"Yes, I know. Sybil just called about her niece missing, and Jenna called Brigitte about her errant grandchild.
So we're all briefed up now. And keeping an eye out for her."
A glow came in through the front door window, about the time a thump landed on that small front porch.
"Wait - let me call you back. I think I might have some news..."
I signed off through the green pendant transceiver hanging around my neck. And walked across the main room toward the door.
It swung open ahead of me. On its own.
There was a brown-haired smallish girl there who took a couple of short steps inside. Wearing an off-white muslin blouse and well-worn jeans. Sturdy socks and boots down below that. Her hair was tied back in a ponytail under a bluejeans ball cap on her head. Covered with a visible glow all over. Like a light bulb shining behind her.
She raised the bill of her cap with one hand and looked at me through deep gray eyes. "Hello, Grampa Joe. Mind if I come in?"
I had to smile. The phrase 'better to ask forgiveness than permission' ran thick in our family.
"You're more than welcome here, Olivia."
She wasn't surprised to hear her name. "I suppose the word of my escape has preceded me."
My smile widened. "'Worried sick' comes to mind."
Olivia shrugged. "Mind if I sit down?"
And then a chair scooted across to meet her outstretched hand, while that glow diminished - slightly...
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