(What happened to her?)
By: Faith Lucky.
My sisters and I called as we walked forlornly around the scanty party.
Up until that time, there was still no trace of her even after we had to wait for the party to be over and everyone to leave.
“Oh, God! Where could she be?” Renee asked as she stood beside me.
Leo was also searching tirelessly for her and even Esther who had been drunk supposedly became normal and joined in the search.
“Oh Vanessa! What do we do?” She asked as she trudged to where Renee and I were.
I couldn’t help but panic. There was no way Annabel could leave without telling us.
And there was no way she could stay hidden – for what reason?
I had this strange feeling that something was wrong.
“Annabel isn’t here” I turned to Renee and Esther and said.
“What? Then where could she be? Did she go home already?” Esther asked, still sounding tipsy.
“And her line has been switched off” Renee added, fixing her gaze on the floor.
Fear resounded in her voice.
“We need to go home. We need to let mum and dad know about this. I think we might have to involve the police” I stated.
“What do you mean you can’t find your sister?” Mum quarried as we stood in front of her and dad.
“Didn’t you leave for the party together?” Dad also asked.
“We did, Dad. It was…in the middle of the party that she went missing” I replied.
“Yes. I was there when she told me she wanted to make use of the restroom. And that was it; we didn’t get to see her again. She never returned.” Esther also replied.
“So, where is she??” Mum half yelled and breathed heavily.
“We’re sorry mum” I muttered helplessly.
Daddy brought out his phone immediately.
“I’ll put a call through to some friends at the force. Let’s just hope she’s safe” he said and left the sitting room.
My sisters and I walked into the room cheerlessly, our hearts nuttered.
“She never wanted to go that party” Renee busted into tears as she plonked herself on the bed.
“We shouldn’t have forced her”.
Esther sighed despondently and also sat on her bed while I remained standing.
“What could have possibly happened to her? Where did she go?” Esther asked, narrowing her eyes.
“What if she’s in danger?” Renee cried more.
I exhaled deeply and didn’t even realize when I sat on the bed.
Where are you?
We couldn’t have breakfast the next morning as all we could think about was Annabel.
Mum was already crying and had refused to yield to our words of consolations.
“My baby” she whimpered as we sat together in the sitting room.
“Where could she be?”
Dad was at the balcony, making and receiving numerous calls.
“Don’t worry, mum. We’ll find her” Esther said, even if it sounded absurd.
“Then, where is she?? Where did she spend the night? Why didn’t she come home?” She rasped and busted into more tears.
“Oh, my baby girl. What could have happened to her? What if she’s been hurt?” She whimpered
I just remained silent with my hands on mum’s shoulders, not knowing what to say.
The truth is, I was the most scared among them but didn’t want to show it.
Immediately, the door opened and dad rushed in, his eyes beaming.
“I just received a call from the station” he said.
“Annabel has been found”.
Mum jumped on her feet immediately.
“Wh…Where’s she?” She asked, almost screaming.
“What happened to her??” Renee and Esther asked at the same time.
By: Faith Lucky.
We all sat in the hospital room in front Of Annabel as she laid on the bed – not looking weak anymore.
“So, luckily”, the doctor continued
“There are no brain damages, no internal bleeding. She’s perfectly fine. And so, she’s ready to be discharged today” he concluded and mum heaved a huge sigh of relief.
“Thank you so much doctor. I really appreciate” Dad said.
“Sure. You’re welcome sir. I’ll be in my office” the genial doctor said and left.
“Annabel, how’re you feeling? Are you alright?” Renee asked, holding her palm.
“Please, you don’t need to worry about me. Like the doctor said, I’m fine” she replied with a smile.
Well, obviously she looked fine. She wasn’t having any injuries except for a scratch on her arm.
The police had luckily found her lying unconsciously by the road side.
“You got us really scared, Annabel” Esther grouse.
“Yeah – what really happened?” Mum added and she signed and stared upwards at the ceiling.
“I…I was kidnapped” she replied and we flinched.
“Kidnapped?” Dad repeated.
“Yes. I had gone to make use of the restroom. And while I was..using the washbasin, someone came up from behind and sedated me with a napkin over my nose and I passed out immediately.
“I woke up hours later and found myself in a strange dark room. I don’t know what their plans were but, miraculously, I was able to escape. I fred the ropes that bounded me and escaped.”
“You…escaped so easily?” Renee asked.
“Yes. Like I said, it was a miracle” she replied sharply and a short silence stepped in.
“I ran as fast as my legs could carry me until I finally spotted the road. But by then, I had already become too weak. And that was how I passed out” she concluded with a sigh.
“Thank goodness. But…were you touched?” Esther asked and looked down at her legs.
“No, no. They didn’t do anything to me” she replied.
“But what could their reasons be for kidnapping you in the first place?” Mum asked.
“It’s possible they needed a ransom” dad replied.
“Then, why were they so carless to let her go easily?” Esther asked.
“Will you be able to recognize them if youyou see them?”
“Guys please” I chipped in.
“I think we should give her a break. The most important thing is she’s back and safe. So, I don’t think we should rack our brains over any other thing. Instead, we should just see it as a miracle”.
They all kept quiet for a while, probably trying to digest what I said.
“So, Annabel” I called.
“Do you think you’re strong enough to go home?”
“Of course” she smiled.
We arrived home hours later and Annabel kept gazing around the house.
Dad had already gone to the office and we were just left with mum.
“I’m so glad you’re home, Annabel. You really scared the hell out of me” Renee said as we walked into the sitting room and Annabel laughed.
“Yeah. You needed to had seen her, Anna. She looked like a ghost” Esther teased and Renee rolled her eyes.
“I’m really sorry, guys. Sorry for getting you scared” she replied as we all stopped walking.
“Annabel,” mum called.
“What would you like to eat?”
“Um…Anything will be fine. But for now, please take me to my room. I need some rest” she replied, dazily.
“O…okay. Come on then.” Mum said and we all climbed the stairs together, headed for our room.
In a short time, we were there.
“Welcome home, Anna” Esther said ad we walked into our big gorgeous room.
“Yeah…thanks” Annabel replied lowly, wearing a perplexed look.
Her eyes were going round the room.
She walked slowly and sat on Esther’s bed.
“Hello? That’s my bed.” She scoffed.
“What’s wrong with you, Esther? We share our beds, don’t we?” I asked and she rolled her eyes with a “yeah”.
“Okay, Annabel. I’ll just get you something to eat, okay?” Mum said and tried leaving the room, but Annabel called her back.
“Yes dear?” Mum quickly turned to look at her.
“Can I…ask for a favor please?”
“Of course baby. What is it?” Mum asked curiously.
“I need my own separate room”.
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