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- Author: Skyla Arndt
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“It doesn’t count as evidence if you were stalking them, Wil.”
Sheriff Vrees has been kicking up a storm since I waltzed through the
door, but he lets out another groan for good measure. We’ve got a weekly
ritual, the two of us. I’ve spent the last year digging into his ribs like a
thorn, looming over my mother’s missing person case, and he’s spent the
last year looking into early retirement.
“You can’t solve crimes by committing your own,” he says flatly. Every
day, I parade into the Pine Point police station with new clues; he dismisses
them, and then we duke it out for fifteen minutes. Today, we’ve made it to
the second minute of our scheduled banter.
I slap my hand on the counter. He’s lucky there’s a barrier between us.
I’d love nothing more than to leap over it some days and throttle him. “So
you admit what happened was a crime?”
His co-workers don’t bat an eye behind him. They’re used to this song
and dance. They’re also too busy not doing their jobs: chatting among
themselves, wadding papers to toss into faraway cans, slurping coffee, and
snacking on doughnuts. Overly stereotypical crap. Anything to egg me on, I
One of them is fiddling with the radio and playing tinny Christmas
music over the warbled speakers. I don’t care how much Michael Bublé
plays or how hard the snow falls beyond the glass windows—I’m not in a
holly-jolly mood. There’s a limit to my patience and we’re at the end of it.
My mood today is best described as five seconds away from physically
assaulting an officer.
“For the last time, Ms. Greene, there is no sign of foul play.” His
fingers lock together, the way they always do when he’s absolutely livid,
just barely keeping his shit together. I’ve done a number on him in a matter
of twelve months: Weathered eyes, black hair streaked through with gray, a
family of premature wrinkles carved into his skin. “We’ve looked into your
mother’s case. Tirelessly. Endlessly. All signs point to your mother leaving
Behind him, the wall is a boring wash of pale yellow. It bleeds together
with the rest of the office. With him. Muted and dull and unremarkable,
Sheriff Vrees is about as bland as they come. He’s a lukewarm TV dinner or
a mindless Saturday afternoon, the kind you spend with your eyes glazed
over and the local news playing quietly in the background.
He’s shown more emotion in the last couple months than he ever has in
his life. He should thank me for that.
I tap a nail-bitten finger on my photo. How I got the evidence shouldn’t
matter. “I’ve also been looking into it, Mark. Tirelessly. Endlessly. And look
what I’ve found.”
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