The Headline in the Paper

The Headline in the Paper
Title: "brown wooden dock near lake under cloudy sky" Photo Credit: Thomas Griesbeck @jack_scorner

By: Peyton Gelinger/11th Grade

The headline in the Saturday newspaper read…”16 year old girl’s body found.” I still couldn’t believe I was reading it; it finally hit me like a bolder. My best friend has been missing for about a year now. She disappeared on her birthday. I could never accept the fact that she could be dead. The cops kept finding leads on where she could possibly be. However, everyone was shocked and in utter disbelief when they found her lifeless body in the lake. But one thing that they could tell immediately was the horrible fact that she was definitely killed by someone. Stab wounds don’t lie. She didn’t accidentally stab herself numerous times and then drown. She was for sure killed by someone, and they dumped her body into the lake.

Margo always hated this small town, and she couldn’t wait to get away. Maybe that’s the reason why I didn’t want to accept the fact that maybe something bad could have happened to her. I just naturally assumed she ran away from this awful place, and I would find her again some day. I mean after all, she did leave clues, little things hidden everywhere she went. These clues were left for me to know that she was out there somewhere and that she was okay. Like a little trail from place to place. I thought if I could get there and figure out all the clues I would find her. And we could run from this town to somewhere great, and live our lives to the fullest. 

But maybe, just maybe, he got there first. He was crazy beyond belief, obsessed with her for some unknown reason. After I found out about what had happened to Margo, could I have saved her? If I had told the cops about the clues, could they have helped me find her? Possibly before he got to her?


Peyton Gelinger
Peyton Gelinger is a junior in high school. She spends most of her time keeping herself busy with volleyball, competitive dance and cheerleading. Spending times with friends and family is an important factor in her life. After high school she hopes to attend IUP with an undecided major.

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