Where is Grayson? Vol.: 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

What happened to Grayson Barnes?

My son, Grayson Barnes went missing exactly eighteen months ago. It is presumed he went missing from his small apartment on a cold night sometime in November.

My husband; Grayson’s father and I, along with friends, family members, the police and volunteers; have been actively searching for Grayson since the very moment I was notified of his disappearance.

Now, let me tell you a little bit more about my son. Grayson was born twenty-one years ago in a small town in Pennsylvania. He is my first-born child with my husband William Barnes.

Grayson is a bright young man and his childhood was just like any other.

At eighteen years of age, Grayson graduated high school with honorable grades and quickly got into college.

Grayson moved out on his own soon after his eighteenth birthday, I remember very vividly how his father and I along with my youngest son helped Grayson move into his cozy apartment exactly two miles away from campus.

As any mother, I was overwhelmed with the move, Grayson had grown up in front of my own eyes and I still felt the urge to protect him. However, I respected his independence and so I kept my concerns to myself.

For a few years everything was well. Grayson still lived relatively closed to us and so we would see him every weekend. He was very studious and had many friends. All his close friends would describe him as charming and funny. And as far as we know; he had no known enemies. Not even so much as bad blood with his ex-girlfriends. Which leads us with questions; who would want Grayson out of the picture? And why?

In these past months, I have not slept or rested. I don’t want to think that my son; the brilliant Biology major has gone missing without a trace.

This is what we know thus far; on the last night Grayson was seen, he met with friends at a nearby bar at around 9 P.M. according to his friends, Grayson left between 11 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. he said he had a Biology exam the following morning. Grayson took his studies extremely seriously.

A neighbor walking his dog spotted Grayson’s vehicle parking right in front of his two-story building. He stepped out of the car holding his portfolio and waved goodbye to the neighbor and walked upstairs to his place.

Another neighbor living on the floor below Grayson’s heard a loud thump from the floor above, sometime that night. She said she simply assumed her neighbor above had, perhaps, fallen off his bed. She made nothing of it.

The following day, Grayson’s closest friends grew worried when he didn’t show up for his Biology exam. It was a mid-term test and everyone who knew Grayson understood very well that this was undoubtedly unusual and completely out of character. His friends reported him missing that very same day after numerous calls to Grayson’s cell phone went unanswered.

His best friend; Ryan, was the first one to call me to notify me of my son’s sudden disappearance. I felt right away; that something was terribly wrong. I quickly felt light-headed and with a sour feeling in the pit of my stomach.

With the detectives in this case; we accessed Grayson’s apartment. I had an extra key he had given to me the very day he moved in. “A spare key for you, mom, now you have nothing to worry about”, he had told me on move-in day with that beautiful smile.

His apartment looked exactly as he had left it. A few dishes in the sink. He left the clothes he would wear the next day for class laid out on top of one of the chairs in the dining table. A custom he’s always had.

But his wallet along with his car and apartment keys were placed on the table. His cell phone was there too. The call log seemed to be wiped out cleaned along with his Messages. The only calls he had were the ones that his friends made to his phone when he failed to show up for his exam.

What happened? Was the million-dollar question.

Grayson’s portfolio with all his drawings were at his place, too. He didn’t go anywhere without it. Grayson loved to draw and spent his time when he wasn’t studying for his classes doing this.

Nothing was missing from his apartment. There were no bank withdrawals, no credit card charges, no reported sightings from witnesses, no nothing! No traces, no clues…. No Grayson.

But where is Grayson?

His cellphone company provided his last statement; and there, out of all the phone calls outbound and incoming that were eventually identified; one phone number stood out. This number appeared as an incoming call to Grayson on the last night he was seen. The call lasted a minute and seven seconds, and then, Grayson was gone.

What happened to Grayson Barnes?


To be continued on volume: two…

Submitted: May 02, 2018

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Adam L.

The people demand more of Grayson Barnes! Lol. Nice plot you've set here. Volume 1 is your hook and I am officially hooked! When will volume 2 be available?
Nice work, Lis.

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 3:22pm


I am so honored by that, Adam :) Thank you so much for the support. You know my lack of confidence with my short stories. I will be writing and posting volume two tomorrow (hopefully).

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 8:31am

Jeff Bezaire

Brilliant work, Lisbeth! You've crafted a strong, compelling narrative, an intriguing plot, and some great characters! I cannot wait to read on! Outstanding writing, my dear! You've locked me in.
Is this the idea you've had in your head for weeks?

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 5:33pm


Thank you so much, Jeff! And yes, this is the story idea I've been having for weeks. Last night finally spent some hours crafting my outline and plan :) volume 2 is still unwritten but outlined and I am also thinking of writing a 3rd installment.

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 10:55am

Mike S.

Mystery's afoot! Well, not really a foot, or is it? Nice beginning, J. B!

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 5:58pm


Thank you, Mike:)

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 12:23pm

Sue Harris

An intriguing piece, JB, one that left me wanting more. Well done! See, your muse was there all the time! Nice one!

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 8:04pm


Yes it was, Sue :) I set up this story in parts to keep me motivated and committed to keep writing.

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 1:06pm

Joy Shaw

Intriguing mystery. Where or where is he. Alien abduction was where my mind went first. Great start here. More please. :)

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 9:03pm


Ha! Thank you so much, Joy :)

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 2:05pm


Ah, there is nothing quite like a mysterious disappearance, jaylisbeth. A great start that left me wanting to read more.

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 9:23pm


Thank you so very much, Hully :)

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 2:57pm


I am a lover of mystery..........your story went down well.. I want part two...

Thu, May 3rd, 2018 6:13pm


Why, thank you very much, John :)

Fri, May 4th, 2018 5:55am


This is exactly the start that you wanted. You just had to mention about the known facts in his disappearance, and that is the mystery part. I talked to you about reversing things instead, and you have already done that here, because you never mentioned that it was a crime. With that, it gives you two options instead of one - it was a crime, or it was a disappearance. You can see already what you can do with this story. With this reversal, you also never mentioned a culprit, so can you see how this works? The narrative from Grayson's mother is excellent, and it dives into the mystery more than the crime. For your next part keep trying the reverse method, and you will see that you wrote this story in a new way. This writing is excellent, your language is professional, and everything about this is done right. The family is told like a mystery, and to have that equal with the disappearance of Grayson is the plot you are looking for. This is brilliant Lisbeth.

Thu, May 3rd, 2018 7:34pm


Thank you very much, Dexter :) I am not going to deny that I made this mystery challenging for myself. We'll see what happens!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 6:05am


I didn’t know you had two children! LOL!
This was an inviting & intriguing read, so well constructed & put together that it holds the interest, as well as the curiosity of the reader!

Sat, May 5th, 2018 6:49pm


Ha! Thank you very much, Spy :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:42am

Ethan Howard

Nice table setting.

You are truly quite skilled with mysteries. There is a little of bit Hitchcock in your writing.

I am hook once more.

Mon, May 7th, 2018 3:52am


Thank you very much, Ethan :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:39am

Criss Sole

Great start! I've got lots of questions now. To be missing for a year and a half is a pretty long time. Looking forward to reading more!

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:34am


Thank you so much, Criss for giving this a read

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:38am

Tom Allen714

A very nice start Jaylisbeth, I like mystery pieces...Tom...

Sat, May 19th, 2018 3:34pm


Thank you, Tom :)

Sat, May 19th, 2018 12:24pm

Angela Villaverde

How dare you tease! You’re awful, lol. More please! >: (

Tue, May 22nd, 2018 4:51pm


Lol, yes, ma'am

Tue, May 22nd, 2018 10:11am

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