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- The Marisol Deception - Part 20
A new Dickinson soon emerges as Kinsley hits the open road.
From Part 20
For now, Kinsley felt safe. The GPS no longer was an issue. Still, someone knew her general direction. The sun dropped behind the horizon in the distance. Hoping to find shelter, she turned off the main highway and made her way to a small town. The only motel was dirty and rundown, but there was no other choice. Kinsley took a room. The night was falling fast.
Reaching for the remote, she turned on the TV. It didn’t work. She tried the tiny radio. It was out of commission, too. The Gideon’s Bible looked as though nobody had ever used it. She opened it to I Thessalonians 4:16 - For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
She remembered how millions disappeared as God called them to their heavenly home three-and-a-half years ago. In a flash, she remembered the words her father underlined in his Bible the night of his murder. Sleep was creeping in and she closed her thoughts with verse 18 - Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The exhausting day brought sleep. Interrupted by muffled voices and a turning doorknob, she awoke.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. - Revelation 6:12-14
Crawling on hands and knees, Kinsley made her way to the umbrella propped by the bathroom. She grabbed it and crept over to the door. It slowly opened. At the right moment, she thrust the point of the umbrella deep in her assailant’s groin. He fell instantly, writing in pain.
Umbrella in hand, she chased the second man outside and down the walk until he disappeared in the darkness. Adrenaline running high, she realized she needed to call 911. Minutes later, the police arrived and Kinsley led them to her room where thug number one was still on the floor.
“Get up, you wretched piece of trash.” Officer Torres grabbed him under the arms and forced against the wall. That’s when Kinsley saw his face.
“Tony! What’s going on? What are you doing here?”
The officer cut in - “You know this guy?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Is everything okay? Do you need us?”
Kinsley thought back to Tony’s journal. She remembered his deep feelings for her. “No, sir. You may go. Thank you.”
She turned her attention to Tony, who still was attempting to catch his breath.
His phone lay on the floor a few feet away. As Kinsley led him to a chair, she glanced at it. A list of emails covered the screen. The only one that mattered was one from Marisol. She carefully kicked the cell under the bed.
“Can I get you something to drink?”
“Sure. Water is fine. While you’re getting that, I’ll use the bathroom, okay?”
“Go right ahead.”
Kinsley took three steps toward the kitchen. After Tony was safely in the bathroom, she ran to retrieve his phone.
She couldn’t help herself. She knew she shouldn’t be reading his personal mail, but . . . .
The letter from Marisol popped up. “If you want to remain employed, kill Kinsley Oliver.” That’s all it said.
Once again, Kinsley thought of Tony’s diary. “Kins doesn’t know who I really am, and I can never let her know.” Tony worked for Marisol. He didn’t love her. He was sent to kill her. She began to shake.
The bathroom door opened, “Here's your water. So, how did you find me? I mean, you just disappeared. Where did you go, and why? You ran out on me with no explanation. I’m waiting for one now. And why did you have to break into my room? All you would have needed to do was to knock. You know I would have let you in.”
“Okay. Here’s my explanation, and I swear, every word is true. I worked for Marisol at one time. When I became a Christian, she was furious. I’ve been on the run for months just trying to stay alive. I knew if Marisol found me, she would also find you. I left to protect you. That’s all.
”After I left, they tracked me down and ordered me to kill you. They forced me to break in with the goal of eliminating you. I could never do that. Once we were in the room, my plan was to turn on him and get you free. Thanks. You took care of that for me. I never saw someone run so fast.
“Here’s the thing. They will come after both of us. We need to split up. Go your way. I’ll go mine. If they capture one of us, maybe the other will escape. If we remain together, no doubt we’ll both go down.”
A tear formed in Kinsley’s eye. “You can’t be serious! I’m not leaving your side. If anyone kills me, it will be you. I’m glad you told me this. I apologize, but I read your email from Marisol. I believe you, but we need to do this together. If I’m wrong, I’d rather die by your hand than someone else. Let’s go.”
“Kins, no. They will find me. It’s just a matter of time. They aren’t as concerned about you, although you represent an enormous problem for them. But for me, I double-crossed Marisol. Believe me, they won’t stop until they track me down. We need to separate and the sooner the better. I’m sure they already know what happened here. Goodbye.”
“Wait, Tony. Just one more question. I know. I know I shouldn't have, but I read your email from Marisol. She asked if you want to remain employed. You are working for her, aren’t you?”
“No, in Marisol’s terminology, employed means to stay alive.” She hugged him. "You sure?"
Tony turned to leave. A bright light danced through the room and stopped by the door. A voice spoke. “A man will knock on your door momentarily. Don’t be afraid. He has further instructions for you both. Kinsley is right. You must remain together in all circumstances to be safe. Your God will protect you.”
Within seconds, they heard a knock. A young man, probably in his early twenties, spoke. “God has sent me to lead you to safety. He will meet all your needs. Bring nothing with you. Hurry, we must go now! We're not alone. There are many of us - 144,000 in all. We will help you.”
The early morning darkness hovered over the three as they ran from the motel. The sun would rise soon, but for now, it was difficult to see. The fog covering the ground offered no help. A flash of lightning slashed through the sky in the west. The thought of a coming storm added speed to their steps. An immense cave loomed before them.
The stranger spoke. “My name is Matthew. God has sent us to warn of judgment. He has sent me personally to lead you to safety and to give you direction for the future. I cannot stay, but for now, you’ll be safe in this cave.
“A terrible event soon will befall the earth. We read about it Revelation 16:9 and 10 - "And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain . . . "
“A great darkness will fill the land. The planet will pass through an asteroid belt. This will be nothing like before when the asteroid struck the earth. The warm light of the sun will be blocked, causing not only darkness but frigid temperatures. The pain will be so great, men will chew their tongues. Another hit will reel us too close to the sun. A scorching fire will break out. You must remain here until it passes. The temperature inside the cave is constant. You will be safe from the wrath of God if you accept His provision. If you wander too close to the entrance, you will surely die. I must go.”
The sun peeked above the horizon as Matthew left Kinsley and Tony safely in the cave. The rumbling earth beneath them announced the first hit. The earth shook with a force neither had experienced before. They could hear the falling rocks outside the cave. With each one, the ground rumbled more. In an instant, the newly risen sun disappeared, They hurried deeper into the cave.
The earth began a terrible convulsing as the stars from heaven fell pummeling the landscape. The planet no longer followed its God-given orbit. No more did it revolve properly on its axis, but reeled back and forth, out of any human control. Kinsley recalled Isaiah 24:20 - “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again.”
Outside, the world turned black and wickedly cold. The darkened world beyond the cavern could only be matched by the absence of light within. People groped to find their way. Electric or battery-powered light was easily swallowed by the thick darkness.
A torrent of falling rock continued to shake the ground. Removed from the ongoing turmoil just outside the cave, peace and relative warmth, an unchanging 56 degrees.
Even from their safe place, it was obvious to Kinsley and Tony that God’s great love had taken a back seat to His holiness and righteous judgment. Humankind had rejected the pure, far-reaching love of God. The world had become God-haters. This was only the beginning. They were about to see what a world without God was like.
- The Marisol Deception - Part 22
Does Tony finally have Kinsley where he wants her?
© 2020 William Kovacic
William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 11, 2020:
Absolutely, Denise. I better get writing. You're almost caught up. Have a great week!
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 09, 2020:
God's provision is matchless.
William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 23, 2020:
Thanks, Dora. That's my goal, so hopefully, I'm succeeding. See you the next installment!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 22, 2020:
There is so much to take in especially in this episode where your story mirrors the Bible version of end times. It is difficult to image the darkened world and keep reading, as Bill suggests. You're doing a phenomenal job of making people think about their spiritual status.
William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 21, 2020:
Hi, Ruby. The 144,000 are a special group of called-out witnesses that God uses during the Tribulation to preach to an otherwise lost world. In the story, Matthew (One of the 144,000) is sent by God to give Kinsley and Tony supernatural wisdom. I'm always glad when you stop by, so thanks!
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 20, 2020:
Your writing was vivid and it seemed the end of time had arrived. I know it's fiction, but your bible quotes were biblical. I do not understand the 144000. I know one church teaches that.
William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 19, 2020:
It's all these things that just pop into my head, Bill. I can't help it, but thanks for stopping by.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 19, 2020:
I don't think I could sit down and read a novel written by you for several hours in a row. I would be exhausted and my heart would be racing too fast. That's a compliment although it really doesn't sound like one. lol
William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 19, 2020:
Thanks, Lori. It's been a while since I've added a chapter. I guess it's about time. I'm glad it met with your approval.
Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on July 18, 2020:
I love how the intensity is building and that you've brought about doubts about Tony. You are so good at mystery and all the twists and turns. I hope they don't get crushed in that cave.