We sent Liz on her way after breakfast to start looking for the spell or any relevant information. Tori and I weren't sure how able she was to keep track of time but we asked her to try to check in with us weekly. Liz was going to start at a witch's home about an hour away and work her way out from there. Following traces of magic around.
In the meantime, Tori and I were practicing sharing magic and casting spells. I still needed the incantations unlike Tori so she couldn't teach me everything she could do. But I could practice all the spells I had been reading about growing up. I swiped a spell book from Dad's suitcase and used that to refresh my memory.
After some time, Derek came up and knocked on the door. I quickly kicked the spell book under Tori's bed and she let him in.
"Have you seen Chloe?" Derek asked getting right to the point of why he was there.
"No," I shook my head.
Tori shook hers too.
Derek itched at his arm nervously.
"She's probably with Matt or Tess," I said.
"I've been doing dishes with Tess and Matt's been reading on the porch."
Derek threw out my ideas.
"Dad?" I suggested.
"Hasn't seen her either."
"Jeremy or Rachel?" Tori asked.
Derek shook his head, "Watching TV."
There was only one person left I could think of.
"Nate?" I said.
Derek scratched again. "Yeah. I think so."
"Think what?" Tori asked.
"Think he's done something," I said.
I stood up, "Lets go check the yard and the bunker place before jumping to any conclusions."
We walked downstairs. As we passed by Tess, I asked.
"Hey Tess, have you seen Nate?"
She shook her head. "No, he left."
"When will he be back?" Derek growled.
"No, like left left. He went back to his pack. I didn't see the reason for him to be sticking around the safe house No one is after him. He's not hiding."
"We're probably jumping the gun," I said. "But no ones seen Chloe. We think he's done something."
Tess rolled her eyes, "He wouldn't because we know exactly where he lives. She's around somewhere."
"When was the last time Chloe was by the driveway?" Derek said.
"When we did laundry?" Tess didn't know where he was going with that just yet.
"So her scent would be gone by now. If we go out there and her scent is there; somethings up."
Tess shrugged, "I guess but I bet she's just around here somewhere."
We walked out to the driveway. Derek and Tess smelled the air,they had her scent. I saw something dark on the gravel and walked over to it. Kneeling down I dipped my finger into the weird goo.
"What is this?" I asked. It stuck to my finger tips like cement.
Tess came over, "Don't touch it if you don't know what it is."
I couldn't wipe it off, "Too late."
Things started getting a little hazy.
"I think he was definitely up to something. I don't feel right, now."
Derek put a hand on my shoulder to steady me.
"What are you feeling?"
"Hazy, like I'm going to pass out."
Tess took my hand and smelled the substance that was disappearing.
I could feel Derek's hand shake. He was trying not to lose it.
"Believe us now?" He asked Tess.
Tess nodded. "Do one more round about the property and house first but this definitely looks suspicious."
I shakily stood. "I don't know how much help I'll be."
"Whatever was done to that blood," Tess said. "You got a minor dosage. You'll be fine in ten or so minutes."
Tori and I did a quick loop around the property while Tess and Simon checked inside. As we walked to the bunker, I caught Tori making a face out of the corner of my eye.
"What?" I asked.
"Of course Chloe does this," Tori starts. It was like I lit a match in her by asking. "I finally start doing something for myself and she goes and makes herself the center of attention again."
"Excuse me? I don't think she did this on purpose."
"She's always the center of attention though," Tori stomped. "Why can't some of us do our own things for once?"
"What are you trying to do on your own?"
"None of your business."
"If you don't want to share then how would you be the center of attention? You can't be the center of attention and be secretive about what you're doing."
Tori glared at me and opened the bunker door. We stepped in and didn't see her.
I cursed under my breath I had really hoped I was wrong. We hurried back to the house.
"Anything?" A tired looking Simon asked.
I shook my head.
"I'm sure that Nate's done something."
"In the car," Matt said coming around the corner with a jacket.
I was grateful Matt wasn't hesitating on this. I grabbed Simon and guided him to the car.