“Over here!” yelled Tony. “They’re over here.”
Relief spread over Sarah like a warm blanket. “Thank God you found them.”
“No,” Tony shouted back. “It’s just their kayaks. Not Tim and Maureen.”
“Shit.” Sarah knew that was not good news. Her brother and his wife had left for their kayak adventure on Friday and were expected back on Monday night. It was now Tuesday and no one had heard from them.
Jim walked over to where the Tony had found the kayaks. “It looks like all of their stuff is here,” he observed.
“Footprints!” Sarah called out to the two men. The three gathered to see the footprints in the sand leading from water’s edge about 20 yards into the dense woods.
They followed the footprints to the edge of the trees. “This is a small island,” Tony said. “I’m sure we’ll find them.”
A week later the lead story on the local TV news channel was about the mysterious disappearance of five mainland residents.
This post was written for this week’s FFfAW challenge. Image from T. J. Paris.