Sure enough one of them did open the lock, and she was soon in her father’s arms. After a quick hug, they ran out the door and back into town to their cold, little shack.
“Anna, why were you there? H-h-how did you find me?”
Anna quickly told how they had run out of wood, and Jacob had gone out looking for more wood and she had gone out looking for Jacob.
Aloysius looked thoughtful for a moment and then said, “I bet you I know where he went. There is a building up the street a little way that we went to get wood once. I’ll bet he went there. He should have been back by now though. Unless something happened to him…”
“Oh Pop! What if he’s hurt? We have to go look for him.”
Smiling at his determined little girl with a mischievous gleam in his eye he said, “Let’s go! The good Lord will provide a way”
They didn’t go directly to the building with the hole in the wall. First they went back to where he had been held captive and retrieved the cage like thing he had been working on. When they did get to the building, he set the cage up so that it opened up toward the hole in the wall with just enough room around it for them to crawl in.
Then he turned to Anna and said, “Now you stay behind me. This is the den of Screecher and his gang. They are the biggest, hairiest, baddest gang in town. If they have Jacob, we’re gonna have to do some swift maneuvering to get him out of there.”
They crawled in and crept toward the interior of the building. Before long they could hear voices and see a strong light.
Aloysius leans over and whispered to Anna, “There’s quite an echo in this building. We’re going to use that to free Jacob.”
“How?” Anna whispered back.
“God is faithful, little girl. Just you wait and see.” Aloysius whispered with a smile.
He stood up and yelled at the top of his lungs, “Heeeey Screecher! You looking for a tender morsel? Come and get me!”
The sound of his voice echoed throughout the old building.
“Who’s that callin’ to me?” answered a loud, gruff voice.
“’Tis your old friend, Aloysius. I come to collect my boy. Oh, and by the way, I got rid of your big cage. Norman!”
“What did you call me? No one calls me Norman. I’ll get you for that. Here I come! Come on boys!”
“Come and get me, Norman!” Aloysius yelled again at the top of his voice.
There was the sound of feet running over the rubble toward them.
Aloysius grabbed Anna, and they ducked back behind a pile of bricks.
They watched as Screecher and his gang rushed past them, out the hole in the wall and directly into the cage. Aloysius had set it up as a trap for them. They were trapped!
Aloysius and Anna quickly found Jacob and untied him. Then they picked up a load of wood, left of the building another way, stopped to call the police to come and pick up Screecher and his gang, made their way home and built a roaring fire. They ate a small meal, and each told of their adventures.
Aloysius held his two children and said, “We are very fortunate mice my little ones. The Lord watched out for us and now we are all home safe and sound again. That fat cat will never bother us again. The trap he planned to use on us was used to trap him.”