Sparrows chirped in the old oak tree bidding good morning to the neighbourhood. Soon life would be intruding on the quiet with dogs barking, children giggling at their bus stop and cars leaving for work. For now, at such an early hour, only Toby Tyler was riding his bike delivering the morning paper.
Further, down the street a strange car had been parked all night facing the baseball field. No one had noticed except for Mr. Baker. He always woke up at dawn and walked Bella before reading his paper along with his morning coffee. Bella stopped to sniff the back tires and started barking.
Suddenly two teens awakened from their late night rendezvous as they peered out the back window.
The Ferry blared its horn. Jillian sighed as the children were getting restless already!
“Give me that!” squealed Leslie.
“Try and get it, whiner!” Sidney raised the stuffed teddy out the car window with a smirk on his adolescent face.
Jillian turned her head and gave Sidney, “The LOOK”. He shrugged and threw the teddy back on Leslie’s lap.
“Sidney, you promised to help me today.”
He looked down at his hands, hating to disappoint his mom, especially today.
Once they boarded the ferry, Sidney asked if he could bring his sister up on deck promising to hold her hand. Jillian felt a pang of remorse for being so demanding on her eldest child. She promised herself to bring them to the Reservoir for lunch later when they returned inland. The children loved feeding the swans and ducks there.
Twenty minutes later, the ferry was already approaching Isle Lasonde. There were only three federal buildings and a military camp on the island. They were going to a parole hearing at le Pénitencier Lasonde. (174 words)
Twenty-five men left five days ago. The jeep left a trail dust riding over the hill where they were stationed. Today only twelve men returned but only five in one piece. It was their last mission before returning back home. They were anxious to see their family back in Canada but dreaded delivering the tragic news to more grieving families. Sergeant Harvey drove the jeep behind the compound and their mascot ran to greet them. Amir was a black Labrador mix and his loyalty was genuine.
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