Rheia stumbled at his words and he caught her elbow to keep her upright and from dropping Penny.
Colleen’s disappearance was all I could think about the rest of the day, shoving aside everything that had happened with Luc and my stupid phone.I knew why Colleen had gotten separated from her friends. Obviously. It must’ve happened during the raid, and I was pretty sure I knew what alley April was talking about. The same one I’d nearly face-planted into after scrambling out of the window. I hadn’t seen a purse or shoes, but I also hadn’t been paying attention to anything other than getting away from that club and finding Heidi.
April had insisted that Colleen’s friends had gone to her house and her parents hadn’t seen or heard from her either. It may be too soon to say she was truly missing, but no one knew where she was and April had been right about one thing, though. A purse and shoes left behind in an alley? That was bad news.When people disappeared under those circumstances, their stories rarely had a happy ending.But wasn’t that Luxen found in the same alley? The one who was horrifically beaten? That was what Archer had said. He’d found Chas by the dumpster. And how coincidental was that? Colleen’s belongings were found in the same alley where Chas had been nearly beaten to death?
That was what woke me up Sunday morning and stopped me from falling back to sleep. Had Colleen seen something at the club Friday night, something like what I’d seen? Luc had said . . . God, hadn’t he basically told me that people got hurt when they saw things they shouldn’t? Maybe not in those words exactly, but that was how they’d come across. And he was definitely hiding Luxen at Foretoken—unregistered Luxen.Did that happen to Colleen? She saw them or something, and now she was simply gone? Did it have something to do with had happened to Chas? Maybe he knew something, and when he woke up, if he woke up, he’d be able to tell someone.
Then again, Chas was unregistered. Who would he tell who wouldn’t jeopardize his safety?
A shudder rocked me as I flipped onto my side. I wasn’t close to Colleen at all. With the exception of briefly speaking to her Friday night, we’d maybe exchanged a handful of sentences. Despite that and because of the reality of the situation, I really hoped she showed up.Penny leaned in and kissed her cheek before wiggling to get down. Once on her feet she ran from the dining room. Rheia went to get up, but a hand on her shoulder stopped her.
Ryuu bowed. "I'll watch over her so you can eat your lunch." He placed a towel on the buffet table and followed the little girl."Sounds like good advice to me," Colton said, placing three small finger sandwiches on her plate.
"What are your plans for the rest of the day Rheia?" Beth asked.Rheia shrugged. "I don't know. Less than twenty four hours ago, I was in my own home and my biggest concern was helping Penny to speak again. Now, I'm far from home, I don't have my brothers or a job. But Penny's never looked happier. It's like she's a different child."