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Scarlett's Red Ribbon (Part Two)



When we arrived in Brighton, the cab driver asked me if he could let me out on the road next to Chestnut Grove, since he would have to take a long detour otherwise. I told him I didn’t mind and paid him from my savings on my credit card. As I got out of the car and was about to go on Google maps again, I noticed my phone was out of battery. I should have charged it before leaving, I thought to myself. 

I made my way to an elderly lady who was standing on the other side of the street. When I asked where 16 Chestnut Grove was, she paused and seemed to think intensely. She then told me the street only goes up to number 15. Disappointed, I made my way along the road where I had thought I would find my sister. I could feel the tears stinging my eyes, but I quickly wiped them away. Where else could she be? 

Once I approached the end of the road, I caught a glimpse of a scarlet red ribbon on the front porch of number 15. It looked identical to the one I got Scarlett at the mall once. She wore it every day, so this had to be hers! I quickly rushed to the house but before I rang the doorbell, I realised that the owner of this may be my sister’s kidnapper so he shouldn’t know I was there. I decided to look at the back of the mansion to see if there was a second entrance. When I didn’t find one, I knew my only option was to ring the bell. Suddenly I saw a figure at the window. I couldn’t make out who it was, but it seemed as if the person saw me and quickly rushed away. I could feel my heartbeat in my chest. This must be where she is, I told myself. I ran back to the entrance when a lady in her mid-forties exited the house. When she noticed the ribbon on the ground, she picked it up and told a little girl behind her that she had just found her red ribbon. My disappointment hit me like a knife. It wasn’t Scarlett’s ribbon. I wasn’t closer to finding her than I was before.  

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