Post 9/11 (StoryADAy Post)

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...
September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wondered what was going on when I went to Dicky Michaelson’s apartment and found it empty. It was like no one had even lived there. Dicky and his children, Lysander and Margaret, weren’t there.

For the first time in 13 years, there was no one at Apartment 484.

I wondered what had happened to Dicky, as I knew that he wouldn’t leave the apartment unless he was traveling the country doing book promotions. Lysander and Margaret were at the age where they spent more time with their friends than with their father. But this couldn’t be right. No one leaves this apartment building without a word; that’s not how it’s done.

Yet, that’s what happened to Dicky. He left the apartments The sad part was that no one saw him leaving the place either.

The events of September 11, 2001 came and passed; rumors about him and his two cousins Logan Dara and Andrea Marshall Elan being kidnapped and murdered in the streets near the World Trade Center spread through the entire city like wildfire. But I would know if Dicky was dead, as I am an EMT. Plus, those rumors about his death couldn’t be proven in any case.

Yet on September 15, 2001, I (along with the rest of the country) gasped in shock when Dicky revealed that he learned about his impending death on September 11 and he and his two cousins fled across state lines and hid in Boston, Massachusetts. Their would-be killers were arrested by the police soon after they left New York. I found myself breathing a huge sigh of relief, as I didn’t want to tell Lysander and Margaret about their father’s death.

But I wasn’t satisfied with everything that happened; mainly Dicky choosing to hide in Boston and have the entire country wondering where he was. I mean, he could have asked the NYPD for help instead of skipping town. But that wasn’t for me to decide.