Chapter 3 - Ghosts
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Gerald walked into the hotel, about to go into his wife's room, who he was cheating on.
Gerald went to unlock the door, bt then a woman caught his eye.
She was at the end of the hall, in a black top with lace sleeves and black dress. Her hair was black also, and neat, pinned with a butterfly pin. She had pale, clear skin and silver eyes, and she was stunning.
Gerald looked at her, stopping for a moment. He grinned.
The woman made a motion for him to follow her and started walking down the hall, the lights flickering.
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Gerald would make up an excuse for being late to his wife later and followed the woman.
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She walked into a room, onr Gerald had never seen before, and it was all dark, with only a few candles lit on the dresser.
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"Wow," Gerald said, a loud whistle coming from his mouth. "I've never seen this place before."
The woman turned to him, staring him straight in the eye. "Do you have a wife?" she asked.
Gerald hesitated. "No," he lied. He smiled at the woman, but he could've sworn he saw her eyes flicker black, just for a split second, before back to their cool, steely grey.
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The woman moved forward slowly. She did not smile. She looked expressionless. Calm. Cool.
She leaned forward, the man did not feel her breath on his face. He instead felt cold. He shivered, but leaned forward also. Their noses were touching.
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And then, lightning fast, she had seized his throat, and she stood up with her full height, eyes black.
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"Unfaithful, cheating, scum," she spat. She seemed to flicker, and for a moment red stains appeared in the side of her face, but once again like her eyes, they were gone. "You have a wife, you liar. what a fool she is to be dating some cheating piece of dirt like you. "
She squeezed his throat. He couldn't breathe. He choked, his eyes waterinh and bulging.
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The woman stared at him, and he struggled weakly, but her grip only tightened. His eyes started to flicker, and then, all the light left his eyes.
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The woman dropped him, and turned. Her nose wrinkled. "Cheating men."
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"How many murders?" Iris asked Talyn, who had the newspaper open in front of her.
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"Six. Same room. All of them men and married. The wives said they saw some strange things. The police are confused, think they went mad because of the loss of their husbands. " Talyn looked up.
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"Seems fishy. What's the latest murder? Gerald Fisher. Married to Alyssa Fisher. "
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"We can go to the hotel and check it out. This is our hunt, since the boys are out doing another one." Iris looked up, and grinned at Talyns smirk. "Get ready. "
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The girls dressed quickly and drove to the hotel.
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The hotel looked very nice, but very old, too. They walked in, up to the desk.
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"We're just visiting a friend," Iris said to the lady behind the desk. Talyn noted that she had a very pointy nose.
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"Er, Alyssa Fisher. "
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The lady raised her eyebrows, then sighed. "Second floor, room 6."
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They went off, and went to the second floor, room 6.
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They knocked on the door.
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"Go away!" Alyssa cried, her voice shaky. "I don't want any visitors!"
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"Ma'am, " Talyn said softly. "we just need to talk. Give us five minutes and we promise you won't have to see us again."
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There was a silence. Then the door clicked and opened. There, stood Alysaa, a woman with gorgeous brown hair, bloodshot blue eyes, and a tearstained face.
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"What do you want?"
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"Just need to talk," Iris said. "The police isn't going to do anything about your husband, blame it on some animal attack. But we will find out what happened."
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Alyssa's eyes narrowed. She stepped aside. "Come in."
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They walked in. The room was empty.
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Alysaa sat down in an arm chair and Talyn and Iris sat down on a small couch together.
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"I'm Talyn and this is my partner, Iris. We want to figure out what happened to your husband. Six murders in a row? In the same room? All men? Married? It's no coincidence."
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"You see," Iris started. "My partners and I like so solve cases like these. To help the Island. Okay? So we need you to describe everything."
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The woman sighed. "I know you guys...From Melanie's party. I was there.."
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"Oh," Talyn frowned.
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"Anyways," Alyssa said. "My husband, Gerald..well, he wasn't that trustworthy to tell you the truth.. He came home late every night, smelling of beer and another woman perfume. But we loved each other very much. He was late that night he died, again. And at around 12 this...woman appeared in my room. For a split second. She had a dlit throat, and then she disappeared. I screamed. Called for the police. It was so cold too..and the lights went off. But she didn't seem to want to hurt me..She opened her arms as if for a hug. But then I screamed and she vanished. I don't remember how she looks..and that's all I remember. All the other wives remember seeing that woman too. Police writing us off as mad."
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"Thank you," Iris said. "We will to get to the bottom of this. " She passed Alysaa a piece of paper. "Call if you need anything." She cast Alyssa a soft glance, before walking our after Talyn.
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Alyssa nodded, closing the door behind Iris and Talyn.
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"Let's get dinner," Iris said. "And then we can discuss it there."
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They drove to a near IHOP, and were seated quickly, not many people in the restaurant.
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The two both ordered pancakes, Iris ordering normal ones and Talyn ordering the Belgian Chocolate.
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"Okay, so," Talyn said. "Let's discuss." She pulled out her laptop. "Let's look for local lore."
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She typed for a minute. "Let's see..woman, slit throat- here we are."
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Iris watched her, drinking her bitter coffee with slurps so loud that the people across them glared at her.
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She glared right back.
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Talyn began reading. "' Twenty years ago there was a woman found in Bay Hotel. Her husband and her had gotten into a huge fight, after finding out he was cheating on her. He slit her throat when she said she wanted a divorce. He was later arrested, and admitted to guilt after she was cremated. Died in prison. "
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"A ghost, then. Any pictures?" Iris looked up.
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"One." Talyn spun the laptop to face Iris. A woman dressed in black with black hair and silver eyes was shown, smiling widely. She looked so happy, eyes shining, hand in hand with her husband, who didn't smile, just glared.
"What a jerk," Talyn muttered.
"She's a jerk too," Iris said, raising one eyebrow. "Shes killing people."
"But she has a reason," Talyn added. "Nevermind."
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"Definitely. There must be something she's connected to in that hotel."
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"We can ask Alyssa tomorrow..and we'll stay in that room at night. Sound good?"
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Their food had come and Talyn then closed the laptop.
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And then someone called our Iris's name.
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Iris looked up, eyes widening. "Icarus!"
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"Hey!" Icarus said, striding over, grinning. Talyn raised her eyebrows.
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"I'm Icarus," he said, holding out his hand to shake Talyns.
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"Talyn." she cast Iris a glance. She smiled.
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"We met at Melanie's party," Iris explained.
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"You never called me, " Icarus said, raising an eyebrow.
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"Been busy. You know."
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"Yeah, I understand." His eyes flitted to Talyns plate. "Hungry there, huh?"
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In response she took a big bite of her pancakes, glaring slightly. Iris cast her a sharp look.
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Iris and Icarus both laughed, but Talyn remained stone-faced.
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Icarus smiled. "I'll see you later." He waved, and walked out of the restaurant.
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"Anyways," Talyn said, "A ghost. Just need to burn the thing she's connected to."
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Iris looked confused. "You're not going to ask about him?"
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"Nah. So..Tonight she's going to attack someone else, then. Let's go. "
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Iris and Talyn walked back into the hotel, looking around, going to the room.
Iris looked at Talyn. "What is she connected to?"
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"Maybe some accessory," Talyn said, looking around, going through drawers. "Like a necklace or ring."
They couldn't find anything, and then Iris jolted, looking up.
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"Footsteps," She whispered, and then she grabbed Talyns arm and shoved her into the small bathroom.
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Iris turned off the light, as Talyn waited, eyes wide.
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Iris bit her lip, opening the door just s crack, peering through it.
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The woman had appeared again, this time with a man with pale skin and red hair. He looked around, smiling. "Wow.."
The woman said nothing.
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Talyn peered across the room, looking at a butterfly pin, gleaming in what little light was in the room.
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But she remained silent, for if she spoke, their cover would be blown.
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Iris tensed, as the woman and man drew closer, before the woman seized the mans throat.
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His eyes widened, struggling weakly.
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The womans eyes flickered black, a red cut visible on her throat, her eyes narrowed, and her lip curled.
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Iris threw open the door, running out, Talyn hesitated, but then ran out as well.
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The woman looked startled, and dropped the man. Iris made a run for her, but then the woman slammed the man against the wall, knocking him unconscious, then flung Iris and Talyn against the ceiling.
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Iris got back up, looking ticked.
The woman stared at her, eyes narrowed, looking slightly confused.
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The woman moved towards the man.
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"Don't!" Talyn cried, she looked over at Iris. In sign language, she quickly signed for Iris to look for any piece of jewelry. The woman stared down at Talyn, fuming.
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Iris nodded a little, her eyes narrowed, then proceeded to look around for jewelry quietly and quickly while the woman was distracted.
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Talyn looked back at the Woman. Firmly, she said, "Why are you doing this?"
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The woman tensed, lifting her head up, looking furious. "Because, that man if a dirty, cheating liar! He's cheating on his wife, and she has no idea! He is filthy and deserves to die and rot!" She hissed.
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"You can't just murder them!" Talyn said gently, frowning.
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"He deserves to die!" The woman snapped.
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"No," Talyn kept her voice calm. "It isn't right. You have to stop."
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"No!" The woman screamed. "Why do men cheat? Are we not good enough for them? Not pretty or skinny enough? Why?"
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"I don't know. "
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The woman looked so hurt, her eyes flashing back to their normal silver, the cut remaining on her throat. "I gave him everything and he cheated."
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"I'm really sorry," Talyn said. "But this isn't the way to deal."
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"I got it!" Iris cried, holding up a butterfly pin.
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The woman's head snapped to Iris, and then Iris slammed against a dresser, dropping the pin.
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Talyn dove towards it, snatching the pin, straightening up and then lighting it on fire. "I'm really sorry," Talyn said again, frowning. And then The woman shrieked as she lit up in flame and vanished.
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The two sat outside the hotel, now ready to go back home. Talyn looked at Iris. "Well, then. This was fun."
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"It was," Iris responded, taking a drink from her soda. "Why'd you ask the ghost why she did what she did?"
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Talyn shrugged. "I was stalling mostly, but I kinda feel bad for her. She thought she was doing the right thing."
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Iris shrugged. "I guess, but you don't
make small talk with ghosts. "
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"it wasn't small talk. I was just stalling."
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Iris nodded. "Right. Well, how do you think the boys are doing?"
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