Capturing the Stranger, part 2 (StoryADay Post)

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“I can’t believe this happened,” said Stuart as the kids watched Mrs. Schindler being arrested by the police. “How were we to know that Tara’s mom was the Stranger?”

“I don’t know,” said Mara, “but there had to be a reason why she did whatever it was that she did.”

“I hope so,” said Irene. “She wouldn’t have kidnapped Tanya and hampered all efforts to find her without some sort of motivation.”

The trio stood and watched as Shara and Pearl, along with Tara and Lil’Marie, came toward them. “Guys, what happened here?” Shara cried out. “I could hear police sirens from a mile away.”

Stuart said, “Well, it’s kind of a funny story…”

TWO HOURS EARLIER…

“I can’t believe you chose to do this over going to the movies,” said Stuart as he, Irene, and Mara drove away from the theater and made their way towards the neighborhood where the old MacMurphy house was located. “What could be more important than a movie?” They were sure that someone living in the house had something to do with the Tanya Shinnok debacle.

“Well, I know that Tara didn’t have anything to do with Tanya and neither are Tiffany and Torvald,” said Mara, “so it has to be one of her parents.”

“Why is it always adults that do that kind of thing?” said Irene.

“Because every time that Tanya Shinnok is mentioned, our trust in our parents and other adults seems to diminish,” said Stuart. “Very soon, I fear that the FBI will have to step in and take us away from our families just like what happened when Mimi Johnson was murdered all these years ago.”

“Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen to us,” said Mara.

They made their way to the house and found a secret passage that led to another part of the house, which contained an office full of computers, tablets, cell phones, and even hidden video cameras.

“What is this place?” Mara cried out.

“It must be where the Stranger lives,” said Stuart.

“No doubt about it,” said Mara. “He must have been tacking our movements and everything we do or say.”

“Just like in “Pretty Little Liars“,” said Irene. “I’ve read those books. I know what’s going on and I bet that their story applies to us.”

“But unlike the girls, I know how to end this story,” said Stuart as he whipped out his cell phone. “The police routinely watches social media websites in order to weed out criminals. We need to report this now while no one can stop us.”

He took pictures of the computers and tablets and everything that was on them, beginning with summer 2005, when the trouble with Tanya began to summer 2010, when the horror truly began. The girls walked around the place, searching for clues that would lead them to Tanya and her killer, but instead found fake documents and school records belonging to a girl named Jane Owens.

“Ok, now who the heck is Jane?” Mara snapped as she read the papers.

“I don’t know,” said Irene, “but something tells me that we’re soon going to find out.”

“What are you children doing in my office?” A voice cut into the air. Mara and Irene quickly pulled the door shut, locked it, and set a bar across the door as well as a heavy steel cabinet.

“You might want to call the police,” said Irene as Mara gathered the papers. “We have a problem.”

“Why?” said Stuart. “We’re already having a hard time trusting adults as it is, so why should we ask them for help?”

“Because they’re the only thing between us and whoever’s out there,” said Mara. “Now hurry up, we don’t have much time!”

As Stuart called the police, the girls cringed as they heard the Stranger on the other end pounding on the door. They knew that the next few minutes could mean life or death…

TWO HOURS LATER…

“So that’s where you were while we were at the movies,” said Shara. “You were snooping around the Old MacMurphy place.”

“Not just snooping,” said Stuart. “The Stranger has their office here.” They all watched as the police hauled away tons of papers, computers, tablets, and cell phones from a large office.

“Ok, that’s all fine and dandy,” said Pearl, “but who is the Stranger?”

They all turned and watched as Mrs. Schindler was being hauled away in handcuffs. The woman cursed and screamed as she was being taken away by the police.

“Well, what a great plot twist,” said Lil’Marie. “Tara’s mom was the Stranger all along. How did no one but us see that?”

“I’m sure that this will be all over the news once that story gets out,” said Tara. “But still, I can’t believe that my own mom had a hand in the entire Tanya Shinnok thing. How did I not foresee this?”

“None of us did,” said Mara.

“Now what do we do since there is no Stranger for us to deal with?” said Stuart.

The kids knew that within the coming days, people were going to be talking about the arrest of Georgette Schindler for cyberstalking and harassment of several children under the age of 18. No one was going to believe that the victims of the crime had somehow gotten the power to turn the tables of their tormentor.

But that’s for another story.

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