A young couple disappears. Did they elope?
“Gloria, you aren’t going to believe this!” gushed my best friend, Anne before I could say hello.
“Dean and Sophia have finally done it!”
I took a deep breath, schooling my voice before I answered.
“Eloped! Their parents are really mad! The dads are set to go hunting for them.”
“When do they think they left?”
“After school sometime. They weren’t home by six.”
“Dean had enough money for them to take a train somewhere, right?”
“Nope, nobody remembers seeing them at the depot and you know all the people there know us ‘cause we hang out there so much! Everybody at school figures they hitched a ride.
My hands shook. I knew that they had hitched a ride. With me.
“Maybe they went to the beach or something and forgot the time.”
“The town’s looked in all the likely places already. I tell you they left!”
“My supper’s ready, can I call you back after?”
“Sure, talk to you later.”
I sat down on the edge of my bed and thought about that afternoon.
“When I’d saw Dean and Sophia, with beach bags and towels hitching along the beach road, I stopped and picked them up. When they got out, I did too and followed them.
“While they sat on towels in the sand, necking and more, I couldn’t stand it! He was mine before Sophia came along. He just wouldn’t listen when I begged him to come back to me.
“I came up behind them with my potato silenced gun and shot them. It was easy to bury them in a sand dune a distance away and hide the other evidence by turning over the sand. Since I wore my suit, I just went swimming until the blood washed off,” I whispered softly.