Cassie, who was a freelance writer, lived by herself in her ranch style house with a basement. She had her office in her living room. After she locked all the doors, she started writing her murder mystery on her computer.
She loved to write Crime Fiction stories as well as solve them. As she typed away on her computer, she came to a suspenseful part in the story. Suddenly, her Chihuahua, Sadey, began barking. She listened for a few minutes and thought she heard some strange noises outside, but she didnít hear anything.
"Sadey, calm down. Itís okay."
Cassie thought her imagination was running away with her because of the suspenseful scenes she was writing in her novel. She tried to relax and started typing again.
Within a few minutes, Sadey started barking again. Then, the phone rang. Cassie started to wonder if she was going to get her book written because of all the distractions.
She answered the phone, but nobody was there. She kept saying "hello," but nobody responded. She knew someone was there because she heard some heavy breathing. She looked on her Caller ID, but it was listed Unavailable. She didnít know who was calling her. She thought it was some kind of prank.
As she started typing again, she felt her body tense up. She decided to call her best friend, Christy. She picked up the receiver and dialed Christyís number. She heard Christy say, "Hello."
"Christy, can you come over? Sadey keeps barking, I keep hearing strange sounds, and somebody just called on the phone. When I answered, nobody said anything. All I heard was someone breathing heavily into the phone. The Caller ID showed Unavailable. Iím a little nervous being by myself."
"Sure, Cassie, I'll be over right away."
When the doorbell rang, Cassie peeked through the peep hole and saw that it was Christy. She opened the door and let Christy inside. "Thanks for coming. I was so scared."
"Cassie, I'm here now. Do you have any idea who might be calling you?Ē
"No. I see you have your suitcase. Are you going somewhere tonight?"
"Iím already there. I wanted to spend the night with you if itís okay."
"Sure. Iíd be happy to have you spend the night."
"Good," Christy replied.
"Thanks for coming." Cassie locked the front door, and then they walked around the house and made sure all of the doors and windows were locked.
"I'm going to shut the computer off, and then we can go into my bedroom and watch television or talk."
After Cassie shut of the computer, she picked up Sadey and led the way to her bedroom. Christy followed. Cassie had twin beds in case she had Christy over sometime. Christy unpacked her things and put them in a drawer that Cassie said she could use. "Christy, I'm glad you're here."
"I am, too. I enjoy spending time with you. It would be nice if we could live together."
"Live together! I havenít thought about that. I would like that."
ďMy lease is running out this month, so I can move in here with you."
"Great! I'd like to have you share my house. I have two bedrooms on this floor and two bathrooms. I also have a family room, kitchen area, and a bathroom in the basement."
"You do have a big house for one person," Christy commented.
"Thatís true. My parents left this house to me. I never wanted to move, so Iím glad you can live here with me."
"I am, too."
"We can use the basement for an extra roommate or for ourselves."
"Sounds good to me," Christy replied.
Cassie and Christy got ready for bed and turned on the television to watch a comedy. As they watched the show, their program was interrupted with a news bulletin about an escaped convict in their area. "Christy, did you hear that?"
"I'm sure we'll be all right."
Sadey started barking, and Cassie was trying to get her to be quiet because she thought she heard a noise. "Sadey, come up here." Sadey climbed onto her small stool that was beside the bed and lay down beside Cassie.
"Sheís a good dog. I like dogs, too," Christy commented.
"Christy, I heard a noise. It sounded like someone was tapping on a window or the door to the basement."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. I have a door in the basement that leads to the outside. I lock it when I come upstairs. Maybe someoneís trying to get in there."
"I didn't hear anything," Christy replied, softly as she listened again. "Wait a minute. I did hear something, but weíll be all right."
"I'm calling the police," Cassie said.
"Cassie, wait. I have the feeling that weíll be all right. God will protect us."
"I hope so."
"Iíll go into the hall bathroom and peek through the window to see if anyone is outside."
"Okay," Christy replied, as she walked into the hall way and to the bathroom. Christy tried to turn the doorknob, but it wouldn't turn. "Is the door locked?"
"I can't turn the knob. Oh! Oh!"
"What's wrong?" Cassie asked.
"I think the doorknob fell off."
"Oh great! Now we canít enter the bathroom, and weíre trapped in here!" Cassie exclaimed in a soft whisper.
"Weíre trapped anyhow if someone is outside."
"Youíre right," Cassie replied. "At least we have the lights on and the phone."
Shortly, the lights went off. Cassie panicked and struggled in the dark to find her flashlight. She found it and located the phone so she could call the police. She picked up the phone and found out that it was dead. "Oh no!" Cassie gasped softly.
"What's wrong?" Christy asked.
"The phone is dead."
"How can it be? You called me tonight."
"I know, but there isnít a dial tone now," Cassie replied.
"Maybe someone cut the phone line after you talked to me," Christy suggested.
"Great. Now I am scared," Cassie replied, as her heart pounded and the stomach muscles tightened.
"Letís pray. God will help us out," Christy said in a low voice.
"Okay. If you think that will help," Cassie replied.
"I know you go to church and believe in religion, and thatís okay, but Iím not sure I believe."
"I have a relationship with God. He will help us through our circumstances."
After that, Christy prayed with Cassie about their situation.
"What was that?" Cassie asked in a low voice.
"I donít know. Someone must be downstairs."
"Iím going to put something in front of our door so nobody can get inside here," Cassie said.
"Thatís a good idea."
Cassie and Christy blocked the door to their bedroom.
"You're amazing Cassie."
"Why do you say that?"
"You're scared, but yet you like to write Crime Fiction stories and solve cases like a detective."
"I guess that is kind of crazy," Cassie admitted.
"We'll be all right. God is with us. Heíll protect us somehow. Letís listen and see if we can hear anything."
As Cassie and Christy sat huddled together on Cassieís bed, Sadey tried to get between them. Cassie moved a little and picked up Sadey. They whispered to each other so the intruder wouldnít hear them.
Shortly, they heard someone coming up the basement steps. They heard the door being pushed open and footsteps throughout the kitchen and living room. Then, they heard someone try to turn the doorknob to the bedroom door. They were relieved when the doorknob fell on the floor in the bedroom.
"Your doorknobs sure are loose," Christy whispered, with a smile on her face.
"I know. I havenít tightened them, yet. I guess Iíll have to do that soon."
"Letís pray," Christy said. She asked God to protect them somehow and cause the intruder to disappear.
Within a few minutes, they saw lights flashing outside their bedroom window and heard someone walk out the back door. Christy and Cassie heard someone talking. They peeked through the window and saw a policeman pointing a gun at the intruder. "Hold it right there!" A policeman hollered as they saw the intruder.
Christy and Cassie looked at each other. They were relieved the intruder was caught. They walked out onto the balcony and stared in amazement. They were saved by the police after all. A policewoman hollered up to Christy and Cassie. "Are you girls all right?"
"Yes, but we are trapped in our bedroom. The doorknob fell off, and we can't get out."
"Someone will be up shortly," the policewoman replied.
"Thanks," Christy said.
"Wow! What luck? I wonder how the police knew that man was here."
"I don't know, but we need to move the chest before they come up here,Ē Christy suggested.
After Christy and Cassie moved the chest, two policemen came upstairs and were able to open the door. "Are you girls all right?" One of the policemen asked.
"Yes, but how did you know we were in trouble?"
"A neighbor of yours saw a strange man prowling around your house. He also saw the man cut your phone wires, so he called us. He told us he usually doesnít look outside that much, but he just happened to look outside tonight after he heard the bulletin about the break-ins."
"Iím glad he did," Cassie replied.
"Thanks for your help," Christy said to the policemen.
"You do have a broken window downstairs, but two of my officers will board it up for you until you can get it fixed."
"Okay. Thanks," Cassie said.
"You're lucky your neighbor looked out the window when he did and saw the intruder.Ē
"Iíll agree," Cassie replied. "We were trapped in here and couldnít get out."
"Thereís always a way out of our circumstances," the policeman replied.
"Okay," Cassie said.
"This guy has been involved in several robberies. Now, heíll be locked up for quite awhile."
"I'm glad you found him," Christy replied.
"We are, too. Now, you girls lock your doors."
"Okay," Cassie replied.
After the policemen left, Cassie said, "Iím glad you were here tonight."
"I am, too."
"That was a miracle that the neighbor just happened to look out and see the intruder,"
"It was God who protected us. We were trapped and had no where to turn. He laid it on the neighborís heart to look out at just the right time."
"I guess. Maybe Iíll think about God some more. As you said, He protected us tonight."
"Thatís true. He did protect us. Heíll help us with any circumstances where we feel trapped or cannot see a way out."
Cassie was glad that Christy was there, and that she was going to move in with her. She started thinking about her day and how they were brought together tonight and how they were protected from the intruder.
Cassie and Christy were glad the intruder was caught. They were ready for a good night's sleep.
THEME: Have you ever felt trapped and didnít know where to turn? You can be trapped like Cassie and Christy were, or you can be trapped by burdens that you are carrying.
These burdens can stress you out. God wants you to give Him your burdens. He wants to help you through your circumstances.
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