Not too long ago Everett and I were lounging around watching television. The rest of the family had either dispersed to different parts of the house or were out for the evening. Other than the happy sounds of boys playing video games, the house was rather quiet. About midway through the second episode of Duck Dynasty (it was a marathon); someone began frantically ringing our doorbell. I paused the dvr and started towards the door. Before I even got to the kitchen, Megan flew into the room yelling something about “someone is trying to get into the house!!!” Now, I’m a logical kind of woman (most of the time) and I started to ask, “How is it you made it in before he did?” Before the words left my mouth, Megan was on her phone calling 911. In the meantime, Megan’s boyfriend Chase was in the entry attempting to hold the door closed while trying to get the kids to leave the front living room. Again being the logical one I asked, “Where is Chris? We have a cop living in the house. Shouldn’t we take advantage of that?” About that time Chris came out of his room, looked down at Chase and said, “Are you serious?” Chase said, “Dead serious!”
Okay, so let me back up here for a minute and explain WHY Megan was calling 911 and Chase was barring the door. Megan and Chase had been out all day and when they arrived home, Megan noticed a police cruiser driving down the street with their spotlight on. She tells Chase that it always makes her nervous when they do that because it must mean they are looking for someone. Chase mumbles something and proceeds to get out of the car. Megan quickly gathers her stuff while growling at Chase for ignoring her concern. As they started toward the house, a man gets out of his car and yells, “HEY!” Chase and Megan get scared and start running toward the door. As they approach the front porch, the man starts saying, “I’m going to get you!” and they hear him running after them. All Chase saw was a dark shadowy figure coming toward them.
Now fast forward to Megan on the phone with 911, Chase crouching down trying to hold the door closed and Chris asking if he was serious. Once Chris realizes Chase wasn’t being goofy, he takes over at the door and asks Everett to get his gun from the closet. The two of them have a Laurel and Hardy moment trying to get the duty belt on while still attempting to keep the door closed. Chris looks through the peep hole and doesn’t see anyone on the other side. Finally he just grabs the gun and yells through the door, “What do you want?” A voice on the other side says, “I just want to come in. It’s cold out here.” Everett and Chris look at each other and Everett says, “Ryan.” Chris opens the door and in walks Ryan saying, “Put your guns away, it’s just me.” Chris turns and yells, “CHASE!!!” Chase comes around the corner and says, “I swear I didn’t know it was him!”
How did we get to the point of almost shooting Ryan? Well it appears that since Megan had been gone all day she was unaware that Ryan had left with his friend Micah. As Megan and Chase pulled up and were distracted by the police car, Ryan and Micah pulled up across the street. Both couples got out of their cars at the same time. Ryan decided to deepen his voice and say, “Hey!” in a menacing way not realizing that Megan was already spooked. When he did that, she bolted toward the door. Ryan thought they were just trying to beat them to the porch and yelled “I’m going to get you!” The dark shadowy figure was Micah and since Chase didn’t know he was in town, he didn’t recognize him. Once inside the house, Chase tried to keep the door closed. Every time he locked the door, the person on the other side was able to unlock it. And every time Ryan unlocked the door, someone on the inside locked it again. During the scuffle, the wreath had fallen off the door and as Chris was looking through the peep hole, Ryan was bending down to pick it up. At some point Ryan hears the word ‘gun’ from inside the house and realized this wasn’t a game. People on the other side wanted to shoot him. So when Chris asked him what he wanted he was smart and said, “I just want to come in. It’s cold out here.”
Lessons learned from this fiasco.
- When grown-ups tell you to get away from the doors and windows, do it! Even if it’s goofy Chase. Three out of the four boys listened when told to move. One did not. He kept playing his video games. He said he thought Chase was joking around.
- Taking a long shower can cause you to miss all the excitement. Heather was getting out of the shower when she heard Megan on the phone with 911. She immediately thought, “Oh the police are coming. I had better put on some clothes.” By the time she left the bathroom, it was all over. Now on a side note here, Heather was working part time as a 911 dispatcher. I guess she didn’t want to be wrapped in a towel when her coworkers got there.
- Everett and Chris are a pretty good team. With the exception of the duty belt debacle, both men kept their cool and “got ‘er done”. No one was shot, and the house was protected.
- If you pause a television show long enough, it will automatically start playing on it’s own
- But the most important lesson learned was if there are guns in the house; don’t go around scaring the occupants of said house.