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Celia's Puppies, Chapter Thirty-nine: All that matters (part one)


(part one)

“Details remain spotty in an incident that has both Denver Police and Homeland Security working through the night.” Adele Arakawa’s brown eyes and solemn voice reflected the severity of the situation. “This is a 9 News special report.”

“What started as a star filled celebrity party turned deadly in what appears to be a botched kidnapping attempt.”

A video of the stars entering the Castle played on the screen. The worlds famous waved and signed autographs on the Castle lawn.

“Valerie Lipson and her husband, Michael Roper, made big Denver news this week with their appearance on local and national talk shows. Tonight was to be a celebration complete with friends, fine wine and great food.”

The video feed shifted to the Chef’s staff preparing trays of hors d’oeuvres and servers with open bottles of wine. The video panned the Castle ballroom where the stars were dancing, laughing and drinking.

“It appears that around midnight kidnappers snatched Senator Hargreaves’s grandson and his best friend. In their attempt to flee, a young woman was brutally attacked and one of the kidnappers was killed,” Adele said. “We go now to TaRhonda Thomas live on Race Street in Denver.”

The camera went to a young woman standing under a stop light near the Castle’s metal gate.

“Denver Police are not releasing details on this one, Adele. We’ve been able to ascertain that Senator Hargreaves’s grandson has been rescued. The child is now at home with his parents. The other child also appears to be uninjured and is in the care of her parents. Denver Police Chief will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to answer any questions. But tonight, the mystery remains.”

“Thank you, TaRhonda. Do you know identity of the woman who was assaulted?”

“No,” the reporter said. “No details have been released. I only know that her condition is touch and go.”

“And the person killed?” Adele asked. “We understand that was a man?”

“Yes, a white male was shot after midnight tonight,” TaRhonda said. “He is believed at this time to have been one of the kidnappers. Denver Police have not released his name or the nature of the shooting. As you know, our news helicopters have not been allowed within ten miles of this location.”

“Do you have any idea why the details of this case are so few and hard to come by, TaRhonda?” Adele asked.

“National security. That’s what the Denver Police spokesperson says.”

“Thank you TaRhonda.” Adele swung in her chair to speak with her co-anchor. “Kidnapping a Senator’s grandson? Here. In Denver. It’s hard to fathom.”

“We live in dangerous times,” Mark Koebrich said. “This has been a 9 News special report.”

The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…


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