“Did you get any sleep last night?”
Brent asked when Jeff came downstairs.
“Not much how about you and Amanda?”
he replied. Brent handed him a cup of coffee.
“Here let’s go out on the porch.”
Brent said. “Amanda didn’t sleep at all, neither did I. The
thought of my little girl out there with that jerk just tears
at me.” They sat down on the swing.
“I’m sorry Brent.” Jeff said.
“You have nothing to be sorry about
Jeff; Sam would have done something no matter what if he was
as determined as you say. It was probably a good thing you
weren’t here, my guess is he would have shot you just
because.” Brent said.
“I should have protected her better.”
“You did your best Jeff; no one
blames you at all.” Brent said. The door opened and others
came out. “No one’s sleeping much I see.” Brent said. Everyone
gave Jeff hugs so his eyes became teary again.
A car pulled into the driveway. It
was Rich and Brooke, Kaye Leigh’s older brother and niece.
“How are you doing Jeff?” Rich asked
shaking his hand.
“I’m ok.” He said.
“Anything new?” Rich asked.
“No, nothing.” He said.
“Pleasant Ridge 911” an operator
“I have some information to report
about Kaye Leigh Rutherford.” Tim said.
“Let me put you through to the police
department.” The operator said.
“Pleasant Ridge Police Department.
How may I help you?” a man said.
“I know where Kaye Leigh Rutherford
is.” Tim said quietly.
“You have information to her
whereabouts?” the man said.
“Yes I do.” He said.
“Let me give you to Sergeant
Jackson.” The man replied. A moment of silence then
“You know where Mrs. Rutherford is?”
Sergeant Jackson said.
“Yes, she is in a hotel in just out
side of Deming, New Mexico. I am one of the people who
kidnapped her. We are going to be going to a small diner
called Paso in an hour.” Tim said.
“You kidnapped her?” Sergeant Jackson
“Yes, and she will be in trouble from
the other two people if we don’t get her out of there. The
woman, Morgan Thomas, is crazy.” He said. “You really need to
help her.” He hung up.
He got back into the room before
anyone realized he was gone, except Kaye Leigh who he thought
from the looks of her did not sleep at all.
“Morning Kaye Leigh.” He said. She
just looked at him. “We’re going to be going to a restaurant
if you want to take a shower and stuff.” He said and handed
her a bag with a change of clothes.
“Do I have to keep the door open?”
“Yes.” He said, she laughed.
Tim untied her; she rubbed her wrists
and then went into the bathroom. She turned on the shower, and
kept talking to him. She got into the shower where she removed
her clothes. She quickly showered and washed her hair. When
she turned off the shower, she reached out grabbed the towel,
dried off, grabbed her clothes and dressed in the shower
Kaye Leigh looked in the mirror when
she got out of the shower, she looked like a mess, one eye was
swollen shut, and purple, her lip was cut and fat. She
“Boy I’ve never looked so good.” She
said to Tim sarcastically. “Could you get me a brush or a
Within seconds, he was at the door
handing her a brush. She took it and started brushing out her
hair, then put it back into a ponytail. Then she went out, sat
in the chair, and put her boots on.
“Do you need to tie me to the chair
again?” she snapped.
“No, but if you try anything I will.”
He replied. “I’m really sorry about this Kaye Leigh.” She
“No you’re not, if you were you would
have never done it in the first place.” She hissed.
There was a knock on the door.
“Are you guys up?” Sam called. Tim
opened the door.
“We can’t tie you up again.” Morgan
told her. “But I can and will shoot you if you give me a
reason, do you understand that?” Kaye Leigh nodded.
“Tim are you ok?” she asked.
“Yes, I’m fine.” He replied.
“Did she keep you up all night Tim?”
Morgan asked laughing.
“Let’s go.” Sam said sharply.
They walked over to the diner. It was
a small town from what Kaye Leigh could see. The sun made her
“Not looking so beautiful today huh
Kaye Leigh?” Morgan said laughing.
“You know Morgan; even looking like
this I still look better than you ever will.” Kaye Leigh
“Do not touch her in public.” Sam
hissed a Morgan.
“That’s right Sam keep your lap dog
under control.” She said.
“Stop it Kaye Leigh.” Tim said as he
opened the door, Sam led them to a table in the back.
“Morning, what can I get for you?” a
young girl said. She gasped when she looked up and saw Kaye
“Wow, what happened to you?” she
“Ran into a Mac truck.” Kaye Leigh
“She had too much to drink last
night.” Sam said. “She got too mouthy with someone.”
“You don’t look so great. Do you want
some ice?” she asked.
“I’m fine really thanks though.” Kaye
“Well you must really be different
when you’re drunk, because you’re very pleasant.” She said
smiling. “Ok, now what can I get for you guys?”
“Orange juice, eggs over easy, bacon,
toast and hash browns for me.” Morgan said.
“I’ll have a ham and cheese omelet
and a coffee.” Sam said.
“Scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, hash
browns, and coffee for me.” Tim said.
“And you ma’am?” she said.
“Some iced tea without sugar, and dry
toast please. Thanks.” Kaye Leigh said.
“That’s all you want Kaye Leigh?” Sam
“I’ll probably throw that up, but if
you really want me to I can shovel more food down so I can
throw up all over the car.” She said sarcastically.
“Are you too frightened to eat?”
Morgan said laughing.
“Are you too stupid to realize its
morning sickness?” she replied coldly.
“I’ve had enough of your mouth.”
Kaye Leigh looked at her defiantly
and said, “You need to get used to it.”
“Getting some of your spunk back I
see Kaye Leigh.” Sam said laughing.
Jon was on the phone with the police
department, when he hung he told everyone that there was still
no news. The department had told him about the call but he did
not want to get anyone’s hopes up until it was proven.
“Let’s pray some more.” Anna said.
They all took hands and bowed their heads each taking turns to
pray for Kaye Leigh’s safe return.
“Thanks mom.” Jeff said hugging her
when they were finished.
“We love you guys.” She replied.
Their food was just being served when
the front door busted open. It was the police; they had come
in the front and in through the kitchen so no one could leave.
“Everyone down!” someone yelled. Kaye
Leigh looked at Morgan.
Morgan yelled and grabbed her gun out
of her purse, she went to fire at Kaye Leigh, but Tim pushed
her out of the way. She saw that Tim was hit as she fell to
the floor, then she hit her head. The police were wrestling
the gun away from Morgan. Kaye Leigh was dazed. She turned
over and found Tim lying on the floor, she crawled over to
“I really am so sorry Kaye Leigh; I
should have never done any of this. I called the police this
morning, you belong with your family, and you belong with
Jeff.” He said. He was bleeding from the shoulder. Kaye Leigh
was applying pressure to his wound.
“Thank you Tim, you’ll be ok, just
don’t talk save your energy.” She said tears falling down her
“Ma’am are you Kaye Leigh
Rutherford?” an officer was asking her.
“No I’m Kaye Leigh.” Morgan yelled as
the police were trying to get handcuffs on her. Kaye Leigh
shook her head.
“I’m her.” She replied.
“This is Kaye Leigh.” Tim said.
“How could you do this to me?” Morgan
“Kaye Leigh you know I love you.” Sam
“Get them out of here!” someone
“We’re going to let your family know
you’re safe but first we need to get the two of you headed to
the hospital.” The officer said. Kaye Leigh nodded. “Stay
still until the ambulances get her, you’ll be going to El
Paso.” He said. When the paramedics came in they loaded Tim
into one of the ambulances.
“I’ll see you there.” Kaye Leigh
“Ma’am are you having any pain at
all?” the paramedic said.
“My left side is really sore, and I
think I might be pregnant.” Kaye Leigh told him.
“Ok.” He replied, he relayed the
information along with her vitals to the hospital. “You let me
know immediately if you have any pain in your abdomen.” He
told her. She nodded. Kaye Leigh shut her eyes, the noise of
the sirens were making her head hurt worse.
“Are you ok ma’am?” he asked.
“Yes, just have a headache.” She
“It’s no wonder.” He said.
Everyone was out on the porch when
the phone rang.
“I’ll grab it Uncle Jeff.” Brooke
“Can I speak with Mr. Rutherford
please?” the voice said.
“Sure just a moment please.” She
said. “Uncle Jeff it’s for you.” Jeff hurried into the house.
“Hello?” he said.
“Jeff, this is the Pleasant Ridge
Police Department. We just received a call from the New Mexico
state police, they were able to get Kaye Leigh and arrest the
suspects. Kaye Leigh was taken to a local hospital to be
stabilized then transferred to El Paso. We have no information
on her condition; we do know one person was shot.” The officer
told him. “We are going to send a car for Jon to drive so you
get there faster, it will be there in about an hour.”
“Thank you.” Jeff said as he hung up.
He went outside and relayed the news
to everyone. They all prayed that Kaye Leigh was not the one
who was shot, and that she would be ok, they thanked God for
allowing the police to find her.
“It was Tim who turned them in, he
had called the department this morning, but they wanted to
confirm the information before I said anything.” Jon said.
“I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, but I didn’t want anyone to get
their hopes up and have it turn out to be nothing.”
“It’s ok.” Jeff said.
Kaye Leigh was in the emergency room
in El Paso, she was waiting to go to a regular room. Tim was
taken into surgery shortly after they got there. They were
going to take them to the local hospital but they decided to
just go straight to El Paso. They were going to keep her for a
couple of days, she had two broken ribs from Morgan kicking
her, she had a concussion from hitting her head on the floor,
she was dehydrated, and she was definitely pregnant.
She was sitting there crying, how she
was going to face Jeff and everyone else. She hated herself,
she knew that things were over with Jeff for sure now, she was
going through with the divorce, because he deserved a whole
lot more than her, she also decided that she had to leave
When she was transferred to her room,
a nurse had come in to check her vitals.
“Do you have any information on Tim
Grant?” she asked.
“He made it through surgery just
fine, he’s in recovery now.” The nurse said.
“Would I be able to see him later?”
“I could arrange that.” The nurse
said. “You need to drink lots of fluid and eat if you can ok?”
“Thanks.” Kaye Leigh said.
The four-hour ride to El Paso was the
longest ride of Jeff’s life. He had the door opened before the
car had come to a complete stop.
“Slow down Jeff.” Jon said as he ran
to catch up with him. When they found a nurses station, Jeff
asked for Kaye Leigh’s room.
“I’m on my way down there, I’ll take
you.” A nurse said smiling.
They followed her down the hall and
into her room.
“Kaye Leigh!” Jeff said going to her.
She looked up at him and Jon and burst into tears. “Shh, it’s
ok, you’re safe now.” Jeff said holding her.
“You’re ok now sis.” Jon said. She
pushed back from Jeff.
“I’m so sorry Jeff; I should have
believed you and trusted you.” She said tears falling down her
“It’s ok Kaye Leigh.” Jeff said as he
tried to hold her again.
“No it’s not.” She said pushing away