"dad why couldn't you just have
brought me home?" asked Vala Ashbel as her father opened her car
door letting in all the sounds of cameras flashing and people
shouting. Her father looked at her, his buzz cut made him look
younger by teen years so he looked 30 more then he did 40.
"because Val, it was an emergency
call and it would have been quicker to come here then going home
first. Plus your old enough to see an murder scene, even more so
since you've always come with me when your home alone anyways,"
said Adam, her father. Vala slouched back into the leather seat,
crime scenes always made her depressed but there was something
about how people where murdered just seemed fascinating to her.
making up her mind Vala got out of the warm police truck and
walked out into the cold fall woods that surrounded her.
"hey Val," said most of the police
around her when they past her by, she came to her dads office all
the time during summers and on the weekends when she had nothing
else to do then to bug the officers who didn't have a case to
work at the moment.
"so what do we have here?" asked
Adam standing over the dead body, Vala had to walk around the
wall of plaice man and women that surrounded the murdered person.
But when she did finely step around the last body that was in the
way she wished she never left the car, surrounded by yellow cones
marking points in the crime lay one of the girls from Val's
"Halley?" she said through a
choked cry, the officer next to her looked at Vala as if seeing
her for the first time. "I'm sorry, do you know her?" she asked
staring at Vala with sympathetic eyes, Val nodded slowly taking
in the commotion around her.
"Halley was one of the top
cheerleaders from my privet school… she didn't show up for class
yesterday or today…," she trailed of as the police around
her ran off to their cars. probably going to her house to tell
her parents she thought bitterly as she looked at her fellow
class mate laying dead before her.
"sweet heart, do you want to go
back to the car?" Adam asked coming up behind her laying his hand
gently on his shoulder, Vala shook her head.
"no I want to know what happened
to her," she demanded, her father gave a sigh behind her.
"we know who the killer is, the
silk ribbons are his trade mark," he said, his voice low and
deep. She looked at Halley's body, she was a death white and was
rapped in a fine baby blue silk cloth. Around her neck, arms, and
lags were black ribbons tied around them making her look even
more white. it made Vala sick to look at her, so she looked up at
her fathers kind, brown, eyes. "the killer calls himself the
silk death you can get the idea why," he said pointing at
the white corpse, "he also calls himself that because his murders
are as smooth as the silk he uses, he never leaves a fingerprint,
no shoe prints, nothing. And to make matters worse by the way he
works he never stolen a single silk, he has always bought it some
where were we would never suspect to look or has a friend who
sells it to him," he said trailing off. Vala didn't say anything
she was deep in thought already going through the people who
would like to hurt her. Adam stood behind her for a few more
moments before he was called away to help with evidence.
Then we have all the girls on
the cheerleading team who would kill to have her spot, boy
friend, and money… but they all seem like such girly
girls- Vala was cut off
mid thought when she saw something, a human something, move from
one tree to the next.
"what the?" she said standing. She
looked closer at the trees. the autumn wind picked up flinging
her short light brown hair into her eyes, she pushed her ears
behind her ears madly trying to see what was emerging behind the
tree, she toke in a sharp gasp as she finely saw what was
It was a dark figured no taller
then herself hidden behind what seemed to be a black medieval
type of riding cloak. Judging by his poster, size, and clothes he
was a young male, more then likely in his teens. But that's all
she could see of him because his hood was pulled low over his
head so that she could barley see his mouth. She studied him for
a few moments looking at his short sleeved black shirt and his
black jean pants.
"sweetie, what are you looking
at?" asked one of the women officers who had noticed her being
all alone by this dead body. Vala turned to look at her quickly
before she turned back to see that the strange figure was
"nothing, she replied," turning to
go meet her father by the car, "I saw nothing," and that's what
she would truly believed, but of course nothing is what it seems…
and Vala would soon find that out.