Adventures of Cookie the Stray, Chapter 27

Updated on April 7, 2018
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Peg Cole is a self-published author who writes true and fiction stories and book reviews, along with nostalgia and how-to articles.

Knobsummit in the Allegheny Mountains
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The first volunteer to enter the Beechcraft quickly fitted a support brace around the passenger’s neck, then, with a razor sharp blade, sliced through the seatbelt and released him. He caught the near dead weight of his patient’s body, easing it gently down, then, reaching under Jeb’s armpits, dragged him toward the opening in the aft section. Backing over Jeb’s inert form, he grabbed the patient’s ankles. With the help of a volunteer standing outside the craft, they half lifted, half dragged his limp body onto the waiting stretcher. His living patient handled, he again worked his way forward in the craft to the cockpit to recover the pilot’s body.

Reaching inside the aft section opening, the other volunteer strapped Jeb securely into the device for transport to the helicopter. As he tightened the straps around the man’s legs, a couple of small objects fell out of a fold in his pants. They dropped through the mesh straps of the stretcher striking the metal bulkhead of the craft with a tinkling sound. The volunteer stared at the glittering diamonds, too large to be real, nestled in the curve of ceiling below the stretcher. He glanced forward seeing the back of his partner who was busy cutting the pilot free from his seatbelt harness. He quickly bent down, retrieved the stones and slipped them into the watch pocket of his jeans. Assuring himself that his partner remained distracted, he removed Jeb’s Rolex watch and tucked it into his jacket pocket, strapping a blood pressure wrist cuff in its place.


A quick tug on the line signaled the team in the helicopter. As the line grew taught, he guided the stretcher out of the aft opening. He watched it rise slowly upward, swaying in the light breeze.

They repeated the process for the pilot, all except for the diamonds.

“This one didn’t make it,” the lead responder indicated, covering his face with the sheet. The line came back down and they attached the second stretcher. Both volunteers on the ground stood outside watching the stretcher as it rose. The lead man hung his head in a moment of reverence for the dead man. When he opened his eyes again, he saw something sparkling on the ground in the leeward shadow of the wreckage.

“What’s this?” he asked, bending down to pick up the small crystal. The other man shrugged.

Once the helicopter held both crash victims, it took off for the nearest medical center about thirty minutes east of the crash site. Jeb stirred as the craft noisily headed toward the destination. A different set of paramedics rode along with the surviving passenger and the pilot’s body. Upon arrival, the emergency room doctor pronounced one dead and admitted the other passenger to the hospital for tests, x-rays and treatment.

“You’re one lucky guy,” the doctor told Jeb who was slowly coming around to full consciousness. The procession rolled his gurney down the hallway toward the nurse’s station where a news bulletin blared from a TV hanging from the ceiling in the common area. A photo flashed across the screen with a picture of Jacob (Jeb) Olstead, wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a jewelry store.

Rocky Mountain High

By the time the detectives from the local police station got to the hospital to interview the suspect, an armed security officer was already standing at his hospital room door.

“Has he said anything?” the detective asked the guard.

“Nope, they knocked him out after the x-rays so he could get some rest. He just kept moaning about Morocco, something or another; kept saying his name was Rick.”


“Yeah, Rick Bogart, but the thing is he had two different photo IDs in his carry-on bag. One said Jacob Olstead and the other actually said Rick Bogart.”

“Let me see them.”

“Oh, and there’s this, too. The paramedic left a small sealed envelope he wanted me to give you.” He pulled it out of his shirt pocket and handed it to the detective who promptly opened it.

“Would you look at that?” He whistled and glanced over at the near comatose patient, bruised, battered and locked into place with a heavy plaster cast on his leg suspended in the air in a traction device.

By Gemsparkdiamonds (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Gemsparkdiamonds (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Back in his office at police headquarters, the detective dialed the number listed on the all-points bulletin. “Yeah, let me speak to Detective Brannigan.” The dispatcher put the call through. Brannigan picked it up on the third ring.

“This better be important,” he said as a greeting. “I’m on my way out.”

“Oh, I think you’ll want to stay for a few more minutes and hear what I’ve got,” the detective from West Virginia told him.

“Okay, shoot,” Brannigan told him with a chuckle.

“We pulled a guy out of a plane wreck on Spruce Mountain up here in the Alleghenies.”


“The interesting part was the two passports he had on him,” he paused for effect. Brannigan grunted.

“So, he’s an imposter or a smuggler. What’s that have to do with me?”

“He’s a suspect in one of your local armed robberies, name of Jacob or Jeb Olstead.” Brannigan set down the Styrofoam cup he’d been drinking coffee from. “And that’s not all. You won’t believe what fell out of the plane when we located him.”

“What’s that?”

“A diamond the size you wish you could give your girlfriend,” he laughed, “if you had one.”

“Where’s the suspect now?” Brannigan asked.

“Oh, he’s a guest in our local hospital. He’ll be there for a while with a busted leg.”

“I’ll be on the next flight up there.” He hung up the phone and smiled.

Some Days are Diamonds, John Denver

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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        Peg Cole 24 hours ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hi Flourish, I love your play on words. Thanks so much for the encouragement and for staying with the story for so long. I've been trying to wrap it up now for the past ten chapters. LOL. Soon. Soon. Have written Chapters 28, 29 and 31. As for Chapter 30, still struggling.

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        Peg Cole 11 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hi Verlie, Jeb's hanging in there, that's for sure, in more ways than one. Yes, you did see someone pick up a gem and pocket it. I'm sure he'll turn it in to the authorities. (not) LOL Anyhow, glad you're enjoying the story and thanks so much for sticking with it.

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        FlourishAnyway 11 days ago from USA

        He might be going from busted leg to just plain busted. I read this when it first came out but for some reason didn't leave a comment at the time. I wanted to return to encourage you and let you know I was still enjoying the story.

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        Peg Cole 12 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hi Maria, Wrapping up this gem, LOL. You are witty. Thanks so much for reading and for the uplifting remarks.

        We are grateful that Sunday is here and the difficult week is behind us. Jim's surgery went well and he is home. That's a lot to be thankful for. Hugs.

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        Peg Cole 12 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hi Frank, I hope you'll let me know if there's a gap in the details or something that doesn't make sense in the text. You know how it is when rereading our work. The errors seem to hide in plain sight. Love that you went back to read chapter 26 again. Thanks!

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        Verlie Burroughs 12 days ago from Canada

        Peg, the rescue! He was hanging there quite awhile, you really know how to dish out the just rewards, and now for the love of Pete, he's hanging again, too funny. And the dialogue is funny too. Love it. Did I see someone scoop a diamond or two? Sneaky. Must re-read that part.

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        Maria Jordan 12 days ago from Jeffersonville PA

        This is a satisfying chapter, dear Peg ... secrets tend to come out when least expected.

        You are wrapping this gem up beautifully... :)

        Love you and hope you have a peaceful Sunday, Maria

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        Peg Cole 13 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Tim, I love your enthusiasm! Thanks so much for that remark about Jeb.

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        Peg Cole 13 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hello William, Please forgive the delay in responding to your great comment. We've had some medical situations in our household but back on track again, sort of like Jeb. You can't keep a good man down or a bad one, either. I'm working out just how ugly to make it for the rascal.

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        Peg Cole 13 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        Gypsy Rose, Thanks for the kind words and for the visit. Sorry for the delay in responding to your thoughtful comment.

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        Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        Good morning, Nikki. Thanks so much and glad you're liking the story. I hope your Easter was happy and restful.

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        Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

        Pegcole the stray is certainly fulfilling what you're setting out to do.. had to read 26 again so that I could fold into 27 easier and still I fine it to be a narrative of novelistic quality...

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        Tim Mitchell 2 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

        Sounds like the noose around Jeb's neck is tightening. Hooray! BTW . . . Happy Easter!

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        Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        I'm glad you're not tired of the story yet, Linda. That makes me happy. Thank you.

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        Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        Bill, thank you for the encouragement and for sticking with the story. I sure appreciate and value your input. Yes, we're about there, thankfully.

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        William Kovacic 2 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        It looks like Jeb is going down - or should I say, he is down. It's hard to go anywhere with a broken leg. More good stuff. I'm waiting for whatever you have coming next, Peg!

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

        Great adventure and super music.Happy Easter Sunday to you and yours.

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        Nikki Khan 2 weeks ago from London

        Great episode of adventure and learnt more about Jeb, loved the songs and pictures.Keep it coming dear.

        And have a very happy Easter.

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        Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I'm glad the story isn't finished yet. There seems to be a lot more to learn about Jeb!

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        Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        You are close to publishing this as a novel, aren't you? A job well-done, great book for children or adults who wish to read damned good writing.

        Happy Easter, Peg!

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        Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hello Shyron, Priceless - I love it! The glitter of temptation got to the second volunteer, the one that stayed outside of the wrecked plane. The first one is the one that turned the evidence over to the police.

        I think Jeb may still have a few surprises left in his bag of tricks.

        Blessings to you, as well, this holiday weekend. Be safe.

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        Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hi Jackie, Thank you and glad you liked the songs. Happy Easter to you.

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        Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

        Peg, this one is priceless, with the glitter of temptation or was the paramedic that picked up the diamonds the same one who put them In the envelope for the authorities.

        Glad that Jeb didn't die he has more just deserts coming.

        Blessings my friend.

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        Jackie Lynnley 3 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

        More great storytelling Peg and loved the songs.

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        Peg Cole 3 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        You're smart to wonder what Jeb has up the sleeve of his hospital gown, Mary. He's a sneaky one. Thank you so much for staying with the story and for all your encouragement.

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        Peg Cole 3 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

        Hello Peggy and Happy Friday! Thanks for being first to comment on this newly released chapter. I keep thinking its in its final stages of winding down when one of the characters pulls something else out of the bag.

        I sure appreciate you being interested.

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        Mary Norton 3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        I wonder if Jeb will pull another stunt. I know Peg you will turn this again to something we'd never expect.

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        Peggy Woods 3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        So now one of the volunteers is also a thief. Amazing! Wonder if he will be apprehended at some point? At least Jeb is now in custody. Such an interesting story Peg! You definitely know how to keep a person's interest!