Aunty Anita has some quality time with Becca. Anita wonders if Olaf had something to do with the missing woman. 307 pages.
Anita calls Bernardo to let him know Olaf’s here. Bernardo tells Anita that Peter’s healing faster than normal, and the medical team is asking about his weretiger scars- people who get vaccinated after an attack have a few enhanced abilities, even if their blood tests normally. Except Peter wasn’t vaccinated… but one of the wererats, Cisco, died in that attack and he bled all over Peter. The vaccine, like any other, is just a different form of lycanthropy to cancel the other one out. Yep. So, maybe his blood acted like a vaccine?- could be. 313 pages.
Anita, Olaf & Becca head back to the elevator and the local sheriff, Rufous Martinez, bumps into them. Rufous seems ready for trouble. In the lobby, they run into Nicky; turns out the cops ran Nate’s name and up came his entire record, including juvenile convictions. The mist of another urine spray reveals Nate’s history concerns the cops, as sexual assault victims can turn into predators. Plus he’s a Were. How’d you know that? Google, dumbass- he’s all over the Guilty Pleasures website. Olaf notices Rodina & Ru and their new closeness to Anita. Anita wants to talk to Detective Rankin that Nate’s not the guy. 329 pages.
(Now I’ll confess to skimming, but I don’t recall seeing Rankin’s name before, so for it to pop up like this outta nowhere just says lazy writing/lack of editing to me. I’m not going back to check, but if I’m wrong I’ll be happy to admit it)
Detective Rankin is questioning Nate and the cops won’t let Anita in to see him, so she texts Micah. They’re not being officially held, but Rankin’s making things difficult. He doesn’t have a warrant; lawyer up or walk out. Ok… um, we can’t leave. WTF? Dunno- we keep trying to leave… but don’t.
Anita lowers her shields to get in contact with her guyz… but forgets she’s standing near Ru, so as one of her Brides he gets some kind of blowback.
Micah emerges from the room, leading Nate by the arm. Nate’s not himself, dazed. Detective Rankin steps into view, and he seems… zexxier than before, though nothing’s different. He’s got some kind of persuasion or seduction power; Anita runs through a mess of descriptors about him. They stare each other down. He knows they know… and they know he knows… and he knows they know he knows… ok, but- what is he? 335 pages.
Tedward calls to check in, since they’re also still watching Becca. Topic shift to kids- no way, not now! Musing about what Rankin is all about. 339 pages.
They go to the hospital to see Peter. Wedding plans have to change, which royally pisses Nate off with all the work he put into it. Speaking of wedding planning, anyone seen Denny lately? Uh oh. Someone’s gotta call Det. Rankin, magic or not, since it’s his case. How ‘bout calling someone else to go check her room? Great idea; hey- why do we always assume the worst? Because it’s us, that’s why. Tru dat. Guess what?- she ain’t in her room and doesn’t look like she’s been there for awhile. Crap. 346 pages.