Saturday, 12/21/2250 – By Kayla Salmon.
|Ross||12:43 AM: JAY|
|Ross||12:46 AM: JAY ANSWER YOUR PHONE|
|Ross||12:47 AM: THIS IS AN EMERGENCY|
|Ross||12:48 AM: I WILL KEEP CALLING YOU UNTIL YOU ANSWER|
|Ross||12:50 AM: PROF VANDER IS MIA, PROBABLY DEAD, HER BROTHER IS APPARENTLY BEEN KILLED AND HER NEICE GOT ATTACKED, SHCOOLS IN LOCK DOWN|
|Ross||12:52 AM: ANSWER YOUR FUCKING PHONE|
|Ross||12:55 AM: YOUR GRANDKIDS COULD BE DYING RIGYT NOW AND YOU WOULDN’T EVEN KNWO|
Ross pressed the little icon on his phone again, the ringing on speaker as he paced around on the back porch of the Eagle House, trying to repress the urge to scream. It had been about an hour since Murdoch had gathered the professors and explained the situation, putting the school, the Academy and the University alike, into lockdown mode. They’d already been filtering students out of the atrium and getting them back to their houses, but the lockdown had brought that down like an ironfist, professors double and triple checking for the safety of the campus and its students, taking multiple headcounts. Ross found all of his students safe, even if a bit upset about being forced out of the atrium, or curious about the reason behind the lockdown.
He’d told his prefects simply that a student had been attacked and a professor was missing, and had said nothing else. He’d only explained that much so they would understand the gravity of the situation and make sure the students stayed in line and didn’t sneak out or go off anywhere. He’d only stepped out once it had begun to quiet down so he could try and get a hold of Jay.
The head of the Gardner family might have been able to get a hold of someone in the Spook Squad who could track Rhea or find out what was going on with the rest of her family. No one had seen her for a couple hours and with how things had been going at the school, Ross understood Murdoch’s concern.
“God damn it Jay-”
“Ross,” a voice finally growled on the other end of the phone and Ross, relieved, sat down in the porch swing, turning the phone off speaker and putting it to his ear.
“There had better be a good fucking reason for waking us up, Ross,” Colette, Jay’s wife, snapped angrily.
Ross rolled his eyes, “It’s an emergency, scout’s honor-”
“It better be you asshole!” There was a sort of shifting noise on the other end and he heard Jay moan, “What, Ross?”
“School’s in lock down, two teachers missing, student’s been attacked, her father killed,” Ross hurried to explain, knowing it would wake Jay up better than trying to slowly explain.
The was a pause and Ross could hear Colette cursing again and Jay groaned. “Okay, you’re on speaker, from the top, if you will.”
“Rhea Vander and the librarian of the school, Adrian Calver, both went missing during the ball. We didn’t think anything of it because they’re grown adults but just before midnight we got a call that Vander’s niece had been attacked in her family home and her father, Vander’s brother, killed. Apparently the attacker was the same blonde woman who attacked Rhea at the school a few weeks ago,” Ross broke off, clearing his throat.
“Any idea who the blonde woman is?” Colette asked.
“Yeah, apparently she’s Adrian Calver’s sister.”
“Do you think the librarian might have harmed Vander?” Jay asked.
Ross began choking on laughter, “I fucking doubt it- You should see the googly eyes he makes at her, and he’s the one who sucker punched me when I took her through the Void that first day.”
“It definitely needs to be considered,” Jay continued, “If his sister is trying to kill Vander and then kills her brother and attempts to kill her niece, we have to assume that he might be in league with her.”
“I don’t know, I still doubt it, but I didn’t know if you could use any of your contacts to find out any faster what’s going on up in the Chicago end? Murdoch would have called but he’s busy keeping the school in lockdown. He wants to know if this is centered specifically around the Vander family or might be school related.” Ross explained. He paused when he heard the back door of the house open and he turned to see Dora, one of the sixth year prefects, sticking her head outside.
“Professor? Everyone’s in the house and accounted for. Most people are in their rooms, but there’s a group of the upperclassmen hanging out in the common room,” She reported quickly.
“Okay, thanks Dora, see if you and Aelita can keep an eye on them,” He said, lowering the phone from his face slightly. Dora nodded and withdrew back into the house, shutting the door behind her.
“None of our clan is hurt, right?” Colette asked and Ross responded negatively, “Oh good, I’ll see if I can get in touch with a few doctors I know at Mercy Hospital.”
“And I’ll call some friends I have in the police department and then try to get in touch with the Spook Squad,” Jay added.
“Yeah, wait, she’s a part of the Spook Squad,” Ross said suddenly, though quietly, “Shouldn’t they be all over this?”
“Used to be,” Jay clarified, “She’s retired.”
“She may not be in the field, but you never really retire from the Spook Squad,” Ross reminded him.
“Yeah, true,” Jay conceded, “I’ll give Crimsonfang a ring and find out what the hell’s going on. Focus on keeping the campus safe for now.”
“Aye aye captain,” Ross said, getting ready to end the call, but not before he heard Colette saying farewell.
He stood on the porch for just a little while longer, looking out across the backyard of the Eagle’s House and drumming his fingers on his leg. As much as he wasn’t exactly friends with Vander, he certainly would never wish the ordeal upon her, and hoped she was alright. He sucked in some cold air and turned, opening the backdoor and stepping back into the house.
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