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June 17, 2022

he's missing

Megan Lovato-Harris

August 27, 2013

4:30 p.m.

 

Layla:

Wayne, I can’t find the dog. 

Wayne:

What? What do you mean? 

L:

He’s not in the house. Wtf

 

I’m scared

W:

Just calm down. Have you checked all the rooms? 

L:

YES, he’s not here. Omg

 

W:

It’s going to be okay. Maybe go ask some of the neighbors

 

L:

I already tried that. They haven’t seen anyone come in or out

 

Do I call the cops? 

 

W:

No, not yet. You only left for a little while, right?

 

L:

Yeah, I went to get groceries and

shut all the doors like usua

 

Usual*

 

I’m re ally freakin out

 

W:

It’s gonna be ok. Ill try to leave work early

 

L:

ok

I feel so stupid

 

If I hadnt left he would be here

 

W:

U sure you checked everywhere? 

Like opened every door? 

 

L:

I mean yeah

Our closet is too small for him

to hide in

 

What if he got out and

got hit by a car???

 

W:

Layla

He can’t open doors

He has to be there

Who else even has a key? 

 

L:

Your mom and my mom 

 

But I don’t think they stopped by.

 

Im try ing not to have a panic attack

I cant believe this is happening

 

We only had him a year, babe

 

W:

I know

It’s going to be okay

 

L:

You don’t konw that! How are we

supposed to take care of kids in

the future if we lost a dog in

our own damn house???????

 

W:

Try opening every door again and calling for him

And i mean every door

Hall closet

Bathroom

Any door

K? 

 

5:15 p.m.

 

W:

Babe?/ You there? 

 

L:

I FOUND HIM!!!!!!

OMG he was here the whole time

 

W:

Where?! 

 

L:

In the bathroom

 

The door, I left it opened

 

He pinned himself in there

 

He was scared and crying and I couldnt hear him

 

I usually close it when I leave

 

Hes NEVER done this before

 

OMg

 

The neighbors must think Im crazy lol

 

I cant believe I almost called the police

 

…You there? 

 

W:

Glad he’s okay. Gping back to work now.

Love you

Youre gonna b a great mom someday

 

L:

Love you too

 

Megan Lovato-Harris has been a lifelong advocate for independent creatives and began creating stories as a child. She often thinks of life as a series of short stories, though dreams of writing novels someday. When she's not thinking about writing, reading books, or supporting her writer friends, Megan can be found spending time with her husband, giving adult coloring books a try, attempting to garden, and chasing after her three kids and their dog Beau.