SAN MYSHUNO SUBURBS
Bella didn’t feel anything when she was fired. For hours, she’d steeled herself. Sacrifices had to be made. The chief had no idea what supernatural forces were at play, what lives hung in the balance. And so, when he laid into her, Bella left her body.
“Are you insane? We build cases based on evidence, Bella. Yes, there’s a little leeway to follow a hunch, but this is egregious!”
“Holy llamas! Even if we weren’t in danger of being sued, I’d fire you!”
Bella nodded again and kept nodding until she felt like a bobblehead doll.
The lawyers for Alice were expensive; they made her sign a bunch of documents that she didn’t read because what did it matter? None of them understood what was really going on. Alice probably didn’t. She was manipulated into joining the supernatural and was now stuck in a dangerous world she didn’t understand. Of course, she was throwing her lot in with Caleb and his father.
Vampires were excellent liars.
Her co-workers mostly treated her like she was poison. Assholes. The only sim who would answer her questions about Salim was the girl who came with the lawyers.
“He’s lawyered up too?” Bella asked casually as she watched Salim getting checked out.
The girl looked angry at first but carefully schooled her expression. “No, we have no association with Salim Benali.”
Definitely a vampire. Bella nodded her thanks and made a mental note of the girl’s description in case she became a problem later.
Something told her to keep an eye on Salim. She wasn’t sure she believed Caleb and his father. After all, the vampire openly admitted to lusting after Alice. His dislike of Salim was probably grounded in sexual jealousy.
Bella followed the man back to his apartment and waited outside the building. When he walked out carrying a suitcase, she worried that maybe Caleb was right. If so, no one else but her was around to stop Alice’s ex from flying to Windenburg and murdering her.
Which was why Bella followed him to the airport.
At the airport, Bella ducked behind a statue to give herself a minute to think. She had no badge, so if following Salim went poorly, she was on her own.
But then again, she’d never find him if she lost sight of him now.
She had to do this.
How could she head back to some quiet life at home with her kids, knowing that Alice and her child were in the grips of dangerous monsters she had no hope of winning against?
Keeping her head down, Bella ducked into line but couldn’t resist peeking over her shoulder. Salim wouldn’t notice her dressed in civilian clothing. In fact, he wouldn’t notice anything the way he was blithely staring at the vending machine.
Still, she had to get her hands on a change of clothes.
And maybe a wig…
A thrill went through her.
“Can I help you?” the attendant asked when she reached the ticket counter.
“Absolutely,” Bella smiled, sliding over her credit card. “One ticket to Windenburg, please.”