Chapter 19

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"So, flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."

-- 2 Timothy 2:22-26

Later that afternoon, everybody arrived at the Aethereal Queen's guesthouse. Cherie and Selena went over their findings with everyone. Of course, the others weren't too surprised...

"Okay, so they lied about the body count, didn't even mention about the FBI's involvement, drugs, party boys, and werewolves," Lycka summarized while eating a big chocolate chip cookie. "I swear, this never gets old."

"FBI cracking down on a drug ring in this school is a bit scandalous. Do you honestly believe that these two incidents might be related?" Erika assumed.

"18 out of the 19 victims were male and a part of these three fraternities who were a part of this whole LSD drug ring," Selena answered.

"So, what, the werewolf is acting as the muscle of the group? You don't pay up, they sick a werewolf on you kind of deal?" Blair jokingly asked.

At any time, anyone would chide Blair's dark humor, primarily when they are working. However, she wasn't as far off as she wanted to be.

"That is a possible scenario," Selena agreed.

Blair was amazed herself, "Really?"

Selena nodded, "At this point, we do have a pattern for all of these murders. Either the lycanthrope we are dealing with is working with someone to keep people in line through murder or is the mastermind of all this."

Feeling a bit proud of herself, Blair couldn't help but brag, "well, you all thought I was nuts about why they wouldn't take any of those drugs back there. Why steal drugs when you can make some yourself?"

Like a ton of bricks, Selena remembered what Dr. Harker said to her hours ago, "We do 'independent projects' and research to fund this lab on our own dime."

"Dr. Harker..." Selena bellowed. "I went to her little research facility after breakfast. You should've seen everything she had in there. Everything was state-of-the-art, and it didn't come cheap."

"You mean that fat-ass we ran into yesterday?" Blair asked. "No one would figure Bertha Faye was cooking hillbilly heroin."

"She claims that she does 'independent projects' to fund her own research," Selena summarized.

"Knowing she has to be a God in her small terrain, she must have a few flunkies doing her dirty work," the Aethereal Queen added.

"A couple of lab assistants. A young married couple, Britney and Donovan Larson," Selena said as this made everybody a little bit nervous. All their noses immediately dropped to the floor as Selena mentioned those three little words that usually get Selena triggered.

But it was too late as Selena was already triggered, "don't get me started!"

Lycka took it upon herself to walk over towards Selena and hold her hand in comfort, "Sweetie, it's okay."

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