For three weeks I was receiving mysterious letters from the International Criminal Federal Investigation saying that my boyfriend is wanted in Canada and Mexico for illegal Amish furniture trading. In one letter I was instructed to go to a pay phone to speak with the ICFI detective where he told me to get a disk that had John’s business contacts around the world on it. Another phone call was made to my house from the Chinese syndicate telling me to find this disk!
One day I got in the mail a Chinese post card that told me the mystery was over. John confirmed to me that it was something silly he was planning and it was not going to work out like he was hoping it would.
A week later John and I were walking out of a movie theater in the middle of the afternoon when a black car pulled up and a man dressed like Zorro jumped out and stuffed my 6?5? 250lb boyfriend in the trunk. I was beside myself being in a strange parking lot and my boyfriend being shoved into the trunk of a mid size car. The Kidnappers called my cell phone and told me that I would never see my boyfriend again! Right after that the ?Good guys? called (the ICFI ) and advised me they secured a contact at the shopping mall in downtown Cleveland. His name is Bruce the Spruce. When I see Bruce the Spruce, I was to tell him ?I wish I was a weeping willow tree?.
I had to stand in line with children and their parents waiting to see this talking Christmas tree. Finally it was my turn and I said loud and proud, ?Bruce the Spruce, I wish I was a weeping willow tree!?. Bruce said, ?Hello, Aubrey Hopkins!? The children were so shocked that Bruce the Spruce knew my name. He gave me instructions to go to the Customer Service desk to get a package. The package had a pad of paper, a pen, a clue and instructions to be at the pay phone where I received the first phone call. I got two clues with that phone call and instructions to be at the pay phone in the main lobby of the hospital where I got another clue. With that call I was told to go to the pay phone at the bowling ally where I heard my final clue. All the clues led me to Santa Clauses house in the city square where I could find this disk.
I found the disk right then the kidnappers called me and advised me to head straight to the beach John and I went to on our first date in August. In December the ground was snow covered, the waves were crashing and a bone chilling breeze off the lake. John was waiting for me there and told me there were snipers in the trees and I should throw the disk to the side. He had behind his back a dozen red and white roses and proclaimed ?Merry Christmas!?. I had so much fun on my mystery! I said ?Thanks, that was fun.?. He then got on his knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. . When I looked down, the box was illuminating like a halo from heaven. He had found the most amazing box that had a light in the top!
I immediately said yes. I said yes maybe twenty times to make sure he heard me.
Aubrey Hopkins – Willoughby, OH