9. The Search


The sun had set, but Beck and Ava were in the woods in search of Anna. It was Ava’s idea as, according to her, Beck knew the woods well. He didn’t want to do it, knowing that if Anna hadn’t already been found by the townspeople by now, they might run into one of them who would be on the look for one of the sisters.

With the aid of flashlights, they searched for several minutes. They held each other throughout the way with Ava constantly leaning close to him and shouting Anna’s name. He walked in front of her so couldn’t read her body language. However, the fact that she clung to him told him how frantic she was.

“Beck?” she said, stopping her desperate calls to Anna.

“Yes,” he answered without glancing at her by still looking ahead.

“I’m scared,” she said, gripping his arm tightly.

He stopped, glanced at her

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