A few weeks ago my oldest granddaughter Brenna, suggested that I write a story involving her and her sister and brothers. I thought it was a good idea and I’ve tried to weave their personalities into the story. Here go’s……
Brenna replied, “We will,” and out the door they went. In the back yard the kids played tag. Running around, trying to hide behind anything they could, they laughed and had a good time trying not to get tagged.
Later, Alaina said, “Let’s play Hide and Go Seek.”
“That sounds like fun,” Brenna said, “Adrian, You’re it!”
Adrian dropped to the ground and pouted. “Awww,” he said. “I don’t wanna be it!”
Brenna ran up to him and said, “C’mon Bee,” (which is his nickname) “You’re the best at it.”
“Yeah!” Adrian said, jumping up, “I’m the best!”
“We’ll all cover our eyes and you run and hide. I’ll count to fifty and then we’ll try to find you. C’mon Colton, cover your eyes.”
Colton, who was just one year old said,”Eyes.”
The kids covered their eyes and Adrian ran around looking for a place to hide. He couldn’t find anywhere so he stood in the middle of the back yard and covered his eyes and shouted, “Come find me!”
Looking to see where he was, Alaina walked up to him, put her hands on her hips, tilted her head to one side and said, “Adrian, you can’t hide like that.”
“Yes I can! Come find me,” he said, still covering his eyes.
Alaina took two steps to him, put her hands on his shoulders and said, “I found you.”
“Awww,” Adrian complained. “You found me right away.” He dropped to the ground and pouted.
Picking up Colton and coming over to sit by Adrian, Brenna told him, “That’s alright Bee, we’ll think of something else to play.”
Colton said, “Pay.”
While they were all sitting on the lawn wondering what to do next, Brenna noticed movement in the neighbors window. She watched for a moment and saw the movement again. “Didn’t mom say the neighbors went on vacation?” Brenna asked.
“Yes,” Alaina replied. “They went to Alaska.”
“Aka,” said Colton.
“You guys wait here,” Brenna said. “I’ll be right back.” Brenna ran quickly down the hill and leaned her back against the neighbor’s house. She turned and looked in the window. Inside she saw two people, a man and a woman. They were dressed in dark clothes and the man was putting a handful of jewelry into a bag. Oh my gosh, she thought. Those people are robbing the neighbors. Running back up the hill to the kids, she dropped to the ground. “Someone’s robbing the neighbor’s house,” she panted. “We’ve got to do something about this. Adrian, run in the house and tell mom to call the cops. Tell her someone is robbing the neighbor’s house.”
“Awww, why do I have to go?” Adrian pouted.
“Because you’re the fastest, Bee. You can do it better than anyone.”
“Yeah, I’m the fastest!” he said, jumping up and running for the house.
Inside, Kelsey was just taking the first pan of her surprise out of the oven. Chocolate Chip Cookies. She put them on the table to cool. Adrian came bursting through the door. “What are you doing in here?” Kelsey asked.
“Um…I…ah…Oh! Brenna said, call the cops.”
“What?” Kelsey asked. “What game are you guys playing?”
“Uh…she said somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house. Can I have a cookie?”
Kelsey, wondering what was going on, walked to the window. Brenna, seeing her mom at the window, started motioning toward the neighbor’s house and put her hand to her ear, pantomiming making a phone call. Kelsey wasn’t sure what was happening but trusted her daughter’s instincts and picked up the phone. Adrian ran back out the door with a warm cookie before she could stop him.
Alaina said, “Hey, I want one of those,” seeing Adrian’s cookie.
“Not now,” Brenna said. “We have to do something to help. The cops may be too late.”
“Maybe we can scare them out of the house.”
“That’s a good idea Alaina,” Brenna said. “But how?”
“Let’s run around the house and make a bunch of noise. They’ll get scared and run away.”
Brenna, looking at the neighbor’s house, noticed a rope tied to an eye bolt near the back door. It was about eight inches off the ground. They used the rope to tie out their dog when they were home. “I have an idea. Alaina, you and Adrian run to the neighbor’s front door. Start banging on the door and shouting. Make lots of noise. We’ll see if we can scare them out the back door.”
“Well that was my idea,” Alaina said.
“I know, and it was a good one. Let’s try it.”
As Adrian stuffed the last of his cookie in his mouth, Alaina asked Brenna, “What are you going to do?”
“I’m going to try to trip them up with the dog’s rope when they come out the back door.” Picking Colton up and putting him in his backyard swing so he would be safe, Brenna said, “Okay, let’s do it.”
Adrian and Alaina ran for the front of the neighbor’s house. Brenna ran for the back. She grabbed the rope and pulling it across the doorway, wrapped it a couple of times around the base of a heavy table on the patio and then held on tight while hiding under the table. Alaina and Adrian started pounding on the front door. Alaina shouted, “Hey you robbers! The cops are coming! The cops are coming!” As soon as they started their noisemaking, Brenna could hear running feet in the house. They were coming toward her.
Out of the back door the robbers ran. The first one was the man. Catching his feet on the rope, he fell forward, sprawling on the patio. The woman, right behind him also tripped and fell on top of him. The man had hit his head hard on the patio and knocked himself out. The woman jumped up and ran towards the kid’s house. Jon had just come home from work and was getting out of his car. The woman robber was running right towards him. Alaina gave a shout. “Daddy, watch out!” Jon ducked out of the way just in time and sticking out his foot, he tripped the robber. She fell and hit the driveway.
Meanwhile, the police had arrived and as the woman robber was getting up a police man stopped her. Brenna showed the other policeman where the other robber was at the back of the house. He was just waking up. The two robbers were arrested and put in the back of the police car. The policemen had lots of questions and they and Kelsey and Jon were amazed at what the kids had done. The kids were told that they should have went in the house and let the police do the job, but Jon and Kelsey were very proud of what they accomplished.
Two weeks later, the police called to say that the robbers had confessed to a string of robberies in the neighborhood and the whole family was invited to come to the police station for an award ceremony.
When they arrived at the police station they found that the city council, the chief of police and the mayor were there. The room was full news reporters with cameras. The chief of police gave each of them a medal for bravery. Even little Colton got an award. The chief said, “You kids were amazing that day. While others might have run away, you kids did everything you could to stop a bad thing from happening. You should all be very proud of yourselves because you were very brave.”
Little Colton said, “Bave!” And everyone had a real good laugh.