Sharon turned to go into her apartment and went up the stairs when the officer asked, “Do you mind if we step in for a moment?”
“Not at all,” Sharon said, and invited them to step inside.
The officers stood next to the doorway while Sharon trotted upstairs. She knocked quietly at the door.
“Yeah?” came Charles’ voice from the other side.
“Um, the police are here to check with you about your registry status,” Sharon said.
“O….kay,” Charles said. “I’ll be down as soon as I can.”
“They’re waiting in the house, so if you could hurry that would be great.”
Sharon went back down stairs. “He’ll be right down,” she told the officers.
When Charles came down, he had a look mixed with concern and whimsy. “Hi,” Charles said. “Can I help you?”
“Mr. Pantane,” the male officer said, “I’m officer Douglas. Would you mind stepping outside with me for a moment so that we can talk?”
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