Their friend, police officer Wendy Allen, rushed into the building. Her face became flushed as she ran toward them. The young officer excused herself as she pushed through the crowd standing directly in front of Elle’s mom.
“Ginny, I’m going to take you home now. I’ll stay with you and Elle. If it’s a kidnapping for money, we need to make sure you’re close to your landline in case the people who took him try to call. The FBI office in Minneapolis is sending an agent to monitor your phone lines.”
“Are you sure they searched the entire fairgrounds? I can look for him,” Elle interrupted. She desperately wanted to do something. A designated guide would surely know how to look in places others might not.
“I don’t want you taking off on us. Your mom’s already missing one child. Come on, I’ll take you both home.”
Officer Wendy’s hands were trembling slightly. Elle glanced around to see if anyone had noticed. No one else seemed to be paying any attention.
“Please let me do something.” Elle scratched at her arm.
“I told you; we need you to be at the house. Until we figure out what’s happened to JJ, we have to assume you’re all in danger.
How would she and Amadeus ever find JJ if Wendy wouldn’t let her out of her sight? Elle clenched her fists and shoved them into the pockets of her Capris.
“If Eunie Mae can get to a messenger, it’ll come to your house first,” Amadeus whispered in her ear. “It’s a good idea if we do what Officer Wendy is asking us to do.”
“Let’s get going.” Elle jumped up and yanked her hands out of her pockets. She took her mother’s hand and helped pull her up.
Ginny stumbled as she stood, but it was easier than Elle thought it would be to get her to her feet. Her mom had lost a lot of weight in the months since her dad died in Afghanistan. Elle suddenly noticed her clothes were just hanging on her.
Maybe it was time to tell Officer Wendy how many hours her mother spent crying in her room each day when she didn’t think anyone was around to see. Maybe Wendy would know what to do to help get her back to normal.
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