Elizabeth

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic


Elizabeth

The Harrison family recently relocated from the bustle of the city to a small picturesque community in New York State.Their two children were comfortably adapting to their new rural environment.Their son, Jackson, would race by the quaint houses on his polished electric blue Schwinn bicycle.His sister, Julia, proudly followed her older brother around the neighborhood.

Kennedy, New York, was family-oriented town nestled in the woods. The Harrisons settled in a house next door to the Wilsons a family with four energetic boys.Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were teachers and active in community events.  Across from the Harrisons, the Cutlers had three children.  Mrs. Cutler was a dedicated stay at home mother.The Abbotts were a young couple living two doors down from the Harrisons.  The town was currently sharing in the same excitement as they were experiencing.  They were expecting their first child in September.

During the summer, a trail of neighborhood children could be seen coming and going for play dates with Harrisons’ children.

My brother Andrew was six years older than I and at the age of seventeen was well passed the play date phase.However, my summer days were filled new found friends and joy.The days were brimming with tree climbing, fishing in the nearby lake, hiking in the tree thickened woods, and exploring the rural territory.

The Harrisons quickly fit in to this quiet casual neighborhood.They were an average American family.Or so we thought.

The summer days wound down.  The earth prepared for the cold of winter.  Jackson and Julia went to stay with their grandparents.With the beginning of the school year, it seemed a peculiar time for such a disruption in family life.  I grew to miss my new found friends but held to the summer memories.

Along with the change in seasons, the Harrisons behaviors grew evermore peculiar.

The gossip exploding in the town was that the Harrisons loved to travel.  First, Mrs. Harrison left town quickly after the start of September.It was rumored that she had family business in New York City after her children left visit grandparents.Mr. Harrison’s career took him into New York City throughout the year to meet with business partners.  He was none the less always secretive to the specifics of his work. The circle of conversation revealed Mr. and Mrs. Harrison rendezvoused at the Grand Central Terminal to travel with another couple.

The talk of the Harrisons’ subsided only to be replaced with a shadow of darkness upon the community.Would the neighborhood ever escape the heartbreak?Would our community reclaim the quaint, idyllic feel it once experienced before the Abbotts’ new baby, Elizabeth, was discovered missing?The ache in the hearts of neighbors grew heavier with every passing day.

September of 1955 my dreams turned into nightmares.The only relief was awakening by the night breezes bristling through an open window.  The newspaper told the story of the child abduction of Elizabeth Abbott in Kennedy, New York.

 

By:

Christine Van Horn


Submitted: May 07, 2020

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