My best friend had been missing for a little over three months. And what had happened to me and few other friends over those three months, was unbelievable. It’s a miracle we were all still alive… with the two big exceptions.
I didn’t want to accept it. I just couldn’t. I’ve been best friends with Avery since kindergarten, and ever since then, we’ve always been together, doing everything together. Suddenly, she just stopped answering her phone and her messages. When I checked her house, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, said she wasn’t home. They thought she was at my house. I explained to them that she wasn’t, and that’s when I began worrying.
Disturbingly, her parents didn’t seem concerned. Their child goes missing and they don’t even stop to wonder where she is? Then again, it didn’t seem like her parents were getting along lately either.
I checked everywhere for clues, but none were to be found. I looked around town for her, and I still couldn’t find her. I called my friends Rebecca and Gladys.
Avery, Gladys, Rebecca and I did most things together, too. Avery and I just met Gladys and Rebecca a bit later.
They didn’t hear from Avery, either. We decided to meet up at my house and figure out where to check next. But we couldn’t think of any place that I hadn’t already checked.
It was becoming late, and so we just hoped that it was just that Avery drove to the next town to the library. Our library here wasn’t the best. And the reasoning for none of us knowing could possibly be that her phone died before she remembered to tell us. It was likely. Avery enjoyed reading, and at times, she inconveniently forgot to mention a few things. Worry clouded over our thoughts, but I hoped that she’d come back to us tomorrow morning. My friends decided to head back to their homes, and I went to sleep. I wondered how worried her parents were now. It was already almost 11pm. Slowly I drifted off to sleep.
Next morning, I woke up with a strong feeling that someone was watching me. My intuition was usually right, so I immediately became self-conscious. Who was watching me? What sort of creep would even want to watch me? I went to the bathroom and put on some bold eyeliner, some mascara and lip gloss. I was rarely seen without those. The floorboards creaked as I walked across the empty halls of my house. My parents were out at work already.
I ran my hand through my messy newly dyed blonde hair as I dialed Avery’s cell number. Rang once, rang twice, three times, four times… she wasn’t there. I left a voicemail in hopes she’ll remember to call back. Later my phone buzzed. I quickly entered my passcode so I could check the notification, almost positive that it was Avery. It wasn’t. Rebecca told me and Gladys to come to her house. I got dressed and went to her house.
I went inside her house without ringing on the doorbell or knocking. Most considered that rude, but when you were as close as me and my friends were, it didn’t really matter.
“Hello?” I called out as I stepped in. “Anybody home? Beck? G?”
Mrs. Wilson, Rebecca’s mother came to greet me with a hug. “Hi, Adriana! Wonderful to have you over! Becca and G are up in Becky’s room.
“Thank you!” I said as I went upstairs.
I entered Rebecca’s room and saw her and G’s worried faces. I became a bit alarmed. Was it something to do with Avery? They looked at me.
“Ana… have you been having a strange feeling like someone’s watching you lately?” Gladys asked.
I nodded. “Since this morning. You, too?”
They both nodded. Then, to our surprise, something next to me materialized. I let out a shocked scream.
“I must apologize about that… Um… Actually, I think I may be able to help…” The… um… person… shyly said. People couldn’t just materialize out of the blue, which made me wonder if he or she was really a person. To me, the person looked like a little girl. My guess was nine years old or so. She had blond hair with sparkling green eyes, and skin so pale it made her seem ill.
“I think I’ve seen your friend recently…” she began slowly.