Chapter 2 ? Homeward Bound
Friday ? 16:05
She pulled into the driveway. No sign of her brothers silver thunderbird. Maybe he parked it out of sight to surprise me, she thought. She got out of the car, sensing something was amiss, she picked up her mail and went to the front door. As she turned the key, she got that feeling again in the bottom of her stomach. She pushed the door open and walked in.
There was no one there. She began to ring round his friends, but they all said the same. Her mind was spinning and didn?t know what to do next. She phoned the police. While she waited for them she phoned her brother, to let him know what was going on and to make sure he was still out of town on a conference. He mentioned to her that maybe it was time to ring the one person she could count on for help. She contemplated for a while as she waited for the police.
Friday ? 16:30
She leapt up off the sofa and answered the door. Two uniformed police officers stood waiting. They came into the house and started asking questions. Sara answered all of their questions and had given them a photo of her son. The lady officer was to stay with her in case any contact was made.
Sara was pacing, she started to go through her mail. She flipped through the envelopes and stopped. The one she stopped at was a plain envelope with no postage marks. Hand delivered? She thought. Sara went into the kitchen dug out a pair of forensic gloves and got a knife to open it. She unfolded the piece of paper to find a message on it made from newspaper clippings.
The message said
It?s payback time.
You were lucky they found you all those years ago.
I?m the reason behind your parents fighting.
No one can stop me this time.
Sara ran to the phone. She rang the only person who could help her.
Friday ? 19:25
A knock at the door
The police officer opened the door. She showed the man in. Sara was sitting in the armchair, curled up holing her son?s teddy bear. The man walked over to her.
?How are you holding up?? He said.
?As well as can be expected.? She replied.
?Don?t worry, we?ll find him.?
?I don?t think we?ll get him back.? She answered pointing at the envelope and letter on the table. He read it, bagged it and turned to Sara ?It?s time to go home.?
Sara nodded. She had packed an overnight bag while she waited. She put the bear inside, did it up and went to the car. The uniform officer was told to keep an eye on the house until her brother got back. The two of them headed for the airport.
Friday ? 23:45
As they were coming through arrivals, Sara said, ?This is a good idea, isn?t it??
?Yes? Brass said. ?It?s time he found out.?
?What about the others??
?I wouldn?t worry about the others that much.?
It seemed a long drive to the lab. When they got there, Brass said ?Are you ready??
?No! I guess nothing worse could happen.? They went in.