“We love you. See you when we’ve grown up”, lovebird teens tell parents

Two underage lovebirds have runaway from home, telling their parents: “We love you. See you when we’re grown up”

Fourteen-year-old Juliana Ribeiro and her 16-year-old sweetheart Marco Santos went missing last Friday.

Their notes to their parents said: “We have work, we’re not going to be hungry, don’t call the police”, and Marco is understood to have written: “Don’t sell my scooter, or my things. Sorry for what we’ve done, but we love you.”

With the heartbreaking bid for the freedom to be together splashed over the nation’s best-read tabloid, it remains to be seen now how long the pair can elude the authorities.

Their cellphones are switched off, writes Correio da Manhã, but pings have been detected on Juliana’s phone in Porto and Montemor-o-Velho.

The story centres on the fact that last October Juliana’s family emigrated to Switzerland.

Marco had wanted to go with her, explains CM, “but his parents would not let him”.

Last week however, Juliana had to return to her former home town of Paredes, in the company of her mother Marlene, to “deal with personal matters”.

The pair were due to be in Portugal for a few days only, with the return trip to Switzerland booked for last Sunday.

But the lovesick teens had different ideas.

They used the excuse of going to a party to effect their escape, and they have been AWOL ever since.

“I am suffering a lot,” Juliana’s mother has told CM.

The paper explains that the youngsters stipulated 2019 as the date they will be returning. That’s the time Juliana will have reached the ‘magic age’ of 18, the so-called age of consent that covers sexual relationships and other ‘major life decisions’.

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