Before we fly to Tokyo, in case you weren’t around during the January challenge … you might want to catch up on how Reggie got to this point.
- Philadelphia: https://hoohaa.com/?p=12117
- San Francisco: https://hoohaa.com/?p=12148
- Zurich, Switzerland: https://hoohaa.com/?p=12185
- Sydney, Australia: https://hoohaa.com/?p=12218
OK, with that out of the way, let’s pick back up where we left off … in Sydney.
Reggie had just met with his long-lost daughter and was sobbing into her shoulder about his situation and the kidnapping of his wife and Kaylee’s mother.
He ended up in Sydney not just to follow the trail of where his wife was being held, but also with the hope that his daughter could help.
It had been seven years, after all.
In that time, his wife had forgiven him. They had gone through counseling. They were making things better. Still. Kaylee wasn’t over it. To her, the betrayal was too much. Reggie was the perfect daddy. He treated her like a princess. He showed her so much. And her parents were the ultimate couple.
Or so she believed.
Then he cheated. Kaylee found out through some letters she came across. She couldn’t believe it. Reggie didn’t just cheat on her mother — he cheated on the family and on Kaylee, too. She couldn’t forget and didn’t know if she’d ever be able to forgive.
And here he was … in front of her.
Seven years later and she couldn’t believe what was going on. Why did she have to forgo her world … her new life, for this? But it was her parents. And even if there were issues, they were still her parents. And she needed to help if she could.
Kaylee reached out and took the papers Reggie had in his hand and started studying them. She was a chip off the old block, so to speak, as she had inherited her father’s sense of investigation. Many thought she would follow in her father’s footsteps, but she had higher aspirations and didn’t ever want to be in a situation where she couldn’t get out of something. It was too dangerous for her.
But now, there was more at stake.
As Reggie tried to regain his composure, Kaylee had an odd look on her face.
“Dad… why are you in Sydney?”
“That’s what the details said for me to do …” he said, his voice trailing off.
“I think you may need new glasses,” Kaylee said. “This says you need to go to the Tokyo Dome. That’s not in Sydney … that’s in Japan.”
Reggie grabbed the papers and studied them. He knew it had once said Sydney, Australia. He remembers specifically reading it and knowing he had to contact Kaylee. But how did this change? What happened?
“I know this said Australia,” he said as he stared at the paper.
“It doesn’t matter what it said or what you think it said,” Kaylee said. “We don’t have time. We need to get to Tokyo as fast as possible.”
She grabbed his hand and pulled at him, much like she used to do when she was a kid. Reggie stopped for a moment and smiled — the first time he had done so in quite a while — as he daydreamed back to the days long gone.
“Dad … let’s go,” Kaylee said, her voice getting louder.
Reggie snapped back to reality, knowing his daughter was right. They then started off together in search of his wife … her mother … and to maybe make their family whole once again. They knew they were going against the clock, though. Will they find the person who can heal their family? Or will they fail against the clock … and thus destroy everything near and dear to both of them?
The two raced back to find a flight to get them to Tokyo as fast as possible … and to see if they can figure out the mystery.
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