Two years after the accident
There was something about that girl. Valerie couldn't explain it, but she'd felt a… connection, from the first moment she'd seen her on the street, palming apples to keep from starving.
That was before she knew the girl was part ghost.
Valerie couldn't quite wrap her mind around that concept. Or the fact that Vlad Masters, her own benefactor, was also part ghost. Oh, but he'd pay for using her. And for hurting the kid, too. Because even if she was part ghost (and even if Phantom, of all beings, was her role model), there was still… something about her.