The Search

As they made their way quietly forward, they could hear yelling. It was couched in echoes and difficult to understand but clearly the individual was furious.

The Search

“I told Harris to stay put as a lookout. They may not have noticed John and I told him to make his way around John’s position and station himself across from where John is. If someone should move, they’ll be caught in a crossfire.”

The Search

Nigel, had he looked, would have found her gorgeous green eyes enormous, overwhelming her face, the intensity of the situation holding her in its grasp.

The Search

“Your instructions were abundantly clear, and I understand them, I can envision them in my mind. I get that split-second timing is going to be essential. I’ll follow your lead, Nigel. I don’t want to make a mistake that could harm them.”

The Search

Nigel touched her arm, then held on firmly while pointing a couple of feet ahead. He moved closer and whispered, “They’ve been here, and recently. Those broken branches haven’t closed over.

The Search

A couple of years ago I painted a little girl in a sunhat hunkered down beside a stream, wild daisies surrounding her with a beautiful lawn in the background.

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“Possibly. How about you? Any significant other in your life?””Once, a long time ago. A lifetime ago. Like you, work has consumed me, rather I’ve allowed it to consume me.”

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He turned and smiled. Within seconds he was stripping, prepared to enter the waterfall and he grinned when she became aware and pinked up. Delightful! “Won’t belong!”

The Search

“This region, terrain if you will, would require this type of boot because of the mud and muck. I suspect they have good grips on the bottoms and because they’re leather, they would hold up under the circumstances. Like yours and mine.”

The Search

“There’s someone back there but it’s blurry, to begin with, then in the next shot, they seem to be heading toward the photographer. It appears in the first photo as if their undivided attention is solely on Jackson. Then in the next shot, as they head toward the photographer you can clearly see they are angry.”

The Search

By the time they’d set up camp, Nigel was on his hand-held device talking with his base camp and when he was done, explained the other crews hadn’t found anything thus far but there had been a development.

The Search

“Nigel, can we take a minute and see if the clues add up to anything? I keep revisiting your idea that the manner he’s dropped them has meaning and it’s teasing my brain; I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it matters.

The Search

“I’ve solved a few of those cases. Sometimes it can be good news, sometimes it’s simply tragic. There’s nothing worse than having a family member disappear off the face of the earth…the not knowing can eat away at the family forever.”

The Search

“If Jackson was the intended target, Roland’s presence might have caught them off guard. Maybe they didn’t know how to handle the situation and took him along too, or maybe they needed him.”

The Search

There’s nothing worse than having a family member disappear off the face of the earth…the despair of not knowing eats away at the family forever.”

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