Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 48 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week. Click here for previous chapters.
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Adi approached the desk and peered at the bag through the glass. Yes, that was Noa’s suitcase. And in case there remained any doubt, there was a fluorescent yellow swath of tape with Noa’s identifying details written on it.
“Excuse me?” she said, raising her voice, because no one seemed to be in the room.
“Yes?” An older woman stood up from behind the pile of suitcases and bags.
“Can you tell me when this suitcase was put here?”
“I can’t give you details like that,” the woman replied, clearly impatient. “We don’t just give information out to other people.”
“But the suitcase belongs to my friend who disappeared,” Adi almost pleaded. “Just tell me if it was dropped off in the last few minutes or a long time ago.”
The woman stared at her. “Neither,” she said, after a moment. “She was here about an hour and a half ago.”
“She was alone?”
“You see why I don’t like answering people?” the woman asked, and went back to her little stool in the corner of the room. “A minute ago you said I should just tell you when that suitcase was dropped off, and suddenly you have more questions.”
“Because I saw that you are nice and that you realize that I’m very upset, so I tried to get a bit more information from you.” Adi took a step back and gripped the handle of the carriage, but didn’t leave.
The woman sat down and picked up a rag that was lying on the floor next to her. She dusted off a small shelf and put two medium-sized boxes on it. Suddenly she raised her head and snapped, “She was alone. Does that make you feel better?”
“Not exactly.” Adi took a deep breath.
“Why, is she lost?” Keep Reading…