“Dispatch this Delta 25. I’m at the scene now.”
“Roger, Delta 25. What’s the situation?”
“It looks like an 11-81. Nothing too serious. The vehicle collided with a snow drift and got upsot.”
“Come again, Delta 25. Did you say ‘upsot’?”
“That’s correct dispatch.”
“Do you need an ambulance?”
“It doesn’t appear so. The passenger, one Fannie Bright, reports minor injuries. The driver appears unhurt. I suspect intoxication is the cause.”
“Did you administer a field sobriety test?”
“No, but witnesses report the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed. Several described it as ‘dashing’. They also report the driver as laughing the entire time.”
“Roger, Delta 25. What’s your recommendation?”
“I’m going to bring the driver in. The passenger will need a taxi. Also, we may want animal services to look at the horse. It seems a bit thin to me. Possible abuse and mistreatment.”
“I’m sorry. Did you say, horse?”
“911. Please state your emergency.”
“There are people here trying to rob me.”
“Ma’am, are there intruders in your house right now?”
“No, not in my house. They are on my front lawn.”
“How many people is it?”
“You say these people tried to rob you?”
“Yes. They keep yelling at me and demanding that I give them things.”
“What sorts of things are they demanding?”
“Food mostly. Something made with figs, I think.”
“Did you tell them to leave?”
“Yes, several times. But they insist they won’t leave until I get them what they want.”
“Okay, ma’am. Sit tight. An officer will be with you shortly.”
“Unit 5, this is Walter. I’m at the intersection of fourth and main. Are you in the area?”
“Roger that, Walter. I’m a few blocks away on the square. How can I help you?”
“I’m going to need help apprehending a suspect and a vehicle to transport him once he’s in custody.”
“Are we gonna need additional back-up?”
“I don’t think so. So far he seems harmless. Mostly just disturbing the peace and public indecency. Also jaywalking.”
“Roger. I’m actually on traffic detail. This character came running through here like he’s got a death wish. I hollered for him to stop, but he ignored me and ran into traffic. He’s lucky he didn’t get hit.”
“Can’t you just ticket him and send him on his way?”
“Don’t forget about the public indecency. He’s actually naked.”
“Did you say naked? As in no clothing?”
“I guess he’s not technically 100% naked. He’s wearing what looks like an old top hat. Also, though it isn’t actually clothing, he’s carrying a broom stick.”
“Did you try to apprehend him?”
“Yes. He’s rather fast. He keeps slipping by me yelling, ‘catch me if you can’.”
“Okay, I’m in route. Just out of curiosity, what color is this guy?”
“Oh, he’s white. Real pale. I think he probably avoids the sun.”
"Hi. I’m Officer Brynner. How can I help you?"
"I need to get a restraining order. Is this where I do that?"
"Yes, Ma’am. Sit here and let me get some information from you. What’s the name of the person you need to get the restraining order against?"
"Honestly, I’m not sure. He goes by Nick, but he seems to go by a lot of different names. I think Nick is short for Nicholas but he’s not from around here. It might actually be Niklaus or something like that."
"That’s all you have? No last name?"
"Niklaus, sounds Russian or Slavic. Is that where he’s from?"
"I don’t know. He doesn’t look like a foreigner. But I think I remember someone saying something about him coming from somewhere up north."
"That’s not really a lot to go on. But we’ll come back to that later. Let’s focus on why you need the restraining order. What’s happened?"
"Well, honestly he’s been stalking me."
"That’s pretty serious. Tell me some of the details."
"He says that he’s watching me all the time. When I’m sleeping. When I’m awake. Frankly, it’s kind of creepy."
"Is he in your house? Or are there cameras?"
"I don’t think he’s in my house. Though he does seem to be able to get into and out of places with ease. Doesn’t matter if the doors are locked or not. I don’t know how he does it. Maybe it’s magic."
"So you’re saying he’s some kind of burglar? Has he threatened you?"
"Not directly. He keeps saying he’s judging me. If I don’t live up to his standards there’s going to be consequences."
"How long has this been going on?"
"Oh for years. Since I was a kid."
"For years!? Why have you waited so long to come forward?"
"I was afraid. He’s warned me in the past about complaining or crying out. If I do he’ll come back to town."
"So he’s not in town now? Do you know where we can locate this man?"
"No. But I do know that he’s coming back to town sometime in the early winter."
"If you can’t give us a name, perhaps you can give us a physical description or work with a sketch artist."
"Actually, I’ve never seen him."
"Ma’am, I don’t mean to sound insensitive, but are you sure this person is real?"
"Oh definitely, my parents told me he was."
“Unit 12, this is Central. Do you copy? Over.”
. . .
“Unit 12, are you there? Over.”
. . .
“This is Unit 12. Sorry, it’s hard to hear over all the noise here.
“Are you at the site of the Motel 6 disturbance?”
“I am at the location, but it’s not actually at the Motel 6. It’s located by the barn behind it.”
“Roger that. What’s your status. How can we help you?”
“There’s quite a crowd gathered. I’m going to need back up.”
“Additional units will be dispatched. Do you need a paddy wagon?”
“I’m not sure at this point. There are quite a few people here, but it’s relatively peaceful. Mostly I need help just sorting out what’s going on.”
“Roger that Unit 12. How big of a crowd are we talking?”
“I’d guess it to be over 200.”
“Come again. Did you say over 200?”
“That’s right. Of course that’s not counting all of the animals.”
“How many animals? Do you need animal control?”
“Quite a few actually. Though I think most of the sheep came with the shepherds.”
“Unit 12 are you saying that in addition to a flock of sheep there are more animals?”
“Central, that’s correct. There are some goats. Some horses. A couple cows in the barn. I haven’t counted them, but I can hear them lowing. There are some donkeys, including one with unusually long ears. There’s quite a few smaller things as well: some mice, some birds up in the rafters . . . an owl I think, a badger, rabbits, other field animals, a few cats and dogs and the like, maybe even a fox. And there are also the camels.”
“Was that camels?”
“Yes, I think they were brought here by the three foreign guys.”
“Foreign guys? Do you need a translator?”
“Probably, but I don’t know what language they speak. They seem to have come from far away and based on the gold and spices they are carrying they seem rather wealthy. Also, I don’t know why, but I’d characterize them as wise.”
“Six shepherds and three foreign men are quite a long way from over 200.”
“There’s also the little girl with the rose and the little boy playing the drums.”
“It’s the middle of the night, are their parents there, Unit 12?”
“I don’t think so. We probably need child services as well. Also an ambulance.”
“Is one of the children hurt?”
“No, there’s a newborn that needs to be taken in and checked out.”
“An unattended newborn?”
“Sorry, no the mother is here. We’ll need a bus for her as well. Based upon the conversation and what I saw in the straw, I think she just gave birth. It’s a bit of a mess in there. So, a hazardous materials clean up team isn’t out of the question. There’s also an adult male. But there seems to be some confusion over whether or not he’s the father. ”
“I make that a total of 15 people. Who else is there?”
“Well, there are a whole lot of other people singing.”
“Come again, Unit 12. How many?”
“I’m not sure. Lot’s. I’d call it a host really. They’re hard to count. As I said they are all singing and milling about. It almost looks like they’re flying at times. I think they’re excited about the baby. Also there may be an aerial unit in the area already. Anyway, something is in the sky shining a spotlight on us. It’s adding to the confusion. Honestly I’m not sure but I think I saw three ships, a submarine and a baseball team as well.”
“Unit 12, you understand there are no harbors in the city?”
“Yeah. Okay. I must be mistaken on that one.
“Okay Unit 12. Dispatching to your location: additional units for crowd control, animal control, child services, a translator and a protocol officer for the foreign dignitaries, an ambulance for newborn and mother, a hazardous materials cleanup team and just to be safe the fire department, a paddy wagon and a field psychiatrist too. Will that cover it?”
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