Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Episode 31 - Don't come a knockin' when the UPS van.....

The last time we saw Vicky, she was just leaving on a date with her handsome UPS driver, John. Unbeknownst to them, they had been followed from Vicky’s house as they had left for their date.

However, the date had progressed without incident. Vicky recalled it fondly as she waited for John to show up with her latest shipment from SU! He had been restored to his old route, so Vicky saw him as often as she ordered.

John had taken Vicky fishing, something that she frankly had not enjoyed much…she was not a person who could sit in a boat for long periods of time. Vicky remembered that her mother had been the same way and had told Vicky that most of the fights she had had with Vicky’s dad had been over when it was time to stop fishing and go back to the dock!

But for Vicky, just being with John had been so exhilarating that she didn’t really mind just this once. Hopefully, they could do something more to her taste the next time. Even if the date was not to her taste, the kiss they had shared after John took her to her front door certainly had been! Vicky gazed out the window mistily, not really seeing what was before her. When John came with her order, she would suggest going to the movies or maybe bowling if he enjoyed that.

Suddenly Vicky jumped…she had heard what sounded like a UPS truck outside! But when she ran to the door and flung it open, it turned out to be a school bus dropping the neighbors’ six-year-old child, Emily, off from school.

Vicky waved at Emily, sighed, closed the door, and turned back to the task at hand: trying to decide how many catalogs to order for the new catalog year. Last year she had gotten five boxes and she had regretted buying so many…with her two clubs, the eight she like to have on hand for workshops, plus some to sell…that should make four boxes. Vicky opened her laptop and prepared to sign-on to the SU! site to enter her catalog pre-order, but a noise from outside brought her quickly to her feet and to the door again.

It was John! He pulled his truck to a stop and grinned at her before disappearing into the back to get her package. Vicky smiled; she had a great idea! Quickly, she ran down her front steps, waved to Emily who was now playing outside, and quietly climbed the steps into the truck. She stepped into the back and quickly put her hands over John’s eyes as he bent over her package, crying “Guess who!!”

John grabbed her hands and turned within her arms. Laughing, he said, “I’ve got you now!! You’ll see how I treat women who ambush me in my truck!” John bent his head down to her warm lips...but before his lips touched hers they were both startled by the slamming of the door to the cab of the truck! John leapt for the door and tried to tug it open, but his efforts were in vain. They both heard the truck start up and were thrown off balance as the truck pulled away from the curb. Vicky and John sprawled together over the SU! box, which, Vicky noted rather abstractly, held up amazingly well under both their weights…maybe SU! had gotten a new box supplier? The boxes she had been receiving in recent shipments would never have stood up to this treatment!

Vicky caught her breath and sat up. “What’s going on? Is it locked?” she panted.

“I don’t know!” said John, “This door locks, but the latch should open it; whoever did this must have managed to jam it shut!”

Vicky clung to John, “I don’t understand…who would do this? What do they want?”

Did Emily see Vicky and John being kidnapped? Will she tell her mom and have her call 911? Did she see who did it? Can she pick them out of a police line-up? Who DID do this? And what DO they want? Gosh…I don’t know either! Whoever it was, you certainly won’t find out now…you’re gonna have to wait until the next episode of….the Tearing Edge!

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