Resurrection 14Posted: November 6, 2016
This is a chapter of the book I am writing for NaNoWriMo. If you want to read it from the start, click here for the chapter index.
Suzanna’s phone buzzed again and Polly checked the ID. It simply said “John.” It made her jump, but then she realized it could be anyone named John, not necessarily J.W.
“Hello, Suzanna’s phone. This is Polly.”
“Hey Polly, what are you doing there?” John was upbeat.
“J.W.? Wait, J.W…?” Polly was having trouble processing this. Everyone in the room was instantly transfixed on the conversation. “We thought you were dead. Is it really you?”
“Oh boy, I know hormones go crazy after childbirth. I didn’t think Suze would think I was dead. Didn’t she get my message?”
“No, J.W., you don’t understand. The police were here. Doc Silby was here. They all told us you’re dead.”
“What?” Now it was J.W’s turn to process.
“Yeah, they found a body and said it was yours. Oh my GOD. I need to give this phone to Suze,” said Polly as she bounded up the stairs. “We all thought you were dead.”
She yelled out to Suzanna: “Suze! It’s J.W., he’s on the phone, he’s not dead! Here…here…” she ran in the room and handed the phone to Suzanna.
“John…is this really you?”
“Oh, Suze. Yes it’s really me. I’m fine. Everything’s fine. What happened?”
“It’s been terrible. They told me you’d died. Been killed. John I need you home right now.”
“Slow down, tell me exactly what happened.”
Suzanna explained the horrific events of the night through tears of joy. How the Chief had come, how Tom had come. The whole family being there now.
“Oh, wow, I’m so sorry that happened. Trust me, I’m fine. I’m gonna figure out a way to get home, I’ll call back once I figure it out. Honey, please know I love you. Everything’s fine.”
“I love you so much John. You have no idea how much I love you. Please figure out how to get home and call me back.”
“What’s going on?” asked Creek as J.W. hung up the phone.
“I can’t explain, I need to get home, now.”
“Oh, no,” responded Creek. “Everybody OK?”
“Yes, but it’s complicated. How can I get home quickly?”
“Well, I guess you could hike out to the road, hitch a ride into Townsend. It’s less than two miles to the highway through there,” Creek pointed.
Tiny butted in, “Is this an emergency?”
“Yes,” replied J.W., “the police showed up at my house and told my wife I was dead. I need to get to her.”
“Well, if it’s an emergency, call the Sheriff. He probably can have a car meet you. You shouldn’t be hitchhiking. He can take you to your car.” Tiny was smart.
“Good thinking, Tiny” said Creek.
“Yeah, that makes sense.” J.W. called 911.
“911, what is your emergency?”
“Yes, my name is John Reeves. I am hiking the trail and I have an urgent emergency at home. I need someone to meet me at…just a second…” J.W. turned to Creek and Tiny, “where does this side trail meet the road?”
“Let me check the map,” said Tiny, pulling out her map.
“Just a minute, they’re checking the map.” J.W. said to the dispatcher.
“Sir, are you injured? Do you require medical assistance?” asked 911.
“No, I have an emergency at home. I need to get home as quickly as possible. Hold on for a minute while we check the map.”
“I’ll hold, sir.”
Tiny placed her finger on the map. “Looks like it comes out at Fisher’s Store.”
“They say I’ll come out at Fisher’s Store. Can you send someone to meet me?” J.W. asked.
“How far are you from the road?” 911 asked.
“Less than 2 miles. It will take me 45 minutes to get there, maybe less.”
“It looks like an easy hike,” interjected Creek, also pouring over the map.
“Please hold sir while I contact a deputy.” J.W. could still hear as she radioed a car. “Unit 11, come in please.” He couldn’t hear the car’s reply.
“Yes, 11, we have a hiker who has an emergency at home and needs to get to his car in Townsend. He can be at Fisher’s Store in about 45 minutes.”
“No, no injury, the emergency is at his home. Can you meet him there?”
“Roger 11,” the dispatcher turned her attention back to J.W., “Sir?”
“Unit 11 will meet you at Fisher’s Store in 45 minutes. Can I get your name again please?”
“John Reeves. Thank you, thank you so much.”
“We try to help whenever we can. Hope everything goes well.”
“Thank you,” replied J.W., hanging up.
J.W. immediately dialed Suzanna. “Honey, a deputy is meeting me in 45 minutes. He’ll take me to the car and I’ll be home as soon as humanly possible.”
“Please hurry, John, but be safe.” Suzanna was still crying.
“I’ll call you from the road,” J.W. hung up.
“Creek, is this trail marked? I don’t want to get lost.” asked J.W.
“You’re not going alone, Preach. Tiny and I’ll go with. We’ll make sure you get there” said Creek as he and Tiny grabbed their packs.
J.W. put his phone back in his pocket, grabbed his pack and the three set out for Fisher’s Store.