Crossroads 95th Day 04-05

by Administrator 5. April 2011 03:17

Jim was all alone in the basement. He needed a good plan. “Think, think! “he forced himself to stay calm, looking for an idea….He was afraid to let them know where he hid the data. It was his only bargaining leverage…without it they may hurt not only him but also Marie. He saw their faces…what are their plans..? …will they let him go after delivery of the computer data? Jim didn’t care about his wellbeing but Marie, was a different story. He didn’t put it in a safe place…just medicine cabinet…can they find it? He needs to act fast. Jim decided to look around …

The bare content of the basement was not promising…He moved toward the right corner…there were few plastic boxes placed one on the top of the other.  Jim looked into the first one...Nothing interesting…the banners, wrapping papers and other supplies related to the birthday party…nothing sharp or heavy… The second box contained bicycle helmets and padding…and the largest one on the bottom… paint ,few rollers, brushes and…cleaning solution….Jim opened the small bottle and smelled it…yes…this may be helpful…he put other boxes in the same order and went to sit on the floor, holding the chemical behind him . He didn’t have a clear plan…but he knew he has to try something…” Can I get something to drink? “He shouted “I am really thirsty!!” he repeated loudly… There was no response but in few minutes he heard the opening of the lock and doors opened wide, revealing the silhouette of a tall man.

 “Stay back “the man exclaimed and started stepping downstairs… Jim watched him intensely …man was holding a gun in his left hand and few bottles of water in the other… “Thank you “Jim said in a polite tone of the voice. Man passed Jim on the right side, looking around the basement…Jim…with one hand in the back, put the bottle of a cleaning solution underneath his shirt…The basement was dark…Jim was hoping it was hard to see …especially after coming from upstairs…well lighted area.  “Here”man threw the bottles with water toward Jim …” I am really thirsty…” Jim exclaimed opening one of them and taking a sip. “It’s not a hotel…you know…”the man was looking at him very displeased. “ Yes…I understand “Jim nodded his head and looked at the floor.  He put the bottle behind his belt…hoping it will stay like that…”listen, I also need to use bathroom…sorry…” The tall man gave Jim a very long look and then said “get up…its upstairs…” Jim got up very carefully aware of every movement…slouched over , taking on tired and passive demeanor. The man was standing to the left of him…Jim took an already open bottle of the chemical and at the same time as he was passing him…turned around and splashed the content into his eyes and face. The other man swearing at him was…holding his eyes and dropped the gun. Jim kicked the gun away from them, glanced at the man trying to clean his eyes with a shirt and started running upstairs.

He didn’t have much time …if the other guy was still in the house…Jim had only few seconds. He reached the top of the stairs in few jumps, shot and locked the door behind him…hearing other’s man desperate attempts to climb upstairs. Jim looked around the room…it was empty… he noticed the small metal lamp on the side table...grabbed it and took an aim with that ….kept on moving ...looking for the exit.  There was a door to the left of him…Jim sprinted toward it…knocking over a chair …he was about to open it when he heard noise ….” Stop right now” the voice exclaimed. Jim turned around …The man with icy eyes was looking at him and pointing a gun in his direction.  “Move back...now…” he said without any visible emotions. Jim had no other choice but to obey…He started moving toward the man. “Drop it…now” the man pointed at the lamp.  Jim opened his hand and let the lamp drop to the floor….The sound of a breaking glass …vibrated throughout the room. “Karl where are you?” man shouted not taking his eyes of Jim. There was a noise on the other side of the basement door. Man walked toward the Jim, pointing a gun, then step behind him and …delivered the blow ….Jim collapsed….

Jim’s head was hurting…he moaned with pain…” Daddy are you all right?” he heard the voice of Marie…he must be hallucinating…”Please wake up…” voice repeated. Jim opened his eyes …just to see Marie kneeling down, next to him…with her face covered with tears…” Marie …what are you doing here? Am I dreaming?” he asked in disbelief. “No …it’s not a dream …dad…we are locked here…” she proclaimed sadly. “ I was so scared when I found you on the floor…I thought …you were…you were…” Marie started crying. “I am all right…just got hit on the head…twice….They didn’t hurt you…did they?!!”  He asked….” No! He didn’t…what they? There was only one guy…” she explained. The tall, well build or the older one with wicked eyes…?” Jim asked. “The one who was going to give me a ride to the police station…and then kidnapped me…with icy eyes…” Marie stated. “Police station?” Jim raised his eyebrows. “It’s a long story’ she sighted heavily. “ First this guy broke into our house, then he attacked me…Nathan shot him…and then…I found the Flash drive…and…Nathan said he will take it to the police…but he lied…he is one of them…” she finished and looked at her father. “Nathan …? One of them…How is it possible…you and Nathan…Are you sure?” he asked. “Positive…I heard him lie on the phone…pretending to take it to the police…instead taking it to someone else…I think …he said Hammersmith …” she was looking sad. “Mr. Hammersmith….is my boss… sorts of…he is president  of the entire corporation…you sure it was Hammersmith..?” Jim asked with a puzzled look.  Marie was focusing on her dad’ face….” Hammersmith is your boss…That means Nathan is innocent”…she whispered with hope…”he is not one of them…” Dad what is going on…I don’t understand….she exclaimed. The door to the upstairs opened wide…and the voice announced “Both of you …walk upstairs…no more tricks…had enough …I will be shooting to kill…no more games” ….

 

 

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The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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