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A Christmas To Remember
My name is Isaiah, I love to read , write and act . This is my second book
The season is here again !! It is the time of the year when people bake cookies , decorate trees , sing songs , when children are given presents and an old , big and fat man wears ridiculous clothing and goes around calling himself , 'Santa Claus' ...Blah blah blah.
"Hey Eric ! "
"Gosh, Jasmine, don't sneak up on me like that "
"Someone is in a bad mood today, I am sorry "
"Whatever, where is Kelvin ? "
"He will be here in a sec , speak of the devil ! "
"Hey guys "
"Hey, join us "
"What is up with you Eric ? You look unhappy "
"More like frustrated if you ask me, anyways it's because Christmas is around the corner, he hates Christmas "
"Really ? Why ? "
"Well, it reminds him of bad childhood memories, I don't really know the full story, he doesn't like talking about it "
"Excuse me "
"Where are you going to Eric ? "
"I have lost my appetite, I will be in the wash room "
"More food for me then "
"We have a problem Jasmine "
"What problem ? Oh, is it about Eric ? don't worry , he will come around , just give him some space "
"If you say so "
It is true , I HATE Christmas , hearing someone say that word pisses me off . Christmas took everything from me and destroyed my entire life !
"Eric, don't tell me you're still sulking "
"Oh come on Jasmine ! Of course not ! "
"Well, I'm sorry for..."
"Jasmine, please let's not talk about it, change the topic "
"So, do you have plans tonight ? "
"No, why ? "
"Today is the premiere of Wicked The Movie, I and Kelvin are going to the cinema, do you want to tag along ? "
"Yeah, sure, it is much better than staying at home all alone and besides I want to clear my head and forget some things "
"Great ! We would come pick you up at your place"
"Good morning !!! "
"Hi Cassie "
"Hey , did you watch it ? "
" Yeah , I , Kelvin and Eric went to the cinema yesterday, it's a great film , I liked how the story played out "
" About Eric , does he really hate Christmas ? "
" Yes , I don't know why , I mean everyone loves Christmas "
"Exactly Jasmine ! "
"Hey girls "
"What's up Kelvin "
"What are you talking about ? "
"Eric's hate for Christmas "
"I think you need to take him to a psychiatrist because he is out of his senses "
"Cassandra , don't say that ! "
" Are you insinuating that Eric has lost his mind or something ? That's not nice Cassie "
" No, I don't mean it that way , please think this through , yes , Eric hates Christmas , we all know that , but why ? What's his reason ? Definitely something's wrong somewhere , maybe something tragic happened to him in the past probably on Christmas , maybe he went through some kind of trauma , there must be a reason and that is why I am suggesting we seek help from a specialist "
"You are right Cassie , it will really help him in some way , count me in "
" I know someone , but he is out of town , he will be back on Tuesday "
"Great, we will book an appointment on his behalf . It's settled "
"I have to say , Cassie , you are really smart "
"Thank you Jasmine "
"I hate to burst the bubble but we still have a problem , how are we going to make Eric go see the Psychiatrist ? How do you suggest we do that ? We all know he is very stubborn "
" Yeah , that is an issue . How do we do that ? We can't just say, 'Hey Eric , we think you might be suffering from a trauma, that is why we decided that you should go and see a psychiatrist '
Can we ? That won't work out "
"I think I have an idea that might work "
"Oh , wow , for the very first time , Jasmine has an idea , a round of applause please "
"That is harsh Kelvin "
" But it's true Jasmine "
"Stop it , the two of you ! "
" We are just teasing , don't take it seriously "
" Call him up "
"Can't you see ? I am doing just that "
" Please can you guys stop it ! It's irritating "
" Shhhh... Oh Hey Eric, how are you ? No, everything is fine, can you come down to the café ? Yeah, it's urgent, hurry up "
"Did he buy it ? "
"Yes he did , he is on way "
"That's great "
" Hey , you sounded very serious over the phone "
" Good afternoon Mr Eric , I am Samuel , I will be your Psychologist "
" my Psycho.. What ! What is happening here ? Can someone please tell me "
" Well , Eric , we think that you went through some things in the past and thus, resulting in you hating Christmas , so we thought that we can help you out "to
" Help me out by calling a psychologist ! So , you all think I am a lunatic or something ! "
" No, you are misunderstanding , we did it for your well being "
" Do you even know what you are saying Jasmine ? "
" Yes I do , who in his right senses will hate Christmas ? There is got to be a reason . Why you hate Christmas so much ? "
"I think we all need to calm down "
"Tell us right now Eric ? Why ? "
"You want to know ! "
"Yes !!! "
" Christmas took away my family, my parents, everything "
" What ? "
" It happened 9 years ago , at the early hours of Christmas two men dressed as Santa Claus broke in to the house and gave me a Christmas present and that was the death of my parents , they killed my parents !! They took away my joy , my happiness , my peace of mind , Christmas took everything from me ! "
" I am sorry Eric , why didn't you tell us ? "
" Of what use is it if I do , it will only increase the pain "
"Eric ! Please , don't go , Eric ! "
" Let him be Cassie , Mr Samuel , sorry for wasting your time "
" It is alright , do you know what I think ? Eric is having a hard time letting the past go , he doesn't need a psychologist , he needs care, love and support from loved ones . Excuse me , I have a meeting to attend "
"Thank you Mr Samuel , sorry for the trouble "
" Oh My God ! "
" Well at least we know what really happened to him "
" It must have been very painful for Eric loosing his parents "
" Yes it still is "
" What next ? What are we going to do now ? "
" Uhmmm Guys ! Eric has gone missing !! "
" I went to check whether he was at home but he isn't , his uncle hasn't seen him either "
" I tried calling him on his cell phone but it isn't reachable "
" Relax guys , maybe he went for a walk or something , I think he will resurface . Let's all go home , it's getting late . We will check up on him tomorrow "
" Who could blame him anyway ? I just hope that he is safe anywhere he might be "
" What do you mean you can't do anything about it ? "
" It hasn't been 24 hours yet to declare him missing , you have to wait "
"So you can't help me in anyway ! Eric might be in great danger officer "
" I am sorry but this is a procedure I have to follow . I am afraid I can't do anything just yet "
" Jasmine just calm down , don't you think you're overreacting ? "
" Overreacting ? Kelvin , Eric's gone , we don't know where he is , we don't know whether he is safe "
" You heard the officer ,they can't do anything till after 24 hours "
" Good morning guys "
" What is good about the morning Cassandra ? Were you able to reach him "
" I am afraid not , his phone is switched "
" We went over to his house again after reporting the police , Eric's uncle said that Eric didn't come back home . This is really getting me more anxious . "
" We can't just sit down , arms folded and wait till after 24 hours "
" Yes , you are right , we really need to find him as soon as possible "
" We asked the neighbours and they confirmed that Eric did come back home "
" Are you sure of what you are saying ? "
" Yes Officer "
" We will have to confirm and thoroughly investigate this issue "
" Please do everything you can to find him "
" I assure you that we would do just that , We will bring Eric back safely "
" Wait ! If Eric did come back home , then why did his uncle tell us that he didn't return "
" That is true "
" Officer ! "
" We confirmed the story , Eric did actually come back home at exactly 6:06 pm but no one saw him leave the vicinity "
" Eric's uncle told us that he didn't return home . Does it mean that he lied to us ? "
" But why would he lie ? "
" Maybe he is hiding something "
" Something smells fishy "
" Well , it could be possible that his uncle is involved in his disappearance but we can't just come to a conclusion just yet . Everyone is a suspect , so it's possible but we will have to find out . Thank you for your time and cooperation "
" Thank you officer "
" I still don't get why Eric's uncle lied "
" You heard the officer , everyone is a suspect "
" But even if it's true that he is involved in Eric's disappearance , why would he do that to his nephew ? Eric is his nephew for Christ sake ! "
" Maybe he has a grudge "
" Or maybe he knows what happened exactly but he is been threatened by the mastermind to keep his mouth shut "
" Guys ! Stop making up stories ! We have no evidence whatsoever to back it up "
" But there are possibilities "
" Let's not get to a conclusion , allow the police to do their job . All we need now is to pray that we get to the bottom of this "
" Hey guys "
" Any update ? "
" Eric's uncle was invited to the police station for question and of course he denied having a hand in the disappearance of Eric . They let him go anyways "
" What are we going to do now ? It has been a week since Eric was last seen "
" I have been doing my own investigation . I have found out from his neighbours that Mr Lewis has been going out quite often this past few days , that is suspicious "
" So what do we do now "
" We are going to spy on Eric's uncle and found out where he has been going "
" It is dangerous ! "
" We need to do this Cassandra ! It is the only we can find out who abducted Eric "
" Why are you kids sneaking around my compound "
" We were not sneaking , we were actually spying on you "
" You call that spying ! And next time , Try to hide your entire body if you don't want to be seen Kelvin , I could see your head from afar . I can sue you for trespassing , you know that right "
" Listen Mr Lewis , we need you to tell us the truth , do you have anything to do with Eric's disappearance ? "
" You trespassed on private property and invaded my privacy and now you are accusing me of kidnapping my own nephew ! I am calling the police "
" Come on Uncle Lewis , we are not saying that you kidnapped Eric , you will never do that . We thought that , maybe you have some information about Eric's abductors , that is what we are trying to find out . Please tell us the truth Uncle , we are really concerned , we want Eric back "
" We can't talk out here , get in "
" Would you like some juice ? I baked some cookies too "
" Thank you "
" Eric was a sweet and cheerful child , he and his parents were one happy family , even though his parents were not always at home with him , they still find time to be with him and I was always the one to baby sit , he was such a trouble maker , he still is , it was so difficult baby sitting him . His parents were detectives , we all know that's a risky job . After the death of his parents on Christmas , a part of him died . From that day on , he was determined to find out who killed his parents . It was just recently that he finally got a lead , he was so close to finding the culprits then this happened , he got kidnapped . "
"Do you know the identities of the killers ? "
" I have no idea but his kidnappers called me up "
" Did you inform the police about this ? "
" No , I couldn't , they threatened to kill him off if I say anything to the police. I don't want anything to happen to my nephew "
" I understand but you have to inform the police so that they can be brought to justice , they need to pay . Please do this for Eric , he needs you "
" Well thank you Mr Lewis for informing the police "
" Don't let anything happen to him "
" I assure you that nothing would happen to him , leave it to the police "
" Wait , where is Cassandra ? "
" She left , she said something urgent came up that she had to attend to "
" Did you notice ? Cassandra has been acting weird and strange since Eric's disappearance "
" Yes but I didn't take it seriously , I thought she was agitated because of Eric's disappearance "
" Could it be that she knows something about... "
" She is our friend Kelvin , she won't keep anything from us "
" How well do you know her Jasmine ? We have been friends with her for 2 months . We don't know everything about her , she can be hiding something . "
" I really don't want to believe that she knows something but you are right we don't know her that well "
"They know it now , they are fully convinced that Eric was kidnapped and they will soon find out were you are keeping Eric . Lewis is helping them out "
" Is that so ? Then , we have to act fast Cassandra before they catch up with us . "
" I feel so guilty , they did nothing wrong , please don't drag them into this , you have got what you wanted , you have Eric "
" Are you getting soft on me Cassandra ? Remember what would happen if you don't do what I say , it's almost over and you are backing out now . They are the ones dragging themselves into this and I have to do something about those pests and you will have to help me out or else "
" Where are you coming from Cassandra ? "
" How could you do this to me Cassie ? I thought we were best friends "
" We are ! "
" Then why are you keeping secrets from me , where have you been ? "
" You have been acting strangely Cassandra , are you hiding something ? "
" Come on , tell us "
" I am not hiding anything "
" Why are you lying ? "
" Do you have something to do with Eric's abduction ? Answer me "
" Tell us the truth , crying won't save you "
" Alright , I didn't want to do it , I swear , I was forced , I am sorry "
" What didn't you want to do ? "
" I helped them kidnapped Eric but I didn't want to do it . They have my mother and if I don't do what they say, they will kill her . "
" How ? "
" I was asked to keep tabs on the Eric and to watch his every move , he was so obsessed with finding his parents killers . It was all planned to prevent Eric from reporting him to the police "
" Whose is he ? "
" His name is Marcus , he is responsible for the death of Eric's parents and his abduction as well "
" What ! "
" Is there anything else ? Something you have not told us yet "
" So what you are saying is that the person behind the murder of Eric's parent is the same person who abducted Eric "
" Yes Officer "
" And he is laying a trap for you ? Is that so Cassandra ? "
" Yes , he wanted me to trick you to follow me to a place where Eric is supposedly being held , he wanted me to confess that I am involved in the kidnapping and make you believe that I know where Eric is "
" I see , If he really want to do that ...
You all need to play along to avoid raising any suspicion , let him think that he is still in control . He has laid a trap but he doesn't know that he will be the one to fall into It . Just do exactly what I say and everything will turn out fine "
" Cassandra , are you sure this is the place ? "
" Your hands over your head ! Now ! on your knees ! "
" What do we have here ? Very good Cassandra , you have done well "
" As agreed , give me back my mother , I have done what you asked , where is my mother ? "
" Do you really think you can get off the hook that easily ? Get down ! On your knees ! "
" I did what you asked ! Give me back my mother "
" You are not in any position to give me orders . I decide whether you will live to see the next day . In life , you don't always get what you want , do you think I am fool ? I was never planning to release your mom "
" I did everything you asked me for "
" Oh shut up ! Well , let me not leave the others in the dark . We were meeting for the first time , pardon my manners , my name is Marcus . You are Jasmine and you , your name is Kelvin , right ? Since , you are all going to die , I might as well tell you everything anyway. Some years ago , some detectives couldn't mind their own business , they were too curious for their good . They were getting on my nerves so I had to ... "
" Then you killed them ! "
"Exactly ! Just like what am I going to do to you , you all are going to die . Aidios ! It's Spanish for goodbye "
" We know ! Everyone knows what it means , geez, Marcus ! "
"That was rude "
" Aidios and Hola are the most popular Spanish words "
" Nobody cares Kelvin ! "
" Will you all shut up ! Do you realise that this is no child's play ? You will all die right here , right now "
"But before that , let me finish the story . Just like his parents , Eric is too curious and stubborn for his own good . He found out everything about me , he is a threat and has to be eliminated ! And that's why I arranged for his abduction "
" Where is Eric ? ! "
" Don't worry he is fine . That gives me an idea , why don't I kill him and his friends at thie same time , bring him here Jim "
" Eric ! Oh my God "
" Thank God ! You're still alive "
" Enjoying your little reunion ? Not for long though . Now , you all know the truth about me . Do you know what I do to people like you ? I make sure they do not see the next sunrise and do not live to tell the story .
Say your last prayers children , night night ! "
" No , please "
" Don't do this Marcus ! "
" Please ! "
" Alright , since it's Christmas season , I am going to be nice enough to allow each of you to say your last words . "
" Okay , I just want to say , Jasmine, I was the one that stole your lunch in 5th grade I was so hungry that day "
" Seriously Kelvin ! It was pancakes and bacon ! "
" So those are your last words ! By the way , stealing someone's lunch ! That is just pure evil "
" I am sorry , I was desperate "
" Enough ! who is going first ? "
" This is the police ! Drop your weapons ! "
" This is not possible , no way ! "
" Yes way "
" How ? "
" Well , Cassandra told us everything and then we knew we have to get proof that you are the mastermind. "
" It was all planned "
" Everything you said , your confession was recorded . You have fallen into your own trap Marcus , it's over ! "
" No , it can't be "
" Nice work guys and merry Christmas "
" About what I said Jasmine ,sorry for taking your lunch in 5th grade "
" If you want to be forgiven , you will have to prepare pancakes and bacon everyday for a week "
"Come on ! "
" It's not over ! You ! You're the cause of all this Eric ! You will have to die first "
" No ! Eric ! Watch out ! "
" Cassandra !!!! "
" Oh my God ! Cassandra ! You shot her ! You are monster ! "
" Drop the weapon Marcus ! You're under arrest for the death of Eric's parents , the abduction of Eric Peterson and for trying to kill Cassandra . Anything you say or do will be used in the court of law "
" Cassandra is out of danger ! She is safe "
" I am glad it's all over , we can now live a normal life once again "
" Eric ... "
" Before you say anything , I am tired of living in the past , now that my parents killer has been apprehended , I can now move on and be at peace because my late parents have attained the justice they deserve . I am sorry for dragging you into this mess . "
" I am the one that is supposed to be asking for forgiveness , I was not a good friend to you , I didn't know what you were going through all this time "
" But you were always there for me , you never gave up on me and I know you were trying to help me to forget the past and that is what friends are for .
" Cassie ! You are awake ! "
" What happened ? "
" You got shot while trying to save Eric's life "
" Why did you do that Cassie ? You almost died "
" I was the reason you were kidnapped at the first place Eric ,I couldn't let anything happen to you because of me . I'm sorry ... Please forgive me , I had no choice "
" Relax , I understand , anyone in your shoes will have done the same thing you did "
" Marcus and his gang were arrested , it's over ! They will appear in court for the hearing in February "
" And mom ? "
" Oh yes , the police have rescued her , thanks to Marcus's confession to the police , she is at home waiting . "
" The doctor said you can go home but before that ... "
" Merry Christmas !!!!! "
" Come on , open your presents ! "
" I got freshly baked brownies here to ! "
" I want some ! "
Chapin, South Carolina
Washington, District Of Columbia
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