RVA: Shadow of Doubt, RenewedShe didn’t so much wake up as start swimming. Not that she’d ever been in a body of water larger than a bathtub, but it felt like swimming, or rather what she imagined swimming underwater would feel, in darkness, pressure all around her, crushing her, unable to breathe. The surface had to be somewhere, but she’d lost the way. She panicked and flailed wildly, but creatures grabbed her by the arms and legs, pinning her to the soft sand of the ocean floor until she slept again.RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Renewed by Sir-Talen
She woke, swam, felt herself begin to drown again. But each time it felt as if the surface was a little closer, the light a little brighter.
After a long time, she found herself laying on the shore, too exhausted to move. Vague shadows of people passed near her, but the sun was too bright to make them out. They spoke to her, but their voices were too weak to be heard above the roar of the surf.
Eventually some of the shadows became clearer. The ones in white she didn’t like very much. They m
RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Truths Be ToldCivil Protection arrived, again, within a few minutes of Zaker’s call. Detective Lt. Lightfoot arrived with them, and took statements from Zaker, Salli, Fin, Razi and Karra, as well as downloading the damning audio log from the parlor’s com. He completed his tasks with ill grace, looking decidedly disgruntled at having his investigation short-circuited by an amateur.RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Truths Be Told by Sir-Talen
“If you had gotten yourself shot by that vixen,” he jammed a thumb at Nari, still unconscious and being strapped to a stretcher for transport to the CP station, “I’d be having a very unpleasant conversation with your lady mother right now.”
“Well I didn’t, so it worked out,” Salli told him. “Don’t worry, I’m certain my mother will repeat the same points that you and Officer Fin have made to me. Repeatedly.”
“Just don’t get the idea of taking up detecting as a hobby,” he grumbled.
“No worries there, Detective. I will
RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Drawing Room DenouementIn less than two hours both the Blacksailor sisters arrived at Darktail Manor, Karra accompanied by her spouse, Fin. Fin was indeed a Blended as Ali had told Salli, wearing the baggy, androgynous clothes some of the genetically engineered sex preferred. Karra looked like she’d been crying on the flight over, and leaned on Fin for support as Salli and Zaker led them to the conference parlor.RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Drawing Room Denouement by Sir-Talen
“I’m glad you were all able to come,” Salli told them. “I know, Karra, that you quite upset about the that unfortunate incident with Ali and your two boys.”
“Of course I was upset, but I don’t want her dead,” Karra declared, as Fin gave her a supportive squeeze.
“Our boys are in school today,” Fin said. “They wanted to see Ali, but I told them it would be a bad idea.”
“When you see her, I think you will all agree it wouldn’t be a sight for young children, no,” Salli agreed regretfully.
RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Invisible ThreatsShe had Zaker drive her home. From there Salli retreated to the conference parlor to think.RVA: Shadow of Doubt, Invisible Threats by Sir-Talen
Despite her desperate need to find Ali’s poisoner, no clues came to her. Could it have been the same person Ali had theorized, the hidden traitor that had aided Countess Highglider and her minion Lt. Hotclaw? If so, why risk the attacks, when their mistress was long dead? Revenge, out of a twisted loyalty unto death and beyond? Or perhaps they were just working for a new master?
That was a horrible thought, because the next logical suspect in that chain was Aggie, the new Lady Highglider. Salli certainly hoped it wasn’t true. Mother Goddess bless her, she was growing to like Aggie, even if the former Military caste vixen had been visibly annoyed at the sudden career switch.
Argh, this was so utterly frustrating! The answer had be in this house somewhere, probably right in front of her....
A knock at the parlor door interrupted her musings. At her call, Phillip stuck his
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