(What happened to her?)
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.
What do you think happened to Annabel?