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    “Absent Character” by Victoria Gregg


    “Jade! Jade!”

    “What mom?”

    “Where is Leah? I can’t find her?!”

    “I don’t know, I thought she was with you.” I look out my window to see if my younger sister was in the backyard.

    “She’s not in the back mom!”

    “Where is she!? Come help me find her!” My mom yelled. We went out to the front yard to go ask our neighbors if they’d seen her. It was a beautiful, sunny day. We went to our next door neighbors to ask if they’d seen Leah.

    “Hello Mrs. Jenkins. Sorry to bother you but we can’t find Leah, have you seen her?” I asked.

    “I’m sorry Jade, I haven’t seen her. I’ll let you know if we hear anything.”

    “Okay thank you,” I said. My mom had gone to ask other neighbors.

    “Any luck?” I asked.

    “No, you?” She said.

    “Nope. Maybe she went into the woods.”

    “Good idea,” My mother said, “Let’s go check.” There was a heavily wooded area in our backyard. I used to play back there all the time with my friends. I know Leah loves to explore so she might’ve gone into the woods on an adventure and got lost.

    “Leah! Leah where are you!?” My mother cried. We spent around an hour walking in the woods calling out for Leah. There was no sight of her.

    “Mom, do you want me to call the police?”

    “Yes Jade, that’s a good idea.” I ran inside and grabbed the phone. I dialed 911 for the first time.

    A young lady picked up the phone, “911, How can I help you?”

    “Hi, my name is Jade Edwards and my younger sister has been missing since this afternoon. We’ve been looking for her for hours and can’t find her. Our address is 5832 Riverside Dr.”

    “Okay Ma’am, take a deep breath and calm down. The police and fire department are on their way.”

    “Okay, thank you.” I hung up the phone and started to rummage through the junk drawer. I found two flashlights and sprinted back out to my Mom.

    “The police and fire department are on their way,” I said

    “Thank you Jade.” I could hear my Mom’s voice start to crack. Before I could comfort her I heard sirens. I ran out front to lead The police and firemen to the woods. It was starting to get really dark; I’m starting to get scared. Where could my little sister be?

    “Leah! Where are you!?” I listened for a response but there was nothing. I’m exhausted and hungry. I sit down and look up to the stars. I can’t help but think how scared and afraid she must be. I’m starting to doze off when I hear someone whisper something to me. I can barely open my eyes but when I do I see the outline of a young girl.

    “Leah!” My eyes shoot open but no one’s there. It’s dark out but I swear I can hear the rustling of leaves somewhere around me. I reach for my flashlight and shine it on the tree in front of me. A pair of soft blue eyes are staring back at me: Leah.

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