I flipped through this great book and stopped at page 136.
Episode 18: They looked the other way.
Episode 37: The case went cold.
All the missing women, and the story ends the same way. The story ends when people stop looking ,when they stop searching when no more evidence is found. I won’t let your story end that way. I won’t let my story end that way. I won’t give up. I won’t stop looking. If Jed is right, if I’m looking for you because I’m lost too, then finding you will save you and me both.
They looked everywhere.
The woods behind our backyard. The school. The woods behind the school. The basement. The attic. The pond, even though the pond was a long walk away. They called the parents of every kid in Aidan’s class, even the ones who’d moved away.
We opened every door to every room in our house, every door to every closet. We searched every crawl space, checked under every bed. We pulled back each of the shower curtains and looked for footprints in all of the rugs. It was a game of hide and seek that got old after five minutes, alarming after an hour, and the scariest thing that had ever happened to any of us after that.
Aidan couldn’t be found.