Cassandra squirmed, her hot sticky body rustling the sheets. She sat up and looked at the clock, three am. She threw herself back against the pillows and scowled at the ceiling. All she wanted was at least one night of sleep, she hadn't slept more than 4 hours in the past week. Giving up, she threw her legs over the side of the bed and walked to her tiny kitchen. She moved towards the coffee machine but abruptly changed direction towards the fridge, she scanned the shelves, grumbling at their bareness. She glanced at the clock again and then made her decision. She threw on some jeans, grabbed her keys and headed towards the door.

The bright fluorescent lights buzzed so loudly she didn't even hear the checkout boy call her. "Ma'am!" he said irritably. "Mmm sorry," she said distractedly as she placed her items on the counter. Ignoring the odd looks the boy was giving her, she grabbed a pair of dark sunglasses and added them to the pile of beef jerky on the counter. Rolling his eyes he added them to her receipt and she paid him. She pulled away from the bright 7-Eleven parking lot and was almost to her apartment when she was nearly startled off the road by the bright red and blue lights and the screech of a siren. Still shaking she pulled my car over to the side of the road and rolled down her window. The cop strolled over and pointed his flashlight into the car, she flinched but struggled not to look away. "Ma'am, I'm gonna have to ask you to step out of the vehicle now," he said. She opened the door and slowly walked over to him. "Sorry for the inconvenience, but there was a report of suspicious behavior," he said politely. "It's fine," she responded with a smile, "how may i help you." He looked apologetic and said, "I'm afraid I'm going to have to preform some tests as well as search you and your car." She wrinkled her nose comically and he laughed, "it won't take long," he said. After looking at her license and car papers he searched her car. finding nothing he turned towards her and said, "this is the unpleasant part," he put on his gloves and searched her thoroughly. Shuddering, she cursed that stupid, pimply check-out boy. When he was done he smiled apologetically and said, "now we just have to test you." She got through the alcohol test without a problem but when he pulled out his flashlight she flinched. He stepped toward her and held open her eye, the bright light burned her retinas, she shrieked and struck out, sending the flashlight flying. Blind, she writhed on the ground, hissing and scratching as he tried to pull her up. She fought madly, her humanity gone, all that was left was pure animal instinct. Suddenly she felt a a sting and the next thing she knew she was out-cold on the pavement.

The officer panted wildly and stared at the man that had appeared so suddenly. He looked at the girl on the ground and then at the needle in the mans hand. "H-h-how.. what did you give her?" he stuttered. The man looked at him for a second and then said in an official sounding voice, "This is a matter of homeland security, you are relieved of your duties on this case from now on." Remembering his position, he quickly regained his composure, and asked he man for proof, wordlessly the man held up a homeland security badge. The cop studied it carefully but could find no flaws in it, reluctantly he nodded and handed it back. The man thanked him and disappeared with the girl in the homeland security van, just as quickly as he'd come. Inside the van Cal stared down at the girl strapped to the stretcher, he shook his head, they'd been tracking her progenitor for ages, but none of his victims ever revealed anything, and then they just disappeared; hopefully this one would be different.