I arrived at the house around 6:30 and found Shane waiting for me on the couch, he was watching COPS. I found it quite funny to learn a cop likes watching shows about cops. But then hey, I loved reading Nancy Drew when I was a kid and I grew up to be a PI. Go figure. I brought the Chinese food over and Shane turned off the TV. I set in front of him the fried rice and orange chicken, while I took the chow mein and sweet & sour pork. I put the container of crab Rangoon’s in the middle for us to share. I took a bite of my food and tried to figure out where to start “so I have spent the day talking to the eight missing girl’s families. It turns out all the girls are around the same age given a year or two. Most are between 1819 years old and they all
disappeared from public places around the same time. Here is what you’re not going to want to hear. I think Cassie might have been his first kidnapped victim” I said, watching him closely.
He finished chewing his mouthful and looked at me “what makes you say that?” he asked.
“First off, none of these missing girls are before my sister. I mean, all of these girls disappeared after Cassie was gone” I said.
He looked at me and had this look on his face, like he was going to tell me something he knew I wouldn’t want to hear “Kat, you found a connection between the disappearances. I need to bring this to my captain and have them open an official case. With a connection like this, they can’t just be written off as run a ways” he said. He paused briefly “you have to give them everything you know Kat, even the possibility that your sister could have been the first” he said softly.
I looked at him “I will not leave this case. I found this connection, I tracked down these leads and it could mean I finally get closure to my sister’s case! I will not let him remove me.
Besides, I figured something out that I haven’t told you yet. It will be my ace in the hole to keep me on this case” I said smugly.
He looked at me then and smirked “ok, ok. I won’t push you into telling me. I think it’s a good plan actually. Captain Reilly won’t be pleased, but I think he will go for it” he said.
“Good” I said triumphantly and took another bite of food.
After we finished eating and we cleaned up our mess I was getting ready to say goodnight when Shane stopped me.
“Kat…we need to talk about this afternoon” he said.
I frowned “Shane…I…I don’t know what to say. I don’t even know what to make of what happened, or how I feel about it. With this case, and the new lead that could help close my sister’s case…then thinking about you and what could have happened…I feel like I’m going to explode” I said.
“It’s too much to process right now” I said.
He just looked at me a look of hurt crossed his face and my stomach dropped.
“Shane…” I said, his name trailing off. He looked at me then and smiled at me, but it didn’t quite meet his eyes.
“Ok” he said “we will talk later.”