I wondered later what Mandy was thinking as I called her name and searched for her. She was quick to disappear when we were getting out of the truck. A rabbit, I thought and a moon to assist in the chase. Minutes later I stepped from the house, clapped my hands and whistled, the signal for her to return. The night was cold, beautiful and the sky filled with stars. I was aware of the stillness, there were no sounds of the chase or movement of any kind. More clapping of the hands, whistles and offers of treats called into the night did not return her. I felt a tinge of fear and I stepped back into the house to retrieve a high powered light. Returning to the night I cast beams of bright light all across the fields, calling her name. The light illuminated buildings, the adjoining properties of neighbors, the dam of the pond, everything in it's path. There was no movement of any thing, animal or plant. I called several times more, worry nagging at me now. I was making my way back to the house, thinking I would set the timer and check for her every fifteen minutes when a message arrived from her in my mind. I shone the light into the truck and there she sat, watching me.