The Stalking of Katie Part 2

Author’s note: This isn’t quite where I want it yet. I wish I had more time to get it where I like it. Here is part 2 anyway. Everyone has been waiting for it. This is a redo of the original. It is as close as I can remember it being. There are some paragraphs that were detail that I can ‘t remember word for word what I wrote.


Katie walks from the front door and looks at the clock. 9:32. She soon hears light rain coming down on the windows. It is just a sprinkle.  Katie hears a knock on the door. She looks out the window carefully. She sees her friend Jessica. She has an umbrella in her hands. Katie opens the door and exclaims, “Jessica! Am I glad to see you!”

Jessica lives one block away from the Miller’s. She is eager to get in out of the cold and rain.

“Dani called me. She said you were scared and someone is calling you?”

“Yes. It is strange. He just says strange things.”

“Katie, are you sure? You are always so dramatic.”

“Yes I am sure.” Katie snaps at Jess. Jessica’s face turns sour and Katie states, “Sorry Jess. I didn’t mean to snap but it is stressful.’

Katie is grateful for the distraction Jessica gives her. Taking Jessica with her to the kitchen Katie grabs two Wild Cherry Pepsi cans. They stay in the kitchen for a bit to talk. They sit at the island on the bar stools and sway them back and forth as they chit chat and drink the Wild Cherry. Katie starts to settle down and even starts laughing.  They then head back to the living room to sit in front of the computer. They start chatting with Dani again on SocialCard.

At 9:45, the phone rings. Katie looks apprehensive, but is relieved to find it is Mr. Miller’s boss again.

“What time did they leave?” he asks Katie.

“Just before nine.” Katie tells him.

“Well it shouldn’t take them this long to get here.” He hangs up on Katie.

She stares at the phone with a look of puzzlement on her face. Katie isn’t sure how to take this information.

“What is the matter?” asks Jessica reading Katie’s face.

“The Miller’s still haven’t arrived at their party.”

“Maybe they are caught in traffic somewhere.”

“Yeah. That could be it.” But Katie wasn’t convinced and fear was settling in.

Jessica looks at Katie’s face and sees it turn pale. Jessica knows she has to use logic to get Katie back to reality. It is going to take some quick thinking to get Katie from worrying about nothing.

“Are you feeling alright?”

“Yeah. Yeah. Sure.”

“Katie. Earth to Katie. I think I am going to start calling parents. You don’t look so good.”

“I am fine.” Katie looks at Jessica. But Jess can see the fear in her eyes. She can see Katie shaking.

“What do you think has happened to them? I am sure they are fine and stuck in traffic.”

“I guess you are right. Maybe they stopped off somewhere to pick something up. Maybe they planned something before the big event. I am so grateful though that the kids are asleep in their beds and I just have to sit here.”

“That’s the spirit. It is good to just sit here and talk to Dani and me.”

“Yes it is. Have you tried that new game on SocialCard? The one where you have to milk a ton of cows and fast.”


“Wanna try on mine?”

“Yeah. I think it may be a lame game.”

“It seems that way until the levels start getting harder and you have to milk more cows faster. They pile up and crash. That is when you lose.”

Katie and Jessica sat down and started playing the Milk A Cow game. They were so into it that they both startled when they heard……


“What was that?” Jessica could barely speak.

“I don’t know.” Katie replied.

Just then Marilyn the Miller’s Golden Retriever came running into the living room. Marilyn is wet from the storm and looks scared.  She runs up to Katie and Jessica. Just as she reaches the two of them she stops and shakes all the water off. It lands on the girls and the computer.  Both girls scream at the dog, “MARILYN STOP! YOU ARE GETTING US WET!” Marilyn stops but decides to shake one more time.

“Oh my, Marilyn! What did you get into?” Katie scolded the dog. “You wanna come with me to see?” she asked Jessica.

“Sure. Why not. My heart needs to slow down.”

They both laughed as they head toward the area where the dog came running.

“The Millers have a doggie door on the backdoor of the house. It is near the laundry room.”

“I bet that stupid dog hit the dryer on his way in.” said Jessica.

Jessica and Katie went past the kitchen and toward the garage. The back door was just right there.  They turned on the light and took a look around the room. Nothing.

“Well, I don’t see a mess. I guess we can go back to SocialCard.” Katie told Jessica

“Yeah. That sounds like a good idea.” Jessica replied back.

They walked by the kitchen and then Jessica said, “Are you hungry? I could munch on something.”

“I am actually. And the Millers have pizza sitting out. Let’s have some of that.”

“That sounds good.”

Jessica and Katie grab paper plates and slices of pizza. They warm them up in the microwave. They then grab cans of Wild Cherry Pepsi and head back to the living room for another round of SocialCard and talking to Dani. As they do, they start to hear the thunder roll in.  Katie is forgetting all about the phone calls and notices the clock says 10:10 pm. She still has two hours of babysitting left to do. Then the phone rings. Katie answers. “Hello.”

“Hello Katie is Jessica with you.”

“Yes she is Mrs. McDonnell. Would you like to speak with her?”

“Yes please.”

“Ok. Here she is.”

Katie hands Jessica the phone.

“Ok mom. I will.”

Just then they hear a beep.

“He is out there right now mom. I am heading home.”

Jessica hangs up the phone, looks at Katie, and says, “My brother was on his way home from a game and mom asked him to grab me. I have to leave now.”

“Ok. Thanks for coming over and staying with me.”

“You are so welcome. It was fun. See you tomorrow at school.”


Katie walks Jessica to the door and watches as she gets in the car. The car speeds off and Katie shakes her head. She watches as the rain slows a bit and hits the sidewalk. She looks at the puddles and thinks about jumping in them like she did when she was eight. She was just getting lost in nostalgia when the phone rings again. The voice on the other end is Jessica’s.

“Katie. He has me. Get out of the house and run. Call the police.”

“Jessica this isn’t funny.”

“Neither is this.” says a creepy voice from the other end. “Go ahead. Call the cops. They won’t find her and you are next.”

Katie hears a knock at the door. Her heart starts beating fast. Her breathing gets harder.  She walks  over to the door slowly with the phone still in her hand. She peers out the window and sees Jessica’s brother Eric. She opens the door and starts talking to Eric.

“Eric. Am I glad to see you.”

“I am here to get Jess. Where is she?”

“Something horrible has happened.”

“What do you mean Katie?”

“I just got a phone call from her. She got into a car. We thought it was you. She hung up with your mom after the horn blew outside.  I just got a call. He has Jessica.”

“Who has Jessica?”

“I don’t know. He has called a few times tonight.”

“Let me in. I need to call my mom. We need the police or someone. Maybe my mom can call my dad. We need help if what you’re saying is true. My sister has been kidnapped.”

Katie moved and Eric walked past her. Her nerves are shot and she is looking around at nothing not able to even think when suddenly she looks at her hands and says,  “Wait. Eric. I have the phone.” She hands him the phone and he calls his mom. He explains to her what Katie just said. “I was on the phone with her when she said you were there.” his mom said. “How could it not have been you?”

“I don’t know mom. I just know I just got here and she is gone. Katie said she got a call. Hold on mom there is a beep.” Eric hits the send button on the phone to answer the other call. “Hello.”

“Eric. Please help me.” He hears Jessica sobbing and it starts sounding further away. “Hello, Eric. Is Katie there?” says a voice on the other end.

“Yes she is. Who are you? Where is my sister? If you hurt her I will beat the shit out of you!”

“Just give the phone to Katie.” snaps the voice.

Katie looks at the clock, 10:35 pm. Eric hands her the phone. “Hello.” Katie says with apprehension.

“Nice to hear your voice again Katie” the voice on the other end sounded like he was smiling. Katie shudders.

“What do you want?”


“You can’t have me. Let Jessica go.”

“Not until I have you.” The voice hangs up the phone. Katie gives the phone back to Eric.  She turns around so Eric can’t see her cry. She feels helpless and her anxiety is flowing. Katie wishes her parents were at the house to help her. She wants her mom.

Mrs. McDonnell didn’t know quite what to do except call her husband at work. Lieutenant McDonnell operates the major crimes division at the local precinct. She tells him what Eric told her. She knows it sounds weird but it is all she knows for now. Lieutenant McDonnell decides he needs to send patrol officers and one of his finest detectives to the Miller’s home to question Eric and Katie.  He knows just the one to send. He is a rookie and really doesn’t know the lieutenant’s children which is a good thing as far as he is concerned. He needs someone who won’t be taking it personally.

Detective Anthony Pariseau is summoned into his superior officer’s office. “Detective, we have a situation. For me it is personal and I have to step back. I need the best on this.”

“Yes sir. What has happened? You say it is personal so what can I do?”

“My daughter was kidnapped and I need someone to take control and find her.”

“You’ve got it Lieutenant. ”

Anthony heads to his desk. grabs his gun, badge, and notebook. He talks a couple extra pens with him as well. You never know when you will need to edit something. He grabs his tape recorder so he can record the conversations. This will help in court if he has to edit his report. He stops for just a moment to think about anything else he may need then turns and walks down the stairs to the clerk. He has to check out a car. He gets the keys and heads to the parking garage.

Detective Pariseau is driving to the Miller’s as the rain starts. It is pouring in spots and just drizzling in others. The wipers swish back and forth as he sits in the car thinking.  He was wondering why the Lieutenant decided to have him investigate. Anthony is the youngest person on the squad. He does have degrees the others don’t but that is to be expected with every new generation coming in. The road is dark and slick with puddles. The rain isn’t letting up and is coming down at a good pace. The beating back and forth of the wipers really makes his head hurt as he is trying to figure out this puzzle. He almost misses the Miller’s home.  Anthony has to back up the car to go back to the house. He turns it into the driveway in reverse. He slowly gets out of his car and looks around.  He likes to be through and really look at everything. He peers around by the windows and notices shoe prints. The rain is really doing a number on them. He calls in forensics. He knows these won’t last long at all and heads back to his car. He opens the trunk and pulls out a tarp. Not the best way to preserve evidence but it will help with the rain washing away the evidence. He needs to look around the outside of the house and then take notice of the inside. He talks to the first responding officer. Protocol dictates this is step one of any investigation.

Detective Pariseau interrogates Katie about the nights events. He wants to know the exact time the first call came in, he wants to know if anyone else has called. He is floored when she told him that Mr. Miller’s boss has called twice saying they weren’t at the party yet.

“You didn’t find this a big deal?” he asked Katie.

“Well at first I did but then Jessica said they could be stuck in traffic. They could be anywhere right now even at the party.”

Detective Pariseau then asks Katie about the car Jessica climbs into, but Katie can’t remember what color or type of car Jessica got into but it must have been similar to Eric’s or she wouldn’t have gotten in.  He decides to put a tap on the phone and wait for the next phone call to come in.

Detective Anthony Pariseau says to Katie, “Anyone else in the house tonight?”

“What? That is a crazy question.”

“How is that crazy ma’am?”

“Well duh, I am babysitting” says Katie sarcastically. “Mr. and Mrs. Miller left just before nine and the kids were already in bed when I got here.”

“So you haven’t really seen the Miller’s children tonight.”

“Well no. They are in bed sleeping.”

“With the noise downstairs?”

“We didn’t make much noise officer.”


“Yes, sir.”

“Check upstairs. Check the bedrooms and see if the kids are sleeping.”

Horrible News and some amusement from Mr. Nose plus A Moral for the Story!

I recently completed a scan for malware on my computer. The scan froze my computer and I had Word programs open on the sidebar. I lost three documents. One was an assignment for Blogging 101, one was my stories for the Fantasy Friday Event (which I did get all into posts here before I ran the scan, so grateful for that), and the other was my story called ‘The Stalking of Katie.’ I had 1500 words that I was going to use today for that story as part 2. I now have to rewrite it completely and hope I get it as close as I can to the original. The other two documents are totally gone. I can’t find them anywhere on the computer. I need a forensic team to help me find them. They are lost in data universe where nothing returns.

For Katie, I was going to have a part 3 for sure. It was getting long and I didn’t have a ton of time to get it all in. Which is why I was going to put the 1500 words I had as a part 2 for you all to read and comment on. I am sorry it won’t be up or ready in time.

I told Mr. Nose about my Loss. 

I ended up losing three documents and couldn’t get one which was very important to me to open up. It kept saying corrupt. So I decided to talk to Mr. Diamond Nose. I went to him for advice and this is what I got! 


“But Mr. Nose. I lost my files and I need help! I need to get the Katie story out to all our fans! They are awaiting a Saturday Caturday Suspense Story. What am I going to do? I am so doomed”

Mr. Nose sat right up


and said, “What? You lost it all? Really? I will help my human.”

He ran straight for my chair and computer.


He sat down and is now rewriting the Katie story!

Moral of the Whole Story

When you run a scan of any kind close your Word documents and save them!

Turnback Tuesday, I want a redo. Another episode of nothing

Today has been long and no time to write. I had to get the new car transferred over and then off to Marquette for a 4 hour long doctors appointment for my daughter. Gotta love days like this. This post is going to be short. Because that is all I have. Four hours at a doctors office and then we went to Michael’s for some craft supplies. I got some really soft blue yarn to make Ally a blanket for…

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Turnback Tuesday, I want a redo. Another episode of nothing

Today has been long and no time to write. I had to get the new car transferred over and then off to Marquette for a 4 hour long doctors appointment for my daughter. Gotta love days like this.

This post is going to be short. Because that is all I have. Four hours at a doctors office and then we went to Michael’s for some craft supplies. I got some really soft blue yarn to make Ally a blanket for her premature baby,  Blake.  I tried to get the kittens to sit for a photo shoot again with the cards. They want nothing to do with that. Now, I am crocheting and trying to write some stories for Friday and Saturday. I have to hustle.

I am thinking about putting in a Fantasy Friday event for the next two Fridays while I am in the hospital. Surgery is August 10 so I won’t be blogging much.

Working on some blogging 101 assignments now and looking forward to speed writing what I can tomorrow.

May you night always have a full moon!

The Stalking of Katie Part 1

*Since this story is already at 2661 words, I know it is going to be long. I decided to break it up into 2 or more parts. I will post each part on Saturday.*

The early morning sun was just starting to peak in through the bedroom window as Katie lies in her bed. The alarm starts buzzing lowly as it begins its ascension to loud. It is only 6 a.m. but Katie has school on this fine autumn day in August. School started only 2 weeks ago and she already was behind on her homework. This year was harder than last year. Katie is now a junior in high school with her first real job at Burger Hut.  She just got her license this past summer when she finally turned 16. Katie got a job right away so she could save for her first car. She is so excited about this. She writes in her blog daily telling the whole world about her trials and tribulations as a working teenager going to school trying to get her first car.

Katie hits the snooze button and rolls out of bed, stretches, and grabs her journal. She checks her schedule for the day.

“Wonderful.” She says to herself.

Her schedule for the day is long. As Katie looks at the pages she notices her day has school from 7:30 to 2:20, then cheer practice from 2:30 to 4:30, Burger Hut from 3:30 to 8:30, babysitting for the Miller’s from 9 to midnight.

Katie lets out a big sigh.

And that doesn’t cover homework time or when she will be able to take a shower before getting up for school tomorrow.  It also means listening to her coach berate her for missing an hour of practice before Saturdays game.

Katie gets up as the alarm starts the loud buzzing again. 6:05 a.m. She pushes the snooze button again and heads to the bathroom.  She does a quick 5 minutes in the shower wishing she could sit in it longer. She gets out and towels off, grabs the blow dryer to dry her hair. It dries quickly. She brushes her teeth as the alarm buzzes yet again. 6:15 a.m. She throws on make up as fast as she can and then grabs her clothes for the day putting them on as fast as she can. She runs downstairs and grabs a bowl of cereal to eat fast. She looks at the kitchen clock 6:20 a.m. The bus is at her stop by 6:30. She eats her food by 6:25 and grabs her backpack. Katie gets to the bus stop at 6:29. Now to start the half hour bus ride to the school, Katie gets on her bus and heads to the back seats.

She pulls out her math book, half an hour to get this homework done. Every day she does this. She needs a day off just to catch up on homework.  No one told her it was going to be this hard to work at Burger Hut part time and go to school full time.

As she does her math homework, she day dreams about what kind of car she will buy with the money she is saving up. Her dad warned her to find one that won’t cost her an arm and a leg to insure.

“Buy a car outright by saving all your money now.” He told her. “That way it is yours. Don’t make payments to anyone for a car. Save up every penny.  Then save up everything to buy a house. You will be thankful you did.”

That is what her dad did. He joined the military at 18. They were giving anyone who signed up a $20,000 enrollment bonus. He put that in the bank and saved what he could of his military checks. He lived in the barracks and ate in the mess hall. When he got out, he had $50,000 to spend on a house. He married her mom and bought the house as soon as he got out. Then he got into construction. He has sacked away a cool amount of money now, but his daughter still has to earn her own. Daddy figures if he could do it, so could each of his children.

The bus stops. Katie gets off and heads to her locker. Only 7:00 a.m.  She grabs her English book and notebook. She has to work on her essay. She heads to the cafeteria with her books. Time to get this one started. Her rough draft is due today and she only has a few pages to show for it.  Her first class is math and isn’t far from the cafeteria.  She doesn’t even realize time has flown until the first bell startles her. She has ten pages done now for English. This should be a good start. She grabs her books and heads down the hall.

Katie heads to her math class and sits down.

“Good morning class.” says Mr. Johnson. “As always we shall start our day off with a quiz. Got to keep you all practicing for that test we have coming up.”

Katie hates math. She is good at it, but hates it. It bores her to spend a whole hour in a class going over something she can figure out from the book itself. She whittled away the time by doodling while taking a few notes of what could be on the test. Mr. Johnson always double underlined without realizing important information that was always on his tests. Finally 8:20 came around, and the bell rang.

Katie walked down to the gym area. This is her next class.

“Today, we are going to watch a health video on nutrition, have a nutrition quiz, and start some acrobatic gymnastics. You will need to remember the terms and the health information for your upcoming test in this class.” Mrs. Owinga states.

“Wonderful.” Katie said softly under her breath.

Between the video and the quiz, they only had 15 minutes to learn one acrobatic gymnastic routine before they were sent to the shower.  Katie had just gotten her last shoe tied when the bell rang at 9:20. She grabbed her books and ran to her locker quick. She shoved everything into the locker and grabbed her flute with her folder of music.  She ran all the way to the band room. This was her favorite class and easiest A.

10:20 time for lunch. Katie walks back to her locker and takes out two books and notebooks for her last two classes of the day. She has study hall right after lunch so she can use that time to do research for her English essay and finish up her essay on plants for science class. She needs to use these two hours wisely so she can have this done. She is so behind on homework and more just gets piled on. Burger Hut doesn’t seem to care that she needs time for school.

12:20 and now Katie is off to her English class with 15 pages of her essay done. She breathed a sigh of relief knowing she got her pages in that were due for today. They have had 2 weeks to get this much done of the rough draft. She has to hand in her 15 pages plus research material.

“How is everyone today?” asks Mrs. Dieter. “Were you able to get all your research material and first 15 pages written?”

The class mumbles. Katie is elated she was able to. Her mom was so right in telling her to take a study hall.

“You are going to thank me later this year for telling you to take this class. With your job and all your after school activities, this class will help you keep your grade point average up.”

Mom was so right. And Katie was even more grateful that it was right after lunch. That meant she could get more done when she got into a problem like this one. She hates Burger Hut for not allowing her time for her life. They always want her there even on the weekends. She has to beg to get the time off for the games she needs to cheer in. Cheerleading is what will get her scholarships for college.

The bell rings promptly at 1:20. Katie looks up exhausted but so relieved. Her day is just about done. One last class, science, and then she is off to cheer practice. She walks down two hallways to get to her last class. The day is almost complete.

“Hello everyone.”

“Hello Mr. Clemens.” Says the class

“If you could, please, hand in your drafts for your essays, and then we will get started on a review of this chapter. I will give you all pointers on what to study for the test. Remember, you can ask questions if you are unclear about anything. I want you confident and ready for this test. Then if there is time, we will start our next chapter.”

The bell rang before Katie even knew it. Finally 2:20 p.m. has come. Time to get everything ready and in her backpack. Then down to the locker room to change for cheer practice, and onto the field to practice for Saturday’s game.

Katie left cheerleading practice early since her boss at Burger Hut wouldn’t let her be late. She had to hear Mrs. Owinga lecture her once more about the importance of being here for the entire practice.  There really wasn’t much Katie could do. She needed a job and Burger Hut was the only place that would hire someone of her age. All the other places she applied for told her, she was too young to work.

Katie walked out to the parking lot. She hated leaving early and wished she could do something to get her manager to listen to her. She looked around for her mom.  She really needed this job for that car. Then she could get where she wanted to without begging for transportation. She finally found her mom and hurriedly got into the car.

“When do you need me to pick you up?”

“8:30 is the end of my shift. I need to be to the Miller’s by 9”

“Alright. Your dad told me he will pick you up after your shift. I have to take your sister to dance class and pick up your brother from karate. I will be on the other side of town. Do you have your cell phone?”

“Yes mom, I do.”

Katie got out of the car and walked into Burger Hut. She has five minutes to change her clothes and clock into work. She puts her things in a locker in the employee room and heads to the employee bathroom to change. She changes quickly and then puts her street clothes in her locker. At the time clock she has one minute before logging in.

Burger Hut is a hard demanding job. It is running around to gather food and taking orders for customers then out to the lobby to clean or to the bathrooms. You don’t ever stand still or sit down. You are on the go constantly. When Katie’s shift is done, she is grateful. She drags her feet to the locker to change out of her uniform. She puts her uniform back into the locker, grabs her things, and walks out the door. Her dad is sitting in the parking lot waiting for her.

“How was your shift?” he asks.

Katie grunts like a bear. Her dad laughs.

“That bad huh?” he says to her with a smile.

“The whole day has been bad.”

Katie talks to her dad for the whole drive to the Miller’s. She unloads on him about her whole day. Her dad just listens. When he pulls up to the Miller’s, he says to Katie, “Honey. I know it all seems hard, but you are doing a great job and soon you will have a wonderful car. Don’t forget that.”

“I know daddy.” She says. “I love you.”

“I love you more.” He tells her.

“I am done at midnight.”

“Ok. Either your mom or I will be here to get you.”

Katie leaves the car and walks up to the Miller’s house, rings the doorbell, and waits. Mr. Miller opens the front door.

“Great you are here and a little early. That is what I like about you.”

“Hello to you as well, Mr. Miller.”

“My wife will be right down with the usual instructions for you.”

Mr. and Mrs. Miller left after giving Katie her instructions.  Their children were already in bed since they have school in the morning. Katie decides to watch some television and work on her essays.  She turns on the TV and keeps the volume low. She picks up her English book and starts looking at how this essay is supposed to look. That is when her cell phone buzzes. Katie picks it up and looks at it.

The cell phone says, “PRIVATE CALLER”

“That’s odd.” Katie thinks. “Who is calling me?”

She decides to answer.


“Hello beautiful,” whispers the stranger on the other end. “I see you are finally at the Miller’s. I like that movie as well. I love the way your breasts protrude out of your red t-shirt.”

Katie turns white as a ghost. She hurriedly hangs up the phone.

The Miller’s phone next rings. Katie is hesitant to pick it up. She walks slowly over to it and looks down. He says, “PATRICK WAGNER”. She knows this is Mr. Miller’s boss so she picks up the phone.


“Hi. Is Ben or Judy there?”

“No. They just left about 10 minutes ago.”

“Oh, good. They should be here shortly then. I was getting worried. He has to make a presentation tonight. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Katie hangs up the phone. She tries to put out the crazy call from before out of her mind. She walks to the kitchen and looks inside the fridge. Nothing really appeals to her. Then she looks on the counter. There is a pizza still sitting there. She takes a couple of pieces and puts them in the microwave. She goes back to the fridge and grabs a Wild Cherry Pepsi.

She sits down at the couch again. She pulls out her tablet and clicks the keyboard on. She looks at her rough draft for her English essay and then at her textbook. She starts to make the changes on it. Her tab is open for her browser and she hears a ding. She looks at her SocialCard page. It is her friend Danielle. She is grateful for the distraction.

“I am working on my essay.” Katie writes.

“Oh. Me too.” Types Dani.

Then the phone buzzes. Katie picks it up. It says, “UNKNOWN” on it.

Katie answers the phone.


“I see you like the pizza I sent over to the Miller’s tonight. Their children thought it was amazing too. I even sent the case of Wild Cherry because I know how much you like it. “

Katie hangs up quickly and starts typing to Dani.

“I have a second weird call tonight. A guy whispers about stuff like he can see what I am doing. He knows I am eating pizza and drinking WCP.”

“How can he?” Dani types back. “It isn’t like he can see you. Unless he is parked outside the house”

Katie starts to wonder if Dani is correct. She looks at the windows. Mrs. Miller has them closed in the living room.  She looks in the kitchen. Mrs. Miller has thin curtains in there which have space between them to see into the kitchen. Katie walks to the front door, turns on the porch light, and opens it. She walks outside and looks up and down the street. The Millers have a small hedge of bushes at the front of their walk with a gate between them.  The street lights show the street well enough. She doesn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. She shakes her head and goes back into the house. She locks the front door.