Ms. Trent’s account of what transpired had been too difficult for the media or the police to believe, what with it talking about students becoming possessed with murderous intent. This, combined with the fact that Hector’s own father had been among the listed victims, gave Gina a fairly clear picture of what had truly happened. Not to mention, it also explained why Hector seemed to have an especially difficult time talking about it.
She was, however, still left to wonder if Hector really had to kill the possessed students in order to stop them. That was the only thing to give her genuine pause, but even that had not lasted very long. She had one of her minions investigate and subsequently earned herself a peek at the autopsy reports, where she discovered that suffocation had not been the cause of death for any of them. Rather, it had been the work of severe brain damage, despite only one of the bodies indicating any kind of head trauma.
Gina was forced to articulate all of these things to Lynnette’s parents by morning’s end. She left out the part about his father, as everyone probably knew that already due to it being a focal point of so many news reports.
Hector tried to assist her in explaining, but he mostly just ended up nodding awkwardly. And afterwards, he shambled off to go sleep again.
“I have a request,” said King William, who’d remained largely quiet up to now. “Might it be possible for me to speak to my wife soon?”
“Oh,” said Gina, “I suppose I can try giving Master Roman a call. There’s a good chance he won’t answer, though.”
She pulled out her phone and made the call. It rang for a long time, and she was about to give up when it suddenly went through. <“Gina?”>
“Master Roman, is the Queen there with you now?”
“I have the King here with me.”
“He’s quite eager to speak to his wife, Master Roman. Please quit hogging the phone to yourself.”
<“No, seriously, what? How did--?”>
There came a sudden rustling, and then Queen Helen’s voice said, <“William?”>