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Bella Morgan just stood there and glared at the detective. His last words to her, “I’m sorry there’s nothing more we can do,” were unacceptable to her. Her brother and sister-in-law had disappeared a month ago, and the case was closed? Because there were absolutely no leads and that was that. Well, over my dead body! She spun around before he saw her tears of frustration and stormed from his office. She would just have to take matters into her own hands.
She was glad now, that she’d done a little homework on the Appalachian Trail. Her instincts that Detective Barns wasn’t going to be any help had been right on. The man was close to retirement, and it was obvious he was just counting the days. If she thought it would make a difference she would appeal to his boss again, only she couldn’t bear hearing an echo of what Detective Barns had said.
Stepping outside the station, Bella paused to compose herself. She took a deep breath of air, her gaze landing on the store across the street. The Hikers Mart was a popular store that catered to serious die-hard hikers and advertised they had everything you needed to walk the Appalachian Trail. Being that one of the entrance spots to the famous trail was just a few miles away didn’t hurt their business.
Bella glanced both ways before rushing across the street. A bell on top of the door advertised her entrance. And the sales clerk behind the counter glanced up and gave her a brief smile. “Let me know if I can help you.”
“Thank you,” Bella said, her gaze moving around the huge store of outdoor gear. It even smelled like the outdoors. “I just need a few things.” She grabbed a hand basket by the door.
She walked around a bit, not surprised at the variety of items the store offered. Glancing at the prices she was thankful she had a lot of stuff already. She’d gone hiking before, on family camping trips. And things like a sleeping bag, a sturdy backpack, and a rainproof tent were expensive items she all ready had.