Chapter 11

Mandie grabbed Joe's hand. She quickly pulled away. "Sorry," she whispered, "It's a reflex."

Joe sighed.

Jacob and Joe banged against the door for a few minutes.

When it didn't work, Mandie spoke up, "Maybe if we all ran towards it and hit it as fast as we could we could open it."

Jacob and Joe looked at each other a sighed.

Mandie could read their thoughts. They wanted to take care of this themselves because they were men.

"Well?" she said.

"Alright," Jacob said. They all went up against the wall.

"On the count of three," Joe said, "One, two, three."

They all ran and hit the door as hard as they could.

"Ow," they all groaned at the same time.

"Alright, plan B," Mandie said, with a tone that sounded like she was in pain. She rubbed her arm.

"Does anybody have a plan B?" Jacob asked.

After no one replied he sat down, giving in. Everyone sat down by him.

After a half an hour had passed, Mandie began to laugh.

"What's so funny?" Sierra asked.

Mandie laughed as she talked. "Jacob and Joe wanted to watch us so they could protect us, but we got into more trouble with them watching us."

It took a moment for everyone else to see the humor, but soon they were all laughing together.

"I'm sorry we didn't protect you girls," Jacob said after he was doe laughing.

All the girls nodded. "It's all right," Mandie said.

All of a sudden, they heard a click.

The door was opened!

Mandie was the first up. She looked out the door and saw Mr. Chamberland walking away.

The key to the secret room was on the bureau.

Mandie took the key and locked everybody else in the secret room.

"Mandie, what are you doing?" everyone exclaimed at once.

"I'm going to find out who Mr. Chamberland really is," she said.

"Why did you lock us in here though?" Hilary asked.

"Because if I didn't you would've tried to stop me," Mandie said, "Now, I will be back in a moment."

As she was leaving the room, she heard pounding on the secret room door. She felt a little guilty. But she just shook it off and went to find Mr. Chamberland.

She found him in the front room on one of the loveseats. She ran over to him, well, walked in a running fashion. When she got there she slammed her fist down on the inn table.

"I want to know who you are now!" Mandie demanded.

Mr. Chamberland sighed. "Alright, sit down Amanda."

Mandie sat down next to him.

"Alright, now Amanda, this might come as a shock to you but, I'm your grandfather from your fathers side."

Mandie's jaw dropped. "Bu-But, I thought my grandfather was dead."

"Well, they never knew that I was dead. I just ran off and everyone expected I was gone."

"Well, why did you run off?" Mandie asked.

He sighed, "A soldier found the secret tunnel," he said, "I was scared. I could've got shot to death or hung for helping Indians. And so I shot the soldier and burried him. Well, after Ruby and James and John were born, another soldier found the body. It was burried on my property so they audimatically linked the murder to me. So I ran away." He had tears in his eyes.

Mandie did also.

Later that night, Mandie told her friends everything. They were as shocked also.

"That is so awful," Hilary said.

A couple of days later, Joe bought a train ticket for Fridays train.

When Friday came, Mandie went with Joe to the train station to say goodbye.

"You know," Mandie began, "A couple of weeks ago, I would've been glad that you were leaving. But I feel like we are best friends again."

Joe laughed. "Well, I am hoping so," he said, "Actually no, I am hoping we can be more than friends."

He grabbed her face and kissed her on the lips.

Mandie left her eyes open the entire time.

He pulled away and took a couple steps back. "I want you back Mandie," he said.