Five months earlier...
Chloe's mother's POV,
"What do you mean, where's Chloe?"
"Her plane arrived over an hour ago and she didn't get off the plane. What is she playing at?"
"Keven, I don't know what your talking about, she is not here. She left for the airport yesterday. She should be there already."
"Bullshit, she never got off the plane. I've been trying to call her phone, but it just keeps going to voice mail. If she doesn't want to come home, she should damn well say so."
"I can assure you Keven, she is not here."
"I'm taking the next flight out. I'll be there tomorrow." He said and hung up the phone.
I hung up the phone and felt a sting of worry shoot through out my body. I picked my phone back up and called the car rental place. Because I'm not the person who rented the car, the only thing they could tell me was that the car wasn't returned. I decided to give Hunter a call to see if he had heard from her.
"Hey ma, how are you?"
"Hunter, have you heard from Chloe?"
"No, not yet."
"Keven just called here. She never got off the plane."
"What do you mean, she didn't get off the plane?"
"Just what I said, and I called the car rental. She hasn't returned the car."
"Sit tight, I'm on my way over to you."
I hung up the phone. I tried to call Chloe's cell phone over and over again, but it went straight to voice mail every time. I knew something was wrong. I could feel it in my bones. I didn't know weather or not I should call the police. I waited until Hunter showed up. "Okay, what's going on?" He asked rushing through the front door.
"I'm not sure. I just received a call from Keven and he claims she never got off the plane. I'm really worried Hunter. What if something bad has happened to her?" Hunter started to pace the room.
"I'm going to take a drive on the route she took. You call the police and find out what we can do." Hunter said.
"But it's dark out, how are you going to be able to see anything?" I asked him.
"I'm not sure, but I've got to do something. I can't sit around here and worry. I'll go insane." He said. I nodded at him as he took off out the door. I picked up the phone and dialed the police. They were sending an officer out to me.
I jumped into my truck and raced down the road. Chloe's mother was right. It was dark and I couldn't see anything. The most I could hope for was to find her car on the side of the road. The airport was at least two hours away from us. If she had made it to the airport, they would have the car back. Something would have had to have happened between here and the airport. I didn't hear anything about any car accidents in the last day and a half. Then again I don't watch much TV. I drove all the way to the airport. There was no sign of Chloe's car anywhere that I could see. I pulled over and tried to call her cell. It went straight to her voice mail. I took a deep breath. "Where are you bubbles?" I said to myself out loud. I drove back to her mother's. I pulled up just as the police were leaving.
Her mother was sitting on the porch as I walked up to her. "What did they say?" I asked her.
"Not a whole lot actually. Because she is an adult, there's not much they will do. She has a right to disappear if she wants to." She said.
"What kind of bullshit is that? Did you tell them she wouldn't do something like that?" I said, taking a set next to her.
"Trust me, I talked to them until I was blue in the face. They told me the best they will do is put her in as a missing person, but not until after seventy two hours. They told me to start calling hospitals and checking around. They also told me there wasn't any accidents reported in our county in the last two days. I'm really worried Hunter." She said. I could see the worry in her eyes. I wrapped my arm around her.
"Don't worry, we will figure this out." I said to her. The next afternoon Keven showed up. I sat in the living room when she let him in. He acted as though he was still convinced that she never left here.
"Keven, I want to introduce you to Hunter. He is Chloe's oldest and dearest friend." She said. I stood up and reached out to shake his hand.
"That's funny, I've never heard about you. To be her oldest friend, you would think I would have heard about you." He said. I could feel the anger inside me, but I remained adult about it.
"Yeah, I'm not surprised by that. We haven't spoken in ten years." I said. He just kind of looked at me for a moment. Keven looked like your typical white collard guy. I mean like you could tell he was a lawyer. Plus he had a cockiness about him that I wanted to punch.
"Has anyone tried to call the hospitals?" Keven asked.
"I contacted the local hospital, but no one named Chloe Banderfield is there. I even asked if anyone matching her description was there. They told me no." Chloe's mother said. I decided since the sun was up I was going to take that drive again. Keven said he would start to go to the other hospitals around the area.
I walked outside and headed towards my truck. I knew that Keven was following me. "Hey. Hey!" He hollered. I stopped and turned to face him. "You know it seems pretty funny that Chloe comes down here for her father's funeral and then never shows up back home, to her business or her fiance. That seems like a lot to give up. You wouldn't know anything about all of this? Would you?" Keven said. I cocked my eyebrow at him.
"What are you trying to say?" I asked him.
"I know her Hunter, and she would never just disappear on her own like this. If you know something, you need to speak up." He said. I just laughed at him.
"You know her, do you?" I said. "Well let me ask you this, city boy. Did you know she doesn't love you? Did you know she was headed back to Florida to break it off with you?" I regretted it the minute it left my lips, but this dick was pissing me off.
He just looked at me for a few minutes. I was waiting for a fight. Not that I was afraid of him or anything like that. "I'm going to go check the hospitals in the nearby city's." He said and walked away from me. I took a deep breath and climbed into my truck.
I came to the third town away. The town right before the city airport. It was a small little town right off the freeway called Manus. If you would have blinked you would have missed it. As I pulled into the hospital parking lot, the words Hunter spoke kept replaying in my mind. She wouldn't do that to me. I said to myself. Would she? We were happy. I know she loved me. Why would she love some stupid small town guy? I started to get angry and tried to let it go, but it was eating at me. I walked into the hospital and it was pretty much dead. I guess not a lot goes on in a small town. It was only a two story building. It wasn't going to take much to search.
I found a small woman sitting behind a desk. I walked over to her and she looked up at me and smiled. "Can I help you sir?" She asked me. She was a pretty little thing with jet black hair that was pulled into a braid.
"I'm looking for a woman named Chloe Banderfield. She has been missing for three days now." I said. She went to her computer and typed some things in.
"We don't have anyone by that name checked in, but we do have a Jane Doe that came to us three days ago." She said. I felt a sting in my heart. That has to be her. I said to myself.
"Can I see her please?" I asked.
"Sure sir, just let me get the doctor over here to you." She said. I nodded at her and waited. An older gentleman in a doctors jacket approached me.
"Good afternoon sir. I'm doctor Adams. Please follow me." He said. I started to walk with him. "Our Jane Doe showed up to us about three days ago. She was in a horrible car accident. I must warn you sir, she is pretty banged up and she has fallen into a coma. The gentleman who saved her life has not left her side since he brought her into us." The doctor kept explaining to me what was going on with this girl. I started to get even more nervous as we walked the long hallway.
We walked through some double doors into the ICU. "You can take a look through the glass on her room there." The doctor said, pointing to the glass. I walked over and took a look inside. There was a large man sleeping in a chair next to her side of the bed. I looked over at the bed. The poor thing was hooked up to every medical tool you could think of. Her face was barely showing, but I knew it was Chloe for sure with all that wild dirty blonde hair. I took a deep breath and in that very moment, Hunter's words came back into my mind.
"She doesn't love you." It kept repeating itself over and over again. I stared at her for a few minutes.
"Is she going to be okay?" I asked the doctor.
"Well that's all up to her now. She is pretty stable, but we just need her to wake up now." The doctor said. I kept my eyes on her. "Is she the woman your looking for?" He asked me. I didn't answer right away.
"No, she is not who I'm looking for." I said and turned and walked out of the hospital. The doctor just stood there and watched me leave. I got in my car without a though in my mind and headed back to Chloe's mother's. The whole drive back I didn't think about anything. I pulled up and sure enough Hunter was already there. If she loves you like you said, then we both lose her. I said to myself, as I went inside the house.
"Did you find anything?" Her mother said as she ran over to me.
"No, I'm sorry, but I've got to head home. I've got work to do." I said as I went to grab my things.
"Your just going to leave?" Hunter said.
"Hey, your the one she loves right? I'm sure you'll find her." I spit at him.
"You son of a bitch." Hunter said. Chloe's mother came in between Hunter and I.
"Please don't fight." She said. I took a deep breath and grabbed my things and left.