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Innocent Blood: pt. 3Innocent Blood
Briony's cell rang for the first time in twenty-four hours. She jumped at it, hoping fervently it was her sister. No such luck - her work number appeared on the flip screen.
"Hello?" she said automatically.
"Briony?" said the voice of Nathan Arnold, her partner at the station, "We've got a new case. And I think it's one you're going to be very interested in."
Briony sighed. "Not now, Nate. Really, I was thinking of calling in sick today. I'm not doing too well."
"You can't call in sick, Bri," Nathan replied, "You're really going to want in on this case, and if they give it to Larson, you'll never forgive yourself."
Briony closed her eyes, rubbing her temples with her free hand. "Fine, Nate. You got me. What's the case?"
"Missing person, female, 22. Goes by the name of Cara Murray."
Briony nearly dropped the phone in shock. Her sister! Missing? "But who called it in?" she asked, voicing the next of her thoughts.
Nathan shrugged on the other end
Innocent Blood: pt 2Innocent Blood
The next night, Cara was finishing up her makeup around seven. She had already donned her gorgeous midnight blue gown and fixed her hair up into a complicated, twisting up-do. Once she was finished with her makeup, she picked up her cordless phone and dialed her sister's number.
"Hello?" came the familiar reply on the other end.
"Hey Bri. It's just me. I'm ready whenever you are," Cara said, picking up her small lorgnette-style clutch.
Briony answered quickly. "Okay. I'm actually just finishing up, so I'll meet you at the club in about half an hour."
"Sounds good," Cara countered happily. "Talk to you soon." She punched the off button on the phone and placed it back on the charger. Double-checking her appearance in the mirror, she grabbed her keys and started out the door. She turned around to lock the door behind her, and when she rotated again, this time to face her car, she jumped in surprise. A tall, strong-looking figure stood, leaning nonc
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