“Sorry, Grandpa!” A boy around Paige’s age said. Mr. Stewart was the man he was calling Grandpa. And oh great, Emily was with them.
Mr. Stewart walled into The Treasure Chest and Timmy followed. I saw Emily walk up to the door but she didn’t come in. Darcy saw her standing at the door and walked out the shop.
“I’m sorry about my grandson,” Mr. Stewart said. “We’re going hunting today and he fired his gun by accident,” Mr. Stewart said. Paige nodded.
“My dad went to Monroe on business,” Paige said. “I’m in charge of the store.”
“I’m sorry this had to happen while you were watching the store,” Mr. Stewart said. “But I promised the grandkids I take them hunting.”
“Let me call my dad,” Paige said. She picked up the phone. I looked at Nelson. He just shrugged.
Soon Paige was in a conversation with a man I assumed was her dad. She told him that the damage wasn’t that bad but they needed a new window. Then Mr. Stewart talked to him and apologized for Timmy.
“Grandpa, this is why we shouldn’t go hunting,” Emily said walking into the shop after Mr. Stewart got off the phone. “Timmy doesn’t know how to handle a gun!”
“It was an accident, lil sis,” Timmy said. Emily looked mad.
“Come on kids, I’ve worked it out with Mr. Chadwick. Let’s get a move on,” Mr. Stewart said walking out the shop. Emily and Timmy followed.
“Now what is it that you wanted?” Paige asked me.
“The perfume,” I said.
“Oh yeah,” Paige said. “Christmas Dreams right?” I nodded.
She took the perfume from the glass case and put it in a bag.
“Twenty-Five dollars and fifteen cents please,” Paige said ringing me up. I gave her the money.
“Got an iron for these?” Paige joked as she tried to flatten the money. She gave me a receipt and I took my bag.
“Have a merry Christmas,” Paige smiled. I nodded and Nelson followed me towards the door.
“Are you coming, Darcy?” I asked. Darcy was looking into a glass case.
“I’ll be right there,” Darcy snarled. Nelson and I walked out the door. Soon Darcy walked out the store with a bag in his hand.
“You buy your little girlfriend a Christmas present?” I teased. Darcy didn’t answer.
Snow started to come down and I lost my footing. The perfume flew through the air.
“NO!” I screamed. Darcy dropped his crutches and caught it before Nelson could even move.
“Thanks,” I said as Nelson helped me up.
“You’re welcome,” Darcy grumbled. He hobbled along. What a strange boy.
“I was about to worry about you kids,” Ms. Donna said when we got back to the B&B. “They say a real bad snow storm is coming.”
“The roads are not good for crutches,” I said remembering my fall.
“Looks like you’ll have your first ever white Christmas,” Momma said smiling. I smiled back. This was not how I imagined my first white Christmas would be.
“What’s in the bag?” Momma asked.
“Oh, nothing,” I smiled. Momma winked at me.
I sat on the couch and watched the weather. Then there was a knock on the door.
I got up wondering what fool would come out here in this weather. A blizzard was going on!
“Tom! Joan!” Ms. Donna shouted. “What are you doing out in this weather?”
“Our power is out,” Mr. Rivers said. “We went looking for someone who had power.”
“Come in,” Ms. Donna said. “Get warm. It’s freezing out there!”
“Hopefully they can get out here and fix the power,” Mrs. Rivers said taking her coat off.
An hour later there was another knock on the door.
“Carlson clan!” Ms. Donna shouted.
“Our power went out thirty minutes ago. It got so cold in our house that we had to go and find somewhere with power,” Mrs. Carlson said.
“Come in,” Ms. Donna said.
Five minutes later Erin and her family were at the door.
“Our power is out,” Mrs. Cooper shivered.
“Natalie, meet my two little brothers Brandon and Toby,” Erin huffed as she walked through the door.
Brandon stuck his tongue out at me and I stuck mine out at him. Toby laughed.
“Your power out too?” Mrs. Rivers asked the Cooper’s. They nodded.
Ten minutes later Victoria and her parent’s showed up at the door.
“Our house is so cold!” Victoria cried. “Feel my hands.” I felt them. Coldness rushed through my hands.
It went on like this for about an hour. Everyone in town lost their power and came to the Sunshine B&B.
“I guess since I’m not exactly in Florida I might be on a different power circuit,” Ms. Donna said when I asked her why our power wasn’t out.
“How many people are here?” I asked as Mr. Steve moved the couch to make more room for people to sleep.
“All most the entire town!” Regina said. “There’s the Young’s, the Hardy’s, the Clark’s…………”
“Have any of you seen Emily?” Darcy asked hobbling over to us.
“No,” I said. “Why?”
“Cause she, her brother, and Mr. Stewart went hunting and then it started to snow,” Darcy said.
“Do you think they’re stuck in the snowstorm?” Victoria asked. Darcy nodded.
“Ms. Donna!” I shouted. Ms. Donna walked over.
“Yes?” Ms. Donna asked. She had a bunch of blankets in her hands.
“Mom, are the Stewart’s here?” Darcy asked.
“No. Maybe they have power,” Ms. Donna said.
“They went hunting today,” I said.
“I better call Mr. Stewart to make sure they’re all right,” Ms. Donna said. She dialed their number but there was no answer.
“If you want Donna, I’ll go out and look for them,” Mr. Steve said. Ms. Dona sighed.
“I don’t want to think about what could happen if we don’t find them soon,” Ms. Donna said. “Let me go boil some water and make coco.”
“I want to go too,” Darcy said.
“I also want to go,” I said.
“Why do you want to go? You don’t care about the Stewart’s,” Darcy snarled.
“I want to go because I want to help,” I said. “Sure I don’t like Emily too much but I don’t want her to die.”
Darcy looked at me like he didn’t believe me. I hobbled to the closet to get my coat and when I put it on my mother stopped me.
“Where do you think you’re going in this blizzard?” Momma asked.
“I want to help find the Stewart’s,” I said. Momma got a worried look on her face.
“I promise to stay in the car,” I said. Momma sighed.
“Fine but stay in the car,” Momma commanded. I nodded.
I walked outside to find Darcy and Mr. Steve ready to go. I got in the back seat and Mr. Steve started to drive.
“Where does Mr. Stewart like to hunt?” Mr. Steve asked Darcy.
“He always takes me to this place behind town,” Darcy said. Mr. Steve nodded.
The snow was coming down hard now and I had no idea how Mr. Steve could see. The windshield wipers weren’t working too well now.
“Mr. Matthews, you’re about to fall into a ditch!” Darcy screamed but it was too late. We were already stuck in the ditch.