He made a sound that indicated he had no idea what the hell was happening. “I mean, they’re not wearing masks. They don’t have guns. They haven’t gone anywhere near the registers.” Each statement sounded more like a question. After a long pause, he said, “Abatha. They’re all the people I sold loyalty cards to.”
“Wait, so…” I played with my braid, plucking pieces out of the perfect twist. “Wait… How exactly did she die? Are the cops there yet?”
“Okay so, this lady just like, she walked up to the boss and just lifted a hand. Swatted it like she was killing a fly, but it killed Alicia. She never even touched her, though. She just fell to the ground and blood was everywhere. I don’t know where it even came from.”
“Are you sure she’s…” I hesitated when I heard a man scream. “Who was that?”
“Hold on. They’re moving around. Let me go.”
I kept my phone in my hand to call Derek. No answer. I tried twice more with the same results. I ended up texting him, hoping he’d respond that way. He didn’t.