Tap, tap, tap.
Irritation coursed through Nora as the incessant tapping continued. Clamping her mouth shut, she ground her teeth together, restraining the urge to murder the soon to be victim, seated before her. Her hands tightened around the armrests of the chair she was seated in, until the whites of her knuckles became visible.
Right eye twitching in irritation, her hands unconsciously lifted, making their way slowly towards the throat of the man sitting in front of her.
“Please state your full name and age.”
His voice broke through her thoughts, startling her back to reality. Suddenly aware of the crime she was seconds away from committing, she lowered her hands back down.
“Excuse me?” She grated, somewhat thankful she hadn’t been caught in the act.
“Please state your full name.” The officer repeated in exasperation, the tapping of his pencil increasing by the second. Nora’s irritation grew but she still managed to answer his question without reaching over his desk and wrenching the godforsaken pencil out of his hands.
“Nora Lucile Castro.” She glared at the wooden pencil, wishing she could just break it in half. Four days had passed since Robyn’s accident and in those four days there hadn’t been a word about Sam’s disappearance. After hours of searching the building, but to no result, the friends were left with no other choice but to contact the authorities. Even after the police had searched the area nothing had been found that could leave a clue as to what had happened to Samantha.
Nora’s anxiety levels shot through the roof and she had become an insomniac within a short span of time. She had no clue if she should feel relieved that she wasn’t having any nightly terrors anymore because of it or upset over the fact that no matter what type of medications she took, nothing could get her to fall asleep. Exhaustion had finally taken its toll on her and once healthy looking skin was now a sickly pale color with a green tinge. Her eyes were bloodshot and no amount of concealer was able to erase the dark bags that were prominent under her eyes.
Nora still couldn’t begin to comprehend how she could have been so blinded with her own grief that she failed to notice that her own sister had been missing for hours. Nora was not only Samantha’s legal guardian but her parent as well, thus Sam was her sole responsibility but within the blink of an eye she’d disappeared. The guilt and worry was tearing her apart from within.
Nora had vowed long ago that so long as she lived, Samantha would always be her number one priority. A promise so sacred that, nothing else ever mattered to her because to Nora, the moment Sam was born, not even God himself mattered. Before her loyalty to any higher being, came her loyalty to her family. Afterall, Sam had never been just her little sister and both of the siblings were aware of this fact even if it was never explicitly stated.
The moment she first held Sam in her arms and stared into her breathtakingly clear eyes, that’s when Nora knew that she would do anything for that child even if it meant giving her own life. After her mother passed away, Nora raised and cared for Sam as her own, taking on the role of her surrogate mother and giving her all the love and attention she had to offer. Admittedly before Samantha came into her life, although Nora had been a rather estranged child, she was nevertheless loyal to her family and had always cared for, as well as respected her parents, having held them in high regard. Despite this, it could be said that Nora only truly understood the importance of family, the moment Sam was born.
Nora’s mother had passed away from cancer a few months shortly after Sam’s birth. Despite the fact that the doctors had managed to catch it a month into her pregnancy and suggested she begin medical treatment immediately, Nora’s mother refused without hesitation. She knew that the treatment could potentially harm her unborn child and that there was a good chance she would have to terminate the pregnancy. When Nora had questioned her mother’s decision her mother merely looked into her daughter’s eyes and at that time her only words to her, Nora could not even begin to understand, no matter how many times they replayed in her head.
Nora only truly understood what her mother was trying to convey to her, when she’d realized that Sam had somehow become her world and thus any resentment she had once held towards her mother had completely vanished. Now Nora couldn’t help but find herself at a loss without Sam.
The past few days of her disappearance seemed like an eternity and Nora couldn’t even bring herself to go to sleep much less go to work. As a result she had ended up having to call herself sick, but after a week of not showing up she was quite certain that she’d already lost her job by this point. Nora had gotten to the point where she chose to roam the streets surrounding the hospital at night instead of drowning in despair at home, knowing that her inability to sleep would only cause her to begin to imagine horrible scenarios regarding her sister’s disappearance.
Despite this, her nightly strolls didn’t help to ease her frustration at all, rather her desperation had instead begun to consume her slowly to the point of suffocation. An entire week had passed and yet there was still absolutely no news about Sam’s disappearance.
“So I understand that you are the mother of the eight year old child Samantha Isadora Castro who disappeared on November the 3rd around 8:30pm, correct?” the officer questioned in a somewhat condescending tone, interrupting Nora’s reverie. The man gave her a judgemental look, which did not miss Nora’s attention.
“No. That would not be correct. However, I am her legal guardian if that is what you’re inquiring about,” she clarified irritably.
“That so?” he brushed her off, “Moving on, in the report it says here you were both at the hospital visit-”
“I’m sorry but c-can we just pause for a moment? Just a quick second if you don’t mind. You see, I’m a little curious as to how it’s possible that not once in this entire week have I received a call regarding my sister? Have you guys even begun to search for her? Because it sure as hell doesn’t seem like it based on the fact that you have no news so far on my sister’s whereabouts, otherwise we wouldn’t be going over all of this again.” Nora cut him off before he could go any further. She was tired of having to answer obvious questions, and tired of having to call the police department every day to find out if there was any information about her sister. Each second that she spent away from Sam, without knowing who took her and what might have happened to her had driven Nora to desperation.
At the moment, the only thing keeping her from losing her sanity, was the thought of finding her sister no matter what the cost.
“Miss I understand that you must be worried but please keep in mind that it’s important that you exercise patience. There are a lot of other things going on in the department and I can assure you that we’re doing our best to-” He sighed, not bothering to withhold his eye roll, only to be cut off once again.
“So what you’re telling me is that there are more important things right now than the kidnapping of a eight year old child?” Her face twisted in disbelief.
“We don’t know that yet. We can’t just assume that your sister was kidnapped, there could be plenty of other logical explanations as to why she might have disappeared.” The officer scowled in frustration, his wrinkles becoming more prominent against his round face, slamming his pencil with his greasy fingers onto his desk as Nora interrupted him once more.
“Oh really? No, please, go ahead. Enlighten me. Tell me, how do you explain my sister’s disappearance?” Her tone darkened, attempting to suppress the anger that was threatening to spill.
“Look Miss, it’s too early to make any conjectures but you should take into consideration that someone really close to the two of you was hurt. How can you be so sure that your sister didn’t just wander off in a moment of grief?” He pointed out to her in distaste.
“What the hell kind of bull-?” Nora’s words drifted off, as she stared at him incredulously, her eyes practically bulging out of her head.
“You know what? Forget this. I’m done here.” She snorted before grabbing the pencil he had slammed on his desk and snapping it in two with one hand. The man stared after her in shock from the sudden outburst as she got up from her seat and walked away, throwing the metal door door open and slamming it shut behind her.
Nora stalked away from the office in fury. Pausing in front of a glass door to catch her breath, she balled her fists in an attempt to calm herself down. As she tried to compose herself, Nora couldn’t help but overhear a conversation being held a few feet away from her behind the door she stood in front of that had been left slightly ajar. One of the men who was having a low conversation with his coworker, appearing to be in his late thirties was standing inside the meeting room with a younger officer who seemed to be much shorter than his companion. She couldn’t help but feel slightly curious as to what they were saying based on the way they were trying so hard to remain inconspicuous and took a few steps closer to them straining to hear what they were saying.
“That’s sick.” The younger male muttered under his breath .
“I know, I spoke with him yesterday and he was there when they performed the autopsy. Apparently the rumors are true. Some of the bodies seemed to have been burned from within, but they have no obvious signs of any other outward damage besides the markings carved onto the skin.” The other man insisted.
“How is that even possible? What kind of degenerates would do something like that to a human being?” The shorter man snorted in disgust.
“Probably has something to do with those Kailohkian bastards and from what I heard, the chief is trying real hard to keep this quiet. I’m assuming that the kid who disappeared down at the hospital isn’t going to be showing up anytime soon either with all of these bodies piling up. Well, at least not alive that is… It doesn’t help that they found absolutely nothing in the surveillance footage either. It’s as if she just disappeared into thin air.”