Chapter Seven

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Thanks to Kyra Lennon and Scout Dawson for your comments on chapter six, glad you enjoyed it.

As always, thanks to hubby for the edit. <3

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Seth's apartment was on the ground floor in a small, exclusive complex that housed seven others. Outside was a neatly tended garden, and tarmacked car park, all contained within a security gate barred, fenced off area. Looking around, I could see the outline of buildings in the distance, and judged we were about half a mile from the TV studio.

We got into Seth's black SUV and drove across the city to the closest police station. The nearer we got, the tighter my throat became, and the harder my chest pounded. By the time we pulled into the carpark, I was shaking.

"You can do this." Seth unfastened his seatbelt and leant across the chairs to rub my forearm.

I took a deep breath and nodded my head. "Okay."

We climbed out of the car and walked into the station. Having Seth beside me steeled me, and without him there I think I'd have run in the opposite direction.

I cleared my throat as I approached the desk, and then said to the officer behind it, "I'd like to report a suspected drugging and attempted sexual assault, please."

"Of course. If you'll just bear with me for a few moments, I will locate one of our detectives specifically trained to deal with these matters, and make sure there's an interview room available." The officer paused and turned to Seth. "I'll have to ask you to wait out here while she gives her statement, please, sir."

I gazed at Seth, my lips trembling. "It'll be okay," he said softly.

I nodded, and then the officer said, "Please wait here while I get Detective Meadows."

He stood up from behind the desk and made his way along the corridor, leaving me and Seth alone in the reception area.

"Why can't you come in with me?"

"Because they'll need to take your statement alone to make sure I'm not coercing you or anything."

I frowned. "Coercing me? But you're the one who bought me here. Those guys would have raped me if you hadn't been there."

"You know that, but they don't. They're just doing their jobs. They'll probably want to question me too, once you tell them you passed out and I took you to mine."

"What? But you didn't know I'd been drugged. You just thought I was drunk. What were you supposed to do?"

"Again, they don't know that. It's just standard procedure in sexual assault investigations."

The hairs on the back of my neck bristled, and I absently raised my arms to rub the tension away. "I can't let them think you had anything to do with this. All you did was look out for me."

I started pacing. This couldn't happen. Seth shouldn't have to answer to the police because I'd been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It'll be okay," he said. "We'll both tell them what happened, and once they've examined you and made sure you weren't hurt, they'll let us go home."

I trembled. "Why do they need to examine me? Nothing happened. Can't I just give them a urine sample to prove I'd been drugged, and then we can go home?"

"Jade, you've got to see it from their point of view. If you tell them you passed out, and I took you home, how is that going to look to the police?"

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