My five year old Rachel and I are
walking around this big city at night. I drag out my cell phone
from my hooded jacket and use speed dial to phone an old friend,
It was Kev', but there was some fear
in his voice
" Hey, Kev, it's me, Katie,
" Oh, Katie.. hi... What's
" Well, I am in town and need a
place to crash for the night.."
" I'm not in town right now,
Katie... I am um... visiting friends...." He seem nervous, but I
was too tired to get into all his problems.
" Oh... I see... well, Rachel and I
are exhausted and sure need a place for the night..."
" Well, Um.. I guess you two could
spend one night in my apartment... one night, right?"
" Oh yes, oh thank you, Kev" I felt
the stress leave my body for the first time in weeks.
" You know where I keep the extra
" Yep, I remember... And thanks
again.. really, you're the best!"
" Not a problem, Katie... Stay
" You too"
Rachel and I entered the dark
stairwell that we followed up to the third floor and into a dimly
lit hallway. The building was old and the carpets smelled of
cigarettes and cat urine. We made our way to the studio apartment
and giving Rachel a boost up, she was able to feel for the key up
on a ledge over the doorway.
Looking around inside, there was a
few sticks of furniture an older 1950's fridge with some mold and
what looked like eggs in a jar.
We went straight for the bed that
was tucked away in the corner of the room... A full sized bed
that had dingy white sheets and a tan bedspread. We laid on the
bed horizontally... We were just so tired. We wrapped the sheet
and blanket about up, Rachel curled up in front of me, we fell
Not sure how long we had been
asleep, when we heard the studio apartment door open and heard
the voices of three men.
I was trying to assimilate what I
was hearing. One man was on control over and telling one man that
he had fucked up royally. The man who was obviously with the man
in control was standing by the door keeping watch.
There were a lot of things said, but
my mind racing, trying to find a way to become invisible at this
point. I touched Rachel face and found that her eyes were open
but she lay quietly.
Next thing we heard, was a gun shot.
We were startled and jerked. I tried to calm my heart and laid a
finger to Rachel's face, letting her know she needed to be very
quiet, very still... I had to figure out what to do... We were
trapped . The man in control sat on the end of the bed for a
minute, then laid back. He was so close to touching my back. If
he had stretched out his arms, he would have felt me
" I smell a woman in here... Why do
I smell a woman?" He said out loud to no one in
The man standing by the door,
whispered " Man, it's time to go... Let's get out of here"
The man on the bed sat up slowly
then got up and both walked out of the apartment and shut the
door, leaving a man dead in an old green over stuffed chair. We
no longer heard gurgling sounds coming from this throat.
Visibly shaking, Rachel and I stood
by the door, listening before we opened the door. It was eerily
I wasn't sure if I would be able to walk. My legs were shaky and
weak. I picked Rachel up in my arms and carefully walked out into
the hallway.. We walked down the first flight of stairs ever so
slowly, listening for any sounds. BY the second landing, I was
sweating and felt sick to my stomach. I held Rachel's head to my
chest, letting her know everything was going to be OK. We were
very quiet, as if our lives depended upon it...
We were now on the ground floor and
the light was dim and I thought I saw a shadow... I stood there
waiting..... Nothing, so I proceeded towards the door. I glanced
around and saw a man with long burnt orange hair and eyes that
seem to glow in the dim light.
" Hey you there!" He yelled.
My heart skipped a few beats... It
was him... The man in the apartment.....
I broke out into a sweat and ran to
the door and pulled the now very heavy door, open.
The night air was cold as I ran with
Rachel in my arms down the sidewalk , looking for a place to
I put Rachel down after a block,
thinking maybe we had lost them. I was out of breath and needed
to rest. I looked in a few cars parked along the road and found
one with keys in the ignition, I grabbed Rachel and buckled her
in, in the back seat. My arms were so sore from carrying her. I
got in, turned the key and that's when I saw the two men... I
took off as they were about to open the car door.
I drove and drove. The clock in the
car said it was 2 am. I panicked every time I car headlights
behind me. I was no longer tired, my body was filled with
adrenaline . I knew what I had to do.
I found a Monastery and quickly
turned off my headlights. Rachel was asleep. I was so glad she
was able to sleep after all that had happen. I carried her to the
door and rang the bell.
It was now 2:30 am. I knew I might
be waiting at the door for quite some time. I rang the bell again
and within ten minutes, ten precious minutes, a man dressed in a
dark brown robe opened the door.
" I need your help... Please! Some
men are chasing us because we witnessed a crime. I need a place
for Rachel to stay, if only for a day or two, pleaeese!" I said
before he could even say anything to me.
" Come child" His voice was calm and
reassuring. He looked to be around 65 years of age. He had a
small but very kind smile on his face and I felt safe within the
sanctuary of the church. He held an old lantern in his hand, and
I followed him to a room down a long corridor and into a small
room with a twin size bed . The room was void of any other
furniture. The room had an Old people's smell to it, but it was
better than cat urine.
I tucked Rachel in bed and kissed
her forehead and promised I would return. Rachel looked over at
me and said " Mommy, don't be too long Okay?"
" I promise, baby, I promise.. I
will be right back. I just want to make sure you are
The elderly man gave me some bread
and some water and I was on my way...
I drove back to the main road and
drove slowly this time, making sure the two men could find
I drove ten miles down the road, not
seeing another car on the road. Then suddenly, in my rear view
mirror, I see headlights on high beam... I knew it had to be
them... I drove a bit faster to see if they would try and keep
up, sure enough, they were up for a game of cat and mouse.
The man in control was in the
passenger seat I could see him clearly from the bright
His face was twisted with anger and
I knew he would not give up until one of us was dead..
They drove up next to the car I was
in keeping the speed.... I was keeping..... I could see a curve
in the road up ahead and bumped their car over. The man in
control fell back into the car. He had a rifle hanging out the
window and was ready to shoot before I bumped their car off the
There they were again... It didn't
take them long to catch up with me... Shots were fired but I
accelerated then slowed down, trying to dodge the bullets.
I saw an opportunity at the next
turn... A cliff on the left hand side of the road... This would
be my only chance to take these two guys out forever.
Shots were fired, my car jumped the
lane and crashed into their car, sending them off the
Blood was everywhere... An
explosion. I knew the two men had gone to hell.
I saw the doors to the monastery
open... I walked inside.. So many bodies lay on the ground in
pools of blood. I looked everywhere for Rachel but could not find
her... Tripping over the bodies, I was frantic to find Rachel...
" RACHEL..... RACHEL, Please answer me, RACHEL....."
I felt a hand in my hand. I looked
down,, and there was my Rachel smiling up at me. " You came back
" Yes honey, I told you I would "
Smiling back at her, we disappeared from the face of the