***On my last post I accidentally posted Part Two again instead of Part Three. I have since corrected this issue, so if you missed it you can go back and read the right post this time. Sorry!***
I quickly went through my head, trying to figure out what monsters I knew could fly. There were only elves, because of their magic, and fairies. I knew for sure that it wasn’t either of them. If it were elves then it would be a bunch of them and they wouldn’t have left the other town. AAnd fairies are the size of a small child and are severely ugly. This was something else. I was scared. I’m allowed to be scared you know.
The man was yelling as he and the monster shrunk away in the distance, which didn’t take long because that thing was hauling ass. I tried my best to see where it was taking him but I lost them. I could see that they were heading into the heart of the city, though. So, I did too.
I found a parking garage on the strip and left my car there. I thought about leaving it back near the convenience store but I didn’t feel it was safe there. At least I knew that this place was guarded.
The strip was full of all kinds of interesting people but to be honest I wasn’t paying too much attention to them because I had my eyes up in the sky, looking at the tops of the buildings for the monster. My guess was that the guy that thing just took was dead. One less life I didn’t save. Good job.
“Whoa!” someone shouted.
I turned just in time to see the girl I was about to walk into. We collided into each other and I almost knocked her over. I grabbed her just in time and accidentally pulled her right into me. She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.
“Uh, hi,” I half said half breathed.
“Hi,” she said back.
“Sorry for bumping into you.” I let go of her and she took a step back.
“It was my fault, too. I wasn’t paying attention.”
We both just looked at each other and smiled. I could feel my stomach turn into knots.
“Oh, I’m Wes,” I said.
“Julie,” she replied. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I hadn’t felt like this since Kerry. I felt a quick surge of guilt, but I pushed that feeling away.
“What were you looking at?” she asked me.
“I was just admiring the buildings,” I lied. I knew I should’ve be looking for the monster but I didn’t want to walk away from this girl. I could get the monster after. I always get the monster I am after. Almost always.
“You’re not from around here,” she said bluntly.
“What gave it away?”
“You just seem out of place.”
“Doesn’t everyone here?”
“Fair enough. You also look too young to gamble.”
“How old do you think I am?” I asked.
She thought about it for a second. “Seventeen.”
She perked up a little bit, proud of herself.
“You look a little young yourself. To be gambling I mean.”
She seemed to break out of some sort of daze and wore a look of concern.
“I know,” she said. “I go to school outside the city. I’m just here looking for my dad.”
“I see,” I said.
“He got into a huge fight with my mom and then took off. She wouldn’t tell me what it was about.”
“Oh.” I felt a pit forming in my stomach.
“He has a drinking problem and I’m afraid he is going to do something stupid.”
“Maybe I can help you look?”
“No. I don’t want you to drag you into my problems.”
“I want to help. I mean, I don’t mind.”
“Okay, thanks. I thought he was probably in one of the casinos but I don’t know. I’ve tried looking in a few but the bouncers know me pretty well because of him. They haven’t seen him.”
“Does he usually gamble?”
“Yeah. But I was thinking about checking his work. He goes there sometimes when he and my mother fight, if he’s not out gambling. He owns his own business outside the city.”
“Where’s that?” I asked.
“It’s actually right next to that placed that got robbed,” she said. “He is usually on the roof.”
Crap, crap, crap. I really wished that she hadn’t said that. I was going to be the one to have to try to explain that her dad was taken by a monster that could fly and was probably dead. I really liked this girl, too…