Army man returns home and finds daughter sleeping on the floor. Captain Peter Xavier couldn’t wait to get home he’d been away for eight long months and he missed his family terribly. He was lucky to get an early discharge from his current tour and he was coming home. A whole two months, early he’d, said nothing to his wife, Linda’s daughter, Melissa. He wanted to surprise them.
He walked towards his front door with a spring and his step and a big smile on his face. He had no idea what he was about to discover Peter, opened the door and called out Linda Melissa. Where are you Jane, Kyle, I’m home, but his wife and stepsons didn’t answer? The house was empty, it was a Saturday morning and they should all be home. Melissa Peter called out One Last Time: daddy cried a faint voice.
I’M here in the kitchen Peter ran to the kitchen door and was surprised to see that it was locked. He turned the key and opened the door. Melissa was standing there with tears in her eyes. Daddy she summed I’ve, missed you so much Peter hugged his daughter tightly then over her shoulder, he saw a mattress Melissa. He gasped.
Why are you sleeping here? Why, where Linda and the boys Melissa looked frightened, please daddy, she said please, it’s all right. Tell me Peter said in a Stern voice, were you locked up and sleeping in the kitchen Melissa started sobbing, I can’t tell you she cried. Don’T you see Daddy you’ll go away again and I’ll be all alone with them again Peter put his arms around his daughter. I promise you Melissa, you have nothing to be afraid of ever again now.
Tell me. What’S going on six months ago, Linda said: Jay and Kyle were too big to be sharing a bedroom. She explained, so she moved me out of my bedroom and Kyle moved in. I sleep in the kitchen on this mattress Peter was Furious when he married Linda. He treated her two sons from a previous relationship as his own.
He believed she’d done the same for his Little Orphan daughter. Where are they now Peter asked and why were you locked in Linda took the boys to Florida for the weekend to celebrate Kyle’s birthday Melissa said so. She left me some sandwiches and locked me in here, because she thinks I’d steal her things. Just then someone knocked on the kitchen door, Peter looked through the window and saw a slim sweet-faced woman with a covered plate in her hand, Melissa. It’S Karen.
She said who’s Karen Peter asked, Melissa, she’s, a new neighbor Melissa, said she’s, really sweet and kind. I think she suspects something because she always brings me treats Peter fished out his keys and unlocked the kitchen door hello. He said to Karen I’m Melissa’s father Karen looked embarrassed hi. She said. I hope you won’t take it the wrong way, but I brought Melissa some hot food, of course not Peter said.
Thank you for your kindness to my daughter. I’Ve just realized what you’ve probably known for some time, but I’m putting things right. I knew Melissa was left alone, Karen said she’d always say she couldn’t open the door to anyone, but I knew something was very wrong. I was gon na call social services, but I was afraid I’d just make things worse. Peter assured, Karen that everything would be put to rights and thanked her again for her kindness to Melissa.
Then he started thinking about how he was going to solve the problem with Linda and her sons on Sunday afternoon, Linda and the boys arrived home to find three mattresses on the lawn and on top of them were piled. All of their belongings. Linda was Furious Melissa. She screamed I’ll, get you for this, but when the door opened, it wasn’t Melissa standing there. It was her husband, Peter and he didn’t look the least bit friendly hello Linda.
He said calmly, he ater, Linda gushed, baby. What a wonderful surprise! I think I was the one who had the biggest surprise, Linda Peter said, but just so you know Melissa’s back in her bedroom. You and the boys can move those mattresses into the garage which is where you’ll be living. From now on, Linda saw the flinty look in Peter’s eyes and knew the game was up I’ll.
Take you for every penny. You have Peter she screeched. No, you won’t Peter said calmly. I called the police and they saw how Melissa was living in the conditions. I found her in you, try anything and you go to jail for child abuse Linda and her sons took their things and ran, and the last Peter heard from her was when she signed the divorce papers.
A few months later he started dating Karen and Melissa knows that very soon, she’ll have a new and loving mom in her life.