Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she
walked toward home. The thought of being followed made her heart
beat faster. "You're being silly," she told herself,
"no one is following you." To be safe, she began to
walk faster, but the footsteps kept up with her pace. She was
afraid to look back and she was glad she was almost home.
said a quick prayer, "God, please get me home safe."
She saw the porch light burning and ran the rest of the way to
her house. Once inside, she leaned against the door for a moment,
relieved to be in the safety of her home. She glanced out the
window to see if anyone was there. The sidewalk was empty.
After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack
and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name "ByAngel213".
She checked her Buddy List and saw "GoTo123" was on.
She sent him an instant message.
This is how the chat went:
ByAngel213: Hi I'm glad you are on! I thought someone
was following me home today. It was really weird!
GoTo123: You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following
you? Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?
ByAngel213: Of course I do. I guess it was my imagination cuz'
I didn't see anybody when I looked out.
GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line.
You haven't done that have you?
ByAngel213: Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.
GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?
ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!
GoTo123: That's great! Who did you play?
ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. Their uniforms are so gross!
They look like bees.
GoTo123: What is your team called?
ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms.
They are really kewl.
GoTo123: Did you pitch?
ByAngel213: No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has
to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at
GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye!
GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile.
When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out
a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.
Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
State where she lived: North Carolina
Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.
Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she
had just told him.
He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until
her parents came home from work.
He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school
team, and the team was named the Canton Cats.
Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey.
He knew she was in the seventh grade at the Canton Junior High School.
She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line.
He had enough information to find her now.