"Sit here, ok?" The younger woman took her mother and sat her down next to Fidelman, who was twirling his ankle and tapping on his computer at the Yosemite Lodge. "I'm gonna go look for Charles mom. I don't know where him and the kids went. You're gonna stay here okay?"
"Ok Kelsey," the old woman croaked.
"So just stay here mom." Kelsey looked around the room. "I'll find them and then be back in just a minute. Don't go anywhere ok?"
"Ok," the old woman shifted in her seat.
"I'll be right back. Stay here. Do not leave. You might get lost in the woods." Kelsey headed out the back door of the Lodge.
"There you are mom!" A man walked in through the front door of the Lodge. "We've been looking all over for you. Where's Kelsey?"
"Charles, she told me to stay here," she whispered. "She'll be right back. She's looking for you."
"Well, come out and get in the car." Charles helped the old woman out of her seat. "We'll find Kelsey."
"But she said to stay here.” The old woman shuffled as Charles ushered her towards the door. “She said she'd be right back."
Fidelman, a long time Yosemite local, twirled his ankle and tapped at his computer. He paid enough attention to note the tourist antics and that they were leaving out the front door.
Two minutes later, Kelsey walked in to the Lodge from the back door. "Mom?" She spun around the room. "Mom? Where are you?" She ran to the back door, turned around, then headed to the front. “Oh my god!”
Kelsey ran up to Fidelman. “Did you see an old woman leave? Do you know which way she went?”
Fidelman looked up from his computer. He nodded his head. “She left.”
“Oh my god!” Kelsey cried. “She's probably lost. She probably got eaten by a bear. Which way did she go? Where did she go?”
Fidelman twirled his ankle and pointed to the back door. “Oh, she went that way.”
Kelsey ran out the back door and Fidelman burst into laughter. “I’m going to hell for that,”