It was an early August afternoon at the Finster's backyard. The Rugrats were outside playing. It was Monday.
Right now, Lil and Kimi were wrestling in the sandbox. As usual Kimi was winning.
Finally, after a long match, Kimi pinned Lil.
"Winner and still champion!" said Chuckie.
Kimi stood and raised her arms in victory.
Lil slowly got up. Once again, she had been defeated by Kimi. Like all the other Rugrats, Lil had wrestled Kimi many times, and each time, Kimi won. She was so much stronger than the other Rugrats. She had already fought in the state junior championships and had been crowned champion. However, she was still learning ballet from her teacher, Mr. Mann.
"Chuckie! Kimi!" called Chazz. "Mail's here!"
Chazz came up to the sandbox and gave an envelope to Chuckie and another one to Kimi.
Chuckie opened his envelope. It was a letter from Samantha, his girlfriend.
I'm having fun at cheerleading camp here with all my friends. How are you doing? What are you doing this summer? Please write back soon.
Kimi opened her envelope and took out the paper inside. Written in red ink were the following words, in big printing.
"I'm going to get you!"
Kimi was puzzled. "Get me what?" she asked. "Is this supposed to be some kind of joke. And who's RB?"
"What are you talking about?" asked Chuckie.
"Some person wrote me this note saying something about getting me. What's that supposed to mean? And what does RB stand for?"
A little later, the families were reading the note.
"What kind of jokester would write this?" asked Chazz.
"Whoever wrote it, signed it with the letters RB" said Kira.
"Maybe it was Robin Banks" said Tommy. "His initials are RB."
"It couldn't be Robin" said Kimi. "He and I are good friends."
"Then who wrote this note?" asked Chazz.
"I don't know dad" said Kimi. "I don't know."
The next day, Kimi got another note from this mysterious person. It too was written in big letters with red ink.
"You'll pay for what you did to me!"
Another family meeting was held. The families were more confused than ever.
"Is this some kind of joke?" asked Chuckie. "It's probably some kind of prank."
"I'll tell you one thing" said Tommy. "It's someone who has a grudge against Kimi. But who?"
"Kimi's dealt with alot of bad people in her life" said Kira. "Remember the time she helped you kids stop Chazz from marrying Coco years ago?"
"It can't be Coco" said Chuckie.
"How about the time when Principal William Walker took over the school?" asked Phil. "He got kicked in the shins from Kimi who was the worst troublemaker he had dealt with. Now he's back at the asylum!"
"Or how about the time I dealt with this insane warden in Juvenile Hall?" asked Kimi. "He was so cruel to us! I'll never forget the name. Robert Benedict! However, now he's in..."
Suddenly Kimi stopped in mid-sentence. Everyone looked at her.
"What is it?" asked Chazz.
Kimi didn't say anything.
She remembered the time she last crossed paths with Robert:
Kimi heard Robert speak sternly to her at his trial for kidnapping.
"You took my job! You took my life! Well someday Kimberly you'll pay! Someday, you're gonna pay!"
Kimi suddenly realized the answer.
"Robert Benedict!" cried Kimi. "His initials are RB!"
Later that night, at Cactus Flat's prison, alarms were ringing. Guards were on the alert with their dogs.
The reason why was because somebody had escaped. That somebody had escaped by climbing over the stone walls surrounding the prison.
"Goodbye prison days!" he said. "Freedom, hello!"
He leaped off the wall outside the prison and ran off into the distance.
"Goodbye and good riddance!" he said. He retreated to the nearby city, stole a car, and drove off to the town where he had worked as a warden at Juvenile Hall.
"It's howdy doody time Kimi" he said. "The bad man is coming for you!"
Meanwhile, in town, Kimi was laying in her bed trying to sleep. She couldn't get Robert Benedict, her biggest rival since Julia Preston, the girl who hated her and her french family and japanese heritage.
Just then the door opened.
Kimi sat up.
"Hello Kimi!" said a man as he entered.
It was Robert Benedict.
"Mom! Dad! Chuckie! Guys!" Kimi screamed.
Robert closed the door behind.
"Your family and friends can't help you now!" he laughed.
Kimi noticed that Chuckie's bed was empty.
Benedict approached Kimi's bed.
"I wouldn't worry about this at all" he snickered. "This is only a bad dream."
Before Kimi could scream, Benedict covered her mouth with a white cloth covered with something that caused her to lose conciousness.
Kimi sat up in bed. She was still in bed.
She breathed a sigh of relief. It had all been a bad dream.
The next morning, Kimi's worst fears were confirmed when she read the paper. On the front page, was Benedict's escape from prison.
For the first time in her life, Kimi was scared.
Suddenly, the phone rang. Chazz picked it up. The rest of his family was still reading the paper.
"What?!" they heard him say into the phone. "You're going to get me because I ruined your life?! Huh? Oh! Kimi, it's for you."
With trembling hands, Kimi took the phone.
"Hello?" she spoke, fear in her voice.
At the other end, she heard a familiar voice.
"You took my job! You took my reputation! Well enjoy it while you can Kimi, because you're gonna pay! Someday, someway, you're gonna pay!"
The other person hung up.
Kimi hung up.
"You were right Kimi!" said Chazz. "It is Robert Benedict."
"What are we going to do?" asked Kira.
"I'm reporting this to the police right now!" said Chazz. "Nobody threatens my daughter like that!"
A little later, at the police station, Kimi sat with her family and friends at a desk.
"So you're saying that this man is sending threatening notes to you?" asked the police officer.
"That's right!" said Kimi. "And he just phoned me and threatened me over the phone!"
"Well don't worry" said the officer. "We'll do everything in our power to put this Benedict out of your life and back behind bars. But in case he should come for you, it is my recommendation that we relocate you to Philadelphia."
"You mean I won't be living here anymore?" asked Kimi.
"Just until Benedict is back behind bars" said the officer. "We'll pay for the neccessities. The rest is up to you."
Kimi's family and friends looked at Pierre and Anita.
"Why are you looking at us like that?" asked Pierre.
"I know what you're thinking" said Anita.
"Pierre! Anita!" said Kira. "Which is more important?! Your money? Or the safety of your only granddaughter?!"
Pierre and Anita wrote a check.
"A car will come later this morning to take you to Philadelphia for the Witness Protection Program" said the officer. "You will remain there until Benedict is back behind bars. At least, your family will be able to visit often. I'll also make sure Robin Banks is put on the case, along with our best policemen -- Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. And, when you arrive in Philadelphia, I'll make sure the police there give you around-the-clock protection. The only way Benedict will reach you is if he goes through the police line. And the instant we see him, we'll catch him. As a matter of fact, Saturday night, Robert Benedict will be making his national TV debut -- on America's Most Wanted; host John Walsh will discuss the case at length and urge everyone who's seen Benedict to call its hotline -- 1-800-CRIME-TV."
"Thank you" said Kira.
"So pack up what you need most of all" said the officer.
"I will" said Kimi.
Later that morning, an FBI car drove up to the Finster's house. Kimi came out the front door with a suitcase filled with clothes, her toothbrush and some toothpaste, her Superthing doll, and a picture of her natural father.
After she climbed in, the car drove off towards Philadelphia. Kimi's family and friends waved goodbye.
Among the agents in the car were Sergeant Friday, Officer Gannon, and Agent Robin Banks.
Little did everybody know was that Robert Benedict had heard of their plans. He drove off towards Philadelphia.
"In a few days, we will meet again Kimi" he said. "I have unfinished business with you. I'll take you away from your family and take you away to where the authorities will never get me! Nobody makes a fool of Robert Benedict and gets away with it!"
The next day, Robert drove through a small town. He drove past a TV shop with TVs displayed along the window, but stopped and pulled back quickly when he saw his picture on the screens. A reporter was talking about him:
"This photograph is of Robert Benedict. Robert is a former warden of the local Juvenile Hall. He was fired, charged with two counts of child abuse, and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Kimberly Finster and Brittany Peterson were the two children that had been abused. After his trial, proceeded to kidnap the two children and several of their friends. Fortunately he was caught before he could do any harm. He was sent in Cactus Flats Prison, but has recently escaped. He is now threatening to get back at Kimberly and her friends. If you see this man, please call 911 immediately, or Crime Stoppers, at 555-TIPS."
Seeing this, Robert drove to a deserted alley. He then pulled a blonde wig, goatee, and mustache set, along with a pair of fake glasses and several other items out of a plastic bag. He put on the wig, goatee, and mustache, the fake glasses, and put on a heavy, green coat and hat. Then he continued on his way to Philadelphia.
On Thursday, the police car containing Kimi, Robin, Friday, and Gannon had almost reached Philadelphia.
"Robin," Kimi said, "Ive been thinking. What if Robert finds me in Philadelphia?"
"Well, I dont think he will. We told everybody that you were in Canada," Robin replied.
"Well, just pretend he did. What would happen then?" Kimi wondered.
"If he did find you here, he would have to get through the police line. Youre getting twenty-four hour protection," Robin told her.
"OK," Kimi said. But she was still a little worried.
By the time the car reached Philadelphia, Kimis mind was racing with what ifs.
"What if he disguises himself as a cop?"
"What if he sneaks in when no one is looking?"
"What if the police fall asleep on the job?"
"What if he catches me and takes me far away?"
"What if I never see my family and friends ever again?"
"What if, what if, what if?"
Now Kimi was more than just a little bit worried. She was scared again. And sad. She missed her family and friends already. The police car stopped in front of an old, deserted looking house in the suburbs. The house was very large.
"What are we doing here?" asked Kimi. She hoped this wasnt where she was staying.
"This is where youre staying," Robin replied.
"What?!" Kimi cried, "I cant live here, this is a shack!"
"Sure looks like it," said Robin, "But wait till you look inside."
Kimi ran up to one of the windows and looked in. But all she saw was an old looking kitchen with a wash basin, some rotten, wooden cabinets, and a few other old, broken things.
"Ive seen the inside, and its not much better," Kimi said. Robin just smiled. He stood by the door.
"Well, open it Kimi," Robin said. Kimi looked at the door. There was a sign on it that read:
DANGER KEEP OUT!
DO NOT ENTER!
WALLS OR CEILING COULD COLLAPSE AT ANY TIME!
"Im not going in there!" Kimi yelled.
"Fine, then Ill open it for you," Robin said, opening the door.
Kimi stepped in and looked around. She was surprised to several other children, A nicely carpeted floor with clean white walls and lamps. There was also a TV in the corner, a bunch of comfortable looking furniture, and a game cabinet.
"But, in the window " Kimi protested.
"Follow me," Robin interrupted.
He led Kimi through the room into another nice room, and then opened a door leading to another room just a crack. Kimi looked in and saw the kitchen that she had seen before, with the window to the outside. Robin closed the door.
"Cool!" Kimi said, "So you make everyone think this is an old collapsing house thats ready to fall apart any second so that people will stay away?"
"Yep," Robin told her as they walked back into the first room. "By the way, you'll have a little company in a few minutes."
Kimi sat down on the couch to watch TV.
"Kimi?" said a voice. Kimi turned around to see who it was.
"Brittany, Bobby, Kyle, Travis?" Kimi asked happily, "What are you doing here?"
"We all got notes from Robert," Bobby told her.
"How about you?" asked Travis.
"Same," Kimi replied. Her friends sat down next to her.
"Are you scared?" Brittany asked.
"No," Kimi lied.
"Well I am," Brittany said, "We all are."
"Well, I guess Im a little scared," Kimi admitted. Soon it was time for bed. Kimi shared a room with her Juvie friends.
Meanwhile, Robert had nearly reached Philadelphia, a day after Kimi, Robin, Friday, and Gannon. It was then that he realized that there was a small flaw in his plan. He had no idea where Kimi would be kept. He drove to a donut shop and ordered a dozen donuts. He sat down at a table and started eating. Just then two cops walked into the shop. Robert quickly pulled his hat down and grabbed a pair of sunglasses out of his bag and put them on. But the cops didnt seem to notice him. They sat down at the table right next to him and began eating donuts and talking quietly. Robert reached slowly reached up to his ear, and in a scratching motion turned on a sound amplifier, disguised as a hearing aid. Now he could hear pieces of what the officers were saying.
"Did you hear about that Kiki girl, B?" said the first cop.
"Yeah, the one who being gone after by whats-his-face, uh, Ronnie?" said the second cop.
"Yeah, The one who there keepin down west of town in the old run down lookin house with a sign on it the says: Danger, keep out! Do not enter! Walls and ceiling may collapse at any time! That is really a place where they keep kids who needs protection." Said the first cop.
"Oh, the one that has twenty four hour police protection and the secret trap door on the top?"
"Yeah, that one," said the first cop.
Robert reached up and turned off the speaker. The police had just told him exactly how to get to that Kimi! He could hardly believe it. He finished his donuts and drove on. He drove all around looking at old run down looking house. Each time he would drive at a distance, looking through his binoculars for the sign the police officers had mentioned. Finally he found it. He took out a pad of paper and a pencil, and jotted down its location, along with a slight description.
That night, Kimi had a hard time getting to sleep. And when she finally did, her sleep was troubled with dreams. Kimi dreamt she was being chased through darkness. The faces of her friends and family kept popping up and saying,
"Run faster, Kimi, run!"
Finally Robert caught her. She closed her eyes tight. When she opened them, she stood in a dark, slimey prison cell. Robert was in the next cell next to her. He kept slamming against the bar, trying to break through. Eventually the bars gave way. Then Robert kicked her cell open Kimis eyes opened and she sat bolt upright. In the silence of the dark room, thought she heard footsteps.
"Its just my imagination," She reassured herself.
She laid her head back down on the pillow and tried to go back to sleep. Out from the shadows in the back of the room emerged Robert.
Kimi suddenly sat up again. She thought she had seen something emerge from the shadows.
Nothing. Kimi realized that it was her own imagination playing tricks on her.
She laid back on her pillow. She tried to close her eyes and go to sleep. But, she was scared.
Outside, a black car drove up to the house. Out stepped a man who proceeded to remove his blonde wig, mustache, goatee, fake eyeglasses, his coat, and hat.
"Here I am!" he said. "Time to put the plot into action!"
He closed the car door.
Outside the front door was a video security camera. Robert knew that he would have to find an alternate entrance.
Then he remembered a secret trap door on the top that he had heard from the police officers.
He stealthily creeped along the house to a pipe clinging to the side of the house. He began to climb up it to the roof.
Back inside the house, Kimi sat up in bed. She heard the sounds of someone climbing up a pipe. She was terrified.
Kimi climbed out of bed. She had to escape!
She undressed from her pajamas and put on her pink and yellow shirt, green skirt, and purple shoes. Then she ran out of the bedroom, taking Superthing with her.
Back outside, Robert reached the roof. He stood upon the rooftop and turned on a flashlight. Finally, he found the secret trap door. He walked over to it and forced it open.
Back in the house, Kimi opened the door where the others slept. She turned on the light.
"Guys! Brittany!" she cried. "We have to get out of here now!"
Her friends sat up.
"Kimi, it's almost midnight!" said Travis. "We're trying to sleep!"
"I heard something outside the house!" said Kimi.
"We don't hear anything" said Kyle. "Go back to sleep!"
"But...but..." stammered Kimi.
"Do you hear anything now?" asked Brittany.
Kimi listened. The sounds were gone.
"Kimi, you have to stop this!" said Bobby. "You're letting this fear of Benedict brainwash you! He can't get us here! He doesn't even know where we are!"
Kimi realized that Bobby was right.
"Sorry I woke you all up" she said. She turned off the light and walked out.
Meanwhile, the secret trapdoor had led Benedict to the attic. He climbed down the stairs to the next floor.
Kimi didn't feel like sleeping now. She decided to go down to the kitchen and get something to eat.
She went into the kitchen. Outside the window, she saw a security camera. Even now, the police were watching the house through headquarters. If the camera had seen Benedict, they would be alerted to the house.
The police weren't here, so the camera didn't see Benedict.
Kimi opened the refridgerator and poured herself a glass of juice. It was fruit punch. She drank two glasses.
Suddenly, she heard sounds coming from upstairs along with muffled screams.
Kimi quickly closed the refridgerator after replacing the juice and ran upstairs to the room where her friends slept.
The room was empty! There was no sign of Kyle, Brittany, Bobby, and Travis.
Kimi began to shiver with fear. Had something happened to her friends?
Then suddenly, someone came up behind Kimi.
"We meet again Kimi!" said a voice.
There stood Robert Benedict.
"Ahhhhh!" cried Kimi.
"Remember me Kimi?" asked Benedict as he shone his flashlight into her face. "How's that? A little bit too bright? Good!"
He turned off the flashlight.
"Where are my friends?" asked Kimi.
"I have taken your friends" said Robert. "They are all tied up now. They are my hostages. Do as I say and I won't hurt them."
Kimi didn't move or speak. She was terrified. Here she was, face to face with her biggest arch-rival again.
"Even though they are now my hostages, its not them I am after. It's you I want! I got a score to settle with you Kimi. You took my job and my reputation. Now I'm going to take you away from your family! You and your friends are coming with me!"
"Why should I?" asked Kimi.
"I got a gun in my pocket Kimi" said Robert. "Unless you cooperate, you'll be chewing gum from your mouth and spitting it through your forehead."
"You wouldn't hurt me would you?" asked a terrified Kimi.
"The choice is yours" said Robert. "Cooperate and I won't harm you. Do the opposite and I will!"
"Where are my friends now?" asked Kimi.
"Look in the closet" said Benedict.
Kimi walked over to the closet and opened it. Inside were Kyle, Bobby, Travis, and Brittany, tied up and gagged.
"You fiend!" cried Kimi.
"I've heard enough out of you young lady" said Benedict as he walked over to her. "And no Kimi, this is not a dream!"
He grabbed her right shoulder and put something over her mouth. Kimi managed to muffle a scream. This was just like in her dream several nights ago! Then she collapsed unconcious.
Meanwhile, at the Finster household, Kira suddenly sat up in bed.
"Kira what is it?" asked Chazz.
"I feel like something happened to Kimi!" said Kira.
"Kira, Kimi's in Philadelphia" said Chazz. "Nothing could happen to her there. Robert can't get her there."
Kira sighed. "I guess you're right" she said. "I'm just so worried about her."
"Everything is all right" Chazz assured his second wife.
Kira felt relieved. Then she went back to sleep.
Hours later, Kimi awoke from unconciousness.
"Where am I?" she asked herself.
Kimi noticed that her hands were tied behind her back. But where were her friends.
Just then, the trunk opened. Kimi realized that she had been put in the trunk of Benedict's car. Dawn was beginning to break.
"Suprised Kimi?" asked Benedict. "Sleep well?"
"Where did you put my friends?"
"They are in the back seat of my car" said Benedict with an evil smile. "Since you were unconcious, I had you put in the trunk."
He forced her out. "And now, you are coming into the back seat with your friends! And you can say goodbye to your family back home too!"
He opened the back door of his car and forced her in.
"You won't get away with this Benedict!" she cried.
But Benedict reacted by putting a gag over her mouth, silencing her.
"Oh yeah?! Well who is going to stop me?!" he laughed. "This time Kimi, I win!"
He closed the door.
Kimi saw each of her friends in the back seat of the car. They were all still tied up and gagged.
"As soon as a passing car comes" Kimi thought, "they'll see us in here and call the police!"
But Kimi's hopes were shattered when she saw that Benedict had spraypainted the windows black. Not even sunlight could get in. To make matters even worse, she couldn't see the front seats of the car, nor could she see the window. It was just like in a limosuine.
Robert started the car and drove off. He was planning to drive across the country to Canada where the authorities couldn't get to him.
Meanwhile, at the main Philadephia Police station, chief of police Scott Fleming wasn't in a good mood.
"You what?", Fleming shouted at the cops who was at the donut shop earlier.
The first cop said, "I accidentally told secrets about Kimi's hideaway to my partner. Then, after we left the donut shop, we realised that Robert Benedict was there."
Fleming scolded to them, "You are incompetent maggots. Until further notice, you are suspended. Right now, I got to get to that house. But first, I need to call Agent Banks."
Fleming called Banks at the Philly FBI office; then, he went to that house."
Banks knocked on the door, but no one answered. The cops searched the house, until they found that the secret entrance has been opened.
Also, Banks have found skidmarks on the street.
"Men," Banks said, "it looks like Benedict did it again."
Knowing that Benedict is a person willing to leave the country, and due to Canada's close proximity to Philadelphia, Banks have contacted Canadian authorities, warning them about Benedict. They said that they'll catch him. He has also called Interpol, the international police agency, and gave them the same warning.
10 hours later, Benedict was on I-87, just north of Plattsburgh, New York. He is only 15 minutes away from the Canadian border.
Benedict said, "In 15 minutes, we'll be in Canada, and you'll be mine forever! You hear me! Forever!"
15 minutes later, Benedict arrived at the Canadian border, near the New York town of Champlain and the Québec town of Lacolle.
A Canada Customs agent asked Benedict, "What's your nationality?"
"American", said Benedict.
"May I see your ID, please?", asked the agent.
Benedict gave her a fake ID -- an Arizona driver's license with his picture, but with the name "Richard Bronson".
The agent continued, "Do you have any firearms?"
"No," said Benedict.
"What are your plans in Canada, Mr. Bronson?"
"Uh, I'm here for a few days on holiday."
"Mr. Bronson, would you please park in the parking area and come inside the office? I have a few more questions to ask."
Benedict then drove slowly to the parking area, then he floored it and drove off on Autoroute 15 into Quebec.
"So long suckers!", said Benedict.
The Surété du Québec, the provincial police force, saw what happened, and began to chase Benedict on the freeway towards Montreal, which is 30 miles to the north of the border. Even though customs failed to detect Benedict, the Quebecois cops knew it was probably him, thanks to a warning from Agent Banks and the US FBI.
Benedict rolled down one of his windows and looked back at the police car chasing him. Unfortunately for Kimi and her friends, Benedict was prepared.
He took out a smoke bomb and tossed it out the window. It exploded, sending clouds of smoke behind him. The police car skidded to a halt and was forced to wait until the smoke cleared up. By the time it disappeared, there was no sign of Benedict's car.
Benedict cackled wickedly as he rolled the window back up. "No one can stop me!"
The cops pulled over. One of the cops said on the radio, in French, "Benedict is heading north on 15! It's a black Lincoln Continental, with Pennsylvania plates, IGV 247."
He continued to drive towards Montreal. However, he knew that the Quebec police would be looking for him. So he planned to escape across the country, eluding the authorities.
Meanwhile, back in Kimi's home town, Kira, Chazz, and their family and friends were watching the news. The weatherman was finishing up his report.
"Tomorrow we'll have sunny skies all over the nation, but expect some thundershowers tomorrow night if you live in the western region. Back to you, Bill."
"Thank you Dave," said Bill. "And in national news, tragedy struck in Philadelphia yesterday when five children were kidnapped by Robert Benedict, a former local juvenile hall warden who was charged with child abuse, kidnapping, and contempt of court. Among the children kidnapped are Brittany Peterson and Kimberly Finster."
"Oh no!" cried Kira. "Benedict's got Kimi!"
Her family and friends continued to listen to the news.
Bill continued, "Benedict was last seen heading towards Montreal, but he managed to elude the police and now his current wherabouts are unknown. If you see this man, please call your local police station. And after these words, Pat Douglas will be here with sports."
Chazz turned off the television.
"What are we going to do?" asked Kira. "That man has got Kimi and the American police can't do anything! Or the Canadian police, either!"
"I can't believe it!" said Chuckie. "I'll never see Kimi again...ever!"
Slowly, everyone believed that Chuckie was right.
Among the people in the room with the families, were the parents of Brittany, Kyle, Benjamin, and Bobby.
The next day, everyone watched the news again. There were no reports on Benedict's location. No one knew where he was.
Just then, Chuckie came into the living room. He was carrying a package. There was no return address on it.
"This just came in the mail" he said.
Chazz took it and opened it. Inside was a video tape. He popped it into the VCR. Everyone sat around the tv.
A picture appeared on screen. It was a middle aged man with grey hair, a grey goatee on his chin, and wearing a black suit and tie with a red men's shirt underneath, and black leather shoes.
"Hello Mr. Finster" he said. "Remember me? Robert Benedict?"
"It's Benedict!" said Kira.
"I have your daughter and her friends as hostages. But don't worry, I haven't done anything to them...yet."
"What's he talking about?" asked Kyle's mother.
"He'd better not hurt Kimi!" said Chuckie.
"Normally, I would make this tape to tell you that you'll never see these brats again, however, I've got another thought."
"Turn the volume up" said Brittany's father.
Bobby's father turned the volume up.
"I've decided that I am willing to return them to you, for a ransom that is. And I don't want any tricks this time!"
"That was a great trick last time" said Stu with a chuckle, remembering how he had rigged the briefcase.
"This time, I am demanding cash delivery. You delivery the ransom, and I'll return the children. The ransom is...one thousand dollars!"
"Only one grand? That's a laugh!" laughed Dil.
"Oops, sorry" said Benedict. "I'm just getting started. A million dollars! And that's per child!"
"Oh no!" cried Chazz.
"That's inhuman!" said Susie.
"I already know your cellphone number Mr. Finster" Benedict continued. "Every night at 8:00 p.m, I will contact you by phone to confirm that you are bringing the money and to provide you with more details as to where to deliver it to me. Once you deliver the money to me personally, I'll release the children and stay out of their lives forever. Even if it takes you all month, you'll deliver the money to me. Best of all, every night, I'll let you talk to Kimi personally. But let me warn you, if you call the police at any time, you'll be bringing Kimi and her friends home in a box if you know what I mean! And I may not even do that!"
The screen went black.
"That fiend!" cried Tommy.
"Where are we going to get $5,000,000?" asked Kira.
"I know!" said Chazz.
A little later, at Pierre and Anita's mansion, everyone showed Pierre and Anita the tape.
"Right!" said Pierre. "We'll start getting the money! We value Kimi more than our money, let me tell you that!"
He walked to the opposite side of the room, moved a painting, and opened the safe behind it. Then he began to fill a large briefcase with the ransom money.
"This could take a while" he said. "I'll call you when I am finished."
"Thank you" said Kira.
One hour later, Chazz hung up the phone. He had called to airport to book a plane to Montreal, the city where Benedict had last been seen heading earlier in the week. The only flight available was leaving tomorrow.
"No matter how long it takes" said Chazz, "we'll deliver the money to Benedict and he'll release Kimi and stay out of her life, even if we have to travel across the entire country!"
"I'll call everyone to tell them to start packing" said Kira. "We're all going to do this together!"
A little later, after Kira called everyone, the phone rang again. It was Pierre, delivering the news that he and Anita had the money ready. They told her that they would be coming along with them tomorrow.
"We leave first thing tomorrow" said Chazz.
As everyone packed their bags, the doorbell rang. When Kira opened the door, outside stood Pierre and Anita, carrying a briefcase. Kira knew that the money was inside. Kira invited Pierre and Anita to spend the night.
At 8:00 p.m, the phone rang. When Chazz answered it, he heard a voice on the other end.
"Guess who" the voice said.
"We got the money Mr. Benedict" said Chazz. "We'll be leaving for Montreal first thing tomorrow."
"Excellent. And as I agreed, I'll hand the phone over to your daughter. I'd do that, except she's tied up in the back seat of my car with her friends."
On the other end, Benedict removed the gag from Kimi's mouth. Then he put the phone to Kimi's mouth.
"Dad it's me!" she cried.
"I know" said Chazz. "We're coming to rescue you, bringing the ransom money with us."
"Dad please hurry!" said Kimi. "I can't take this much longer!"
Benedict put the gag back over Kimi's mouth. Then he put the phone to his mouth again.
"The delivery should not take too long" he said. "Remember, no phone calls to the police or else! Understood?!"
"Yes Mr. Benedict" said Chazz. He hung up.
Shortly afterwards, the phone rang again.
"Hello?", said Chazz.
"This is Banks," Banks identified himself. "I heard that Benedict does not want any cops involved in the money drop. But, there's a chance that he'll take the money and run, without returning Kimi at all. With that in mind, I have an idea."
"What is it?", asked Chazz.
Banks said, "We'll have undercover cops on the case in unmarked cars. Benedict will not know the cops are eying every move. And when he picks up the money, we'll use the ace up our sleeve -- a tranquiliser gun. When he goes to pick up the money, we'll arrest him, as usual. If he remains defiant, we'll shoot a tranquiliser gun at him. The darts in the gun are powerful enough to put a grizzly to sleep."
"That's a great idea," said Chazz.
Banks continued, "I'll meet you tomorrow at the customs area at Dorval airport in Montreal. Canada Customs are already notified of your presence, and will fast track you through. Also, air fare, lodging, rental car, food and other essential expenses will be provided to you at FBI's expense. I'll see you in Montreal tomorrow. Goodnight."
"Goodnight, Mr. Banks," Chazz said.
The next morning, everyone drove to the airport and boarded the airplane for Montreal.
Meanwhile, Benedict was driving through the countryside of the province of Ontario. He had recently crossed the provincial border, where Quebec's Autoroute 40 becomes Ontario's highway 417. He was planning to hide out in Canada's national capitol, Ottawa, about 128 miles west of Montreal.
As the gang was flying on a jet towards Canada, a special someone was worried about the incident.
"Tommy, what's wrong?", Chuckie asked him.
" I don't know; for once what would happen if something terrible happened to Kimi and the others," Tommy said, worriedly.
"You know, that's obvious. You kinda like her, don't you," Phil said while eating the airplane food.
The gang haven't seen their natural-born leader so worried.
Soon, the plane landed at the Dorval Airport in Montreal.
As the plane was about to stop, Chazz's cell phone rang.
"Hello", asked Chazz worriedly.
It was Robert Benedict.
"I've been suspecting you. Don't worry, I didn't harm those brats yet.
I'm just here to say that your daughter was a very special tool. I'll call you
again at 8PM. Make sure you're in the Ottawa area, as that's where I'm heading.
And remember -- no cops! Good-bye," said Benedict, cunningly.
Soon Stu asked him, "Who was that man on the phone?"
"It was R.B. again. What are we gonna do if the kids got hurt?", Chazz said.
"Don't worry, I think I got a idea," Angelica said.
"You?", the Rugrats said. unsure if this was a trick or not.
After leaving the plane, the rugrats and their families passed through customs, met with Banks, and rented a car. Then they drove out of the airport.
Chazz looked at his watch. It was 5:00 p.m. He would be getting another call from Benedict in three hours.
"I wonder how Kimi is doing now?" Chuckie wondered to himself.
Meanwhile, at a hotel room in Ottawa, Benedict was watching a football game on TV.
Kimi, suddenly, got the rope that was binding her arms together and untied the gag.
"Come on, we' re getting out of here today" said Kimi quietly.
As her gag also came off, Brittney asked her, "Do we have a plan?"
"Yeah, I want to hear it before we get old," Travis said.
Then, Benedict turned to the kids and said, "Soon, you kids will finally
be some use to me. Watch me work my..."
As soon as he was about to finish, the dobermans got loose from their cages.
"What the...?", Benedict said, as the dogs got loose.
While they were busy, the kids untied the gags and the ropes.
"Onward to freedom," Kimi said excitedly.
Soon, the gang arrived in Ottawa at the hotel. They meet in the lobby.
"If we some how give Benedict this suitcase of toy money, he would be too satisfied with it," Angelica said.
Pierre said, "I hope this works."
"This is the only way to save my granddaughter," Anita said.
Soon, Agent Banks said," All right, let's move."
While they were on the road, Drew pointed out something: "Look, it seems that there was an incident."
Soon,they asked the police officers about it.
When they got in the car, Chuckie told everyone, "I know where Kimi and
the others are."
Finally, the dogs were back in the cages.
"Whew, well that took care of them. Now, let's get back to...," Benedict
started to say and stopped. He said with shock, "The kids! There' re gone!
Those kids will be back. I guarantee," said Benedict.
Meanwhile, dressed in her Dummi Bear costume, Angelica dropped the suitcase of fake money on the front step and rang the doorbell. She ran back to the others and everyone started to wait for Benedict to come out.
Four hours later, everyone approached Benedict's room.
Susie opened the door and said, "They're not here."
"Now hold on, they might be in here," Betty said.
Everyone went in and found out that the room was empty.
Then, Dil found a note.
"Come here you guys," he said.
Tommy said excitedly, " What's it say, Dil?"
For some reason, your children escaped from us. We'll get 'em and when we do, your money will be ours.
"It seems like we missed them. Now we'll never see them again," Kira said.
"That's funny" Chazz said, "I was expecting a call from Benedict. But now, it's 9:20 and he still hasn't called!"
"He must be too busy looking for the kids" said Kira.
"We've got to find the kids before Benedict does!" said Betty.
"Only one problem" said Tommy.
"What's that?" asked Betty.
"We don't know where they are!" said Tommy.
Everyone soon realized that Tommy was right.
Meanwhile, at that very moment, somewhere else in Ottawa, Kimi and her friends were hiding out in an abandoned house. The house looked as if someone hadn't lived in it for years. It was three stories high, with a hidden trapdoor in the attic to the roof. The electricity was out, but they had managed to find some candles. The only company they had were spiders in their webs.
Each of them were scared. Even brave Kimi was scared.
"No way Benedict can find us here!" said Kyle. "All we have to do is wait for someone to come and rescue us!"
"But what if no one comes?" asked Brittany.
"Just be patient" said Kyle.
Meanwhile, outside the house, Robin Banks was making his way across the front yard. He had spent the last few hours interviewing several of the local residents asking if they had seen five young children. He even had a picture of the kids. Several people said they had saw the kids in the suburbs of the city. A man said he had last seen them entering this abandoned house.
Little did Robin know was that someone was silently following him. That person had seen him enter the house. With the help of his doberman dogs, he had followed the scent of the children.
He tied the dobermans to a telephone pole, then he creeped towards the house.
Meanwhile, Robin opened the front door to the house and entered, closing the door behind him.
Upstairs, Kimi and her friends heard the door open and close.
"Oh no!" Kimi said silently. "He's here!"
"We gotta get out of here!" said Bobby.
The five kids rushed upstairs to the attic.
Back outside, the mysterious stranger creeped across the lawn. He passed the cellar of the house, which was covered with boards, but still allowed him to look into the cellar. He didn't see the kids.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, the grownups were preparing to leave. They had not given up hope. Someway or another, they would find Kimi. They had two briefcases with them. One contained $5,000,000 in play money, while the other had the same amount of money, only it was not fake. They were bringing it along in case Benedict wasn't fooled by the play money.
They met with several police officers, including Officer Gannon and Sergeant Friday. The police said that they would help search for the children and for Benedict. Agent Banks had gone off alone several hours earlier and now they didn't know where he was.
Back at the abandoned house, Robin checked every room downstairs. No sign of the kids. So he proceeded to walk up the steps to the next floor.
In the attic, the kids heard him approach the door to the attic. Kimi pulled down a string which activated a rope ladder extending downwards. The kids climbed up to the rooftop. Kimi opened the trapdoor. One by one, the kids climbed out. Then, Kimi closed the trapdoor.
Back on the first floor of the house, the second intruder closed the door quietly. Then quickly searching every room, he climbed upstairs.
Meanwhile, Robin walked upstairs to the attic. He searched everywhere with his flashlight, but didn't see the kids. But he knew that he was getting warm.
He pulled the string, activating the rope ladder. Then he climbed up.
But as Robin climbed up, his gun, loaded with tranquilizer darts, fell out of his suit and landed on the floor.
Back on the opposite side of the roof, Kimi and her friends hid behind a tent shaped section of the roof. They listened hopelessly as the intruder climbed up the ladder towards the rooftop. They heard the trapdoor open.
Kimi was terrified. She wanted to be home. She wanted to be with her family. She wanted to see her favorite step-brother. But most of all, she wished that she had gone to soccer camp with Ken, her future husband.
Just then, she heard a voice.
"Kimi? Are you here?"
Kimi and the others recognized that voice. They ran out of their hiding place.
"Robin!" cried Kimi. "You came to save us!"
"Yes" said Robin. "Everything will be alright now kids" he said. "I'll call your parents right now and tell them where you are!"
"At last!" said Kimi. "We're going home!"
Robin took out his cellphone and dialed a number.
Back in the attic, the other intruder picked up the gun and climbed up the ladder to the open trapdoor.
Back in the car where the others were, the cellphone began to ring.
"Hello?" he answered.
"Hello Mr. Finster" said Robin. "Good news! I found your daughter and her friends!"
"Good work Banks!" said Chazz. "Are they alright?"
"The children are fine. I haven't seen any trace of Benedict. But now the children can be rescued. The address is..."
Suddenly, a shot rang out behind Robin. A tranquilizer dart hit his back, silencing him. He collapsed forward.
"Robin?!" cried Kimi.
"Hello?" asked Chazz' voice on the other line. "Mr. Banks? What happened?"
Kimi and her friends looked down at Robin's body. Then, they suddenly heard sinister laughter. They looked up.
Approaching them was another stranger. He was holding Robin's gun. He picked up the cellphone. Even in the darkness of the night, the full moon and stars allowed them to see who he was.
"Mr. Banks?" asked Chazz. "Are you alright?"
Chazz and the others heard a familiar voice.
"Suprised Mr. Finster? Thought you lost me? Ha!"
Chazz and the others were shocked.
"That's Benedict's voice!" said Chuckie.
"Correct Chuckie" said Benedict. "Once again, the Kimi and her friends are mine! If you want them back, deliver the money to me!"
"Where are you?" asked Chazz.
"I'm at an abandoned house in the suburbs of Ottawa. If you ever want to see Kimi and her friends again, come there. And bring the money, no cops, or else!"
He hung up.
"Stu, drive to the suburbs now!" said Chazz. "Benedict is there with the kids!"
"I'm on it!" said Stu. "Time to put the pedal to the metal!"
"Step on it dad!" said Tommy.
Stu applied more pressure to the gas pedal and drove off to the suburbs.
Back at the abandoned house, Benedict tied the unconcious Bank's hands behind his back. Then he tossed the body down the trapdoor and closed it.
"You fiend!" cried Kimi.
She charged at Benedict. He responded by pulling out a gun.
Kimi skidded to a halt.
"I wouldn't if I were you!" he said. "You may be good, I may be bad, but I'm the guy with the gun!"
"Please, don't make us go through anymore!" cried Kimi. "We want to go home! Please, let us go!"
"I will" said Benedict. "Once I get the money. Your parents will be here any time soon! Now back off and join your friends by that wall over there!"
Kimi had no choice but to obey. She backed off to the wall to her friends.
Benedict stood several feet away from them with his gun still drawn.
"You seem to forget one thing Benedict!" said Kimi.
"What's that?" asked Benedict.
"We outnumber you five to one!"
"Yeah!" cheered Brittany, Kyle, Bobby, and Travis.
"Well you're forgetting something too" said Benedict. "Soon, I'll be a millionaire. Plus, all I have to do is evade the authorities one more day and I'm a free man!"
"What?!" cried Kimi.
"Think about it" said Benedict. "I'll be filthy rich and a free man!"
"Right now, you're just plain filthy!" said Kimi.
Kimi's friends laughed.
"Shut up!" said Benedict. "One more wrong move and I won't return you to your parents!"
"Geez" said Brittany, "you're such a bad man!"
"Mr. Benedict, I have a question" said Kimi.
"Yes?" asked Benedict.
"Are you married?" asked Kimi.
"No!" said Benedict. "I'll have you know that I despise children! And getting married is the first step to having children!"
"With a temper like that, it's no wonder you're still single" said Kimi.
"I've always been single!" said Benedict. "Children are like locusts in a farmer's field. Why should I have any of my own?!"
"Benedict, you have got to be the most evil man I know!" said Kimi. "It's no wonder you got no friends! I got lots of friends! What do you have that I don't?!"
Benedict snicked. "A gun."
"Good answer" Kimi said, her voice quivering with fear.
Meanwhile, the grownups arrived at the house. They ran across the yard to the front door and opened it. They ran upstairs to the attic. They were shocked to see Robin's unconcious body.
"Oh no!" said Stu. "What has that madman done to him?!"
"It's ok" said Didi. "He's just unconcious."
Betty pulled the string activating the rope ladder. They all began to climb up to the rooftop.
"Oh good" said Benedict. "You're finally here. Now...give me the money!"
"First release the children!" said Chazz.
"The money first" said Benedict. "Now, or else!"
To prove his point, Benedict pulled out a gun.
"Good enough" said Chazz.
Pierre gave Chazz the first briefcase. Chazz tossed it to Benedict.
"At last!" said Benedict. "I'm rich! As I agreed, you kids can go free."
The kids excitedly walked passed Benedict as he opened the briefcase.
But Benedict's smile turned into a look of surprise.
"Wait a minute! This is Monopoly money!"
Then, he read what it says on the card inside.
"Go to jail; go directly to jail," read Benedict.
Kimi was walking past Benedict, when suddenly, he grabbed her arm and pulled her back.
"Give me the real money, now, or else!" he said.
He pulled the safety latch and put the gun to Kimi's neck.
"Now, or else Kimi will never see her thirteenth birthday!" he threatened.
"You wouldn't dare!" said Kira.
"The money now, or else!" said Benedict.
With a sigh, Anita gave Chazz the other briefcase. Soon, she and Pierre would have $5,000,000 less. Chazz tossed the other briefcase to Benedict.
Benedict caught the briefcase and opened it. Inside was $5,000,000 in cash.
"At last! I'm rich!" he cackled.
"I hope this works" Chazz said to the others.
"At last, I got the money I demanded!" said Benedict. "And as for you Kimi, I have no further use for you. You may take a rest now."
"A rest?" asked Kimi. "What's that supposed..."
But before Kimi could continue, Benedict pulled the trigger.
"No!" cried everyone.
Benedict released his grip on Kimi, causing her to collapse to her knees.
Fortunately, the gun Benedict used was Robin's tranquilizer gun. Kimi collapsed forth, with a tranquilizer dart in her neck.
"Kimi!" cried her friends.
Benedict put the tranquilizer gun into a pocket in his suit. Then he pulled out his other gun.
"I must go now" he said. "I don't want any sudden movements!"
Everyone stood still, keeping their eyes on Benedict as he opened the window on the tent shaped section of the roof to make his escape.
Suddenly, Kimi stood and tackled Benedict, pinning him to the rooftop. The briefcase full of money slid across the rooftop.
Everyone could not believe what they had seen.
"How?! It's not possible!" said Benedict. "You should be unconcious!"
Kimi pulled the dart out of her neck and tossed it to the side.
"I won't go down that easily!" said Kimi.
Benedict tossed Kimi off his back, sending her flying, with her back hitting the wall of the roof. Then he held his gun on her.
"It's time to finish this Kimi!" he said. "I'm gonna have to put you down!"
Suddenly, someone else emerged up from the trapdoor and rushed up behind Benedict and jumped up at him. Benedict turned, just as this other person tackled him.
It wasn't Robin. It was...
"Ken?!" cried Kimi. "I thought you were at Soccer Camp!"
"I was" said Ken. "Your parents called me and told me what happened. When I heard the news, I insisted on coming along!"
Kimi was so relieved!
Benedict grabbed Ken and tossed him off. During the fray, his gun fell out of his hand.
With his hand, Benedict pinned Ken to the rooftop. "Nice try boy!" he said.
Suddenly, he heard the click of the safety latch of a gun.
Benedict turned his head. Everyone else looked to where he was looking.
Behind him, stood Kimi, holding his gun on him.
"Let go of my boyfriend!" she said.
Benedict laughed. "You're not gonna shoot me kid!"
In response, Kimi pointed the gun upwards and pulled the trigger, sending a bullet flying into the sky. Then she pointed the gun back at Benedict.
Benedict released his grip on Ken. Kimi lowered the gun.
Benedict suddenly grabbed Kimi by her shirt collar. "You're brave Kimi" he said. "Brave, but foolish!"
Suddenly, the other Rugrats and Kimi's juvenile friends charged at Benedict. Then they tackled him to the rooftop like football players.
They began to repeatedly use what they had learned from wrestling Kimi. But nothing worked. One by one, Benedict threw the kids off him, sending them flying around him, back towards the grownups.
"That'll teach you!" he said angrily.
Ken charged at Benedict, but Benedict reacted by shooting a tranquilizer dart into his side. He collapsed.
"Ken!" cried Kimi.
Benedict laughed. "A foolish mistake boy!" he said. "By the time you wake up, I will be gone and a free man!"
Benedict pulled out his other gun, and turned to where Kimi stood.
But Kimi wasn't there anymore.
Someone tapped Benedict on the shoulder. He turned, only to get a swift punch in the face from Kimi, sending him flying forth. He landed on his stomach.
He slow began to help himself up. "Truely...I have met my match."
Kimi looked quite surprised. She lowered her fists.
"I will lay down my...WEAPON!"
As Benedict said "weapon", he turned his head and pistol-whipped Kimi, knocking her down.
"Kimi!" cried everyone.
Benedict stood over Kimi. "Never send a child to do the work of a man!"
Kimi suddenly jumped up and leaped at Benedict and tackled him, knocking his guns out of his suit. Another struggle ensued between them. Then, Kimi leaped off Benedict's back, grabbed the tranquilizer gun and pointed it at him again.
Benedict looked quite shocked. Then he laughed.
"Go ahead, shoot me."
Kimi was hesitant. Then she lowered the gun. Benedict snickered.
"I knew you didn't have it in you Kimi" laughed Benedict.
He grabbed the gun and shoved Kimi to the rooftop again.
He lowered the gun down. "This rivalry ends now!" he said.
Kimi frowned. "This is for Ken, but most of all, for me!" she said to herself. Then, she kicked Benedict in the shin as hard as she could.
Benedict gasped. The gun fell out of his hand and he grabbed his shin. He began to lose his balance. He stumbled.
Then suddenly, he fell back. Kimi stood rushed to the edge of the rooftop where Benedict stood before.
Down Benedict fell, three stories, screaming. He tumbled down towards the boards covering the cellar. His back split the boards apart and he toppled down along with the boards into the cellar and disappeared out of sight. There was a thud as he landed. A large cloud of dust rose out of the cellar.
"Ooooh!" Kimi cried. "That's gotta hurt!"
Pierre retrived the briefcase. "Yeah!" he cheered. "Anita, I got our money back!"
"Talk about the ultimate refund!" said Anita.
Just then, Robin came onto the rooftop. "What did I miss?" he asked.
"Just Kimi kicking some serious butt!" said Phil.
"What happened to Benedict?" asked Robin.
"He fell down there!" said Tommy pointed to the cellar down below.
Kimi heard a sound behind her. She turned.
"Ken!" she cried. "You're alright!"
Ken was beginning to get up. Kimi rushed to his side and helped him up.
"Ken, I was so afraid!" she said.
"It's ok Kimi" said Ken. "There's nothing to fear anymore."
"Everything's ok now Ken!" she said. "I did it! I beat Benedict! I saved our friends! I..."
Suddenly Kimi collapsed.
"Kimi!" cried everyone as they rushed to her side.
Chazz, Kira, and Chuckie knelt by Kimi's side.
"I feel sleepy" she said. She began to fall unconcious. The tranquilizer dart had finally did its job.
"Kimi?!" cried everyone as she closed her eyes. "Kimi!"
Fifteen minutes later, Kimi awoke from unconciousness. Her vision was blurry.
Chuckie heard her moans.
"She's awake!" he said excitedly.
Everyone came to Kimi's side.
"How long was I out for?" asked Kimi.
"Fifteen minutes" said Chazz.
Suddenly, several police cars drove up to the house. Out came several police officers.
"Hey, who called the cops?" asked Kimi.
"I did" said Robin.
"Where's Benedict?" asked an officer.
"He fell down the cellar" said Susie.
The police officers approached the cellar. One of them put a megaphone to his mouth.
"Robert Benedict, this is the police. Come out slowly with your hands up!"
But Benedict didn't appear.
"I'd better go down there" said Robin. "He may be unconcious."
He approached the cellar and climbed down the stairs from the cellar doors.
He found Benedict lying on the dirt floor, broken boards surrounding him. A few small pieces covered his chest. His legs and arms were stretched to the side. Even his head lay on its side.
Banks checked Benedict, expecting sudden movement. Nothing.
Back on the surface, everyone waited.
Finally, Robin climbed out of the cellar to meet everyone. All eyes were on him.
Robin pointed his thumb back behind him towards the cellar. "He's dead!"
Everyone gasped in shock. Kimi was the most shocked of all.
"When did he die?" asked agent Friday.
"Hard to tell" said Robin. "Apparently, that fall broke several bones in his body. My guess is that he died from internal bleeding."
"Well that ends this case" said Gannon. "Normally, we all would have wanted Benedict to rot in prison rather than fall three stories to his death."
"Kimi, do you know something about this? How did he fall?"
Kimi was hesitant.
Finally she spoke.
"I knocked him off" she said. "But I didn't mean for him for fall off the roof!"
"I know" said Robin.
"Come on kids" said Gannon, "let's take you back to the hotel."
A little later, at 10:00 p.m, everyone was back at the hotel. Chazz had rented a room for the night.
Kimi was watching the news.
"The cross-border case involving Robert Benedict ended on a deadly note," said the newscaster. "The kidnapped children were rescued and are now safe and sound. Unfortunately, Benedict was found dead in a cellar of an abandoned house in Ottawa's south side. A struggle had ensued between Robert Benedict and one of his hostages, ending with Benedict himself falling off the roof. He fell three stories to the cellar. When the police arrived at 9:42 p.m, Benedict was pronounced dead from internal bleeding caused from his fall. And that's our look at today's news -- when we return, our weather forecast, plus highlights of tonight's Senators - Kings matchup. But first, here are tonight's winning 6/49 numbers."
"At last" Kimi thought, "I don't have to fear Benedict anymore."
Of course, Kimi felt a little sorry for what happened to Benedict. She would have wanted to see him spend the rest of his life in prison. Instead, she caused him to fall to his death.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. When Stu answered it, he saw a man in his 60's outside.
"Oh my god!" said Stu. "It's Prime Minister Jean Chretien!"
"I'm here to see Kimi" said Jean as he entered.
Kimi stood from the bed she was sitting on. Jean stood before her.
"Kimi, in spite of what you've experienced over the past few days as a hostage, you bravely stood up to your fear of Benedict. Even I myself would have preferred to see that man stew in prison. I'm certain even you would."
"Thanks, I guess" said Kimi.
"Kimi, for your valor, courage, and devotion to your friends, I award you this medal" said Jean.
He placed it around Kimi's neck.
"Take good care of it" said the Prime Minister.
"I will" said Kimi.
Early the next morning, everyone boarded a plane for home. Finally, Kimi would be back home where she belonged. And so would all her friends.
It was late in the afternoon when the plane arrived home. Stu drove everyone home.
After dropping off Kimi's juvenile friends, Stu dropped off each of the families.
"Home sweet home!" Kimi said to herself.
The next morning, Ken was going back to Soccer Camp. Of course, Kimi wanted to go too.
"Mom, can I go to Soccer Camp with Ken?"
"Of course you can!" said Kira. "After what you've all been through, you deserve some relaxation."
"Thanks!" said Kimi.
Chazz drove Ken and Kimi to Soccer Camp.
That night, at cheerleading camp, Samantha got a letter from Chuckie.
Sorry it took so long to write back. What an awful week! First that insane juvenile hall warden sent threatening letters to Kimi. Then he escaped jail and kidnapped Kimi and her juvenile friends. We had to go to Canada to deliver the ransom. We rescued Kimi, but Benedict is now dead. Now, Kimi is off at Soccer Camp with Ken.
Still, I have to admit that this is a summer I will never forget.
"Yes" Samantha said with a smile. "An unforgettable summer indeed!"
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