Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Surprises! Part 4 . . . by Rebekah E.

Halfway through. Can your heart take anymore? Part 4 is here!


Part 4

Andi awoke by Troy roughly shaking her. She sat up, wishing she could rub the sleep out of her eyes. But with her hands tied behind her back, it was not possible. The clear morning air was fresh, and a fog covered the hillside. Andi shivered slightly then realized that someone had dropped a blanket over her shoulders during the night.
Troy was standing over her, an impatient frown on his face. “Well, I gave you time. What is your answer?” he said, his arms folded.
Andi gulped, her mind racing. Heavenly Father, give me wisdom. I can’t make this decision alone. Her brother in law was waiting. Suddenly, a ray of sun pierced the dark fog, and at the same time, Andi felt a ray of hope pierce her darkened mind.
“No!” she shouted, startling herself as well as Troy and Johnny. “No, I can’t deceive my family. Do anything you like, but I won’t write a letter for you. You can do your own dirty business.” Andi was so relieved that her decision was made, that she had stood strong against temptation, she smiled.
Troy’s face was a study of rage. His look was so similar to a spoilt child that didn’t get his way that Andi nearly burst out laughing. She felt so free, even though her hands were actually tied behind her back. He forced her to look into his face, his grimy hands pushing her head up. Their faces were close—so close Andi could smell his cigar and liquor filled breath, his unwashed body, and the weeks of grime building up. She nearly vomited, the smell was so revolting.
“You will pay for this!” he hissed, shoving her back onto the rock. “Your whole family will pay for this!”
Andi, for the first time that morning, felt afraid, afraid for her family, afraid for the ranch, and afraid for herself. She realized she didn’t know what her brother in law was capable of. Troy, still fuming, stomped out of the camp and left Andi alone with Johnny Wilson again.
Andi watched Johnny with careful eyes, and when he realized that she was, he came over. He didn’t do anything. He just stood there, returning Andi’s stare. It went on for a few minutes, until Andi had to blink. That broke the ice, and Johnny sat down on the ground like he had the first time they talked.
“Thank you for the blanket,” she said.
Johnny looked up, startled, from where he had been watching a beetle’s slow progress up the hill. “How did you know it was me? I thought you were asleep.”
Andi shrugged. “It was a guess. I didn’t think Troy would do something like that, and after our talk yesterday, I thought you were the most likely.”
Johnny looked hopeful. “Do you believe me then? Do you think I’m changed?” he asked eagerly.
Andi shrugged again. “Are you?”
Johnny thought. “Do you think so? Do I act different?” he asked again, more clearly.
Andi looked at him. “You act different, yes. But I don’t know whether you could actually be different or not, Johnny Wilson. You’ve been my sworn enemy, and my friends’ and family’s sworn enemy, for a long time. I can’t believe you just like that. It’s going to take time.” She paused, looking down over the valley. “My question is: Why did you kidnap me if you are so changed?” She returned her gaze to him. “Why did you help T.J. carry out his plan of blackmail?”
Johnny looked down to the ground again, his lip between his teeth. “Well, it’s kind of hard to explain,” he finally said.
Andi sighed. “Could you try?” she asked.
He thought again, his brow furrowed. “Alright,” he said at last. “I’ll try to explain myself, and how I got into this messy business. I guess it started with me arriving at the military school infuriated with you, with my father, with Peter, with all lawyers in general, and most of all, with myself. I felt like I had somehow betrayed my family, and I was ready to do anything to get it right. My father always liked Peter better; he was the ‘good kid’ of our family. I always wanted to equal him, so I tried to get Father’s attention by trouble-making. That didn’t do anything but get me in the habit of it and give my name a bad reputation. When my brother’s case came up, it was the perfect chance for me to be honored by my Father, but our plan didn’t work, and Father tried to cover it up by sending me to the military school.
“To make a very long story short, I was reading a Bible one night that a comrade had given me and realized what a sinner I was, and still am unfortunately, but also found that Jesus had given his life up for me. I had gone to church all my life, but never fully understood, and usually spent the sermon terrorizing the people in the pew in front of me. I apologized to God, and apologized to every one of my family, but I couldn’t figure out how to make you, the one person in the town I had really hurt more than physically, realize I was changed.
“When I got off the train in one of the towns, your brother in law, Troy, came up to me. Before I had time to think, he had me involved in getting you captured for a blackmail letter. He’d heard from lots of people that you didn’t like me, so he thought he knew I would be willing to help. I almost resisted, but suddenly it came to me that this was the perfect opportunity to have you hear my side of the story without your brothers or Cory or Jack breathing threats down my back.
“I helped T.J, and we got you at the perfect opportunity. It was hard to see you still mad at me, but, by trying to be nice in any way I could, I tried to communicate that I was sorry.” Johnny finished his somewhat long story with a sigh. “And here you are. I will try to get you away soon, and I hope you believe me after all this trouble I’ve gone to.”
Andi was still somewhat in shock. She tried to let her mind process this story, but she was still thinking about it when Troy came back again, and their conversation was interrupted.
            Her brother in law was still fuming, and he did not look happy. Andi swallowed a few times when he came up to her, trying to keep herself from betraying the fear in her face.
What was he going to do?


 

19 comments:

  1. Oh boy!!!! This is getting REALLY exciting!!!! I still kinda think she should have written the ransom note......great story
    Rebekah!!!
    I thought just for fun, we could put our favorite color at the end if our comment.
    Pink and brown, but I like green, blue, and purple as well

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  2. Great story! Oh what is he going to do?! My favorite is blue and purple:) we could also put our favorite animal.
    Siberian husky!:)

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  3. Oh my goodness!!! What is T.J. or Troy going to do to Andi!?

    Grey but I like Green and blue too.
    Skylar

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  4. Good idea! I have MANY favorite animals, but my ultimate favorite would probably be the Giraffe.

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  5. Awesome story! So exciting!
    Favorite color...royal blues and green. I love Siberian Huskies too! And of course, horses.

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  6. Great story! I cant wait to see how it all turns out!
    Yellow, Olive Green
    Farm animals(Horses, cows, chickens etc ;)

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  7. Ahhh!!!!!! Suspense!!!!!! :-) Great story Rebekah! I don't blame Andi for doubting Johnny, I would do that too.
    My favorite color is orange, and I like any type of horse or dog.
    ~JT

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  8. My fav. animal is.... Well a cross between a Rottweiler and a German Shepard also a Siberian Husky!!!
    By the way what is your name?
    Skylar

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  9. great job! :) its getting better every part!! :D
    Pink.
    Arabian/welsh ponies, mini nubian goats, golden retriever, border collie, & great dane dogs!! :) (I love most all animals though...)

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  10. Great job I cant even think of what he is going to do
    favorite color purple
    favorite animal horses goats dogs and chickens

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  11. How many more parts are there?? Favorite is color blue, favorite animal is horses and dogs, farm animals mostly :)

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  12. Great Job!!!!!!! This story is nail-biting!!!!
    My favorite Animal is probably ducks, chickens, and all those farm animals. :) and I have three favorite colors ;) Pink, Turquoise, and Orange. :)

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  13. Thanks again to you all!
    My fav. color: Turquoise, any other color of blue, and purple
    My fav. animal: HORSES!!!!! (any color, but especially black, with a star.)

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  14. My favorite colors are blue, and purple, any shades!
    Horses.
    And this story is SOOO interesting!

    Rishona

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  15. This is an awesome story!
    My fav. colors are pink, blue and purple.
    My fav. animals are dogs and horses:)

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  16. Great story! This is so suspenseful. I can hardly stand it!
    My favorite colors are green, brown, and grey.
    I love barnyard animals,so sheep, alpacas, (yes,alpacas), goats, horses,cats... the list goes on. Overall I like most animals, especially monkeys!

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  17. Awesome story i can not wait for the next part!
    I found this web site, it's is pretty cool it's called: Howrse
    If you make join for free my username is Andi Tomboy you can look me up and message me! its really cool!!! :D

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  18. great story
    i still can't believe Johnny is being nice!
    light colors
    horses i have others too
    Rebekah R

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  19. I see I have a lot of catching up to do! I guess that's what happens when you lose internet for several days.
    Favorite color is Red
    I don't have a favorite animal.

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