“Pretty please, Chris? We just need to find out where she is?” said Karen. She didn’t like to beg, but she wanted to put her mother’s mind at rest too, and that took priority.
“I can’t just give out personal information willy-nilly, Karen,” said Chris. “I’d really like to be able to help you.”
“You can help, all we want is his mobile number and I know for a fact that June would have put him down as an emergency contact. I promise I won’t tell a soul where I got it from.”
“You say that, but what if it backfires somehow as these things tend to have a habit of doing, what if you’re backed into a corner, what will you say then?”
“That’s quite possibly the most dramatic thing I’ve ever heard,” laughed Karen, “and we have a missing person on our hands which is dramatic enough, can’t you just help. Please?” she asked desperately.
“Alright, I’ll give you his bloody number if it’ll stop you pestering me,” he sighed, worn down. “But you didn’t get it from me, and I’m going to put June’s details on the side right here, you can help yourself. At least if I haven’t actually put them in your hand I might be able to sleep a bit better tonight.”
“Thank you,” she smiled, as she took the paper and wrote down François mobile number. “Why does it say Mrs June Moreau?” she asked. “And why has she put that François is her husband?”
“You’re only supposed to be taking his mobile number down,” sighed Chris, “Please don’t give me anymore problems, stop being nosey.”
“But we didn’t know she was married to François ,” she said, taken back by the revelation. “Why has she been hiding it?”
Chris shrugged his shoulders, “No point asking me, I don’t even know the woman, except that she held up the coach on the way here because of a pen or some...
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...id James dropped her about a mile away from here, There’s a woodland here,” she placed her finger on the map, I don’t know why but I have a gut feeling,” said Margaret.
“That’s quite specific,” said Karen, “it’s a big area. Assuming she is out there somewhere, it’d take forever to search that area.”
“We don’t have forever, but if she is out there, we have more time than she does. It’s less than a mile, we can walk it. Have you got any sensible shoes, Karen?”
“Yes, I brought a pair of trainers with me. But don’t you need somebody to stay close by to the hotel?”
“No, sod that. Officer Drew does bugger all anyway. The more of us there are, the quicker we’ll search and the more land we’ll cover. Meet down here in fifteen minutes, yes?”
“Yes,” replied Doreen and Karen.
“Make sure you wear something warm, it looks as though it might be getting cold soon, might even rain.”
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