Stone Crosses

Domingo Villar

MANUSCRIPT.

One Tuesday in October, whilst the Galician coast is recovering from the damage caused by a major storm, a man goes to the police station worried by the lack of news from his daughter. 

Mónica Andrade lives in a small house by the sea, on the northern shore of the Vigo Ria. Every afternoon, she rides her bicycle along a path leading to the port of Moaña past the stone crosses of the local cemetery. From there she takes the ferry across the Ria to get to work at the town's School of Art and Crafts. Mónica did not attend the weekly family lunch on Sunday, even though she had said she would come. Neither did she go to her pottery workshop or call to let them know she wasn't coming. At the School of Art and Crafts the teachers are surprised by their colleague's absence, but on the other side of the Ria her routine doesn't seem to have changed. Everything at the missing woman's house seems to be as it should be and the cat's food bowl is full.

As men dig for shellfish in the sand exposed at low tide and fishermen throw their nets into the water, inspector Leo Caldas stares into the sea and asks himself: Where is Mónica Andrade?       

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