"Why do they want to question me? They already asked me a ton of questions at home" Sophie said as she and her dad hurried into the police station."I'm sure it's just procedure" Mr.Duvall assured her as he reached for the door. Sophie inhaled deeply, as though it would make her invincible, and strolled through the door. Mr.Duvall did the same and carefully closed the door, not wanting to disturb anyone. Sophie took a seat to the right of the room while Mr.Duvall talked to the person sitting behind the desk. Sophie opened her purse and checked the compartments and her make-up bag for her mango chapstick. It wasn't really for the purpose of hydrating her lips, she just needed something to keep her busy, something to take her mind off everything. She finally found it, in the bottom of her bag no less. She pulled the top off, smoothed it over her lips, rubbed her lips together, and replaced the top. Olivia will show up any minute now, as if nothing had happened, she told herself. "Ms.Duvall". Sophie jumped at the sound of her name being called by the deputy. It sounded so cold, so foreign. She feebly stood up, tucked her brown hair behind her ear and made her way toward the door. Just before she entered the room she turned back to see her father. He was standing by one of the chairs, his hands in his back pockets. He flashed her a comforting smile, and she tried her best to do the same.
It was around four in the afternoon when Sophie and Mr.Duvall made it home. They had barely pulled into the drive-way when Mrs.Duvall rushed out to greet them. "So what did they say?" Mrs.Duvall asked anxiously. "They told her that they probably wouldn't have any more questions for her but don't be surprised if they do" Mr.Duvall answered as they walked to the porch. "Well what are we suppose to do in the mean time?" Mrs.Duvall asked. "I don't know, wait" Mr.Duvall replied. "I mean shouldn't we be looking for a lawyer" Mrs.Duvall said with a worried expression. Sophie had never seen her parents so frazzled before. "A lawyer? Why would I need a lawyer? All I did was cover for her, I didn't kidnap her!" Sophie interjected. "Of course I know that! We just don't want to be caught off guard if they were to officially name you as a suspect. Now I'm not saying they will but we have to be careful honey" Mrs.Duvall said as she gently stroked her daughter's hair. "I know, you're right" Sophie said, rapidly nodding her head. "Is Ian still here?" Sophie asked, swallowing to hold back the tears. "No, he left about an hour ago when his parents came home" Mrs.Duvall explained. "But Carson is here" Mrs.Duvall told her. "Really? How long has she been here?" Sophie asked, slightly surprised. "Yeah! She's been here I guess since three" Mrs.Duvall replied. "Does she know about everything?" Sophie inquire. "Well I'm assuming that's why she came" Mrs.Duvall replied. "She's up in your room by the way" She added. "Thanks" Sophie practically whispered.
Sophie left her parents on the porch and opened the front door, closing it behind her. She slowly crept up the stairs. Once she made it up the stairs she went to knock on her door. "Carol?" Carson called from inside Sophie's bedroom. Sophie quietly pushed the door open. "Sophie" Carson exclaimed as she sprung off of the bed. They stood frozen for a moment. Sophie trying to keep her composure, Carson wanting so bad not to say or do the wrong thing. Sophie turned toward the door, closing it softly. "I heard about Olivia" Carson said, waiting for Sophie's response. Sophie let her hands slip from the door, then she slithered to her bed, gingerly descending upon it. "Yeah, it's quite shocking isn't it" Sophie said in almost a monotone. Carson gradually walked to the bed, sitting beside Sophie. "Have they found any leads on her?" Carson inquired. Sophie turned her head to see Carson beside her. "None that I know of" Sophie simply replied. Sophie returned her head to it's previous position. She started to crack her neck from side to side. Then her eyes fell on her full length mirror on her closet door in front of her. She rose form the bed and walked only a few steps, so that the mirror was a couple of inches from her face. She lifter her hand to the mirror, letting it rest on the image of her cheek. She did this as though she could change the events of the past two days by communicating with the mirror Sophie. So far it didn't seem to be helping.
"I think they're looking at me as a suspect" Sophie blurted out calmly. Sophie turned to face Carson who was still seated on the bed. "Are you sure?" Carson asked. "Kinda sure" Sophie replied. "What does kinda sure mean?" Carson questioned with raised eyebrow. Sophie sat down on the bed facing Carson, her legs Indian style. "Well they brought me in for questioning, and my mom wants to hire a lawyer, and let's face it, my alibi doesn't look too good" Sophie explained. "I'm sure Carol is just being cautious, and anyone that knows you, knows you wouldn't hurt a fly, that has to count for something" Carson reassured her. "Yeah, you're right" Sophie agreed. "And how do they know she didn't just run away" Carson added. "Well I think they're still looking into that" Sophie said as she tucked her hair behind her left ear. "I really hope she's okay" Carson said in a daze. "I just can't believe this is happening. I mean you hear about this kind of stuff in the news but you never think" Sophie said almost breaking into a fit of tears, yet never letting one tear fall. "You know what, let's talk about something else" Carson suggested. "Sure! What do you want to talk about?" Sophie asked with a shaking smile. "Hmmm where should I start. Oh yeah! Lars and I are going on our first date out tomorrow!" Carson said excitedly. "Wait! Y'all haven't been on a date before?" Sophie inquired, openly confused. "No, we've been on dates, just always at his apartment. We don't usually have an opportunity to go somewhere without people we know seeing us" Carson explained. "Well where is he taking you?" Sophie questioned. "I don't know" Carson said all in one breath. "Um don't you think you should find out" Sophie reasoned. "I know, but he really wants it to be a surprise. He did tell me though that it's no more than forty-five minutes away, so that rules out Paris" Carson replied. Sophie laughed. Beep! Carson reached in her back pocket for her cellphone. She look at it for not more than a minute, then returned it to her pocket. "That was my mom, I have to go, I'll see you Monday" Carson said, bouncing up off of the bed. "Hey, by the way how did you get here without your car? I didn't see it in the drive-way" Sophie asked curiously. "Oh I walked" Carson told her. "You walked?" Sophie said in disbelief. "Yes, I did,. I happen to enjoy a little fresh air every once in a while. Plus I didn't want to waste gas seeing as I only live a couple streets over" Carson said as she reached for the doorknob. "Thanks for coming" Sophie said with a grateful expression. "What are friends for" Carson replied just before she opened the door and closed it behind her. Sophie waited for a moment to ensure that Carson had left. When she thought she had waited long enough she allowed a tear to slip from her eye. And once she had started she couldn't stop.