The interrogation room was anything but welcoming, the drab colors of the cement walls and the lack of décor made her even more depressed about her current situation. How did this get so out of hand again, she asked herself. Mamie was in a different room going through her own set of paranoia, Tatiana was sure of it.
The officer shuffled the papers in his folder before standing and asking his train of questions, “Tatiana, you know why you are here right?”
Tatiana nervously responded. “I have no idea officer, my best friend almost died tonight and I was carted off to the police station. So please tell me why it is you have me here?”
The officer cleared his throat, took a swig of coffee before he continued, “That is the very reason why you are here young lady. How is it that this town’s unexplained events are all tied to you?”
Tatiana swallowed hard, “Come again?”
Officer placed all the pictures of the crime scene in front of Tatiana, “Gunther Goth, Officer Buddy from the FBI, Professor F, The Goth’s manors fire, now this? I guess we are trying to understand how you did all of this, are you working alone, is your grandma involved?”
The word grandma, hit a chord with Tatiana, she just recently found out her grandmother was really her mother, she just looked incredibly old because of the ‘Exchange’ with the Reaper. and she never stopped calling her Mamie. How do you stop calling someone something you called them your whole life? She knew this was a very random place and thought to have, but, sometimes randomness just hits you in the most awkward scenarios thought Tatiana and this was one of them.
“My grandm…my mother has nothing to do with any of this, I don’t have anything to do with any of this,” Tatiana told the officer as straight faced as she could. “I am not super well versed in the arts of ‘detectivery’ however, I know you guys are just pulling at straws because you have no proof just silly assumptions about a teenage girl and her horrible timing with people you are looking for. Why would I hurt anyone? I have no motive.
I live a quiet life trying to get a scholarship to the damn ivy league school of my choice, my life is consumed by school work and goals, not whatever it is you think I did…If there is a coincidence in me knowing all of these people it’s simply because this town is too damn small and quite honestly there are too many townspeople that could have done any of these allegations you are trying desperately to link me to because all of us at some point came in contact with your file of quote unquote victims…”
Officer collected the contents of his file and placed them back in his folder, “interesting speech Tatiana, how do you explain knowing that Mortimer’s parents were in a fire? How is that when an entire family gets poisoned you happen to be there?”
Tatiana sighed and did something that was especially bold, “Look, I will be completely honest. Not that you care what’s the truth or not, but I get visions, I don’t understand them. Most of the time because they don’t seem to tell me what will happen but what’s happening currently, I couldn’t have set the fire at the Goths I was in my garden and talking to Mortimer at that very moment, and I couldn’t have poisoned the Bachelors. For one they are my favorite people outside of my grandm…my mother in this entire planet and tests will prove they had been poisoned for hours before we got to their house and called emergency. So, unless you have any evidence at all pointing to me or my gran…my mom then I really have to get back to the hospital my best friend and her family need me!”
Officer stared in astonishment, “Visions? Hahahaa that’s creative…” He wiped the tears of comedy coming out of his tear ducts. “However, begrudgingly, you are correct. I can’t hold you for much longer but know you’re at the top of our list of suspects we will be contacting you again Ms. Thibodeaux.”
Tatiana knew she was right, the fact that they didn’t read her Miranda rights and that they were digging meant they had a suspicion but no links tied to her and she was going to maintain her innocence even though she wasn’t entirely. Yet, how to explain to the cops that the missing people aren’t truly missing just dolls in her storage chest back home? That she would gladly try and reverse the spell or whatever it was but didn’t know how? Yes, it was better to leave well enough alone.
While Tatiana was heading out of the precinct Enrique was hiding around the corner observing their departure, hoping he would remain unseen, and he did. The Thibodeaux’s were focused on hightailing it out of the precinct without any more compromises. “That was close”, he murmured.
Tatiana breathed in some fresh air before turning to Juliette, “Hey,Mamie? Can I ask you a question? Would you mind it terribly if I start calling you mom instead?”
Tatiana’s words were so impactful to the both of them. That coupled with the close brush with the law and exhaustion, they couldn’t help but break down together.
Juliette placed one of Tatiana’s hair wisps behind her ear, “That would make me so proud mon ange.”
Tatiana whispered, “I love you more than science mom.”
“I love you more than my ‘and buzzer mon petit chou.”
To Be Continued…