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Tamara Reed ([personal profile] older_and_wiser) wrote2014-12-06 12:12 am

caveat uxor

Tamara is beginning to be concerned.

There's a pattern here. She knows there is. But it's subtle, it's so subtle she thinks she might be imagining it. A flyer appears on the wall of the coffee shop, announcing that his band has a show there that week. There's so few details that she thinks she must be mistaken, someone else here must have decided to use that same band name, it wasn't that creative- but she goes back to look again the next day, just to see, and it's gone.

She finds a jelly doughnut left on the hood of her car while she's out shopping. They're Kevin's favorite, and she has to talk him out of eating it- they don't know where it came from, it can't be safe, just throw it out, see how someone's already cut it open? It's oozing red jelly out over the roof of the car.

Little things, one at a time. Spaced apart enough that she's never quite sure they're related to each other. A week before something new happens? Two? Once there's two incidents in three days, then nothing for almost a month. She could be imagining it.

...maybe.

She finds a stuffed dog in their front yard. It's very generic, one of those silly plush dogs you can get at any store for a few bucks, and it's arguably, plausibly, a dog toy. But the tag on the dog's collar says 'Tammy'. And it's been torn almost to shreds, viciously. And none of her neighbors have dogs.

Tamara calls the Watcher's Council. And then she calls Bella.
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Hullo?"
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
"Uh, okay, do you want to talk to my dad? I told you he's the chief of police, right?"
cross_and_bow: (l ~ business)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 05:38 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh! Okay. I can tell you where I got my ultraviolet porch lights? I can sleep over at your house, maybe?"
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 05:44 am (UTC)(link)
"I mean - keep him indoors at night, obviously. What's the vampire doing that tips you off?"
cross_and_bow: (k ~ suspicion)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
"But nobody staked the contents of the morgue," says Bella. "Right. Does he know you're a Watcher or was this relationship before you got into Watching, will he know that a teenage girl you hang out with is likely to be the Slayer...?"
cross_and_bow: (l ~ business)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
"What does he look like? Do the pranks indicate that he's managing to move around during the day in some way? They haven't been strictly centered around your house..." Bella shakes her head and relays where she got the ultraviolet porch lights. "Oh, also, you can borrow Prom Ghost if you want, but you have to look after her anchor."
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
"She can also be invisible, so she could warn you without him knowing he'd been spotted," says Bella. "Substantiality is connected to her emotional state - she doesn't normally get angry enough to turn solid, but it's possible she could get pissed off at a vampire who was after you, especially if you get along. You do have to leave the TV on for her, though, she doesn't sleep - mute with closed captions is fine. She'll watch anything with shirtless actors, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, and cooking shows."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Minnie's a sweetie," says Bella. "I'll bring her over now if you want."
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
"Will do."

Bella's car pulls up twenty minutes later.
cross_and_bow: (Default)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
Bella understands. In she goes. She pulls the rhinestone out of her pocket. It's about an inch across.

"This is not a real gemstone. It's not extra-durable, either. Soph gave Minnie enough moving-around room that you don't need to keep it somewhere obvious; do you mind if I hide it for you, so in the worst case Minnie's still retrievable?"
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay. Go - stand in a bathroom or something and I'll find a place to stash it."
cross_and_bow: (Default)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-06 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
And Bella looks around, and eventually pastes Minnie's rhinestone in place with sticky-tack behind the back wall of the silverware drawer.

"Done," she calls when this has been accomplished.
Edited 2014-12-08 06:22 (UTC)
cross_and_bow: (l ~ business)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-12-08 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
"Minnie will keep an eye on the area around your place and be able to warn you to call me if something happens. Get the porchlights, get a motion detector for them. Make sure your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working; if I were a vampire intent on getting you where you could be attacked I'd commit arson. I'll make evening patrols around here at irregular evening hours. Can I get a picture of him?"

Minnie pops into visibility. "I didn't see anybody just now," she reports. "But it's the daytime."

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