A mother from England arrived in one very hot country. She came to see her daughter arrested at the airport. During their meeting the mother learnt that her daughter was brought to the prison last week. The Police had found some drugs in her toothpaste. The daughter swore that it wasn’t her and she was innocent. The Police also had arrested one man with her. He was a good man and he wasn’t able to commit such a crime. But as mother discovered, her daughter’s previous boyfriend was on the plane during the arrest. Her daughter had gone to this country with him. Something happened two months ago and the girl found another guy. There was something very strange in this story and the mother would try to find the truth to save her child.
The woman stood in front of the prison. The prison was a big, dirty building in the biggest town of a hot country. The woman was very hot, and she did not like the noise from all the cars in the road. She was an Englishwoman and she did not like hot countries or a lot of noise. She was tall, about fifty years old, with blue eyes and a long face. Her face was red, and she looked tired and angry.
She knocked at the door of the prison. For a long time nothing happened. Then a little window opened in the door, and a man looked out at her.
‘Yes? What do you want?’
‘I want to see my daughter. It’s very important.’
‘Is that your name or your daughter’s name?’
‘It’s my name. My daughter’s name is Sarah Harland.’
‘You can’t visit her today. Come back on Wednesday.’
‘No! I came from England to see her today. It’s very important. She’s going to court tomorrow. Please take me to her – now!’
‘Wait a minute.’
The little window closed, but the door did not open. The woman waited in front of the door for a long time. A lot of people in the road looked at her. One or two young men laughed, but she did not move. She stood there in the hot road in front of the prison door, and waited.
After twenty minutes, the door opened. ‘Come with me,’ the man said. The woman went in with him. It was dark in the prison, and at first she could not see very well. She walked for a long time, past hundreds of doors. Then the man opened one of them.
‘In here,’ he said. ‘You can have ten minutes.’
Anna Harland walked into the room and the man went in after her. He closed the door behind him. There was a table in the room, and two chairs. On one of the chairs sat her daughter, Sarah. She was a tall girl, about nineteen years old, with big blue eyes.
‘Mother!’ she said. ‘I’m very happy to see you.’ And she got up and began to run across the room to her mother.
‘Sarah!’ Anna said, and put out her arms. But the man moved quickly and stood between them.
‘No,’ he said to Anna. ‘I’m sorry. I know you’re her mother. You can talk, but that’s all. Please sit down at the table. I am here to watch you…