Mary sat up in bed and glanced at the clock. 1:09AM.
“Police, open up!”
Her daughters dragged their feet into her room, wiping the tiredness from their eyes.
“Mommy, what’s going on?”
That was a good question.
“Nothing girls, just go back to your rooms okay?”
Mary made her way down the steps to the front door. She peeked through the window to see two police officers standing at her doorstep.
Mary cracked the door, “What can I help you with officers?”
“Ma’am, we received a call from your neighbor reporting a break-in at this residence.”
“A break-in ma’am. Your neighbor reported seeing someone on your property and witnessed them entering the back door of your residence.”
“Oh my god, my children are alone upstairs!”
“Your husband isn’t with them?”
“No, no he isn’t here!”
The officers gave each other a glance.
“Relax ma’am, we’ll make sure they’re alright.”
With that the officers entered the house. As one made his way up the stairs the remaining officer placed a hand on her shoulder while he closed the door.
“Everything’s going to be okay ma’am.”
Mary shot a nervous glance out the window. Her stomach flipped. There was no police car sitting on the curb of her house.
The officer tightened his grip on her shoulder as his other hand slid just above the doorknob. *CLICK*