I only left the room for a second.
When I came back, she was no where to be found.
I think back. As I left, I saw her heading toward the bathroom.
I look there first - but it was empty.
I turn the corner into the family room. At this point, I am in the fork in the road of my house. Do I proceed forward into the kitchen? Do I take a left and search the bedrooms? Right in to the den? Should I turn around and look in the office?
I become worried. This search could take a while with no direction.
I call out her name. (Calling out her name is usually followed by the sound of crawling knees scuffling across the tile).
Still nothing. Heart starts to beat faster.
I now have to make a decision at this fork.
But wait. I DID see her traveling in the direction of the bathroom. Could I have missed her in there?
I decide to open the shower curtain.
And that's when I see it.