I hope everyone is enjoying this short
story and thank you to those who answered the questions on my blog. Chapter 2
“Where is this place anyway?” It
seemed to Abby that they'd been driving in circles for about an hour.
She loved how the houses were prettily decorated though.
“I think we missed the street.” Kim
pointed to the directory thing. “Can you reset that thing and put
in the address again?” “Sure.” Abby said pressing the
buttons and settling back to sip her cafpow. “So Gibbs bought your
potatoes story?” “Um sort of.” Kim winced.
“You told him didn't you?” Abby
said. “Not exactly. He didn't buy the
potato story for a second. I told him I had a lat minute surprise I
had to get and that he shouldn't ask any other questions or he'd ruin
the surprise.” Abby giggled. So what surprise do you
have for him?” “The hand grinder thing he asked me
to buy.” Kim winced. “Not exactly a surprise.” “Details Abs. We'll stop at the store
and get him a surprise on the way home.” “Like?” “That's a problem for later. Hey!
There's the street.” “Yay.” Abby started bouncing in her
seat when they pulled up outside a large house. “This is it. This
is the one. I hope it's the right doll.” “Relax Abs. The picture of the doll
was spot on. There's only one way to find out.”
The guy who lived there must have seen
them pull up outside of his house because by the time they got to the
front door he was waiting. “Kim?” He asked.
“Kim nodded and smiled. This is my
friend Abby, the doll is for her daughter.” “Pleased to meet you Abby.” He held
out his hand to shake hers. “Thank you so much. You don't know
what a life saver you are. I was desperate. My husband drove around
everywhere looking for a Saige. They are so hard to get.” “I can imagine, with Christmas being
just a day a way and all.” The man still had his smile in place but
there was something about the look in his eye that told Abby and Kim
that something had changed. Kim nudged Abby. “I'll just go get the doll and show
it to you, it is the genuine article though.” “That'd be great.” Abby said.
“I have a weird feeling.” Abby
shuffled on her platform boots. “He's seems nice and sort of
genuine but something's a little off. You don't think he's going to
try to sell us a fake do you?” “I hope not.” “Well I'm not paying for a fake.
Timmy would kill me. He's probably going to kill me anyway when he
realises what I spent on this doll when he told me to drop it. I'm
just hoping the look on his Princess's face will make him melt.” “And
save your ass?” “Yes or at least soften his blows a
little.” “Let's just hope we don';t both end
up in trouble.” “Christmas is all about hope Kimmy my
“Here you go, brand new and still in
the box.” “It's perfect.” Abby said with a
sigh. She tried to take it but the guy held the package with a firm
grip. “Is there a problem?”
“No not really. It's just that my
girlfriend bought this doll and she was a bit upset that I was going
to let it go for the price. She had a better offer.” “How much better?” Kim asked. “Double.” “You're joking. You're already
charging double what the doll was worth.” Kim said.
“I'm not forcing you to buy it Lady.
I'm just letting you know that the price has gone up through no fault
of mine. If you think you can get a better deal somewhere else you're
welcome to try.” “You're trying to cheat us!” Abby
said pointing her finger in his direction and narrowing her eyes. “My
husband is in law enforcement Mr. You're going to be real sorry you
tried to rip us off.” “I'm sure I will. I'll take that as a
no, it's now too expensive. We'll sell to the other interested
party.” “No! Wait.” “Abby.” Kim tried desperately to
make eye contact with Abby but she was in full panic mode. She could
see Jess's Christmas slipping away from her. “I'll pay. I didn't say I wouldn't
pay, I just said that you were ripping us off and you are but it's
Christmas and I'm willing to be ripped off just this once.” “Abby?” Kim said nudging her
friend. “It's ok really. It'll be worth it to
see her face.” “I hope so.”
Abby passed over the money and took the
doll into her arms and hugged it, box and all. “This will be the
best Christmas ever, despite you taking advantage.” “Glad to be of service ladies.” “You are SO lucky we lied to our
husbands or you'd be one really sorry thief.” Abby said. She wanted
so much to ring Tim and tell him what this guy had done. That though
would mean admitting a lot of things that would be better left alone. The door slammed in their faces leaving
them no other choice but to leave.
“Well I guess we had the last word.”
Abby said tottering down the snowy path still clutching her Saige. “We need to get home.” “First we need to get a surprise for
Gibbs and some potatoes.” “Yeah, how hard can that be; finding
a surprise when the only thing still open is the grocery store.”
The two women trudged
through the supermarket looking for the world's best gift.
“A shave pack?” Abby
suggested holding up a box. “Yeah, nothing says
Christmas surprise like a razor and a bottle of Old Spice
aftershave.” Kim said with a giggle. “How about a mexican pack.
We could make a hamper. You know; some corn chips some salsa and a
can of refried beans.” “Are you serious Abby?” “No just desperate. It's
really late and we've been through this place like a fine tooth comb.
There's nothing.” “Tools.” “Huh?” “Tools.” Kim pointed to
a sign that lead to the tool isle. If she was correct, supermarkets
only had the most basic of tools. Just the way Jethro like them.
There must be something here Jethro would like.” “Let's try.”
Twenty minutes later Abby
and Kim left armed with everything a wood working enthusiast could
want. The old-fashioned kind at least. The even got a container to
put it all in.
“You think we'll be able
to fool Gibbs?” “What on earth are you
going to tell Tim about where we've been for the last couple of
hours?” “Something 'll come to
me.” “Are you going to show him
the doll?” “Hell no. This shit has
Santa's look and feel all over it. Let's let him take the credit.
That would be better for everyone, don't you think?” “I think you're
crazy...but fun. I had a blast Abby.” “Me too. Let's revisit
this conversation tomorrow when we tell the others what happened.”
It was after midnight when
Abby crept through the back door as quietly as she could. “Abigail McGee! Where the
hell have you been!” Tim scolded holding up her phone. “You
didn't even take your phone. You've been gone for hours.” “I know, I'm sorry Tim I
guess I forgot.”
“It didn't take you that
long to buy potatoes Abby.” It didn't escape him that she actually
wasn't carrying any potatoes.
“No, I kind of forgot the
potatoes.” “Abby I'm going to give
you one chance to tell me the truth. What's that you have behind your
back?” “You don't understand
Timmy it was a sure thing. I had to.” Tim
reached behind Abby and his eyes widened when he realised what she
had. “Where did you find it?”“We
bought it off a guy who had it for sale on Ebay. I know you said to
drop it Timmy but I couldn't.”“So
you snuck around behind my back and drove to goodness knows where by
yourself. That guy could have been an axe murderer Abby!”“But
he wasn't and I wasn't alone I was with Kim.”“Well
that's something. Not that I can see Kim defending you against a
rang Tim and I had to try. I just had to.”“I
guess we can return the other doll.” Tim said. “See
it's not so bad.”“So
how much did you pay for this doll?”“This
doll?” Abby tried to keep the look of panic from creeping across
her face. She hated it when she was forced to adjust the truth.