Friday evening Lexie was feeling a bit apprehensive. She almost wished she would have agreed to Bruce’s plan because she just wanted this to be over. She was eagerly anticipating moving forward with her life with the possibility of having someone to love and to love her, after eight lonely years. She was glad that Bruce, Office Watts, Brad and Patty were all there, and she insisted on making dinner without any help from Patty. It helped to keep busy doing something.
When they sat down to chicken and shrimp fettuccine alfredo with a salad and fresh homemade garlic bread, everyone was impressed with Lexie’s cooking abilities, and though they were all a bit tense, they ate with hearty appetites. Then Lexie presented the grand finale. Dessert was tiramisu that Lexie had made.
As they were devouring their dessert, the telephone rang. Officer Watts took his place at the tracing machine, Bruce gave Lexie’s hand an encouraging squeeze, and Bo let out a whimper as he followed Lexie to the kitchen.
“Hello?” Lexie answered the phone.
“I thought we had a dinner date,” replied the raspy whisper.
“Yes, well, I changed my mind. I know you’re not Kevin. Kevin’s dead. So why don’t you talk in your normal voice and tell me your real name?”
Brad stood with his mouth agape, and Bruce was grinning.
There were several minutes of silence on the other end of the phone, then the raspy whisper spoke again, “You sound very sure of yourself, and you sound different this evening than the last few times I’ve spoken with you.”
“That’s because I have decided not to allow someone like you to intimidate and frighten me anymore. So why don’t you cut the crap and come clean? Who are you really, and what do you want?”
“I want you spending weekends with me, Kitten . . .”
“Don’t call me Kitten, Kurt.”
“What did you just call me?” Suddenly the raspy whisper was gone.
“Kurt. That is your name, isn’t it? Kurt Bigler?”
Click. The line went dead.
Lexie turned toward Bruce, a look of triumph quickly turning to a look of concern. “I didn’t ruin your chances of arresting him, did I?”
“I’m sure we’ll still find a way.” Bruce gave her a hug and a quick kiss on the lips.
“What did I miss here?” Brad asked.
“What?” Bruce turned to Officer Watts.
“Because of Lexie’s shock factor during the conversation, he hesitated several minutes, and he ended up on the line just long enough for the trace to go through. The call came from the library at Grater College.”
They all shared high fives. Then Lexie said, “Brad, Patty, why don’t we sit in the living room and I’ll tell you about last night?”
They all moved to the living room and Lexie explained to Brad and Patty how she had finished reading the Book of John and how she had spoken with Bruce last night about Christ, and how she had shared about her past. She told them how she had prayed and was now saved.
Bruce’s cell phone rang before Lexie was finished. He moved to the kitchen to take the call.
“Detective Rivers, this is Officer Burke. I just received a call, here at the station, from a young lady named Sabrina Duncan. She said she needed to talk to you immediately. She said it was urgent. I promised I’d have you call her right back. She sounded frantic.”
“Thanks, Officer Burke, I’ll get right on it.”
Bruce ended the call with Officer Burke and immediately dialed Sabrina Duncan’s apartment. Sabrina answered on the first ring. “Detective Rivers, you’ve got to get over here with some cops right away. The wacko in apartment C drug some girl out of his car and into his apartment about twenty minutes ago. She was struggling and trying to put up a fight, but she’s not much of a match for him. I heard her scream and heard some loud thuds coming from the apartment, but it’s been quiet for the past five minutes. Please hurry!”
“I’m on my way.”
Everyone was looking at Bruce in silence.
“Watts, let’s go. We’ll be back later for the tracing equipment. No time for explanations.”
After a few moments of stunned silence, Lexie said, “Well, that will take some getting used to.”
Brad and Patty looked at her quizzically.
“Let me finish my story. I believe the strength I had during that phone call came from the Lord. I’m sure he’s the one who took my fear away.”
“Lexie, I am so happy that you answered the Lord’s call. It’s wonderful to catch a glimpse of the old Lexie again. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.”
“Thanks, Brad. It’s such a relief to not have to carry the burden of my past sins on my shoulders anymore. I also want you to know that I’m going to give Bruce a chance.”
“A chance for what?” Bruce asked, and Patty smiled knowingly.
“A chance at building a relationship with me. He’s caring, tender and protective. I am comfortable with him. I can talk to him, and I feel safe with him. He can make me laugh too.”
Brad hugged his little sister. “Welcome back to life, Sis.” Lexie smiled and hugged him back. Then she hugged Patty too.