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The car service pulled up in front of the hotel in 18 minutes.
There were lights flashing from the two ambulances and four police cars out front. Another three police cars arrived, summoned due to the emergency call for Aaron and ensuing panic by guests, who had flooded the hotline.
Bette had been texting Tasha, she knew that Aaron was being treated for a massive heart attack and that Tina was missing but that was all. She flung the car door open and was out the door before the car came to a complete stop, handing Alice her purse so she could pay the driver.
The ride to the hotel was the worst 18 minutes and 23 seconds of her life.
Tasha would only tell her that Tina had disappeared in the confusion surrounding Aaron’s fall and that they had rushed to Eric’s room, only to find it empty.
Tasha had left a hotel employee outside his room as they raced to check Tina’s then downstairs where Lara rechecked bathrooms and Tasha spoke to the Sergeant on duty.
Bette’s long legs carried her quickly from the car past the red and blue lights of the emergency vehicles and into the lobby of the hotel where she found Lara sitting on a chair crying. She leapt up when she saw Bette and rushed to hug her.
“Not now…” Bette held her at an arm’s length, she needed action… to do something, hurt someone, someone named Eric. “Where’s Tasha?”
Bette whirled to look at the younger woman intently, trying to read her eyes. “Did you find her?”
“No. Not yet…”
“They why are you standing around down here?’
“He clearly has another room. Will the hotel allow you to look at the guest list?” Bette demanded, already on her way to the front desk.
“I didn’t think of that…” Tasha rushed to keep up with her as they approached the desk where the manager was nervously talking to another police officer.
They looked up at the two women, the police officer stepping forward…
“Slow down Ma’am, slow down…”
Tasha flashed her badge, “Sergeant, Sir… we need to see the listing for every guest in this hotel…”