The above quote is from mom2's summary a few posts back.
A few things that bother me - just thinking out loud and all JMO. I feel like ET was terribly torn on the day she disappeared. It sounds to me that she had plans to run away with TC (because she packed a bag), but changed her mind. Waking her sister to call LE if she wasn't home by 6pm tells me that maybe she planned to handle the situation herself. Being mature for her age, maybe she thought she could spend some time with TC and let him down gently.
Then ET freaks out, changes her mind and asks to be taken home. When her friend couldn't take her home, she goes to Shoney's as planned. Maybe when TC pulled up she was really nervous, left her bag inside intentionally, planning to run out and tell him she had changed her mind. TC probably slathered on the charm or ordered her into the car (she is in over her head and complies).
Do we know what time someone put her bag outside? Was it her only bag, or did she have more than one? She may have come back for it, but my guess is it was stolen.
I guess I'm just trying to get inside ET's head. I feel terrible for her. The things that happened that morning prove to me that TC is scum and ET was taken against her will. I do, however, believe that ET is street smart enough to play along in order save herself and will return home. JMO MOO