Part 1281 – An Unexpected (And Unwanted) Surprise

Missy held onto Raven’s hand as they entered The Cardboard Box.

I have so many thoughts here in my head including this one I guess. But I can’t talk. I feel like my voice has been stolen all over again. Maybe it has. Maybe it is gone. Maybe I will never be able to speak ever again.

I should scream.

I want to scream.

I need to just scream and scream and—

Raven looked down at her. “Are you all right, miss?”

Great. Now, I want to cry, but if I open my mouth, I have no idea what will come out of it.

He stopped halfway to the information desk. “Missy. Look at me.”

She obeyed.

He grinned.

She didn’t question why.

She didn’t need to.

She understood.

She grinned back at him.

“We’ll be fine, Missy.”

The desire to scream dissipated.

She could feel her voice return from wherever it had disappeared to. “Yes. We’ll be all sorts of fine. Me and my pretty shirtless Raven.”

His grin softened into a genuine smile.

“We are mighty and we are warriors and we roar in the night!”

He laughed. “Indeed we are, miss.”

“So,” She held his hand as tight as she could without breaking something. “let’s quit procrastinating.” She powered forward, towards the information desk. “Let’s get this done and face the music and hope that it’s a song we both happen to like.”

***

Raven admired her as she dragged him along.

The take no prisoners expression on her face.

The way her bun bobbled with every step.

In a matter of small seconds, they stopped before the information desk.

Missy held onto his hand as if she expected him to suddenly bolt for the front door. “I’ll let you handle this part.”

“Very good, miss.” He cleared his throat. “Pardon me, sir.”

The man, a short, potato-shaped fellow with slicked back hair, raised his head and smiled. It was an easy, friendly smile. “Hello. How can I help you?”

“I am unfamiliar with this building, sir. I would like to know how I may find the DNA testing lab.”

The information desk guy leaned back in his chair. “I could tell you how to get there, but it would be pretty pointless at this point.”

Raven squeezed Missy’s hand. “I beg your pardon, sir, but what do you mean by ‘pointless’?”

“They’re closed.”

Raven’s head reeled. “Closed. Closed. I do beg your pardon, but I simply do not understand. Closed…I…”

“Oh, don’t worry. They aren’t closed for good. The owner had a death in the family. So, they’re closed until Sunday.”

“Oh.” He exhaled relief. “Is there anywhere else a vampire may go to have his DNA tested?”

The man thought about it. “There is a satellite office in West Virginia. I can’t remember the exact city. I would have to look it up. There’s also a location in Denver, Colorado. And that’s it. At least for us Americans. I know there are several extraordinary testing labs in London, in Madrid, in a small town in the Swiss Alps, and four in Australia. I think one of the Australian offices was recently condemned for unsafe medical practices. So, that would make it only three in Australia.”

“I see.”

I need to sit down before I fall down.

He released Missy’s hand and glanced around cluelessly.

Of course, there wasn’t a single chair in sight.

Missy wrapped her arm around his waist.

And his world turned right side up.

“It’s okay, Raven. So, we’ll have to wait until Sunday. That isn’t the worst possible thing. It’s only three days from now. We can wait three more days, right?”

He nodded.

“So, don’t worry.”

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