Continued from scene forty Seven
“Karen, this is Linda. Jill is nowhere to be found.”
Startled by the radio traffic, we all jumped in unison.
“Security footage shows her leaving the tunnel for home right after we all met in my office. No one has seen her since. I had Donnie search the house, and he found clothes scattered across the bed and a small suitcase left in the hallway, causing me to believe she fled.”
Standing slowly, Karen turned to point at two words on the wall. “Dark Night, that’s why I brought you here; that’s why I wanted Jill to be here. To confront her. To make her squirm at the scratches of a trapped soul who tried to warn us. I think Jill used drugs to flip Kate’s loyalty toward the outliers, which led to her addiction. And she will pay for that If I ever find her. Elysians are family, and I don’t like traitors.”
“Karen, did you copy my last transmission?”
“Christian, tell her I’m going to my office and do not want to be disturbed.”
“Linda, this is Christian; she did. Thank you. She left for her office and does not want to be disturbed.”
“Okay, I’ll wait to hear from her.”
Doc looked at me for a moment, then said, “That’s why Karen came here last night with her camera.”
“She did tell me she was troubled by Jill’s answers during their interview yesterday, but still, she had no idea the plan was called dark night until this morning.
“Intuition, I guess. Kate and Jill became close friends after they started hanging out at a local bar. I went with them one night and hated it. She seemed distant after that, and our friendship fell apart. I tried to help her when I found out about the drugs but failed every time, just like I did in this room.”
“You loved her, didn’t you, Doc?” Kate, I mean.”
“Never had the guts to tell her.”
Shift is an online work of fiction.
This is the first draft of my manuscript Shift – Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am writing it online in sections as I go. So feel free to comment, good or bad. If you see mistakes, point them out.
The story centers around shapeshifting.
I’m currently working on chapter nine.