02-11 / 02-12 Kelly / A Changing Year

by Ernest Bywater

Tags: Fiction, Military, Vignettes, Workplace, Extra Sensory Perception, Torture, Royalty, Violent,

Desc: Action/Adventure Story: In October 2002, Geordie's sister Kelly is kidnapped and he searches for her. Finding her he takes action to recover her. In doing so he loses more than he can imagine and learns he's only human. A boy is forced to take on the mantle of adulthood.

Born Kelly Ingrid Mary Amir on 10 November, 1990, a very bright and vivacious young girl not as smart as most of the clan, but no dummy, either. Due to being born late in the year, and her younger brother being born early in the year the year after next, she's in the class just ahead of her brother, Gordie. When she and Gordie walk to school you'd think he was the older. She's short for her age while he's tall for his, and he's a little taller than she is. Gordie is much smarter than her and his academic level is very high (he does most of his real studies at home after school), which is why he often helps her with her lessons. Because they use different surnames few people outside the clan realise they're brother and sister, most at the school think their families just work together. Kelly has many friends at school and around town.

The Danger

In 1994 U MAMA bribes a member of the Berant parliament. By 2000 they own him outright and have helped his political ambitions. Now he's a senior cabinet member in the current parliament. In the course of his normal duties he puts together some public facts and digs out some not so public facts. Everyone knows the King lives at the Royal Palace and Residence called Highcliff near Carmel. They know the royal clan name is Amir. The U MAMA spy finds out some of the King's children attend school at View Port, he passes this along to U MAMA in late 2000. Other U MAMA spies spend most of 2001 spying on the View Port schools and tracking the movements of any children by the name of Amir. They realise not all children with this name are the King's children because some are just very close relatives. By Christmas 2001 they've identified two children they're fairly sure belong to the King's immediate family. Kelly Amir, eleven years old, and Isobelle Amir, fifteen years old. Isobelle is a member of the school martial arts team and old enough to be a much harder target. The U MAMA team leader decides to target Kelly Amir. The plan is to kidnap Kelly and to force her to give them information: access codes needed to gain entry to Highcliff. Once inside they intend to murder the King and his family. Thus opening the way for the U MAMA agents in the parliament (they now own about one fifth of its members) to do away with the monarchy and invite the U MAMA companies back into the country. The U MAMA spies know most of Kelly's friends. In 2002 they target her friends' families to see if they can influence or bribe anyone to assist them. They also move one hundred mercenaries into the country, keeping them in the capital city of Berana until needed.

Evil Strikes

At 4:00 p.m. Thursday 17th October, 2002 Kelly Amir is on her way to spend the afternoon at the home of a classmate. While she walks down the right hand footpath a van pulls up beside her. Two men jump out while two more men on the footpath jump to grab the girl. She's only eleven, nearly twelve, years old and they expect no trouble. She's quick to realise they intend her no good, and defends herself.

Throwing her bag at the two on the footpath she kicks the front foot of the lead man exiting the van. When he falls she snaps her left hand down, breaking his neck. At the same time she draws her belt knife with her right hand and slashes it up across the throat of the lead man on the footpath. Spinning away from the van she stabs the other man on the footpath in the chest while she hits the alarm on her belt with her left hand. Pulling the knife from the man's chest she throws it into the throat of the second man from the van, killing him. All this has taken only a few seconds, much less than it takes to recount. Another man who's watering the yard of a nearby house shoots her from behind with a stun gun. She drops like a stone, unconscious. He drops the hose to jump the low fence and pick her up. He jumps into the van and it drives off down the road at high speed.

Meanwhile, her security squad, who are spread out along the street in their normal deployment pattern, draw their hand guns and head for the fight. A number of armed men appear from yards and vehicles, a short gun fight ensues. The security squad are all killed. The surviving ambushers don't have time to collect their dead. They leave four men killed by their juvenile target and twenty-two killed by the security squad, three die later from their wounds. They'd expected to lose four or five men to the security team, but lose twenty-nine. This is a great upset to the organisers, especially because of the ones killed by the eleven year old girl; a supposedly soft target and no danger at all.

The alarm brings an instant response from the command centre with a general alert to all Guards and police in the area. Although they reach the scene in minutes they're too late to catch the kidnappers. All they find are the dead and her bag.


Police and security personnel interview everyone who lives in the street, to no avail beyond the van's description. It turns up a few streets away, abandoned with all of Kelly's clothes on its floor. Checking the dead is hard, because they have no identification on them. Although it's clear the kidnapping was set up in advance no one knows why Kelly was in that street at that time. There are no leads to follow up on.

That night a clan meeting is called. Everyone is told what happened and asked if they can spread any light on why Kelly was in that street. No one knows a thing. Because of the kidnapping security tightens for everyone, double squads until further notice and everyone to miss school the next day.

Sunday the news arrives they've identified some of the kidnappers. They're known mercenaries who work for U MAMA companies and one is a CIA agent. The King, the clan, and the Claymore aren't happy, to say the least. The kidnapping of a young school girl is made public knowledge, because there are too many witnesses. But the relationship to the King isn't made public. They identify her as the unnamed daughter of a wealthy local businessman. The police and security forces are doing everything in their power to find her and the kidnappers.

Monday morning and all the children are back at school with larger security teams about the schools. Determined to find his sister Gordie speaks to all of Kelly's school friends and classmates. No one at the school is surprised to find him looking for Kelly because they're always looking for each other, many think they're going steady. At the start of lunch he speaks to Ingrid, one of her closest classmates.

He says, "Do you know where Kelly Amir is, have you seen her lately?"

Ingrid says, "No, not since lunch on Thursday. And she stood me up Thursday afternoon! When you find her tell her off for me, please."

Gordie is interested in this, asking, "What was the plan for Thursday afternoon?"

"Wednesday afternoon Daddy bought me the latest Spiderbait CD. I spoke to Kelly about it at lunch on Thursday, because she's a big fan. She said she'd come around after band practice to listen to it. She never showed. I waited at home all afternoon for her, if she wasn't coming she could've called to let me know."

Quietly, he asks, "Who else knew she was going to visit you?"

She says, "Only Daddy, when I got home I had to let him know I was expecting a visitor, and who it was."

He says, "When I see her I'll let her know you're upset and why." Turning away, he walks out of the lunch room and out of the school.

Gathering his security detail he leaves the school to go to the town square and study a large scale map of the town. The street Kelly was kidnapped from is the only street anyone going from the school to Ingrid's house has to go down. There are many choices at both ends, but that one is the only one linking the two suburbs. It passes between two natural bush areas on ridges. If anyone knew Kelly was going to call on Ingrid they can easily and quickly set up an ambush. The leader of his security detail, Senior Corporal Amy Jones, is watching closely while he reads the large map. When he taps the school, kidnap point, and the suburb beyond it she immediately sees the connections. He reaches a decision.

Climbing into the van the security team are using he directs them to Ingrid's house. Pulling up down the street they notice a brand new car in the driveway. Gordie knows Ingrid's family doesn't have much money, so this is very interesting. They're about to get out when a car pulls up and a man gets out. Amy recognises him as a known U MAMA agent. Bingo! Opening the van's glove box Gordie gets out a tracking device, they keep some in there. Exiting the vehicle he walks up the road to cross near the car and slip the tracker onto the car when he passes it. Going around the corner he's soon joined by the van.

They wait until the U MAMA agent leaves. Geordie walks up to the house with Corporal Jones. They knock, no answer. They enter the house. Ingrid's father is lying face down on the kitchen table with an almost empty bottle of whiskey beside him. Also on the table is an envelope with a large amount of money in it. Checking his pulse they find he's dead. Taking the packet of money for safe keeping they place it in a plastic bag. They do the same with the whiskey bottle after they put the lid on it, because they suspect it's poisoned.

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