It was early in the evening when Ronald Swanson heard the phone ring. He answered it. He wasn't expecting any calls today or any other day.
"Hello, Swanson residence. This is Ronald speaking."
"Hello, Ronald. I was just calling to say hello."
"Who is this that's calling me?"
He kept trying to see if this person was someone he knew from the past.
Ronald wasn't recognizing this person's voice. He thought it could be a wrong number.
"This is Jack Sanchez. Do you remember me?"
"No, I don't. I think you called the wrong Ronald Swanson."
"I disagree, Ronald. I was thinking about you recently."
"I don't know anybody under the name of Jack Sanchez."
"Of course you do. All you need to do is think harder and see that I am an old high school friend of yours."
Ronald was still at a blank when he finished thinking back in his high school years. This Jack Sanchez character didn't sound familiar to him, so he answered again with the truth.
"I have done that as hard as I could, Mr. Sanchez. Like I just said, I don't know anyone under that name. You can call a different Ronald Swanson."
"I will make sure you do your best to look as hard as you can. Do you have any yearbooks?"
"Maybe. I don't plan to do that anytime soon. Keep calling until you find the right person. I still don't recognize your voice."
"That's a shame. I wanted to visit you in person sometime if you're in the mood. The only thing I remember hearing about you is you have a few children of your own with a divorce. Am I right?"
"Yes. Please go away and leave me alone."
He hung up before Jack could say anything.
One of his daughters, Kristin, had overheard the strange phone call conversation.
"Who was that called, Dad?" Kristin asked.
"Wrong number, Kristin. Somebody by the name of Jack Sanchez was the caller. I don't recognize the name at all. He asked if I still had my high school yearbooks with me from then until today."
"Why would some stranger ask that silly question to you that you don't know how long ago? I suggest you look for those books and do research on him and see if he is a real person?"
"I don't want to waste my time with that now, sweetheart. I have better things to do than messing around with yearbooks. I'm just not into that sort of thing."
From what he had just told her was true. It somehow gave her the idea this Sanchez character wants to have a reunion, but she didn't say it out loud. That could wait for another time.
"I would like to visit the grocery store. We're almost out of food. I hope that's okay."
"You don't need to tell me, Kristin. You can do whatever you want. You're an adult."
"Before I leave, mind if I take your car? Mine's still in the shop. Not sure when I will be able to get it back."
"Yes, you can take it. I don't need to go anywhere today."
"I will be back soon, Dad. Just do me a favor and go through those books if you still have them. Maybe you might think he's a real person rather than just thinking he is someone else."
What Kristin had just told did make him think that was a good thought, but it never hurt to try. He didn't bother saying anything.
Ronald looked for his car keys so he could give them to his daughter.
"Here you go, honey. There's no need to rush home."
"I know. I might visit a friend of mine on the way home. She wants me to see the latest pictures of Jay McCarey."
Ronald remembered now that the name sounded familiar.
"I do remember getting a job interview with him. I wonder if he's found someone by now that you mentioned it."
"I'm sure he probably has. She can tell me since she follows his music."
"You don't need to tell me what your friend has to say about him. He was mentioned in the news recently. It doesn't look good from what the news anchor had said."
"What did the news say?"
It got her attention and she was showing a lot of interest in this conversation.
"Your friend can tell you. Do you mind going to the bank for me? I need some cash."
"Yes, I can do that. Why don't you come along since you mentioned running errands for yourself?"
"That makes sense. I can go with you, but I might not be patient enough to stay while you look at your pictures. You can just drive me home."
"I will do that. I know you don't show much in women talk about that involves men like you."
"Thanks. You're a good woman."
"I haven't heard you say that to me lately. You're a good father also. Do you want to drive or should I?"
"You can do it," he answered.
"Okay. Where is the car if you don't mind me asking?"
"It's in the garage."
"Okay. I will follow you then."
He was being a gentleman by opening the door for her when they walked out. Kristin unlocked the doors.
He got into the passenger seat and put his seatbelt on and they didn't say much when they drove to the mailbox.
"I'll get the mail on the way back," she offered.
"Thank you, honey. This character I talked with sounded like he left a conversation with the wrong Ronald Swanson and Jack Sanchez."
"Maybe. We're just playing around, aren't we?"
"Yes. At least it is worth a try to find the books and see for myself that he is who he says is telling the truth or lying to me."
"All right, Dad. Are you planning to walk inside the bank or do the drive through?"
"Drive through is best," he answered.
"Fine with me. I want to take something in my checkbook while we're at it."
He didn't bother saying anything after that. Then they arrived to the bank and did what they had to do.
"Do you want to come along with me?" she asked.
"Sure. It's better than you taking two trips into town," he answered.
She didn't mind what he said. They drove to the nearest Wal – Mart so she could see what she could find. She is good at grocery shopping, and he gives her credit for that.
"Where is everyone?"
"They're out doing what they have to do," Ronald answered.
"I've noticed that nobody was home to keep you company."
"They can look after themselves."
She saw for herself he made another good point.
He helped her with the items that were on the list. About ten minutes later, they were checking out.
Then they drove back home and he offered to put the groceries away.
"I will be home when I can. I'm not sure what time, though."
"Take all the time you need," he told her.
Then they hugged one another and after that, she was gone.
Note: Ronald Swanson is from the first in the series of "SET FREE." If you're still not sure who he is, I suggest you read the "SET FREE" story and get a better idea. Jack Sanchez is with Wendy and her group.