"Maybe we should tell somebody Mama left us," I sobbed. Tears ran down my cheeks as I sat on the hot curb to rest. "We can't do that. They'll call the cops." Jon Eric inhaled a sharp breath. "Besides, Mom has to realize she left us at some point." We were left behind. Abandoned in Cherokee, North Carolina. I felt like I did that day with Officer Mike, alone and scared, even though Jon Eric sat right next to me.