"So, you're asking me for help to find your fucking girlfriend that you lost? Just listen for a whiny voice, it shouldn't be too hard," she said before attempting to quickly slam the door in my face.
I was quicker though, and stuck my boot in before it completely shut.
Wait. She said girlfriend. What?
"What?" I asked her, completely confused. How did she get girlfriend out of that. "No, Madi isn't my girlfriend she's my niece. I'm babysitting her and I wasn't paying attention I guess, because she's missing now. I've looked everywhere and I can't find her and I don't know what to do. Gemma is going to kill me," I said, actually worried about all of this. Not so much about Gemma killing me, but about the fact that I fucking lost Madilyn.
"Whoa, wait. You lost a child?" She asked me, sounding a lot more sympathetic now. Thank you.
"Yes, my niece. She's almost 5 and she's roaming the city by herself or something, I don't know I can't find her and I'm freaking out," I rambled on again, pulling my hair with my hands.
"Where'd you last see her at?" She asked me frantically as she went back inside. I was confused until she came back with a jacket on and her car keys in her hand.
"The park on the other side of the forest, she was playing and I saw her on the slide and I just got lost in my thoughts, or something, I don't really know. And then next thing I know she's nowhere to be found," I explained to her as we both got into her car.
"You are such a dumbass, what are you doing? You can't just expect a kid to watch herself!" She scolds me, bringing her car to life.
I guess I deserved that. "I know, trust me, I know. Please help me find her, I don't know what I'll do if we can't." I realized that I was slightly begging, but I was desperate.
"What does it look like I'm doing?" She snapped and I decided to just stop talking.
She drove through her yard, going toward the forest and I was confused until she spoke up, "There's a trail back here. We can drive and look through the w00ds, and then it'll take us to the park so if we can't see her in there we'll look there. If by then we still can't find her, we'll go into the woods by foot since you can't see it all from the trail. We'll find her," she said and something about the tone of her voice made me believe her.
I nodded and anxiously tapped my fingers on my knee, whilst also bouncing my knee up and down.
"Okay, I know you're worried, I am too, but can you please stop with your knee. It's annoying me," she huffed and I slightly smiled at her attitude. Only she can make me smile at a time like this.
I listened to her and stopped bouncing my knee, but there was no controlling the tapping of my fingers.
I brought my right hand up to my mouth and started chewing my nails, a habit that I outgrew but it comes back when I'm nervous.
Randi pulled into the forest and we both were looking out the windows. She drove slowly, so we could look really good, but there was still no sign of Madilyn. I was starting to grow even more worried as the seriousness of this situation set in.
Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw a movement, but when I turned it was only a bird. I sighed before continuing to look in the direction of the bird but I noticed something pink over there. I jumped and pointed at it, "I think that's her!"
I jumped out of the car before it was even fully stopped and I heard Randi following behind me. I ran toward the pink object and there she was, sitting on the ground holding her knees and bawling her eyes out.
"Madilyn!" I yelled to her and she looked up, her big blue eyes staring up at me before she rushed up and ran to me. She jumped in my arms and I lifted her up while slightly laughing, "You're here, oh my god, don't ever run off like that again, you gave me a heart attack," I scolded her.
"I told you we were going to play hide and go seek Harry! You said you'd look for me and I ran in here and hid behind a tree but you never came and then I couldn't find my way out and I kept hearing noises and I was so scared," She cried into my shoulder and I rubbed her back soothingly.
I don't even remember her asking me to play hide and go seek, shows how good of a babysitter I am. I can't even fucking believe myself right now.
"I know, I'm so sorry," I told her and continued to hold her while she sobbed uncontrollably.
It's been about half an hour since she ran off to go hide and her arms were cold since she took her jacket off at the park.
"Come on, let's go back to the park, okay?" I told her and she shook her head.
"No, I don't wanna go back there, I wanna go inside," She whined and normally it annoyed me when she did that, but I found myself appreciating it right now. I'm just so happy she's okay.
"We will, sweetie, we'll go back to my house and watch some movies okay? We just have to go back to the park to get your jacket," I explained to her and she looked up at me.
"Will you make me hot cocoa when we go to your house, Harry?" She asked me and I mentally smacked myself since I drank the last hot chocolate the other day.
"I'm out, but we can run to the store before we go back, alright?" I asked with a grin, hoping she'd agree to it.
Before she got the chance, I heard Randi speak up, "You know, I have hot cocoa at my house if you want some. To save you guys the trouble of going to a store. I mean, you don't have to, obviously. I'm just offering," she said and the way she rambled on caused a smile to grow on my face. She's cute when she's nervous.
I looked at Madilyn, "How 'bout it?" I asked her, hoping she'd agree with it so I could spend time with Randi.
Although if the principal were to see this right now, I'd for sure get fired. But I couldn't bring myself to care at the moment. It's not like he'll be watching inside Randi's house and see me there. And Randi's not gonna tell on me. At least I hope she won't.
"Yes!" She squealed. I know she's agreeing to this because she wants to hangout with another girl. She doesn't have very many to hangout with, except for Gemma, but that's her mum so she doesn't really count. Then there's my mum too, I guess, but she doesn't really count either.
"I don't have a booster seat in my car, so is it alright for her to ride in it without one? Or should we just walk to the park and come back?" Randi asked me and I shrugged.
I didn't think it'd really matter whether she was in a booster seat, especially since we weren't really driving far. But I didn't know for sure, and I definitely didn't want to risk anything happening to Madi.
"We should probably just walk, I don't want to risk anything," I told her and she nodded. "Plus, my car's at the park so I could just take her to your house in that. I think I remember where it's at," I scratched my head.
"You can just go home and we'll meet you?" I suggest.
She shook her head, "You'll probably get lost in this woods again," and I chuckled because yeah, I probably would.
"Alright, well you can drive and show us the way out of this forest and then we can drive back to your house?" I propose and she nodded.
"Yeah, alright," Randi said before getting in her car.
I followed her out of the forest and into the park before retrieving Madilyn's jacket and buckling her in.
Randi watched out of her car window the entire time and I couldn't help but ask myself why she's even bothering with me. I was a complete ass hole all this week and last, not even glancing in her direction unless it was to give her a fucking detention today. You'd think she'd be pissed and not want me anywhere near her.
I shrugged it off and got into my car before following Randi's back down the trail and to her house.