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Lost and Found Baby

Written by Hope White

Chapter Seventeen

Pinned behind a car, Katy gripped her firearm, ready to take a shot. She poked her head above the hood of the car…

And spotted Luke and baby Isabella being used as a human shield by the shooter as they crossed the parking lot. A dark sedan sped up to them and stopped. Luke, Isabella and the shooter climbed into the back seat and the car took off.

Katy sprung out from her hiding spot and aimed her weapon. Finger on the trigger, she clenched her jaw, unwilling to take the shot. She couldn’t bring herself to fire at the vehicle, potentially hitting Luke or the child.

She went to the truck. Flung open the door.

The keys were not in the ignition.

“No,” she ground out.

She frantically searched the console and the floor. No keys.

Luke wouldn’t have left her without the ability to follow him. She raced to the shed where he’d been hiding.

She examined the area, picking through fallen leaves and twigs.

Panic pounded in her ears. They were getting away.

“Take a breath,” she whispered.

And spotted the dull shine of keys a few feet away.

She grabbed them, raced to the vehicle and went in pursuit of the dark sedan. But how would she stop the kidnappers without putting Luke and the child at risk?

Focusing on the narrow drive leading to the one-lane highway, she prayed that she’d catch up to them.

Save Luke and the child.

The thought of losing him again…

No, Luke couldn’t be taken from her. There was still so much to clear up, so much to say.

Like how she’d ached to talk to him these past few years, how it had felt like a piece of her had gone missing when he ceased all communication.

She hadn’t realized how big of a piece until he walked back into her life.

In the distance, the sedan turned left onto the highway and sped off.

She hit the accelerator.

Closed in on the turn…

Two police cars pulled up, blocking her access to the highway.

She hit the brakes and skidded to a stop.

Two deputies got out of their vehicles and drew their weapons.

She slowly got out, raising her hands. “I’m Deputy Katy Shepard, Cascade County.“

“Hands on the car!”

They wouldn’t listen to her until they saw her badge, and if she reached for it, one of them might feel threatened and fire. She couldn’t blame them for being cautious. When the knitting ladies called 9-1-1 they probably reported a desperate woman threatening them.

Which described Katy right about now.

She placed her hands on the truck. One of the deputies approached.

“Badge is in my back pocket,” she said.

An ambulance slowed next to them.

“A woman’s been injured,” Katy said to the EMT. “Back parking lot of the church.”

The cop motioned the ambulance past.

Firm hands patted her down and pulled the gun out of the waistband of her jeans.

“I’m in pursuit of a dark blue sedan. A child’s been kidnapped. I need to go—”

“You have the right to remain silent…”

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

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