Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron

Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron

Author:Rita Herron [Herron, Rita]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Detective, Supernatural, Suspense
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: 2008-08-31T23:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER FOURTEEN

The next two hours became a blur for Clarissa, as if she was watching someone else’s life. She found Wulf cowering in the laundry room, uncharacteristically whimpering and shaking.

What had happened to traumatize him? The dog was as sturdy as an ox and normally would fight anyone who posed a threat.

She brought him outside to the porch, gave him some water and a blanket, and petted him as Vincent conferred with the sheriff and crime-scene investigators.

“Did you see what happened, buddy?” she whispered. “Did Daisy’s killer do something to you?”

A pitiful howl rumbled from him, as if he’d been terrorized, and she realized the truth. Although most animals reacted to spirits, Wulf usually handled those encounters calmly. Which meant that whatever he had come in contact with had been of another world, and completely evil.

A helplessness crept over her as dark as the storm clouds hovering in the sky. How could she stop the demon from ending more lives?

The crime-scene investigator had photographed the scene and Daisy’s body, and the medical examiner had arrived along with an ambulance to transport her to the morgue.

Finally the sheriff and Vincent climbed the steps. Wulf growled, baring his teeth at Vincent, but Clarissa laid a hand on his head and gave him a command to be quiet.

“These are the good guys, Wulf.”

The dog sniffed each man, then settled by her side, his eyes still watching, guarded.

Sheriff Waller leaned against the post and scrubbed his arm across his forehead, wiping away sweat. “We’ll need you to come to the station and make an official statement tomorrow, Clarissa.”

She nodded. “What did the medical examiner say? What time did she die?”

“We won’t know the exact time until he completes the autopsy, and that will take a while. We have to send her to the state medical examiner’s office. But you were right. It appears she was suffocated someplace else, then brought here.”

She knew there were probably questions she should ask, but she couldn’t think straight. Poor Daisy. She didn’t have any family to call.

Vincent shifted. “We found a piece of black rock in her hand, just like with the other girls.”

She nodded, not surprised.

“You want to come into town, stay in the inn?” Sheriff Waller asked. “I can drive you, girl.”

Clarissa stroked Wulf’s fur as he edged up closer to her. “No, I’ll be fine.”

“I’ll stay with her,” Vincent offered in a gruff voice.

The deputy appeared at the foot of the steps. “Not necessary, Valtrez. I’ll play bodyguard.”

Waller shook his head. “I need you to do rounds tonight.”

Vincent relayed what he’d learned about J. J. Pirkle at the Bare-It-All.

Waller tugged at his pants. “I’ll go have a talk with Pirkle.”

Waller glanced at Clarissa. “You okay with Valtrez tonight?”

Her heart thrummed in her chest, but she nodded. The deputy growled an obscenity but followed the sheriff to the car, while the crime unit climbed in their van and followed the ambulance as it rolled away.

“You look exhausted, Clarissa. Why don’t you try to get some rest?” Vincent said.



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