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Lost and Found Baby

Written by Hope White

Chapter Sixteen

Katy pulled off her scarf, dropped beside Sara and applied pressure on the wound.

“I didn’t… She…she…” Ruby whimpered, framing her face with her hands.

“It’s okay, Sara,” Katy assured the young woman, praying it would be.

“They’re coming. They’re going to get my baby,” Sara said.

“Isabella is safe.”

Sara gripped Katy’s arm. “They know… They always know where I am.”

“Who, honey, who’s after the baby?” Katy asked.

“They get us pregnant and sell our babies…” Her eyes fluttered shut.

A chill rippled across Katy’s shoulders. Someone was selling babies?

Ruby kneeled beside her daughter and touched her arm.

Sara opened her eyes and looked at her mom. “I thought Kevin loved me, but they paid him to get me pregnant.”

Sirens wailed in the distance. Sara gripped Katy’s arm. “No police. They’ll take her... sell her…”

The police were involved? Sara might be irrational, but could Katy take the chance? She already suspected something was off about Deputy Cooper.

“Protect Izzy,” Sara pleaded.

“Keep pressure on the wound,” Katy directed Sara’s mom.

Katy rushed to the truck and whipped open the door.

Luke and the baby were gone.

*

Here he was again, cowering, hiding. Luke fought back the guilt, the shame for retreating. In this case, fleeing was truly the best choice.

He spotted the sedan pull up and the thugs get out. He’d considered speeding out of the parking lot, but didn’t want to get into a high-speed chase with a child in the back seat.

Instead, he grabbed Isabella, stayed low and found cover behind the storage shed on the far end of the parking lot.

The child squeaked and shoved her fist into her mouth. He texted Katy about the threat, but she didn’t respond. Peering around the shed, he spotted Sara and her mother fighting, then both go down. Katy raced to the scene. No wonder she wasn’t checking her phone.

He wanted to call out to her, get her attention, but that would draw attention to the baby’s whereabouts. He texted her again while gently rocking Isabella in his arms.

“Check your phone, check your phone,” he muttered.

Katy rushed across the parking lot and whipped open the truck door. She shut the door and spun around, wearing a puzzled look on her face.

She finally glanced at her phone.

Luke kept his attention locked on the back of the church. He didn’t see the thugs. They must still be inside. Katy narrowed her eyes and started walking toward the shed.

The barrel of a gun pressed against the back of Luke’s head. “Give me the baby.”

Luke didn’t move. He’d die before handing over this child. Would the shooter do it? Shoot him while he held a baby in his arms?

“Or I could shoot Deputy Shepard. Doesn’t look like she’s wearing a vest.”

Luke still couldn’t move. Katy or Isabella? How could he possibly make that choice?

A gunshot rang out. Katy hit the ground.

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I was born and raised in the midwest and migrated to the Pacific north...

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