2. "hasn’t been missing long. If she’s upset, she’ll go someplace where she feels safe. But she might not be thinking clearly, Adelia protested, her panic returning. She’s only thirteen, Gabe. I’m afraid I’ve been forgetting that myself. I should have been paying more attention. Instead, I was so worried about my younger kids, I missed all the signs that Selena was in real trouble. I was just grateful that she was no longer rebelling against the world. In front of the gym, she bolted from the car practically before it could come to a stop. Inside, she scanned the room until her gaze landed on her brother. He regarded her with alarm, which grew visibly when Gabe came in right on her heels. Misreading the situation, Elliott stepped between them. Is this guy bothering you, Adelia? She held up a hand. No, it’s nothing like that. Selena’s missing. Gabe is helping me look for her. I thought maybe she’d come here to see you. Elliott shook his head. I haven’t seen her. Let me check with Karen. She’s not working today. She’s at the house with the baby. Adelia felt herself starting to shake as her brother made the call to his wife. Then she felt Gabe’s steadying hand on her shoulder. He didn’t say a word, just kept his hand there until the moment passed. Elliott listened intently to whatever Karen was saying, his expression brightening. Thanks, querida. Adelia will be there in a few minutes. Smiling, he turned to her. Selena’s at my house playing with the baby. Karen didn’t think to call anyone because Selena told her she only had a half day at school and swore you knew where she was. Adelia finally let out the breath she felt like she’d been holding for hours. Of course Karen believed her, she said wryly. Selena’s very convincing when she wants to be. Want me to drive you over there? Elliott offered. I can get one of the other trainers to take my next client. I can take her, Gabe said. He looked at her. Unless you’d prefer to have your brother go with you. Adelia hesitated, then shook her head. If you don’t mind making the drive, that would be great, she told him. Elliott, there’s no reason for you to miss an appointment. I can handle this. Elliott looked worried but eventually nodded. You’ll be there when I get home? I want to have a talk with my niece about skipping school and worrying you. She smiled. Believe me, she’ll get more than enough talking from me tonight. You can save your lecture for another day. Elliott nodded with unmistakable reluctance. Whatever you think, but I will have a word with her. You can be sure of that. Not a doubt in my mind, she said, then turned to Gabe. Let’s go. That"
- Sherryl Woods, Swan Point