The Mystery of Bechdeltown

The Mystery of Bechdeltown

Abby Schuler , Writer

Jessica was a fun, excited, and helpful friend to Emily, especially when it came to their gymnastics at practice. They would train together six days a week at the gym constantly working on new and old routines to practice better tricks. It wasn’t until about a week ago when Emily noticed that Jessica hadn’t came to practice in about three days. It wasn’t like her to miss especially when they had a meet coming up this Saturday.

Emily tried calling multiple times and even went over to her house, but when she asked her mom if she was home he was confused and acted like she didn’t even know who Jess was or where she was at. Emily brushed it off and headed home, later calling a few other of her teammates asking about her, and all reacted the same way as her mom did. She started checking Jess’s usual hang out areas, coffee shops, and lastly her boyfriend’s house, even though they aren’t allowed to date because it’s against gym rules. She went up to ask Dustin expecting the same answer everyone else gave but he told her he hasn’t seen her since Monday either and it’s not like her to miss the big meet coming up.

They got in his truck and started looking together but had no luck. He dropped her off at home and offered to help her look tomorrow after practice. Emily agreed and asked what to do if they didn’t find her; they only have one more day to figure something out. Thursday night, Emily stayed late at the gym “practicing” and waited for everyone to leave to let Dustin in. They looked in the parking garage below the gym and sure enough her car was there but not her. In her passenger seat was a folded up piece of paper that Emily grabbed before Dustin saw it and stowed away in her pocket, planning to wait until she got home to read it. They were both on their way out when they found the door locked. “Just call someone to unlock the door for us,” said Dustin, to which Emily explained that only Jessica and she knew about this place and there’s no cell service down here. . .