It was only because it was my time for an afternoon jog that I realized how long they were gone.
While jogging, I checked the whole neighborhood block. I even talked to the village security guard who told me he saw the girls on their bikes with their friends. But they were nowhere in sight.
I checked at the house of one of their friends; the girl was not there, too. I was not worried, I know that they wont go out of the village; but I wanted to know where they are and it was also getting dark.
I jogged to another friend's house and saw their bikes on the porch steps. They came out as I called out.
As the girls run out of the house; I reminded them of our number one rule: to always inform me where they are going.
MC sheepishly told me that she wanted to inform me first but her friend closed the gate before she could go out. The solution for that, I said, would be to use the telephone.
IC, who was hiding behind her sister, got the guts to answer, 'but we dont know our telephone number.'
'Well, then it's time for both of you to memorize our home number,' I pointed out.
I told them they should both take the responsibility of taking care of each other. Remind each other about the rules, remind each other to follow the rules, and remind each other to take care of each other.
Since I am asking them to know our home number; I told them there are also rules to follow. But that would be for my next post.