FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge #10 – Judy and John – Surprise!
Part 1 is John and Judy.
Part 2 is The Honeymoon
Part 3 is The Flight
Part 4 is The Hospital Under Siege
Part 5 is Love me Tender
Part 6 is Thanksgiving Dinner
Part 7 is The Newborn
Part 8 is Recovery From Birth
Part 9 is The Lesson
Part 10 is Surprise
“Judy and John – Surprise”
by Teresa Smeigh January 2016
Everyone was silent for a long while. Just relaxing and lost in their own thoughts. No one knew for sure they actually went to Australia and that they could find the exact Boab tree they needed. Australia is a big country.
John had been studying the internet and found the the Boab trees were located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. They had a small clue.
Judy was quiet with tears running down her face.
“Oh John I forgot I was supposed to have a surprise birthday party for you today at the hospital since I am still supposed to be in there with Michael. Nothing has gone right since the day we got married except that we got married.”
The girls and the crew got up to let them have the room to themselves.
Judy got in his lap and cried on his lapel. He let her get it out of her system. This wasn’t easy on any of them. Even his crew had grown close to the sisters.
Judy was almost asleep when in marched Gina and Cindy carrying a birthday cake and the guys followed with bottles of champagne and glasses.
Judy jumped up and was shocked to see the cake, her cake, the one she ordered before the birth. ”What happened?”
“Well we all knew John’s birthday and we needed something to cheer everyone up. We called all the bakeries until we found the one and picked up the cake. It is beautiful, by the way.”
“You guys didn’t have to do that. Finding my baby would be the best birthday gift.”
“Thank you guys. Especially Gina and Cindy.”
John chimes in, ”Thanks, but no more than half a glass of champagne, we need to be coherent in several hours.”
After their little party they all prepared to take naps before landing in Australia.
A large bump and crack woke them all up. Rain was streaming in a large crack on the top of the aircraft. The pilot stumbles back and gasps. The storm came out of nowhere. The engines cut off and we came down fast, hit the ground and something else. I couldn’t see anything. We were over land at least and not the ocean.
They found flashlights and filed out to investigate. The plane has hit a Boab tree and it split in half as well, but held up better than the plane.
All gauges were out and they had no idea where they were and several hours to daylight still. They climbed back into the plane and away from the crack. They took stock of injuries if any. There were some minor ones and cleaned and bandaged those injuries.
John ordered Judy down to rest. She just had the baby, she shouldn’t be on her feet so much. John and his crew got together to plan and Cindy sat with Judy.
Slowly the sun rose and they could see more than they could last night during the storm. The plane was down and not going anywhere. They would be held in contempt for destroying the Boab tree most likely.
Residents having heard the noise and seen the jet liner was military and not just and airplane called the local base. Soldiers marched up and stared at the plane and at the tree. Neither in good shape.
John walked up to the head of the group and introduced himself and explained that they were on the search for a kidnapped baby. The land was supposed to be located next to an area near a Boab tree. They didn’t mean to hit it. He was the father and the mother was resting in the plane.
“Not anymore. I am in this till he is found.”
“How old is the baby?”
“Only 2 days old and my mother took him and we know the man as well. His family is around here somewhere. Well somewhere near a Boab tree. That was always the directions. The family was wiped out except one younger brother. I was dating his brother before I met John and he blames John for stealing his family. He is sure the baby is his brother’s who now being deceased would be considered his as the last of the family.”
“Boaz,” Judy was stopped. Boaz was a trouble-maker in this country and they wanted to catch him.
“You know Boaz Bayman? You say the whole family is dead?”
“Yes except Boaz. Unfortunately John and my Dad, David wiped them out during a drug raid. He took my mom and told her that if she wanted to see my Dad again she would get that baby out of the hospital and bring him down here where he has been hiding.”
“Ok we will help you find him and you can have the baby and we’ll take him hopefully alive.”
“I want my mom and dad back. They did nothing to be jailed for. They were coerced by Boaz with bombs around their bodies. My Dad is military too. Please help us find my family.”
“Take the women back to our base for safe keeping.”
“Gina is one of ours,” said John. “She has a well trained German Shepherd.”