Hello! How is everyone’s week going so far? Anyone have any exciting plans for Thanksgiving? I’m spending time with family and possibly doing some writing, depending on how much time I have.
I apologize for not posting for a week. I went on vacation and I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had time to write. So we are picking up with a new Winchester case. I hope you enjoy this Adventure!
The final bell rang and all of the students quickly packed up their belongings. Winchester was no exception, shoving his books into his backpack and zipping the bag closed. He unzipped the front pocket and pulled out his cell phone to see 7 missed phone calls.
All from his dad.
Winchester rolled his eyes. Even though his dad knew Winchester was in class, he still never failed to call multiple times throughout the day. Winchester walked out of the room before bringing the phone up to his ear. It rang once when Anthony answered. “Bug. I need you to come to the office immediately. We have had a situation and I need a new set of eyes ASAP.”
West walked down the steps as quickly as he could to run to his car. “What’s happening? Should I be really worried?”
“Maybe…” West could hear his dad shuffling through a bunch of papers. “Just get here when you can.” He hung up the phone quickly and West looked at his phone confused. His dad never hung up the phone in the middle of a conversation. West knew that whatever was happening at the precinct must’ve been serious.
He found himself speed walking to his car to get to the situation, whatever it was. West quickly unlocked the door and fell into the driver’s seat. He jammed the key into the ignition and the engine roared to life. And with the pedal to the metal, West sped out of the parking lot and toward the precinct.
For all he knew there was major trouble at the police precinct. His dad didn’t give many details, but it could’ve been for his own safety. Maybe there was a very unstable person that needed to be handled. Or maybe there was something bigger than that.
The tires of West’s car skidded as he turned into the parking lot. He scanned his key card at the gate and the safety bar slowly lifted. West drove in and found a parking space before racing toward the front doors. He walked through the large doors and scanned his key card to get into the precinct.
All that West could describe the precinct as was chaos. It was loud as most of the officers were talking to each other or on the phone with someone else. There was a photo of a man on every television screen with the word DANGEROUS flashing over it. West looked around to see the officers trying to find out what they could do.
Winchester walked over to his father who was on the phone while staring at the screen. His dad nodded. “Uh huh…of course…yes sir…yes sir…goodbye…” He slammed the phone onto the cradle and turned around. “Hey Bug…I’m glad you’re here.”
West leaned against the desk. “What is going on? I’ve never seen so many officers working on the same case…what happened?”
His father let out a long sigh. “Hostage situation. This man kidnapped his daughter from his ex-girlfriend’s house and is refusing to give her up. He is claiming that his ex-girlfriend didn’t take good care of their daughter and now he is holding his daughter hostage until we arrest his ex-girlfriend and he gets full custody of his daughter. The ex has told us that the kidnapper is unstable without his medication and according to her he has a gun. She is terrified for her daughter’s life and we have to find a way to get to the kidnapper without hurting the little girl.”
“What about a negotiator? Wouldn’t they be the best option?”
“We tried that already. He’s not willing to negotiate. We tried forceful and empathetic and nothing. This guy isn’t willing to give us anything.”
“Winchester West. I’m so glad you are here.”
West looked up to see Chief Dyner standing on the other side of the desk. He immediately stood up and shook the chief’s hand. “Chief Dyner. I wish I could’ve been here sooner, but unfortunately school comes first.”
The chief nodded. “Of course. I assume your dad brought you up to speed about the situation?”
“Yes sir. Let me know what I can do to help.”
The chief looked at Officer West before looking over at Winchester. “I want you to go in there and talk to him. Our negotiators couldn’t do anything, but I think you can. You have a way about you that…” He paused. “I think you could get the kidnapper to give up the girl.”
Winchester felt the blood drain from his face. “Uh…I don’t know. I’ve never done anything like that. How do I know what to say?”
“Just talk to him like a normal person. I don’t want any actual negotiating from you, just talking to him like he is a friend of yours. All I want is that you can somehow calm him down enough that we can get the girl. Are you in?”
West looked at his dad before looking back at the chief. “I’m in.”
A short drive later Winchester and his dad arrived at the house. Winchester stepped out of the car and immediately put on a bullet proof vest. There was a hand on his shoulder. “Winchester. I want you to really think about this. You don’t have to do this is you don’t want to.”
West nodded. “I understand. If I feel like I need to get out of there I will.” He took a couple steps forward before gunshots rang throughout the neighborhood. Everyone ducked for cover behind whatever they could, except for West. He ran to the side but not without getting hit. His body hit the grass and he felt an intense pain. More gunshots rang out as he laid there in agony. The last thing he saw before blacking out was his father asking if he was okay.