I couldn’t walk anymore. My phone had continued to vibrate in my pocket for hours. I hadn’t checked the number of missed calls or the texts that were sitting there. I didn’t care. They didn’t care more importantly. But my feet hurt I’d walked for a while. So on to another case. If I couldn’t find my rogue therian. I could sit and stalk the man I’d been hired to find out if he was cheating on his wife. I knew where he’d be. And there was a cafe across the street.
I took up a window seat over looking the door. The waitress came over and smiled at me. “What can I get you hunny?”
I smiled up at her even though I didn’t feel it. “Steak and eggs and black coffee.”
“How would you like that steak cooked?”
“Medium is fine.” I answered and she set down a glass of water in front of me and headed off with my order. I was alone again to watch.
I was alone with my thoughts and my phone. I had it out to snap a picture if necessary. I still ignored the blinking light telling me I had messages. A lot of messages.
My steak and eggs came and I picked at them. I watched and barely finished the steak and eggs by the time I was on my third cup of coffee.
By the fourth I saw my client walking out of the building with a man who was not her husband. He looked familiar but I couldn’t place him. And as I was trying to place him he kissed her. It wasn’t a platonic kiss. His hands gripped her hair and pulled her tight against him. I snapped a few pictures of the intimate moment.
They left and I turned to my waitress who was standing waiting for me. She didn’t look happy. “You some kinda perv?” she asked.
I grinned up at her and pulled out my PI badge and set it on the table for her to see. “So you are some perv.”
I laughed. “Sure, why not?” Sage liked to watch. I was starting to see the pleasure in it but only with my lovers. I turned back to the window and sipped at my cup of coffee. It was growing late and I had no intentions of sleeping tonight. I was going to find Rob. It was the last new moon, next time he went rogue would be a few weeks away. I wasn’t sure his family could wait that long.
I watched and waited and my clients husband finally came home with his wife. I snapped a few photos of them as they walked past. Maybe I was watching the wrong one, but I’d have to watch him again. I’d have to see if he was truly cheating. But she definitely was…
It was dark by the time he left again. He jumped into a cab and I grabbed the ID with my phone, I’d see if I could get the route it took that night. If I couldn’t Jack or Sage could.
I was just about to leave my seat when Ant slide in next to me. “Do you know how many people are looking for you?”
“None. They waited for you to wake up so you could shadow walk to me?” I said with no emotion.
Ant sighed, “Well I guess that’s right, but they are all worried.”
“Who is, the boys? I’ll call them before bed.”
“Dev’s been trying to call you. He called Jin, then Sage, then Sage and Jin both woke me with a phone call asking if you were okay.” He sighed. “I could only reassure them I couldn’t go to you, not that you stayed put for long.”
“Sage told me you and Dev had a fight.” Ant didn’t look upset, he didn’t look anything. He was keeping his emotions under tight reign. “What did you fight about?”
“Doesn’t matter.” I said and slid out of the booth. I dropped more than enough cash on the table for a tip and my meal three times over. I had sat there losing them customers too long I might as well make up for it.
Ant followed me out of the booth, and then out of the diner and into the street. “Nox tell me what the fight was about.”
“Why Ant?” I said in my own quiet white rage, “So you can fix it.”
Ant sighed. “No so I can be your friend. You need to talk. I’m here. Nox, I feel it eating you up. I know you. Talk to me.”
“I don’t want to talk right now Ant.” I said as I walked away from him.
He sighed. “Then fine.” He grabbed my arm and he pulled me into a shadow and then we were gone. I don’t know where. I couldn’t tell. I saw nothing but shadows surrounded by a halo of lights. And there I was alone in some strange place. Ant had walked back immediately leaving me to heave my guts out on the trash as I leaned against the wall.