Despite everything, Mara knew what she was talking about. The woman frowned, looking at the men gathered around the crime scene. This had been the third one since she had arrived in this area. Castor, also known widely as the 'City of Secrets' was just that. It was hard to get anyone to say anything about a crime. Even these two parents, who had just been bawling their eyes out refused to have any part in this investigation. There was only so much that she could do when they weren't helping. Mara and her team weren't allowed in the house. They weren't allowed near Timothy's toys and items, so how could she properly do her job? "Dun worry, Mars." Her new assistant who'd taken an almost immediate shine to her said, "Th' people 'round these parts 'r jus' a li'l big skeptical wit' all th' sciencey stuff. They like thing th' way they were. Ain't gotta ask no questions." "Alan." Mara looked at the tall man from the country side. "I understand that you've been here longer than I have, and you might understand the people more than I do, but I have a job to do and damnit, I'm going to do it." "And I feel ya, but ya gotta give it time. Once th' detective an' all those important police people come by, these folks'll open up like a book. It'll be easy from then on." Mara frowned but nodded anyway. She sighed, this was the third case this week and nothing made sense. She was sent here to do a job, to help the police with a forensic edge, help put them on the right track but nobody seemed accepting of the methods from the newer cities, methods that Mara spent years trying to perfect and finally she was on her own, the head of a rather new department with only three other members excluding herself and Alan. "When is this detective coming? We need to hurry before the evidence starts to fade." "Patience." Alan said. They were quiet for a moment when Alan said, "Didya here 'bout th' theory Goin' around?" "What theory?" Mara asked and Alan shook his head. "The people are whisperin' bout some kinda beast with flames tailin' it. Says it attracts th' children an' eats th' pets o' people who leave 'em out at night." Mara grunted her acknowledgement and frowned. This couldn't be good. Was there another near here? Even though she didn't want to, she had to find out, even if it meant… transforming.