The telephone in the kitchen rang before I'd even had a chance to sit down for breakfast. I was so sleepy that I didn't even register the sound at first, and for a moment, I was too startled to do anything but stare at it. Then my senses caught up with me and I picked it up and pressed the answer button, putting the phone to my ear.
"Hello?" I said, "who is this?"
"Teva, is that you?" a familiar voice shook as it spoke, and I could immediately hear that something wasn't right.
"Yes, it's me," I said, bewildered. "What's wrong?"
I could hear deep breathing at the other end of the phone, and then I heard the words "Annalise.... has she been in contact with you at all? Since last night?"
"No," I told her with a sinking feeling in my stomach. "No, I haven't. Why?"
"Because she's disappeared - she's gone missing." The voice cracked on the word 'missing.'
My best friend had gone missing.