“Sweetheart,” she said to Doni, “you’re going to have to be really good today. With school out and your sitter out-of-town, you’re going to have to spend a few days with me at work this week. You know that we’re going to be really busy, and I’ll try my best to find things for you to do.”
“It’s okay, mom,” Doni said cheerfully. “I like being at work with you. I get to color and see Mr. Tom. Besides, he said I could help with some ideas. I have a ton of ideas to share!”
Julie winced at the idea that Doni, regardless of how good her imagination, would be trying to put her two cents worth in every few minutes, but she also smiled at the thought that she wanted to help. Doni was smart for being six years old and wiser than any six year old should be.
Julie pulled her car into the empty parking lot, turned it off and got out. “Looks like we’re the first ones here,” she said. “Let’s go in and get you set-up for a great day of coloring!” Doni jumped up and down with excitement. Julie walked over to the front door and started to put her key in the lock, when the door pushed open without effort. She stood, frozen for a moment, and then turned to Doni and whispered, “Do you see any other cars around?”
Doni looked up one way, and then the other and whispered back, “No.”
Julie slowly pushed the door the rest of the way open, keeping Doni behind her. The lights inside were all on, but there was no sound. She stepped inside and listened for any sign that someone might be there. She looked around the empty office, and then called out nervously, “Hello?”
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