Lucy Flippen is your average seven year old girl. She likes sports and television just like a lot of kids her age. But what makes Lucy stand out from other girls her age is that she's a tomboy. That means she doesn't wear dresses or makeup, which is perfectly fine as not all girls have to be the same. Now one afternoon, Lucy was on her way home from playing baseball in the park with her friends when a black car pulled up beside her. Lucy didn't know what to do, so she stopped and watched the driver get out.
"Hello there, Lucy." he said.
"How do you know my name?" Lucy asked.
"I can't tell you that." he said. "But I can tell you that I've been watching you for the last week and observing every one of your moves. Now I recommend that you get plenty of sleep tonight so that you'll be ready for tomorrow."
"What happens tomorrow?" asked Lucy.
"Tomorrow, I'm going to come and kidnap you." he said. "I'll be at your house in the morning, so be ready. Also, there is to be no parental interference." With that, he got back into his car and drove off. Lucy was scared now. She didn't know whether she should tell her mom or not. She thought about it as she walked the rest of the way back to her house. When she got inside, she greeted her mother with a big hug.
"Hello, dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "How was the baseball game?"
"My team won thanks to my home run in the last inning of the game." Lucy said proudly.
"That's great!" said Mrs. Flippen. Then Lucy sighed.
"Is there something wrong?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"A man just came up to me and said he was going to kidnap me tomorrow." said Lucy.
"Oh my goodness." said Mrs. Flippen. "Well don't worry; I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen."
"No, you can't." Lucy said. "The man said that you're not supposed to interfere."
"I see." said Mrs. Flippen.
"He's going to be here in the morning to take me away and I don't really want him to." said Lucy. "What should I do?"
"I don't really think there's anything you can do if that's what he told you." said Mrs. Flippen. "So I suppose you'll have to go with him." Lucy barely slept that night, as she was very nervous about what was going to happen. She was still nervous when she woke up the next morning.
"He's coming for me today." Lucy said to herself. "I don't want to go with him, but I don't really have a choice." She got dressed into a bright yellow rainbow striped tee shirt, dark blue jeans, her white socks and red sneakers and then went to have her breakfast. But the whole time she ate, she had one thing on her mind.
"That planned kidnapping still bothering you?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"Yes." said Lucy. "I can't seem to block it out of my thoughts."
"The man didn't say exactly when he was coming for you, did he?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"No he didn't." said Lucy. "All he said was that he was going to be here this morning, so he could show up any time." She finished her breakfast and went into the living room to watch television. The doorbell rang at nine o'clock.
"That's him, Mommy." said Lucy. "I'm scared about this."
"I know you are." said Mrs. Flippen. "But try to stay calm and I'm sure everything will be fine." They answered the door together, and sure enough, it was the man that had pulled up beside Lucy in his car yesterday.
"Good morning." he said to Lucy. "I suppose you know why I'm here."
"You're here to kidnap me, aren't you?" Lucy asked.
"That's right." said the man. "However, I will allow you some time to say goodbye to your mother as you will not be seeing her for a little while." Lucy gulped and turned to Mrs. Flippen.
"Well, I guess I have to go now." she said sadly. "Good bye, Mommy."
"Good bye, dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "Do anything he tells you to do."
"I will." said Lucy. She hugged her mother and then followed the man to his car. She got inside the passenger seat while the man got into the driver's seat. Then he started the car and drove away.
"Where are you going to be taking me?" Lucy asked.
"I don't know just yet." said the man. "I guess we'll both find out together." They pulled off the main road and onto the highway. All Lucy was able to think about was if she was going to be treated properly during her kidnapping. After driving for an hour, they pulled up in front of an old building. Lucy didn't want to go inside, but she knew there was no point in backing out now. So she followed the man inside.
"You'll be staying in this building for the duration of the kidnapping." he said and led Lucy down the hall to a room in the middle of the hallway.
"This room is where you'll stay in during your imprisonment." he said and pointed to the wooden chair that was in the center of the room. "That's the chair you'll be sitting in, and you'll do so wearing clothes that I will assign. Come with me and I'll show you where they are." Lucy followed the man into the room across the hall.
"That's the change room." he said. "The clothes you'll be wearing are inside the closet."
"I hope they're casual clothes." said Lucy.
"Well, you'll see right now exactly which clothes they are." he said and he pulled out a short sleeve pink satin striped dress with a diamante bow, a set of white cotton tights and a pair of black Mary Jane dress shoes.
"You're going to make me wear pink?" Lucy asked.
"What's wrong with pink?" said the man.
"Nothing's wrong, exactly." said Lucy. "I've just never worn pink before."
"Well there's a first time for everything." said the man. "You know how people that have to spend time in jail wear prison clothes, right?"
"Yes, I know that." said Lucy.
"Well think of the room you're going to be held in as a prison cell and think of the clothes I'm giving you as your prison clothes." he said.
"But I've never worn a dress before." said Lucy.
"I know, but this was all that was available so I don't want to hear any complaints." Lucy sighed, but changed into her assigned attire and then followed the man back into the other room.
"I hope you used the bathroom before we got here." he said.
"I used it when I woke up this morning." said Lucy.
"Very well." said the man. "I say that because during the duration of this kidnapping, you will not be allowed to leave this room. Now, are there any questions?"
"No." Lucy answered.
"Then sit down in the chair and we'll begin." he said. Lucy did what the man told her to do and propped herself up so that her back was touching the back of the chair. Then she placed her hands and wrists together against the wooden bars behind the back of the chair.
"Please stay still while I tie you." said the man. "Before I do so, however, I'm going to give you a choice."
"What kind of choice?" asked Lucy.
"I'm going to let you decide how I tie you up." he said. "Would you like to be tied with rope or with duct tape?"
"Duct tape please." said Lucy.
"Very well." he said. He took out some duct tape and wrapped four laps of it around Lucy's wrists. Then he wrapped another four lengths of duct tape around her waist and behind the back of the chair. When he was finished, he stood in front of Lucy.
"Are you going to hurt me?" she asked.
"No, I have no intention of harming you in any way." he said.
"That's good." said Lucy. "How long do you plan to keep me here?"
"I would estimate about three or four days." he said. "I might release you earlier than that, however. Now, you are to stay perfectly still in that chair." He started pacing back and forth across the room.
"You know, you don't scare me at all." said Lucy.
"Unlike most kidnappers, I'm actually pretty friendly." he said. "Then his watch beeped. "I have to go out for right now.
"How long are you going to be gone?" Lucy asked.
"I'll be out for about an hour, maybe two." he said and he left the room.
"At least he's being nice." Lucy said. "I think I actually like this kidnapper." Time went by, and all Lucy was able to do was sit quietly. As she sat, she tried to think about happy things so that she would feel less nervous. She liked the fact that the floor in her prison room wasn't cold, so she would be able to move over to the bedroom at night without any issues. Her kidnapper came back two and a half hours later.
"You're late." said Lucy.
"I know." said the man. "I was trying to find you a nice gift and that took a little longer than I thought. But I think you'll like what I got for you." He took out a small jewelry box and opened it up. Inside was a silver rhinestone heart pendant necklace.
"What do you think?" he asked as he placed the pendant around Lucy's neck.
"I love it." she said. "Thank you so much."
"You're welcome." he said. "So what do you think of your kidnapping so far?"
"Well, it's honestly a lot better than how kidnappings usually go." said Lucy.
"Yeah, I tend to deviate from the traditional kidnapping routine in some areas." he said.
"I've noticed that." said Lucy. Then the man's cell phone buzzed.
"I have to go to work now." he said.
"Will you be back?" asked Lucy.
"Oh yes, of course." he said. "I should return later on this evening." With that, he left the room.
"This kidnapping isn't as bad as I thought it would be." said Lucy, and she was right. She was being treated fairly and her kidnapper was being nice to her. Now she wasn't nervous anymore. In fact, she was actually quite happy. She smiled as she sat and waited for her kidnapper to comeback. An hour passed, then two hours. Soon it became three hours, and then four. Then her stomach grumbled.
"I'm getting kind of hungry." she said. "Hopefully he brings me some food." Another two hours went by and then it was early evening. By this point, she had been tied up for about eight hours, but she didn't mind because her kidnapper was taking good care of her. Two hours later, he finally returned.
"How was work?" Lucy asked.
"Busy, but productive." the man answered. "Anyway, I got some food for you on the way home." He pulled out a ham and cheese sandwich from his bag.
"I'm sure you're quite hungry, aren't you?" he asked.
"Oh yes." said Lucy. She bit into the sandwich that the man was holding in front of her.
"That's good." she said. She kept biting the sandwich until it had been completely eaten.
"That was delicious." she said. Then she let out a yawn.
"I think it's time for someone to go to sleep." said the man. He turned off the light and closed the door as he left the room. Shortly after that, Lucy fell asleep in her chair. At eight thirty the next morning, she woke up to the sound of thunder and pouring rain.
"Thank goodness I'm inside." she said. A little while later, her kidnapper entered the room.
"Good morning, prisoner." he said as he turned on the light. "Did you sleep well?"
"Yes." said Lucy. "I miss my own bed, though."
"Don't worry, you'll be back at home in a couple of days or so." he said. "I see you're still wearing the pendant I gave you." he said.
"That's because I like it so much." said Lucy. "It makes me feel pretty."
"I think so too." said the man. "That's why I got it for you." He then pulled her hair into a ponytail.
"So how come you kidnapped me anyway?" asked Lucy.
"Well, I've been feeling kind of lonely lately." said the man. "My wife passed away three months ago."
"I'm sorry to hear that." said Lucy.
"It was very sudden." said the man. "One minute we were walking home from the movie theater, then the next, she unexpectedly fainted to the ground."
"Oh dear." said Lucy.
"The paramedics and the hospital people tried everything they could to revive her, but they weren't able to do so." said the man. "I loved my wife very much, but since the funeral, I've been kind of depressed and felt the need for company. That's why I kidnapped you."
"I see." said Lucy. "Well I'm very sorry for your loss."
"Thanks." said the man. He pulled out a leather sofa and sat down in it to read the newspaper.
"Is there anything interesting in the paper today?" Lucy asked.
"Not really." he said. "Oh, here's something. They're promoting the baseball game that's supposed to take place this afternoon." A clap of thunder was heard outside.
"They won't be able to play if the rain doesn't stop in time." said Lucy.
"That's true." he said. He turned the page and looked over the For Sale section. There was nothing there that he liked either, so he switched to the business section. But there was nothing of interest in there either. He sighed and put the newspaper away.
"So what do we do now?" asked Lucy.
"You are going to stay put in your chair while I stay in the sofa and read a book." he said. He took out a book from his bag and started reading it. Lucy swung her legs back and forth against the front of her chair for a little while until the man cleared his throat.
"Please don't do that." he said.
"Sorry." said Lucy. Then she began humming a little tune to herself. The man cleared his throat again.
"Don't do that either." he said. "It's disturbing my reading."
"Well I'm sorry, but I'm bored." said Lucy. "Can I get up from my chair please?"
"No." said the man. "I told you yesterday, you're not leaving this room until the kidnapping is over."
"How long will that be?" asked Lucy.
"Maybe another couple of days." said the man.
"Then can I at least call my mom?" asked Lucy.
"That's a good idea." said the man. "She'll probably want to hear from you." He took his phone out from his pocket.
"Just tell me the number and I'll dial for you." he said.
"Four one six, seven eight nine, three five zero eight." said Lucy. The man dialed the numbers, hit the speaker button and put the phone against Lucy's ear. The phone rang three times before Mrs. Flippen picked up.
"Hi Mommy." said Lucy.
"Hello dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "How are you doing?"
"I'm fine." said Lucy. "But I miss you."
"I miss you too." said Mrs. Flippen. "How's your kidnapping going?"
"It's going all right." said Lucy. "But I have to sit in this wooden chair the whole time."
"He won't let you get up?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"Not until the kidnapping's over." said Lucy.
"When do you think you'll be able to come home?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"I don't know." said Lucy. "That's for my kidnapper to decide."
"Time's up." he said.
"I have to go now." said Lucy. The man took the phone away and hit the end call button. Then he put the phone back in his pocket.
"Do you think it would be all right for my mom to visit me here?" asked Lucy.
"I don't think that should be a problem." he said. He fired off a quick text to Mrs. Flippen's cell phone and then put his phone away. Then he went back to reading his book.
"I don't want you making any noise while I read." said the man. "Is that clear?"
"Yes, sir." said Lucy. She sat quietly so as not to bother her kidnapper. She had a feeling that if she disturbed his reading again, he would get even angrier then before and she didn't want that. What she did want was to be able to get out of her chair but she couldn't unless she had permission. She didn't even bother trying to wiggle herself out of the duct tape that was binding her to the chair as she knew her kidnapper wouldn't like that either. Besides, there was no point in trying to struggle when she had already agreed to let herself be kidnapped in the first place. Ten minutes later, a beep went off. The man promptly glared at Lucy.
"I thought I told you not to make any noise." he said.
"I didn't say or do anything." Lucy protested. "It was your phone that made that noise." The man checked his phone and saw that he had a new text message.
"You're right." he said. He saw that the message was from Mrs. Flippen. He read over the message before putting his phone back.
"Your mom's going to come by this afternoon." he said and went back to his book. As he read, Lucy thought about the things she was missing out on at home. Although she missed her mom, she was looking forward to her visit later in the day. At four o'clock that afternoon, there was a knock on the door.
"I think I know who that is." she said excitedly.
"Well let's see if you're right." said the man. He went to open the door and Lucy was indeed correct. Standing in the hallway on the other side of the door was Mrs. Flippen.
"I'm here to see my daughter." she said.
"Follow me and I'll take you over to her." he said and he led Mrs. Flippen to the middle of the room.
"There she is right over there." said the man, pointing to the chair Lucy was sitting in. "As you can see, she's completely safe and completely unharmed."
"Hi Mommy." said Lucy.
"Hello there, dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "Are you happy to see me?"
"Of course." said Lucy. "I've missed you."
"I've missed you too." said Mrs. Flippen. She took a plastic bag out of her purse and pulled out a couple of Lucy's tee shirts.
"I don't know when he's going to let you come home, so I brought you some of your clothes." she said.
"Thanks, but I can't wear those." said Lucy.
"Why not?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"I have to wear what my kidnapper assigned." said Lucy.
"What do you mean?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"I mean, I have to wear what I was told to wear." said Lucy. "The dress I have on now is what my kidnapper told me to wear and I have to stay in this attire until he lets me go home."
"I see." said Mrs. Flippen and she put the tee shirts back in the bag.
"How's everything at home?" asked Lucy.
"Everything's okay, but it's not the same without you." said Mrs. Flippen. "How long do you have to sit in that chair taped up liked that for?"
"Until my kidnapper says I can leave." said Lucy.
"Do you know when that's going to be?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"No I don't." said Lucy. "And I've been in this chair for about thirty hours now."
"Well if you've been sitting that long, I think you need to get up and move around a little." said Mrs. Flippen. "Maybe I could take you for a little walk."
"No, you can't do that." said Lucy. "I have to sit in this chair. I'm not allowed to get up at all."
"You can't get up for anything?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"Not even to use the bathroom." said Lucy. "I have to remain perfectly still. It's not easy to do that."
"I know, but just try to hang in there." said Mrs. Flippen. "Now where did you get that nice pendant necklace?"
"My kidnapper got this for me." said Lucy. "It has my name engraved on the heart and everything. What do you think?"
"I think it looks lovely on you." said Mrs. Flippen. The two of them kept talking for a while, but when five o'clock came around, the man cleared his throat.
"It's time for you to leave now." he said to Mrs. Flippen.
"Do you really have to go, Mommy?" asked Lucy.
"I'm afraid so, dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "I hope you'll be able to come home soon."
"I hope so too, Mommy." said Lucy. "Will you be able to come back here tomorrow to visit me again?"
"That depends on what your kidnapper says." said Mrs. Flippen. She turned to the man, who simply nodded his head.
"He says I can come back tomorrow, so I'll see you then." said Mrs. Flippen. "In the meantime, you do anything he tells you to do." She kissed her daughter on the cheek and left the room. Later that night, her kidnapper had a brief chat with her.
"I enjoyed seeing Mommy today." said Lucy.
"I bet you did." said the man. "But now it's time to go to sleep." He turned off the light as he left the room and Lucy fell asleep immediately. The next morning, her kidnapper didn't come into the room until ten o'clock.
"Sorry I'm a bit late this morning, Lucy, but I overslept." he said.
"That's okay." Lucy said.
"So how are you doing this morning?" he asked.
"I'm doing all right." said Lucy. "I wish I could get out of this chair, though."
"I know you do, but rules are rules." he said. "However, I have some good news for you."
"What's that?" she asked.
"I'm going to be releasing you tomorrow." he said. This news got Lucy excited. "I bet you're excited about that, aren't you?"
"Of course I am!" cried Lucy. "I've missed my bed and all of my other things too so it'll be great seeing them again. Plus my friends have probably missed me too."
"Well once tomorrow morning comes, you'll be free to leave." he said. Lucy was extremely happy to hear this, as she had been forced to sit in her chair for forty eight hours at this point. She was also happy to see Mrs. Flippen show up to see her at three o'clock that afternoon.
"Hello again, dear." said Mrs. Flippen.
"Hi Mommy." said Lucy.
"I brought you a little snack." said Mrs. Flippen, pulling some chocolate chip cookies out of her shopping bag.
"Those look yummy." said Lucy.
"I made them this morning." said Mrs. Flippen. She held one in front of Lucy, who bit into the cookie with her mouth.
"Why aren't you using your hands?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"Because they're tied up." answered Lucy.
"Well that makes sense." said Mrs. Flippen. Lucy finished the cookie and then smiled at her mother.
"I take it that you have some good news." said Mrs. Flippen.
"I sure do." said Lucy. "I get to come home tomorrow."
"Well that's wonderful, dear." said Mrs. Flippen. "I'll have to make you a big meal to celebrate. How does pizza sound?"
"That sounds great." said Lucy. "I haven't had too much to eat since I came here."
"You mean he hasn't been feeding you?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"He did give me a sandwich a couple of days ago but nothing else." said Lucy. "I could definitely use a big meal."
"Well you'll get a nice big one tomorrow." said Mrs. Flippen. "Well, I have to go."
"Can't you stay a little longer?" asked Lucy.
"I wish I could, but I've got laundry to do at home." said Mrs. Flippen. "I'll see you tomorrow, though." She kissed Lucy on the forehead and left. Lucy went to sleep that night in a happy mood as she was looking forward to going home. The next morning at ten thirty, her kidnapper came to see her.
"How did you enjoy your time here?" he asked.
"Well, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." said Lucy. "But I'm anxious to go home."
"I'm sure you are." he said. "I promised you yesterday that I would be releasing you this morning and I'm sticking to my word. Your kidnapping is officially over." He took the tape off Lucy's wrists and waist, thus allowing her to get up from her chair. She went into the change room to look for her other clothes, but didn't find them.
"What happened to the clothes I had when you brought me here?" she asked.
"I donated them to Goodwill yesterday afternoon." he said. "But don't worry; I got you a new outfit for you to wear home." He pulled out a red sweatshirt, light blue jeans and green sneakers.
"Do you like the clothes?" he asked.
"I love them." she said. "Best of all, they're not pink." She took off her kidnapping clothes and changed into her new outfit, and then she followed her kidnapper into his car. As they drove away from the building, all Lucy thought about was the meal she was going to be enjoying. They pulled up in front of her house an hour later. Lucy got out of the car and calmly walked into her house through the front door.
"Well, look whose home." said Mrs. Flippen. "I've missed you so much."
"I've missed you too." said Lucy. Then she saw an enormous pizza sitting on the table.
"I made that earlier this morning." said Mrs. Flippen. "I'm sure you'll want to eat it after barely eating anything for the last few days."
"Oh yes, definitely." said Lucy. She sat down at the table and dug into the pizza. She was so hungry that she gobbled up four slices of the pepperoni, anchovy and bacon pizza. That night as she was getting ready to go to bed, her mom came to check on her.
"Aren't you glad to be home?" asked Mrs. Flippen.
"Yes I am." said Lucy. "I've missed my bed and all of my toys, so I'm happy to see them again. But most importantly, I'm happy to see you again."
"I'm happy to see you too." said Mrs. Flippen. She kissed her daughter, turned off the light and left the room. Lucy went to sleep feeling happy that she was back in familiar territory.
"There's no place like home." she thought.