The Big One………………………………Chapter 41

Late summer morning sun was warm upon the meadow valley farm as the young Amish lad Abe Yoder leaned upon his porch railing with coffee cup in hand. His youthful mind had many things to ponder including the disappearance of his friend Dave Rippley . No one seemed to know where he had been taken or who had snatched him away. Abe had heard the girls talking and one of them pointed out that it was odd how Fred Casper was taking the news. He was not one bit upset or surprised and seemed utterly sure of Dave’s soon return. Lifting his mug for one last swig of coffee he could see over its brim the shapes of two women and little Emily playing in the meadow together. The men folk had warned them not to go far given current happenings. Abe had found a smaller shack not too far from his own, just back in the woods a ways. He had yet to explore its interior and so with time to himself he headed off to do just that. He had not even reached the trees at the edge of the meadow when the plane pilot Bill Langley joined him. The two walked on together talking and Abe thought it better not to tell Bill about the large molten gold deposit he had discovered on his last hike with little Emily. Grass and brush had grown up around the little building throughout summer and the two men noted an antenna towering above the structure. The old wooden door would not budge at first but soon gave way with the men’s continued efforts. Once inside the interior was dark and smelled musty but Abe soon found a flashlight and turned it on betraying a room that contained book cases with a desk and a couple old leather swivel chairs. It was the item on the desk that made both men utter surprised exclamations. For there sat a full portable radio device with two head sets and what seemed to be everything an operator could need. The Amish lad had seen such things before but Bill Langley being the plane pilot that he was knew this system very well. Abe was instantly glad that Bill had joined him and the pilot spent the next half hour showing the youngster how to use it. The two were still hard at it when a distant female voice called Bill’s name and he bid Abe good bye leaving him alone to continue. He played with the dials for some time hearing nothing but static but then it happened. It was very faint at first making the young man doubt he had heard it but then it came through clear as day

” This is Diego Island come in come in……anybody out there got a copy”?

Abe’s heart leaped into his throat as he grabbed the mic, pushing the button he responded.

” This is Abe Yoder responding, I copy”.

There was nothing but silence for a moment and then the radio crackled to life once more this time with a woman’s voice…..

“Diego Island copies Abe Yoder…….did you say Abe Yoder”?

“Yes, said Abe…this is Abe Yoder of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I am now in the mountains of Colorado living on a small valley farm. Where are you folks at and are you well”?

A rather lengthy silence followed causing the lad to wonder if they had heard him but the radio came to life once again with the same women’s voice a little shaken with excitement this time.

“Abe this is Anna….Anna Colbenze”.

Abe just sat there dumb founded…..could it be? Anna this girl raised a few farms down from his who’s horse he had taken for his trip here?

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