After 3 days, C finally answers the phone.

“Yes, ma’am.”

She has a story about losing her phone that I don’t exactly believe and later makes me paranoid because all lying could be signs of sociopathy. But it is Country X. Here we lie to avoid getting in trouble, or to not hurt people’s feelings, because most people are too emotional for honest communication.


Her dad is letting her stay. He is allowing her to go to the local high school as a boarding student. And I get to take care of her.

Then also she has evidently been chatting with IT Ma’am and IT Ma’am says C has said she will go to football camp and then back to her village to stay with her grandparents.

She won’t have to go live with her stepdad.

Very deeply, I feel C is safe. I won and she is safe.