10 Days of Heat: STORY 2: Anchorage, Alaska (Day 6)
The plane landed in Tokyo and Reggie and Kaylee soon got off the plane. They had no idea what to do at this point.
Their phones were dead.
Their bodies were drained.
The raw emotion running through each of them was at an end. It had been days and days. For Reggie, there were days or more that ran together. It could have been weeks. It could have been months. He didn’t know. Thousands and thousands of miles in airplanes and vehicles added up very fast. He’d been jumped and threatened and sent on a wild goose chase.
And now, next to him, was his estranged daughter – one he hadn’t spoken to in more than six or seven years.
Yet, he still had no idea what was going on.
He and his daughter walked out, the sun shining and the fast lifestyle of Tokyo was moving right along. It was just another day.
But Reggie … his fight was leaving.
“Kaylee … I just can’t … “ his voice started fading away.
Kaylee realized something was wrong and reacted quickly as her father started to fall.
Hours later, Reggie woke up in what seemed like a hospital room. An American doctor stood next to him, talking to his daughter. He could see wires and tubes hooked up to him. He looked around as the doctor looked down.
“Ahh, Reggie, welcome back.”
Kaylee looked on, a bit of concern on her face.
“It seems you were so exhausted it finally caught you,” the doctor said. “You passed out and we got you here as fast as we could so we could get you back to where your body needs to be. We are getting you hydrated and helping you get some rest.
Reggie started to protest … but his daughter put her hand on his chest to hold him still.
“Don’t worry, Dad. We will still figure everything out. Just breathe and relax.”
Reggie stared at the ceiling and his eyelids felt like weights. He soon couldn’t keep them open any longer.
Reggie woke up a bit later, feeling refreshed. It might have been longer than a few hours, but the tubes and wires were disconnected. His clothes were on the nearby chair and his daughter was snoozing in the corner. He quietly closed the blind and quickly got dressed and as he pulled the blind back, his daughter was waking up.
“I don’t know what to do,” Reggie said.
His daughter reached into her bag and handed him an envelope.
“This was on your bed and I didn’t know what it was,” she said.
He quickly opened it and found two tickets to Anchorage, Alaska. He got a confused look on his face. This, took a new direction of this mystery.
Anchorage is where he met his wife.
It had been nearly 20 years since he had been in Anchorage. The memories there were mixed. Some good. Some bad. But he was refreshed. He needed to find out what was going on.
Then he saw a note in the envelope.
“Reggie, your time is running out. You know what we want. Have it with you. If you do not start complying with us, your wife will never be found. Ever.”
Anchorage it was.
They left the hospital and hailed a taxi. In the back of Reggie’s mind, he hoped this was going to end soon.
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