“So, what do you want to talk about, Detective?” Marlon Sinclair asked to the point as soon as they were outside.
Detective Inspector Roger Brown hesitated before replying, “I’m not sure whether I should tell you this, Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair, but I don’t think your daughter was telling me the whole truth about what really happened to her.”
Marlon’s forehead was bunched in a frown. “What do you mean?”
“To put it bluntly, I suspect that your daughter might be lying about forgetting the details of her abduction,” Detective Brown answered. There was a hint of accusation in his voice.
The detective’s statement infuriated Rosetta Sinclair. “Excuse me, but what’s the use of my daughter lying to you, Detective?”
“I don’t know for sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that she was trying to shield her kidnappers,” he guessed.
“Don’t make me laugh! Why would my daughter cover for the people who had kidnapped her?” Rosetta said in a sardonic tone.
“Have you ever heard about Stockholm Syndrome?” Detective Brown enquired.
“Stockholm Syndrome?” Marlon Sinclair repeated.
“Yes.” The detective nodded, then explained, “Stockholm syndrome is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. This term was first used by the media in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. The hostages defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them.”
“So you presume that my daughter is suffering from Stockholm syndrome?” Marlon demanded the detective to clarify what he meant.
“I’m afraid so,” Detective Brown sighed.
“No, Detective! There is no way my daughter suffers from such a syndrome,” Rosetta denied.
“But your daughter has showed symptoms of Stockholm syndrome, Mrs. Sinclair,” Detective Brown claimed.
“Just because my daughter can’t remember any details about her kidnapping, it doesn’t mean that she’s suffering from Stockholm syndrome, Detective,” Rosetta countered.
“If she really did not suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, why did she refuse to tell me what she had endured during her captivity?” the detective asked aggressively.
“With all due respect, Detective, my daughter has never refused to tell you anything. It’s because she forgot what she had been through, that’s why she was unable to provide you any information regarding her abduction,” Rosetta defended her adopted daughter.
“Do you really expect me to believe that your daughter has completely forgotten about the times of her captivity? I’m certain that she’s just faking it,” Detective Brown accused.
“No, Detective! I’m sure my daughter wasn’t making it up. My daughter is still in a state of shock, so it’s understandable if she can’t recall exactly what happened to her. She’s certainly going to tell us everything when she’s ready,” Rosetta reasoned.
Detective Brown disagreed, “But Mrs. Sinclair, your--”
“Hey! Quit it, you two!” Marlon broke in, “Instead of arguing about it, we’d better seek the doctor’s advice. The doctor know best.”
“I agree with you, Honey,” Rosetta commented.
“OK then, what are we waiting for? Let’s go and see the doctor now!” Detective Roger Brown said in impatient tone.
Marlon and Rosetta Sinclair nodded in agreement.