This particular tale casts Shayla Kidd in the role of detective.
Title: Dimensions: A Shayla Kidd Mystery
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Summary: A house of horrors, and Shayla Kidd walks into it.
When a black cat crosses her path, the nightmare begins
Dimensions: A Shayla Kidd Mystery
"Are you alone?"
The girl plucked at her sleeve, a jerky, nervous gesture. "For now," she murmured.
But why, she wondered, would the girl's captors leave her alone in the house, even for a few minutes? "Then... could I please impose on you for another favor?"
"Certainly." A refined girl, Shayla estimated, of good background, innocent, but fallen into evil hands?
"I'm very thirsty. Would you...?"
"Oh," said the wan girl. "Please help yourself. The kitchen is down the hall, then again to the right."
Shayla Kidd went into the kitchen, glanced at the bare kitchen counters, then rifled through the cabinets. Nothing that screamed human trafficking, just a dreary assortment of rice crackers and ramen packets.
Been here too long already. She opened a base cabinet, balanced on one knee.
Youki! Faint, but-
Better get out now, take the girl with me, bring her somewhere safe. Say something along the lines of, 'I know we're in the same boat, we can flee together.'
A touch startled her; she almost yelped, then breathed out in relief. It was only the small black cat from outside, at her elbow. Nice kitty. Go away.
She reached out toward the silent, urgent cat, trying to brush it aside, but it disappeared from under her hand-
Shayla Kidd lost her balance, slipped forward, sensed a faint whistle of air. The blow connected with the back of her head. Stars exploded before her eyes. Then darkness.
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