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Topic: Passport (07/25/05)
TITLE: Find Me
By Karen Grimm
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From the hotel window, you can see the beach. The sunrise is reflected on the tops of the waves. Alarm clocks beep and ring. Vacation’s over. No sleeping in today. There’s a plane to catch. Have to be ready on time. It’s been a blast all week, late nights, sleeping in, laying out on the beach. Now back on a schedule. Hurry, I need the bathroom too. We got in way too late last night. It was the last night and we didn’t want it to end. The sky was getting light when we got in. We barely got a nap before time to get up, get back on schedule, get back to the real world.
Uh oh, trouble. One bed is still neatly made. It hasn’t been slept in. Looks like one of us hasn’t make it back yet. She must have partied a bit too hearty. Where is she? She had better get here soon.
It’s time to go. We can’t wait – the plane won’t. Does anybody know where she went? Did she say anything to anybody? Maybe she’s not coming back at all. Maybe she got serious with the hottie who’s been flirting with her all week. Could she have run off with him? Did she leave a note? She doesn’t seem like the type – but then you never know about the quiet ones. Here’s her suitcase by the dresser, all packed. Wouldn’t she have taken it? Maybe not – if she’d been seen, that would have given her away. Maybe it was just too heavy, she was in a hurry, she just didn’t want any baggage. Her boyfriend’s rich – if he is her boyfriend – he can buy her new clothes. But her passport is still here too. Surely she would have taken it.
Maybe she wasn’t even with him. Maybe she ran away on her own. Just to hang out on the beach in the Caribbean for a summer, a year, a lifetime… But she’s going to need that passport. She never would have left it.
The blue booklet lies on the detective’s desk, open to the generic portrait. Some pictures speak a thousand words. This one says only two: “Find me.”
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