Amusement Park – 3

Last week, we left Jennifer on her way back to the amusement park after searching at home for her seven-year-old little sister who had mysteriously disappeared off the roller coaster ride. The owner of the amusement park, Mr. Parker, had recruited the other workers to help search for the little girl. Jennifer is just arriving back at the park. Let’s see if anyone has found Emily yet.

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The look on Mr. Parker’s face told me they hadn’t found her yet. I shoved the cell phone back in his hand and muttered. “Thanks, Mr. Parker. Emily wasn’t there.”

Mr. Parker narrowed his eyes at me. “Where is your mother, young lady? She should be here.”

I cast my eyes to the ground. “She was out.”

“Well, no matter. Put your thinking cap on. What is Emily’s favorite part of the park?”

“She loves the hall of mirrors. She goes every chance she gets.”

“Then, let’s go look there.”

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I walked alongside the man who had shown nothing but kindness. Tears threatened to spill, and I blinked hard.

“Why do I have a feeling there is something you aren’t telling me, Jennifer?” He asked.

“I don’t know sir.” I picked up the pace and walked a few steps in front of him, reaching the Hall of Mirrors first. I stepped inside and called out. “Emily. Emily Ann, where are you? If you’re hiding you better come out right now or you’re in big trouble.”

The only response was a slight echo. I rushed through, not taking time to glance at my reflection in the mirrors that made Emmy giggle so. I just had to find her.

Mr. Parker’s phone jangled causing me to jump. “Hello,” he said. “Yeah, okay. We’ll be right there.”

“Did someone find her?” I tugged on his arm.

“It was Mickey. He just said to come quickly to the spooky tunnel. Let’s go.”

I didn’t wait for him. I ran as fast as I could through the maze of mirrors out into the fading sunlight and didn’t slow down until I reached the mouth of the darkened tunnel. My stomach turned a thousand summersaults.

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Mickey slouched against the opening of the darkened tunnel.

“Did you find her?”

He passed me his flashlight and motioned inside. I didn’t wait for him or Mr. Parker. I ran screaming. “Emily! Emmy! Where are you?”

“Sh,” A soft voice replied. “You’re gonna scare them.”

I didn’t exhale until I reached Emily. She sat on the ground deep in the tunnel with a tabby mama cat and a passel of kittens on her lap.

“Look, Jen.” She grinned up at me. “Aren’t they adorable? Can we take them home with us? Huh? Can we?”

I wrapped my arms around my little sister and wept into her soft brown hair. “Oh, Emmy. You scared me so bad. Why didn’t you tell me where you were going? We’ve looked all over and now Mr. Parker has had to pay everyone extra to stay and look for you.”

“But, I didn’t have time to tell you.” She stared at me with wide blue eyes. “I had to follow Miss Daisy and she wouldn’t wait. She needed my help.”

The mangy cat blinked her yellow-green eyes at me and meowed as if to confirm everything Emily said.

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Mr. Parker and Mickey reached us together.

“You gave us quite a scare, young lady,” Mr. Parker said with a deep stern voice.

“I’m sorry.” Emily’s bottom lip quivered. “I just had to help Miss Daisy.”

Mr. Parker replied, “Come on. We need to let the others know and call off the search.”

Emily stubbornly refused to stand up.

“Mr. Parker, you can go. I’ll deal with Emily and these cats.” I couldn’t stand to put him out any more than I already had. “And, sir, you can take out of my wages whatever you need to pay the others for staying.”

He laid a hand on my shoulder. “That won’t be necessary, Jennifer, but you are going to have to leave your little sister at home from now on when you come to work.”

I stared at the ground. “Yes, sir.”

As soon as they were gone, I dropped down beside my sister. “Oh, Emmy, you still don’t know what a problem you made, do you?”

“I didn’t mean to upset you and Mr. Parker. I just had to help Miss Daisy. She came and got me off the roller coaster when it stopped on the big curve.”

I smoothed back her hair. “I understand, but you can’t just disappear like that. If they had called the police, we’d both be in big trouble. You wouldn’t want us to be taken away and put in strange homes, would you?”

Tears welled up in her eyes. “No, Jenny. I wouldn’t want that at all.”

“Then you can’t just be disappearing without telling me, no matter what. Understand?”

Emily nodded and swiped at her nose.

“Well come on, then. We have to go. The park is closed.”

“But what about Miss Daisy and her kittens?”

“I’ll go find a box and we can take them with us. But, we have to go.”

Emily reached for my hand. “Thank you, Jenny.”

The cat meowed again.

What on earth was I going to do with more mouths to feed?

**This is NOT the end. I have lots more problems planned for these two girls. But, now that we’ve found Emily,  I am going to pull it off my blog and turn it into a YA novella. I hope I have enticed you enough with this opening to want to read more about Jennifer and Emily.**

21 thoughts on “Amusement Park – 3

  1. Oh you’ve certainly intrigued this girl Jan. I’m excited you’ll be putting it into a novella. You have a great Sunday and a beautiful week ahead. Happy Early 4th of July. Love you! 💜🌹🌷🌹💜

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  2. Oh YAY! I’m glad you’re going to make it into a longer story. It’s going to be fantastic. I loved how you ended one crisis by hinting at another, much deeper one. Excellent, sister! Love you!

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    1. Thank you, sister. I had no thoughts about turning this one into a book when I started it, but as it unfolded, I could see lots of obstacles to bring about for these girls. So, we shall see. 🙂 Thank you for your loving support. I couldn’t manage without you!

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  3. I sense there is plenty more to tell about these two girls and their home situation. I’m so glad they’re taking Miss Daisy and her kittens, though I have a suspicion they may be hard pressed to care for them. This has great possibility for a YA novella, Jan, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it once it’s done and available for purchase. When you’re ready for promo, please don’t hesitate to call on me. I’d be happy to splash the news on my blog!

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    1. Mae, you are such a jewel! Thank you so much for the offer to help promote. I’m glad you feel that it has the possibility of a YA novella. These girls have such hard times ahead. Thank you for your awesome comment!

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  4. Wonderful, Jan! Be sure to be in touch when the book is finished and you’re ready to launch. I’ll feature you on my blog. And a mama cat and kittens? Went straight to my heart. So do orphaned children. There’s no way I can let go of this story ❤️

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  5. Those are words I needed to hear, Tina. I will definitely let you know when it is written and ready to launch. I am thrilled that these children touched your heart. They did mine too. I had something darker in mind for Emily, but my heart just wouldn’t let me go there. Oh, they have plenty of troubles ahead, but I think I am going to also include a guardian angel in the story. They need it. 🙂 Hugs and thank you for your inspiring comment.

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  6. I am so glad you stopped by, Diana. I just didn’t have in my heart to go into the darkest horrors with Emily and Jennifer. 🙂 I am too soft-hearted. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Jan, what a superb idea to turn this into a YA novella – although this means I’ll have to wait to learn more about the sisters! 😀 Great pace and detail – so happy she was safe. I’m just thinking of all the kittens that now need looking after – more work for Jennifer!

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