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“Hi, Amy,” I said as the girl answered her phone, “this is Sarah, Sonia’s aunt. I was wondering if you have heard from her or perhaps, she is with you right now.”
“Sorry, I haven’t talked to her in days. She wasn’t even at school today.”
“Do you have any idea where she might be? I only have your number. She doesn’t talk much about her other friends.”
“That’s odd. We are not even friends. I have never seen her talking to anyone. She keeps to herself mostly. I am sorry, I really don’t know what to tell you.”
“Okay, thanks.” I hung up. It has been hours, Sonia should’ve come home by now but she hadn’t. When I called the school, they told me she never showed up for any of her classes. That was strange as I dropped her off myself. Where could she have gone? And why wasn’t she back? I was going out of my mind thinking about all the bad things that could happen to her. That’s when I remembered Dylan. After making a few calls I had his last name and a phone number.
Someone answered on the third ring. “Hello.”
“Hi, may I speak to Dylan,” I said, “please.”
“Sure, wait a sec.” The speaker was someone very young. Maybe a younger sibling. As I waited for Dylan to come to the phone, I was also hoping that he knew something about Sonia.
“Hello, who is this?”
“Hi, I am Sonia’s aunt. I was wondering if you know where she might be right now.”
“Sorry,” he said, “Sonia who?”
“Sonia Brown, she goes to your school.”
“I’m sorry, lady,” the guy said, “I don’t know her. This is the first time I am hearing that name. I don’t think I can help you.” He hung up.
It was a long shot. I knew he might not know anything because Sonia’s crush was definitely one-sided. But still, I had hoped against hope. Should I call the police? Oh, this was such a mess. I didn’t think I would survive if anything happened to her. My niece was my entire world. It was just the two of us, my parents had died and so had her mother. I didn’t know anything about her father. So, I had taken custody. I had been a devoted aunt, a mother and a father to her. She was such a bright girl. So much like her mother in so many ways, but also different than her in many other. I couldn’t lose her too, it was unthinkable.
“Who was it?” My dad asked as I hung up the phone in the living room.
“I don’t know, some lady who thought I might know where her niece was,” I said a little worried. I couldn’t put my finger on it but something bothered me about it.
“Why would she think you would know?”
“Beats me, I don’t even know her niece. Apparently, she goes to my school. Maybe her aunt thought we’re friends.”
“What’s her name?”
“Any relation to Samantha Brown?” My dad asked, curious all of a sudden.
“Dad, how am I supposed to know. I told you, I don’t even know that girl.” His curiosity rubbed me the wrong way. He is never curious about his own children and now he wants to know all about some missing girl, an unknown girl.
“Watch your tone,” he chastised, “I only asked because I once knew a girl named Samantha Brown and wondered if they might be related.”
“No clue.” I shrugged and went back to my room. Why this phone call made me restless was anyone’s guess. I kept thinking about all the girls I have known. No, the name Sonia didn’t ring a bell. She was definitely not in my class or social circle. I wondered who she was and why her aunt thought I’d know something about it. I tried to shake off the feeling but no matter how much I told myself that it had nothing to do with me, I felt that somehow it did and then it clicked.
“OMG! Is she that weirdo who kept following me a while back?” I thought out loud. A few weeks ago, there was this girl, she was a junior I think, who kept following me around the school and even after school. If I wasn’t wrong, she even talked to my friends. Everyone joked how I had a stalker of my own. She seemed harmless so I hadn’t bothered with it. I just assumed she had a crush on me or something. Could she be this Sonia? Only one way to find out.
“Hey man,” Zain said as he picked up my call.
“Hey,” I said and then got straight to the point, “dude you remember that girl, my stalker. She used to follow me around until a few days ago?”
“Yeah, what about her?”
“Do you know her name? Any idea who she is?”
“Yeah,” he said, “she is in my sister’s class. I think her name is Sonia something. She is a loner from what I hear. Why do you ask?”
“No reason.” so it was her after all. “I just wondered. Is she friends with your sister?”
“I doubt it, my understanding is that she doesn’t have any friends. Why the sudden interest though?”
“Nothing, I was curious that’s all.” We talked for a while and then hung up. I was a little worried now. I shouldn’t be, I mean Sonia had nothing to do with me. But her behavior over the past few weeks had been odd. First, she started taking an interest in me and followed me around for a while. Then, she stopped stalking me on her own. I didn’t see her after that and now, her aunt was calling me making it sound as if she was missing. Was she really missing or stalking someone else?
To be continued…
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