“Sir, is this your daughter?” The police officer nodded towards the girl standing next to him, who he held by the arm. She was looking at the floor.
Gold stared at the police officer blankly. He and the girl were standing on the lowest step; half in shadow. The door lamp’s light didn’t quite reach there.
“This young lady claims to be your daughter?” the officer tried again, now with a note of concern in his voice. “She gave this address.”
Gold cleared his throat to respond, tightening his grip on the door. His leg had been acting up. He took a tentative step forward.
“Officer, I do not…”
The girl raised her head. Her features were briefly lit up and Gold did a double take. She had a heart-shaped face and stunningly blue eyes.
Eyes that he would, even after almost 16 years, recognize everywhere. The girl fixed him with her gaze for a moment. There was defiance there, maybe mingled with some curiosity.
The sensation of shock that must have clearly been displayed on his own face was not mirrored on hers.
She merely looked him up and down once; then blew a strand of blonde hair out of her face and looked back at her canvas shoes.
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