Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things Aren't Always What They Seem; NEXT WEEK: Holidays

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things Aren't Always What They Seem; NEXT WEEK: Holidays

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Byline: robyn courtney

BINDA couldn't believe it. It was Sunday and all she wanted to do was sleep in. For the second morning in a row she was woken by a beeping signal. This time it was coming from her laptop. She recognised the sound. Someone was online waiting to have a voice over link up ... at 7.23am.

With great effort she located the computer, hit the accept tab and peered at the screen. Looking back at her was her mother. The signal wasn't that great as the picture kept breaking up but she could hear her mum loud and clear.

aHey darling, it's so good to see you. We're back in Leticia earlier than we expected. There was trouble brewing with the rebels and we were advised to get out of the jungle as quickly as possible so I'll probably be home within a week. Did you get my text yesterday? The camera man had picked up a weak signal on his phone so I quickly flicked you a message. So what have you been up to?a

Even though Binda was still half asleep the question hit her like an icy cold bucket of water being thrown over her. The mystery text had been from her mum not someone warning her to mind her own business.

aMum, I'm so glad you called ... I have so many questions ...a but before Binda could catch her breath her mum cut in.

aIs it about the pharmaceutical company? I was speaking to your father before he went to work and he told me that you'd come across the article I wrote 20 years ago. He was wondering why you were interested in it.a

A second revelation a the note stuck to the story she had found and copied was one her dad had attached. Binda told her mother about the sleuthing activities that she had undertaken over the last 24 hours. Her mother was impressed and slightly amused; making the comment that Binda would make a good investigative journalist one day. Binda had rolled her eyes. She hadn't made a very good fist of it so far, jumping to too many conclusions without having the facts. Binda thought she'd make a better fictional writer.

Her mum went on to explain the circumstances behind the photo, what had led to it and what happened subsequently. …

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