16 year old Taylor was busily brushing out her hair while sitting on the edge of her bed. Short for her age, her feet barely reached the carpeted floor.
“Taylor, have you packed your clothes?” her mother asked, peeking her head into the room.
“Yes. How long will we be gone this time?” the girl replied.
“Three days,” picking up Taylor’s suitcase, she added, “We have to get lots of ingredients this time. Your Dad is ready to leave and waiting out front in the car. You better go hop in the car, I’ll be there in a minute.”
She exited the room, and Taylor was left there alone. Gazing at the light fixture, she thought, My fourth trip to space! I hope we make enough money to go again next year.
She quickly grabbed her leather bound journal, and made her way to the front door where she climbed into her father’s truck. They waited as Mrs. Olley gathered a few last minute things and packed them around Taylor in the back seat.
As they slowly pulled out onto the street Taylor’s mom turned to Mr. Olley, “Did you load the ice chest?”
“Yes, I loaded everything after dinner last night so I don’t have to even glance at that overcrowded trunk today,” he answered.
For a while they continued in silence as they drove toward the country. Taylor leaned her cheek against the cold window, watching the scenery go by. Soon the trees replaced the streets and buildings. Taylor sat up and watched as they neared their turn off.
“Hmm...” Mr. Olley kept glancing in his rear view mirror.
“What is it Dad?” she asked. “A police car has been following us for a while. I had better pull over and see what is wrong,” his actions followed his words, and they soon found a smart looking police car pulling up beside.
A handsome police man in a crisp uniform walked over to Mr. Olley who had stepped out also. “I’m Officer Wage of the Secret Police. We believe a famous thief is stowing away in your truck,” he said.
Puzzled, Mr. Olley shook his head, “Only my wife and my daughter are in that car. What makes you think that?”
“I have been following this man, James Handler by name, and last night I watched him climb into the trunk of this same truck,” Wage said, nodding his head toward the car.
Mr. Olley led him to the Toyota, “You may search it if you like.”
He first looked inside the car, then went to the trunk. Taylor and the Olley parents followed close behind. Officer Wage opened the trunk, and there was Handler, looking so mysterious (and rather comical) all in black hiding among the suitcases. Taylor gasped and unconsciously backed up against Wage, and Mrs. Olley collapsed into Mr. Olley’s arms.The James Handler was caught!
As Officer Wage handcuffed Handler, the family loaded up and were back on their way.
Handler told about his employers all too willingly, and Maggie and Alfred were searched. The Police found Alfred’s yellow note book containing all of the plans and happenings and arrested them both. Alfred and James Handler sat out long terms in prison but, as for Maggie....
Saul, Officer Wage, and the Olley family stood up for her in court, telling her story of repentance and the part she played in the Handler’s capture. They won the case, and she only had to pay a small fine.
The Olleys shared the love of Christ with them all and were forgiving.
Fortunately, Handler had been stopped before he knew anything about the recipe, and following a friend’s advice, only Taylor’s closest friends ever knew the secret.
The sign was changed by order of the Police and it was specified that they wanted the recipe to be bought from the Olleys.
Many kept wondering about the name “Moon Pie” and still do today.
The Moon Pie Story