10 Days of Heat: STORY 3: New York (Day 10)
(It’s Day 10 of the challenge! Thanks to all who took part and hope to see you in January for the 20 Days of Chill in January!)
Is Reggie’s fight over?
Will he see his wife again?
Will he ever figure out what this was all about?
Sure, he knew what life was going to be like when he took a secret covert position. It paid well. It allowed him and his family to have nice things. And he knew there was risk.
Was the risk worth the reward?
Now, his daughter was with him. He hadn’t seen his daughter in years. They didn’t see eye to eye on a mistake Reggie had long admitted. Instead, she blocked it out.
Now she was dragged into this mess.
And there was nothing he could do. They were on their way to New York from Alaska. He had spent many years in New York. He knew the city well. But this worldwide chase doesn’t make sense. Why has he been going all over the world just to get jumped and pushed into different situations where his life and others were in jeopardy.
He couldn’t sleep on the plane, just staring out the window into the dark night. His daughter was asleep next to him, her innocence being tested by something he apparently had done.
What could he do?
The plane landed in New York as the sun was starting to crest the skyline. A new day was starting and the city was going to be full of hustle and bustle and millions of people going about their daily business – with no idea what was happening in Reggie’s odd world.
Kaylee was up, now clutching to her backpack. She had no idea how this was going to end.
Neither did Reggie.
As soon as they got off the plane, they walked out of the terminal and a person was standing next to a limo – and they held a sign that said “Reggie and Kaylee.”
Reggie was apprehensive as he walked up the gentleman, who was wearing a drivers outfit, including sunglasses and a cap.
Reggie looked him over before saying anything.
“Who are you?” he asked with a stern tone.
“Sir, I have been sent here to pick you up,” the driver said.
“By who?” Reggie responded.
“I work for Export Limo Service – I don’t know that information,” he said. “My company told me to come here to pick Reggie and Kaylee up. That’s all I know. “
“And where are you to take us?” Reggie asked.
“Central Park,” the driver said.
Reggie looked around, and looked over this driver. The driver didn’t look intimidating or anything of the sort, but in Reggie’s world, one could never be too careful. So Reggie slowly slid in, with Kaylee right behind him. That allowed Reggie to be right behind the driver, where he could react if necessary.
It seemed like the trip took longer than it should have, but they were soon being dropped off at Central Park. The driver said almost nothing on the trip.
As the sun started to bask over the city and Central Park, Reggie stood watching people going by. Central Park was always a wonderful place to visit. The people were always running around and there were miles and miles of paths to walk and even find some serenity.
Not today, though.
And that’s when everything happened. Standing on the outside of the main entrance, everything happened fast. A runner came by, knocking into Reggie and the two fell to the ground. He pointed across the street, just in time for Reggie and Kaylee to turn and see Reggie’s wife and Kaylee’s mother in the back of a car – she had tape over her mouth and fear in her eyes as the car, with no license plate, took off down the street.
Reggie stood and started to run, but he had no chance. Meanwhile, the runner, who had watched it all unfold, stood and started to run the opposite way. Kaylee, however, saw this and tackled him to the ground and the two rolled into a secluded area where people wouldn’t be seeing. She put her hand over his mouth as Reggie came running back.
“If you even make a sound, it will end for you within a second,” Reggie said to the runner, who stared at Reggie with a scared look.
“The next five minutes will determine the direction for the rest of your life,” Reggie said.
Kaylee stood and looked around to make sure nobody was around and then kicked the runner in the gut.
Reggie looked up at her with bewilderment, and a little bit of amazement.
“Now it’s time that he starts talking,” she said.
The sun was growing brighter. The city was full of life. And somewhere, Reggie’s wife was being taken away. She was still alive, though. And that was all he needed to know to keep pushing forward.
But first, it was time to see what the runner knew. He just had to find a way to get the runner to a secluded place where he could get the information he needed.
(You didn’t really think it would end here, did you? It’s close, though! My goal was to end this during the 20 Days of Chill – one year after I started! So I hope you will all come back for that in January. I will announce information and themes in November/December!)
This is part of the 10 Days of Heat writing challenge! There’s still time to join up with us. Do as many themes as you want! The challenge runs every Tuesday and Thursday through the month of August 2017. For a list of themes, check out the announcement post and join us!
Side note: I have not been around seeing all the blog posts of others in this challenge. It ends this week and I am hoping some things slow down for me. I promise I will be visiting/reading/commenting on every single post from this challenge!