Ruth Bates was irritated as Suzanne followed her from room to room. Though she took measurements with a laser device, it seemed they were always in each other’s way and the little bathroom downstairs was so small that Ruth was effectively trapped inside with Suzanne watching from the hallway.
“You don’t need to follow me around,” the estate agents said. “I can just get this done and then I’ll let you know. Though, I am not sure whether it’s okay for me to leave you in here. You’re not the owner after all.”
“What do you think we’re going to do?”
“It’s not that. I’m sure you’re not going to do anything but I have signed to say that I’ll leave the house secure and if you are here I’m not sure what position that puts me in. It’s a question of insurance.”
There wasn’t a lot of point in being awkward and it occurred to Lucy that this woman might be able to help them.
“When you signed the papers did our friend come into your office?”
“No, I have not met Mrs Salt. Everything has been done either online, by telephone or by mail. We had to have proper hard copies signed to give us access.”
“Great. Can you tell us what address you used?”
“How do you mean?”
“What address did you send the documents to for signature?”
“Oh no, I don’t think I can tell you that.”
“That’s nonsense. Ginny is our mate. We’ve been worried about her and don’t know where she is. If you give us the address she was using we can get in touch.”
“But, I can’t possibly. You must see that.”
“Why? She’s our mate, I just told you.” Lucy said.
“But if she doesn’t want you to know where she is then I could be in major trouble if I tell you.”
“Don’t be ridiculous. Why would she not want us to know where she is?”
“I don’t know, do I? But surely if she wanted you to know where she is she would have told you.”
There was no answer to this logic. Lucy and Suzanne stared at each other and tears bloomed in Lucy’s eyes.
“Come on, let’s go back to mine,” Suzanne said. “Let’s just go home and have a rethink.”
They turned and walked from the house together. “What have we done?” Suzanne said.
“How do you mean?”
“What that woman just said. If Ginny wanted us to know where she is she would have told us. She hasn’t, so she doesn’t want us to know. What have we done that she doesn’t want to tell us where she is?”
“No, it’s not that she doesn’t want us to know. That’s not right.” Lucy said.
“Well, what then?”
“Maybe she can’t. Maybe wherever she is, it’s not possible for her to let us know, either, because she’s not physically able to or because she is trying to – protect us.”
“Protect us from what?”
“I don’t know.”
3 responses to “Missing”
This is great – thank you!
‘No I have NOT met Mrs Salt’ tho? It’s shaping up really well.
ooops – thank you 🙂
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I love the ambivalence here, the uncertainty. 😀 It comes across really well.