Previously: Traffic was light and they made good time; pulling into Cloquet just as the sun was going down where they stopped briefly in front of the Northeastern Hotel in downtown Cloquet, before heading out to the Golden Gate Motel which offered a free shuttle out to the Black Bear Casino—just in case they had a drink or two, better to not be driving. The buffet there was very good and they tried their luck at a few slots.
Chris and Sarah were pleased to see Sandra relax and have a little fun.
All in all, the road trip was turning out well and gave the girls a chance to bond even more. Girl friendships were important and Sarah believed Sandra had not had much of it in her life.
The next morning they headed down the two lane road toward the house that had been Sandra’s prison. As they passed the farm stand, where Mandy sold her fresh fruits and vegetables, Sandra was surprised that the girl was not there.
They pulled down the driveway where the house once stood. Parking the car the girls just stared at the shell of a house.
There stood a charred mess.
“My goodness Sandra, you were so lucky to get out of there alive.” Chris said.
Season Eleven—Adventure 1—Family Ties—Episode 4… “If it had not been for Mandy I never would have, I would not have my life before me. The second part of this trip was to be able to hug her and thank her for saving my life in more ways than one. Without her I never would have had the chance to disappear.” Sandra said, “OK I came and saw and now I can let go, I am safe and among friends and now have a future in a town I love. Let’s go and see if we can find Mandy, she was 9 when this happened and she is almost 11 now. I wonder if she will remember me.”
The girls got back in the car and drove back towards the farm stand. It did not look like it had been worked at all this year. They pulled down the driveway of the house and were greeted with boarded up windows and a big For Sale Sign in the front.
“Wow,” said Sarah “This looks strange, I wonder what has happened to the family. This kind of thing is happening all across the US, people just cannot make ends meet like they used to. Teresa our wonderful Realtor in Danger Bay can tell you all about that fact.”
“I noticed a small diner just down the road,” Chris said, “I bet they might be able to tell us what has gone on here.”
“I have been in there before, sometimes during our shopping trips we would stop. The gal that owns it is always there so I would say we could ask her.” Sandra said
The girls headed down the road to the River Inn Bar and Grille. They all hoped they would be able to find out information on Mandy.
To be continued…