The Missing Girl

Abducted the missing person sign read. Last seen 22 years ago. Current age: 36. So the poster hadn’t been updated in a while, I thought. Perhaps they had stopped looking. Two pictures, one of a young girl with an era-appropriate haircut, barely smiling as she stood at the outskirts of a forest, arms stiff at her sides. She looked trapped, haunted. I almost remembered her. The irony was my alleged abductor had taken the photo.

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