Frank rushed down the stairs knowing that there was another way out if this one became blocked. He could still get Anna out through the cellar door that led to the yard. He rushed down the stairs and the screams became louder and he also heard others voices yelling. He was halfway down the stairs when the stairs were suddenly gone. He plummeted to the cement floor below landing on his feet which quickly gave out as they tried to absorb the punishing of the concrete from such a height. He banged his head solidly on the concrete floor and immediately everything went spinning. Blood was oozing from a fresh wound, his knee was throbbing even more now. He looked in the direction of the screams and could see three figures. He was trying hard to focus but the blow was a heavy one and he knew he was lucky to still be conscious at all. One of the figures started to move in his direction and slowly came into focus as he neared. Frank’s heart sank as he saw Eric coming towards him, it was his childhood friend. How could he be responsible for all of this? Why? He was starting to be able to focus now, slowly. He still though could not make out the two distant figures just yet though. Eric now stood before him, “Frank my friend, welcome home. Do you like what I have done with the place? Your friend Tracie just moved in upstairs and complained about the cold, so I turned on the heat. Pretty nice of me eh. I just wanted everyone to be here and be happy Frank. I wanted it to be the way it should have been!!! I bought this place so we, yes we, could fix it up together Frank. No, you had to ruin everything though. Wasn’t it enough to ruin things back when we were kids? Why now as an adult?” Eric was waving his hands and stopped talking when he was interrupted by a scream from Anna. He turned and yelled, “Hiram!!! You got what you wanted, now take her and get out of here. Be long gone!!!” Frank’s heart sank as he learned of Hiram357 betraying him and he struggled to try and get up as he focused and saw Hiram pulling Anna with him out of the cellar. He could tell she was fighting him but was just too small to be able to get away. Soon they were gone from sight and all that could be heard was the roar and crackling of the fire which was coming closer. Pieces of the building began to fall. Eric leaned closer to Frank, “It should have been us against the World Frank. You changed that and only made it worse. Tracie was my girl you ass and then you messed that up. Didn’t recognize me in the store either did you Frank!!” Sirens were approaching from the outside… Eric stood and kicked Frank repeatedly. Frank knew he had to do something or he would die here in this house. Anna would be gone forever, he would have failed her. He lunged for Eric just as he had turned to leave the cellar, pulling him down to the floor. Eric seemed surprised and this allowed Frank a brief advantage as he threw blow after blow down on Eric but Eric suddenly bucked and flipped Frank to the floor. He jumped on him and began to throw his own flurry of punches!!! Frank was no match for Eric’s furry and was slowly fading from this battle.
Outside Anna was struggling with Hiram as he tried to put her in his car which had been left here before Eric dropped him off at Fort Williams to wait for Frank to arrive. He knew he needed to get her in the car and get out of there. He was going to take her away and they would be together forever. That was the price, the price for making sure that ass of a man named Frank lost this wonderful woman. He had helped lure him here and keep him ahead in the game. Keep him from the cops. Anna kicked for all she was worth and wiggled free from Hiram as she knocked the wind out of him. She ran with her hands tied towards the oncoming rescue vehicles!! Hiram began to give chase but quickly changed his mind as blue lights were right behind the red ones. He turned to get himself out of there as quickly as possible. He jumped in and started his car and threw it in reverse to get out of the driveway. He backed straight into the path of the fire truck arriving in front of the house right at that moment. The fireman never saw the car backing out as he was looking at the building which was fully engulfed and starting to fall apart. He hit the little car in front of him squarely in the drivers’ side door. Hiram never saw it coming and was knocked unconscious by the snap of his head by the impact. He lay motionless across the front seat of his car.
Anna made it to the fire truck, “Help me!! Help there are still people in the cellar!! Hel….” As she collapsed beside the truck into the arms of one of the firemen. He radioed that there were still people in the cellar even though he doubted anyone could still be alive in that place. There were fighters and now police officers tending to Hiram in the car.
Firefighters were battling the blaze and trying to get into the cellar. Two firefighters ignored their Lieutenants orders and went into the cellar to search. Inside they fought the heat, smoke, falling parts of building, and were able to find a body which they brought out. It was a man and he was barely alive. They gave him oxygen and rushed him to the ambulance. Anna was already on her way to the hospital as well. Hiram was still stuck in the car but soon would be on the way as well. The firemen withdrew from the building and fought it from a distance, mostly to just keep it off of the other buildings. Soon it collapsed and all that was left was for them to drown the flames which they did slowly.
The ambulances arrived at the hospital and Anna was awake and alert as they wheeled in the other stretcher, she leaned to get a view. Her jaw dropped as she watched them roll the stretcher by her and into a room of waiting doctors.
Caching for Life!!! Part 22
The firefighters were finally able to free Mike from his car and place him in an ambulance. An officer rode with him because of the City’s truck being involved in the accident. They also had some questions for Mike about the things they found in his car that did not make much sense such as ripped clothes with what looked like blood on them. He would have to answer some question as they wondered if he had anything to do with this fire that appeared suspicious since the building was condemned and just recently purchased. They wanted to know why he was there. Hiram looked up from the stretcher and saw the officer sitting on the small bench next to the EMT. He did not like the looks of the situation. His mind raced on ways to clear himself. He did not know what Anna would say though and that was the card he could not predict. He felt like he needed to get out in front of this crazy situation. So he looked at the officer and began to tell him the story as he knew it. The Officer nodded as Mike talked and talked about this crazy plan and what his involvement was in it. He left out that Anna was supposed to be his prize and hoped she would leave that out as well. The Officer was not sure what to make of all this and decided he would see what the doctors had to say about the condition of this man first before he went anywhere with it. The ambulance pulled into the lot and backed to the emergency doors. They slid the stretcher out and made their way towards a room. As they passed the first room, a woman was crying just outside the doors, and then she spoke softly with her voice sounding as beautiful as ever to Mike. “Mike, Mike is that you? Are you okay?” asked Anna. Mike nodded but did not say anything as he was unsure what to make of her apparent kindness. She walked beside the stretcher and moved closer to it. Their eyes met and he knew she was not going to let it go so easily. She swung hitting him in the face and the other fist was following but the Officer grabbed her before it could land. “You are a jerk Mike!!! What you did was wrong….just wrong!!! How could you do that Mike? How? Why?” yelled Anna. Mike lifted his head so he could see her, “Because I love you.” Then disappeared into the emergency room where the doctors were waiting for him. Anna had turned and headed back towards the doors to the other room where they were working on Frank. He was alive and breathing but badly beaten. He had some burns and smoke inhalation as well but was expected to be fine. Then were just checking him for breaks and stitching up the cuts that needed it. She felt an arm on her shoulder and it sent chills through her instantly. She turned quickly only to see the Officer standing beside her. He asked if they could talk about the fire and what she knew pertaining to it. Anna looked straight in at her man as she told what she knew but started from the beginning. Suddenly the Officer began to feel like this might be much bigger than anything he had ever imagined and maybe the man who was hit by the fire truck was actually telling the truth for the most part. He thanked Anna and told her he would need to talk to Frank as well when he was able to be seen. He asked if she knew where the other man she said held her was or if he made it out of the fire or if he was still trapped inside. She told him she did not know and did not care as he was gone.
The Officer radioed back to the station and filled in a supervisor who patched him to a detective. The story was making its way to the people that needed to know and they were headed to the fire scene to look for another body. Another detective was also headed to the hospital to get these stories first hand.
Mike was checked out quickly and put in a soft collar to treat him for a muscle strain in his neck but other than that he was okay. They still had to wait for the scans to come back before he would be released, released into police custody most likely the nurse told him as an Officer was outside the door waiting for him. Hiram knew he could not getaway and only wanted to get out of this without a lot of jail time. He knew he had been wrong but he did love her but it was obvious that she did not love him so he would move on. Tell the truth and just move on, got back to the small town life. He closed his eyes as he dreamt one last time of how everything should have been in his perfect World. Another nurse entered the room and walked towards Hiram. The nurse had a pillow in his hand and when he reached Mike the pillow was put over his face instead of under his head. Hiram tried to fight but had little strength and soon was gone from consciousness and then not long after he was gone from life. The nurse put the pillow under Mike’s feet and left with his head down so the Officer standing guard would not see the face did not match the tag on his white coat. A man came around the corner yelling he had been mugged, that his ID badge was taken too and then pointed straight at Eric who shoved the Officer hard and ran for the exit. He was gone before the Officer could recover his balance and he had not even a clue as to what the man looked like either. Eric ran back to his truck and quickly drove off. The Officer went in to check on Mike and saw him sleeping. So he went back out and talk with the nurse to find out what had happened.
Inside Anna had seen Eric running and ducked into the room with Frank. She went to his side and he smiled as he grabbed her hand. She bent and kissed him gently on the lesser of the bruised cheeks. She decided to not tell him about Eric being alive just yet. He needed to get more strength first.
Frank was all bandaged but very sore and now even had crutches to deal with for his knee which was swollen. He had no idea what happened in the cellar as al he could remember was Eric flipping him and then beating on his face. After he went black he had no ideas about how he had gotten out or where anyone was at all. He was excited to see Anna but also felt ashamed as he was not the one to save her, she did that her self. He had failed her and yet here she was right here with him. Loving him as she always did and for the first time he truly knew how lucky he was to have her and not the other way around. He had loved her and cherished her but now he understood she was a gift. He was truly a lucky man. A Detective met them as they were leaving and offered to drive them home as long as Frank would answer his questions. Frank agreed and said he would answer anything and so would Anna. They went to the detective’s car and headed off for their home. Frank and Anna answered the questions and the detective was satisfied with the answers and said it was likely he would need to ask more soon. That there were still questions that needed to be looked at and then probably re-asked of them to make sense. He dropped them off at the bottom of their driveway and Frank steadied by Anna hobbled up the driveway to their home. Inside Anna made Frank lay on the spare bed in the room on the first floor. It was meant for their aging parents to use form time to time but it would work great until Frank could get back and forth from the upstairs bedroom. Frank lay on the bed and Anna sat next to him. They talked and talked about the events of the day and tried to piece things together but they were just too tired for that now. So they decided to talk about the surprise of the baby that Anna had told him about earlier. It was refreshing to both of them to think about that future.
Outside a pair of eyes watched from a distance as the car pulled up and dropped the pair off. He saw Frank was hobbled and smiled as he knew that he had done a solid number on him in the cellar. The firefighters’ saving Frank was just pure luck and nothing else. Anna getting away from Hiram, well that was out of his control but now Hiram was taken care of for good. He could not have him talking and now he would not. This could all still work out and he would be free from all of the accusations that were sure to be flying and pointing towards him. Frank would still get the wrap for this and he would make sure that Frank was not done paying yet!! NOT YET!!!
The conclusion of Caching for Life!!
Back at the hospital, A doctor had just discovered that Hiram was dead and told the Officer standing guard. The test results revealed no injuries to cause the death and the Officer looked over the scene and remembered that the man who had stolen the nurse ID badge had come from this room. He looked for any obvious evidence and the only thing he remembered was that the nurse had carried in a pillow. He called for the Detectives to come to the hospital for this possible murder. The Detectives at the fire scene were going over Hiram’s car when they received the call from dispatch. The pieces to the puzzle just seemed to be slowly coming clearer but something was still missing. The Arson investigator called them over as he had found a body in the ruins of the building. It appeared to be a female but was badly burned and only tests would confirm for sure. The detectives had been expecting to find a body but not that of a female. This threw them off a little and added to the list of questions they where needing to find answers to in this complex case. The arson investigator told them there were no other bodies in the building and this one had likely been on the 2nd floor where it appeared the fire had started. The Medical examiner was going to do an autopsy as soon as the body was picked up. The detectives decided to pay Frank and Anna another visit to see what they had to say about these new developments in the case. What answers would they have and would they make sense or implicate Frank? The Detectives headed for the car.
He decided that now was the time to pay his visit and headed from the shadows towards the rear of the house. Eric wanted to settle this and get away before something else could go wrong. He would make it look like Frank had killed Anna and let the police fill in the pieces to fit in whatever way worked for them. He approached the back porch and slowly walked up it. Not fearing being seen as Frank couldn’t go anywhere and he doubted Anna would leave him alone. As he reached the door he peered inside and saw her sitting at the table with the TV on. Her head was on the table in her hands. He thought she may be sleeping but did not know for sure. He slowly turned the knob to the door and found it unlocked. He smiled as he thought luck may be on his side now. He opened the door and eased inside as Anna never moved. She must have been asleep and he was thankful for that as he did not want to struggle with her and with Frank. He inched towards her and withdrew a knife from his coat. It was just a small knife but it would do the trick as he planned to slice her throat and then place the knife in Frank’s hands before he took off. He was reaching for Anna when he saw something move out of the corner of his eye. It was too late to move though as the crutch came slamming across his head with a hollow thud. He stumbled sideways and grasped at consciousness. Sparkles emerged before his eyes as he struggled to stay on his feet. Another blow as Frank hobbled closer and swung harder. Anna was awake now and grabbed whatever she could find and began throwing it at Eric. Frank swung again but this time Eric managed to grab the crutch and hold onto it. He pulled hard and the crutch was now his and he tossed it aside. He looked at Anna and laughed as she continued to throw things at him. He stepped towards her and swung the crutch catching her in the upper torso. She stumbled and then fell to the floor knocking over a tray cart as well. Frank moved as quickly as he could to get between Eric and Anna as another blow from the crutch just missed her. Eric saw Frank nearing and swung the crutch in his direction hard and fierce. Frank blocked it with his forearms but felt the pain from the blow. He struggled forward hoping to get too close for the blows to have as much force behind them. Eric sensed this and dropped the crutch and lunged at Frank. They collided with violence and force throwing them both into a tumble to the ground. Frank was at a huge disadvantage from his previous wounds and Eric began to pummel him yet again but Frank was okay as long as it was him and not Anna. He deflected as many blows as he could with his arms. He yelled for Anna to get out of there and go to the neighbors, she started to head for the knife rack as the doorbell rang. She changed directions to go to the door and as she did Eric grabbed her by the arm and began to pull her towards him. He creamed as loud as she could and was heard by the detectives who stood at the front door. They pounded on the door but did not get a response….. They began to try and get inside. Frank began to throw punches at Eric to try and get him to release Anna but it seemed to be in vain as Frank just did not have the strength. Anna swung her foot into Eric’s groin and he crumbled. She was free and began to move towards the door but Eric somehow grabbed her foot and pulled hard. Anna fell hard to the floor and smacked her head solidly knocking her form consciousness. One detective tried to get in the front but the door was not giving so he smashed to the window to be able to begin unlocking the door. The other detective ran around to the back and was slowly coming up the stairs to the back door that he saw wide open. Frank was still trying to somehow get Eric to focus on him and not her. He grabbed Eric by the balls and squeezed as hard a she could and did not let go. Eric yelled and turned his attention back to Frank. He pummeled him and then remembered his knife. He jabbed it into Frank’s stomach and then withdrew it. He raised it again and as he started down he heard the detective yell to him to freeze or he would shoot. Eric did not listen and stabbed Frank again. He did not get a chance to withdraw the knife as the detective shot him in the chest. Eric’s body shuddered from the bullets power. He wobbled and fell forward onto Frank and the detective called for his partner who finally had been able to get inside to call for rescue. He moved over to Frank and Eric…. Moving Eric off of Frank. They both still had a pulse and then he checked on Anna who was now trying to get up.
The ambulances arrived and ferried everyone to the hospital. Frank underwent emergency surgery to repair the damage from his new wounds. He would make it but would be in for a lengthy recovery. Anna was treated for a concussion and now waits for Frank but she was not alone as the detectives were getting the other pieces tot his puzzle. Eric was still alive as the shots had missed anything major and he would live. He in fact was already out of surgery and in a room that was being guarded by two officers. Anna asked about Mike and the detective told her what had happened to him. She had tears come to hear eyes as she did not want that to happen to him. She didn’t feel the same as he did anymore but the history was still there. He had a place as a friend in her heart still and she was sad he was now gone. The detectives left Anna to wait for Frank as they headed back to the station to put the finishing touches on their report and then place charges against Eric.
Frank was brought from recovery to his room and Anna was there with him. As they rolled down the hall they passed two officers standing outside of a room. Frank was in and out of consciousness from the pain killers they had provided for him. Anna had slipped out and into a room down the hall.
Eric looked up and saw the nurse before him. He had asked for more pain medication and he assumed that is what she was putting in his IV. The nurse looked up and their eyes met. Anna stood silently as she watched Eric fade from this life and into the hell that awaited him. She stood up for her man and she would have his baby. She slipped back by the two officers who were busy checking out her legs and shake of her ass. On the way in all they could focus on was her blouse which had a button missing in just the right place. Anna knew they would not be looking at what they should be and used it to her advantage. Guys were after all predictable. She then went back to Frank and slipped back into her own clothing. She pulled up a chair right next to Frank’s bed and finally laid her head down to sleep. She and her baby needed it.
Eric’s was found to be deceased and the cause was an overdose of pain killers. The investigation was extensive but the nurse was never found and the Officers could not identify Anna as the nurse. She had never shaken her ass like that, ok once before, that was how she got Frank after all. Now she would have him forever.