Title: When Love Came Down
Summary: Mike Stoker finds a little more than he bargained for on a cold
night in December.
It was a cold night. Station Fifty-one had been
roused from their sleep by the alarm at two a.m. Mike Stoker took it with
a grain of salt. He was used to being roused from sleep that early in the
Fortunately, the structure fire, which had been caused
by a heater, had not suffered too much damage. He saw the young family
huddled on the lawn and silently thanked God that they wouldn't spend Christmas
at a homeless shelter.
As the tired men headed back to their rigs, they each
thought of the soft, warm bed waiting for them bach at the station. Mike
Stoker opened the door and almost sat on what appeared to be a baby.
"Oh, man, hey, where did you come from?"
Mike picked up the small bundle and held it. He
was a surprisingly good baby for being left out in the cold. Most babies
would have been screaming their heads off about now.
"Hey guys, look what I found." The
others came over to see what Mike was talking about.
It was quite humourous top see the group of men standing
around looking at the small baby.
Johnny and Roy checked the baby to make sure that he
wasn't suffering from hyperthermia.
"He must not have been out here long. Someone
must have left him here while we were fighting the fire."
"What do we do with him?" Chet and Marco
had already asked the people that had gathered around to watch the fire if
anyone recognized the baby. No one recognized him.
"Well, let's take him back to the station and then
we'll call Vince."
They did just that.
While at the station, the men set about making the baby
comfortable. They used a clean rubber glove that they had poked a hole in
as a bottle. Mike was now feeding the baby whom they had dubbed Baby John
as in John Doe. (This didn't go over so well with Johnny.)
"Hey Mike, you look like an old pro at that."
"I have younger brothers and sisters. I used
to do this all the time; although, not quite this way." They all
laughed at that.
"Hey guys, I see you found a little Christmas
present." It was their friend Vince who was a policeman.
"I've brought someone with me. This is Molly
Brightman. She's with Social Services." The young woman smiled
as she took in the sight of the men caring for the baby.
"What's going to happen to him?" Mike
asked. Molly focused on the young man holding the baby. She could
tell that they had developed quite a bond. The baby had not cried once
since she had been there. Her only experience with babies was that they
"Don't worry, he'll be well taken care of. There's
an elderly woman that we have when we have babies that need to be placed. She's
the grandmother type, you know." Mike looked up to acknowledge that
he had heard her. He prepared to turn the baby over to Molly. Her eyes
connected with Mike's.
"Don't worry. He'll be well taken care
of." Molly smiled again. Mike didn't know what it was, but that
smile seemed to go right through him. Molly felt it, too.
"Uh, I guess I'd better get this little guy in
bed." She said as she took the baby from Mike.
"Well, thanks a lot you guys, for taking care of
this little guy. I think that you guys need some sleep, too." Vince
said as he and Molly left. Mike was still thinking about Molly as he went
The next morning, Mike was
planning on working in his yard. He couldn't keep his mind from wandering
back to the kiss on Molly's doorstep. He flushed and felt warm when he
remembered. He had to leave before things got out of hand.
They had made another date for that evening and he could
Molly had awakened early. She was anxious to start
her day because it would bring her that much closer to her date with Mike.
She had received a phone call from her friend, Mitch.
He had said that they had traced the car to a family that had employed a
young girl to babysit their baby - Baby John.
She was being questioned by the police. They
were convinced that this was the break that they need to crack the kidnaping
The girl was very frightened. She was very candid
about her own involvement in the scheme, but was reluctant to mention anyone
else that might be involved with the ring. Molly was on her way to visit
the parents. She would need to determine whether the baby was in any
danger from them.
"Hi, Mrs. Collins?"