Part of the unit moved silently up onto the front porch of the house and took up positions around the door while the other part moved into the garage and set up around the door located there.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 17

            Kristy return to consciousness was not fast this time. As she woke up in stages, she gradually became aware of her surroundings. Wherever she was being held was dark, and it took her eyes several minutes to adjust to the lack of light. Her body was slower to function than her eyes, so as she tried to see in the dark, she forced her body to move. The first thing that she noticed was the conspicuous absence of any restraints on her whatsoever. The second thing was that there was a sound of quiet sobbing coming from about five or six feet away.

Friday, December 16, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 16

December 22- 3:30 AM

            “So, this is the house,” Mr. Henry said as he stared at the single story dwelling sitting by itself at the end of a cul-de-sac. “Doesn’t look like much, though I suppose that’s what makes it such a perfect cover.”
            “It’s the house,” Caleb assured his father. “That car in the driveway is the same one that was at the gas station. I thought that it was familiar because I see it just about every day, driving into and out of our subdivision.”
            “And who do you say these people are?” Mr. Henry asked.
            “Mr. and Mrs. Young,” Caleb answered. “At least that’s who they are if you trust their word at all, which I don’t really at this point in time.”
            “Well, I don’t much care what their names are as long as we can take them down and make this kidnapping stuff stick in a court of law,” Mr. Henry said. “If it happens like I want it to, they’ll be looking at the inside of a cell for the rest of their natural lives.” After a moment, he looked at his watch. “The rest of the units should be arriving soon. Let’s get back home; the recon unit will make sure that they don’t leave the house.”

Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 15

            Caleb got out of the car and headed inside. The intense throbbing in his head had subsided a while ago, but a dull, persistent pain had replaced it. This pain was part of the reason that he hadn’t been able to be more help to his father. No matter how much he tried, he couldn’t think through the incessant ache. Which was why he was going to bed right now. The sooner he got to sleep, the sooner he would feel better, and the sooner he would be able to remember something that his father could use. Finally the people who had kidnapped Kristy would be caught and prosecuted.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 14

            The car bounced to a stop and Kristy coiled up, ready to make a break for it as soon as she had a chance. Despite Kristy’s attempts to wake her, Emily was still unconscious. She had already made the decision to leave her behind; the best way to help her now was to escape and bring help. The car doors slammed, and Kristy could hear voices, but they were moving away from her. Drat. They were going to leave them in the car, at least for a while.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 13

            Caleb’s dad was back in the office, exactly where he would expect to be after yet another kidnapping. His unit was still at the scene of the crime, trying futilely to find clues as to who had done it or where they might have taken their prisoners. Once again, Mr. Henry found himself at the station grilling the witnesses for details. The only difference was that this time, the witness was his own son. The gas station attendant had been less than helpful since he had been in the back of the store when the abduction occurred, but here was the gold mine of information: Caleb. Or Mr. Henry could only hope. The doctor had said that he was not seriously injured, but he didn’t know what the blow might have done to his memory. With any luck, his testimony would still be more helpful than those of previous witnesses.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 12

            People were talking to Caleb, but he couldn’t tell what they were saying. He felt hands touching him, but his mind couldn’t make sense of what was happening. The first two sensations that he registered were the uncomfortable texture of gravel underneath his body and the throbbing in his head. Slowly he opened his eyes and tried to look around. The light blinded him, making his head feel even worse. His vision flashed bright white momentarily, then the world came back into focus.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 11

            Mr. Henry sat at his desk and flipped coins from his fist into a container on his desk. It was something that he did when he was thinking, especially when he had hit a wall. The clink of coins on each other had been known to break him from a mental stalemate, but today it was doing nothing for him. Probably because he had nothing to work with, he thought angrily. With no information, it was hard for it to lead him anywhere. He flipped his last coin, gathered them again, and for the millionth time began to muddle through what he knew.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 10

            Kristy wasn’t sure what was happening. One moment she was sitting in the passenger seat of Emily’s car when she heard her door open. Instantly the world went black as a bag was shoved down over her head. She tried to scream, but a hand was clamped over her face preventing any sound from escaping.

Friday, December 09, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 9

            Caleb handed his money to the cashier and turned to look out the window at the other car filling up at the pump. The girl pumping the gas was talking to a man. He gave a wave a turned to walk away. Caleb turned away from the window to take his change from the cashier, and when he turned back around a black van was pulling out of the lot. It could have been his mind playing tricks on him, but he could have sworn that it was the same van that he had seen last night.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 8

            Kristy was still in front of the mirror when the doorbell rang. Kristy glanced at the clock; was it 10:30 already? No, if that was Emily, she was five minutes early. Kristy grabbed her purse and moved quickly out of the bedroom and down the stairs. Sure enough, Emily was standing in the foyer, waiting on her friend. The girls exchanged greetings.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 7

            Caleb was back at the decorating, this time inside the house. Twelve boxes of various decorations were stacked before him in the dining room. He stood, staring at them, putting off the inevitable. Eventually he was going to have to start putting up the decorations, or they would stay in their boxes. With a sigh he opened the first box and began to take out the wreaths that were stored inside. It wasn’t that he didn’t like to decorate, it was just that he found slightly sad even after all of these years.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 6

            Mr. Henry looked up to see his son, Jacob, stagger down the stairs. He grunted a hello, then turned back to his paper. He was too distracted right now for a conversation; he just didn’t have the time. The front page story today was another kidnapping, the third in a month. All of the kidnapees were girls, all between the ages of twelve and twenty-five. This rash of crime had all of the marks of human trafficking, which meant that it was Mr. Henry’s problem.

Monday, December 05, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 5

December 21

            It was now only four days until Christmas, but Kristy wasn’t thinking about the holiday. The most important to her mind at the moment was the Christmas party that was only a few hours away. For the thousandth time she looked at herself in the mirror and twisted this way and that, trying, it seemed, to find something wrong with her outfit that she could fix. As it had for the last thirty minutes, imperfection evaded her sight, and she thought again how good she looked.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 4

            Caleb never had trouble sleeping, yet here he was at 2 o’clock in the morning tossing and turning in his bed. It was like he had been on Christmas Eve when he was still a child, except he wasn’t a child anymore and it was still five days until Christmas. Also, instead of a feeling of happiness, there was a terrible feeling in the pit of his stomach, almost as if something terrible was about to happen.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 3

Kristy stepped into her house and was immediately assaulted by the smell of freshly baked cookies. The sound of a vacuum cleaner running upstairs told her that mom was cleaning the house. Not your run-of-the-mill regular cleaning but only-before-Christmas-move-everything-and-clean-every-nook-and-cranny cleaning. Kristy hung her coat in the front hall closet and stepped out of the foyer into the living room.

Friday, December 02, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 2

Caleb Henry glanced up as Kristy Brown shut the door of her house. He knew that he didn’t have a chance with her; heck, she probably didn’t even know he existed much less what his name was. But he couldn’t help himself. Ever since second grade, he had had a crush on Kristy Brown, and that had only strengthened over the past eight years. Yes, he knew that it was pathetic that a sixteen year old like him was still clinging to this crush, but that didn’t change anything.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

"Just Another Christmas Story" Part 1

December 20

            It was almost Christmas and Kristy Brown was happy. The weather was cold with a brisk north wind blowing and snow piled in drifts on the sides of the road, so she pulled her coat tighter around her as she splashed through puddles of melted snow on her way home. She couldn’t keep the smile off of her face as she plodded onward; tomorrow she would be going to her first Christmas party of the year!