This Is How It Starts

Mild annoyance at how long it’s taken her to text you back.

Stronger annoyance that she’s 15 minutes late and hasn’t given you a heads up.

A call that goes straight to voicemail, the same message she’s had for years and that you’ve heard a thousand times because millennials have a thing against answering the phone. Even—or maybe especially—when it’s their parents.

Responses from the few of her friends whose numbers you have telling you they haven’t heard from her.

Growing suspicion and anxiety that something might be wrong.

Profoundly wrong.

The middle is different for everyone.

The end? There is none.

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