“Oh, my god, Cassy!” Maggy held on tightly to Cassy’s hand as she stared opened mouthed at her explanation. They sat silently for a few minutes as the reality sunk in.
“We have to gas up, and I know this is out in left field, but after we eat, are you interested in shopping or would you rather head straight back home?”
“Mind if we shop for a bit?”
They wandered for an hour but Cassy wasn’t into it so they headed home the drive punctuated with silence. By the time they were at the edge of town, it was late. “I didn’t realize we’d spent that much time in Campbell River. Are you ok, Maggy?”
“Yeah, a little tired, but ok.”
It was a little after midnight when they arrived at Cassy’s house. Maggy hopped out of the car and hurried to Cassy’s side. “Um, Cassy?”
Wearily she replied, “Yeah?”
“The lights are on.”
“What do you mean?”
“The lights are on in your house. They were off this morning.” They both stared at the house in disbelief. “Stay here, I’m going to check.”
“Maggy, please don’t! It could be dangerous. Someone could still be inside! Take your cell phone in case!” she whispered loudly.
“You can’t go in because you can’t see. I can. I’ll be right back.”
Cassy paced back and forth until Maggy returned, “What is it? What’s wrong?”
“Cassy, we have to call the police. Someone has definitely been inside your house.”
“Tell me, for god’s sake!”
“Your place has been tossed.”
“This can’t be real!” Cassy shook her head.
“Unfortunately, it is, very.”
Handing her the phone Maggy explained, “Here, use my cell. I’ve already dialed.”
“Police, Fire, or Ambulance?” dispatch asked.