Sarah was downstairs in the living room when Julia and David returned.
“Where are they?” Julia stormed in. The tone in her voice was unfamiliar.
“They should be in their room. What’s going on?”
As Julia fell silent, David entered the room. In response to a look from Sarah, he merely shrugged.
“They’re not in the house,” Julia said after a moment.
“That should be impossible.”
“After David and I left, did you walk them back to their room?”
After thinking for a moment, Sarah realized she hadn’t. “No.”
“That must have been when they left.”
David finally spoke up. “So Bailey is responsible for Rebecca’s disappearance?”
“I’m not sure, but there was a delayed spell that was triggered somehow. Nothing in the cafe showed evidence of enchantment, which suggests something was brought it. I assume it wasn’t Rebecca, so . . .”
“But why?” Sarah asked. “Bailey seemed genuinely concerned. And Rebecca agreed to meet with her. Why would she do that if Bailey was a possible threat?”
“I don’t know. That’s why I had hoped to talk with them. We need to find them.”
“Maybe Thomas can help?” Sarah made the suggestion even though she knew it was likely to upset Julia. Now was not the time to worry about that.
“Thomas . . .” Julia sounded thoughtful rather than angry. “Didn’t he vouch for Bailey when they first arrived?”
Sarah had forgotten that detail. “You’re right. He did.”
“Are you suggesting he had something to do with this?” David sounded genuinely shocked.
“No.” That response from Julia surprised Sarah. “I don’t trust him, but if he really wanted to do something to Rebecca, there were simpler ways of going about it. I’m just wondering how he could have been wrong about Bailey.”
“Hold on. We don’t know that it was Bailey.” Sarah felt compelled to point out that all they had was speculation at this point.
“Fair enough. So what do we do now?”
There were too many unknowns. How could they keep from just chasing shadows?
“Julia, will you try to find Bailey?”
“You didn’t even need to ask.” Julia turned around and walked out.
“David, would you back me up? I want to check something out. Back up would make me feel a little better.”
“Sure. You want to tell me about where we’re going?”
“Yeah. Come on. Let’s get ready.”