Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters. This idea is based on the book by Kristen Heitzman, so I don't own that either.

Lucy stood frozen with her back against the icy cold wall. Something inside her prevented her from moving. Move she told herself. But she couldn't. "Do you know where the ticket counter is." Lucy jumped when the woman spoke. She quickly shook her head. Everyone around her was moving rapidly through the bus terminal. But she couldn't move.
She must not panic. Panic had frozen her before. Just get on the bus. She pushed herself through the crowd and walked briskly to the bus. Suddenly and elderly woman cut her off and started to board the bus. Could she go much slower? Lucy looked over both shoulders... why? What was she looking for? She wanted to go someplace, it didn't matter where. Just away.
The bus drove on and on. After the first terminal, she didn't panic. She blended in with the crowd. That was just fine with her. At one station, biting her lip, she reluctantly decided to call. It was 2 in the morning. She called the office, she wanted to get his voice mail. She was 20 years old, but he would still be worried. Still, he would wonder why she was calling from a payphone from Ohio. But maybe it would be enough. She softly spoke, "Daddy, it's Lucy. I'm fine so please don't worry. I need to go away for awhile to think... to figure things out. I love you." She hung up. Don't worry? That was like asking him not to breathe. She shook her head and boarded another bus. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Eric Camden sat in his church office in Buffalo, angry and confused with is daughter. He got Lucy's message this morning. At 2:00 this morning she called his office. Why didn't she call him at home or wait until later? The message was puzzling to him. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. Jeremy entered. Maybe he knew about the message. "I'm sorry sir, but I need to talk to you."
"Come in Jeremy."
"It's about Lucy."
No surprise there.
"Eric, she's missing."
Eric tried to control his fear. Missing? He closed his book sharply. "Why do you think she's missing?"
"I've looked everywhere. It's 9:00, she should be at school."
Jeremy stood tall and confidant. He was driven, determined and one of the few men Eric took interest in. But something about him caused Eric to be uneasy.
"She seems to have packed... meagerly."
Of course she packed. And called. Something inside Eric kept him from playing Lucy's message for Jeremy. He didn't hear any fear in her voice. Unlike – he brought his mind back to the present. This was nothing like that other time.
"Jeremy, what's this all about?"
After a moment of silence, Jeremy took a velvet box from his pocket. "She left this."
Eric gazed at the sparkling engagement ring Jeremy had presented her. "Well, she's an adult and can make her own choices Jeremy."
"Yes sir."
Neither sounded convinced. Eric said, "Give her time, it'll work out."
"Yes sir." Jeremy's voice sounded strained. He left Eric's office quietly. As the door closed, Eric sat grimly. Was Lucy afraid to commit? Possibly. She needed someone to keep her safe, keep her happy. That's exactly why he liked Jeremy.
The emotion hit him hard. "Where is she? What do you mean she's missing?" And Annie almost cowering above him. This was different. It had to be. Why didn't Lucy tell him she was leaving? Didn't she know – no, of course she didn't. She couldn't remember. She had been to young.
She had the right to be alone. She didn't need to call. Still... he had Srgt. Michaels trace the call. Why in the world was she calling from Columbus, Ohio? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Later, Jeremy called an old friend, Andrew. He was a private investigator. They met later and Jeremy pulled out a handful of pictures.
"Wow! Jeremy this girl is hot."
"She's Eric Camden's daughter."
Andrew looked at Jeremy curiously. "And?"
"I want to know where she is." He tossed $50 on the table and said, "This is personal" and left.

A/N: Please review and tell me what you think. Should I continue the story or not?