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October 1st, 108

The police had just left for the fourth time in connection to a murder near the Elusion. Her employees were dying and there was very little she could do. Hiring Private Investigators was immediate. Then, there was more security around Elusion and after today, none of her escorts would be leaving work without security trailing them at all times. Thankfully Irene had plenty of money to work with because the extra costs were not cheap. None of that mattered, however, the goal was to keep her employees alive. Unlike Marian.

Marian, the innocent young woman whom Irene had taken under her wing, only to be killed by a bomb set by Moriarty. Irene was, of course, responsible. If she could't forgive herself for Marian's death, she must protect those who depended on her now.

Her office had been searched, and she understood though to thin she was a suspect was laughable. Her sense of responsibility and protection over her employees was what drove her. The questions had come around again from officers and Irene felt drained as she answered them, once again without James anywhere to be found.

Sitting at her desk, she stared at the report before her, her index nails tracing the paper along the wood of her desk. Once again, Pandora made her feel helpless. Being a mortal here was truly some kind of hell when nearly every being around you could simply decide to end you without a thought or much effort.

Police still made their way in and out of her office freely so she didn't notice the reporter among them.




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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Karen was onto something. She could just feel it. She'd kept tabs on the investigation ever since it'd made headlines with the first murder. But then another girl died. And then another. And Karen realised this wasn't just some random kill. These deaths were planned, well executed, with seemingly no rhyme or reason to them. Were these a crime of passion or something more? Was there a suspect? Did the girls know each other? Did they all know the killer?

All this and more buzzed through Karen's head as she scoped out the crime scene. She had the facts but what she really wanted was first-hand information. Someone close to the murder, but not so close they'd be traumatised. Karen wasn't about to hound the poor women who worked there, women who could be the next victim if they didn't track down the killer. The more exposition this story had, the better. And so instead, she decided on the owner; the woman, Irene Adler.

Karen found Irene fascinating. From what she'd heard, she was intelligent. Very intelligent, to the point of genius. She was also beautiful, charming, and seductive. Beyond that there was little information about her, but Karen was hoping she could all change that with an interview.

She headed to Elusion to find the entire building surrounded with police. To Irene's credit, it seemed she was leaving no stone unturned, and be more than cooperative with the force. Karen liked that; it gave her hope that Irene would be willing to answer her questions. She weaved through the crowd with relevant ease, hand clutching the strap on her handbag.

"Ms. Adler?" Karen began, finding Irene sat at her desk. She appeared deep in thought, dark brows furrowed as they scanned over some paperwork. Karen noted her slicked back hair, her long, perfectly manicured nails that traced the wood of the desk. "I'm Karen Page from the Pandora Times. I was wondering if I could ask you some questions regarding the murders in Silverpool?"
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It had occurred to her that Moriarty was back. The first one she knew was feckless and she had nothing to fear. The second one was far more dangerous, the cause of Marian's death, perhaps the third incantation would be even worse still and he was behind this. She would have to contact Moran to see if he heard seen or heard any hints of the mad man. Still, a slaughter style serial killing spree did not seem his style. That, of course, was another reason to suspect it, Moriarty was always trying to throw people off the scent.

All she could do was wait to hear back from the half dozen PI's she had on the case. She suspected Moran would be more effective and brought out her phone to call him when...

"Ms. Adler?"

Irene looked up at the young blonde woman introduced herself. She remembered the name from an article or two in the paper and now apparently, the fastest reporter with this particular scoop. So much happened in Pandora that a few murders might go unnoticed as related, at least until now and she had already picked up on it. The police hadn't even left yet.

"If you don't mind waiting until the police have all they need from me." She said, getting up to talk to the Watch once again.

It was only about quarter of an hour later when her office was empty again. Irene was asked to call with any more information she had and she turned back to the reporter, the card of the watchman in between two fingers. Regarding her, she motioned to the seats in front of her desk. As much as Irene liked to sit behind her desk in a place of power, she also wanted to get all the information this reporter had and therefore more equal footing was necessary.

Irene offered Karen a glass of water while pouring one of her own before sitting. Regarding the young woman she could see many things. Her eyes were observant, alert, and held intelligence, she was well groomed, giving off a professional persona, and she was obviously just as averse to the sun as Irene was. There was more there as well, a passion, a seriousness, a dutiful posture.

If Irene controlled the story a little by cooperating, it might not be as bad for business for Elusion, "Please sit. It was Ms. Page, was it?" It was always better for the other person to begin when they wanted information so Irene said no more.


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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]"Of course," Karen replied with grace, relieved to find that Irene hadn't immediately shown her the door. Some people hated the media, and to a degree, Karen could understand. Most of the time they reported rubbish, especially trashy celebrity magazines. Anything written was rarely the truth. But Karen was different. This was different. It was serious. A serial killer on the loose meant another young woman could be in danger, maybe Irene herself, and right now they needed as much information as possible.

Karen waited patiently, eyes roaming Ms. Adler's office with interest. It was a classy room, with a comfortable yet sophisticated feeling to it. Irene was clearly successful, that much was obvious and she kept herself well groomed, even in the worst of times. When Ms. Adler returned Karen gave her a polite smile and followed her lead, sitting down in the chair opposite her desk.

To her surprise, instead of going round to the other side, Irene sat beside her, making the meeting less formal and more intimate. The two sat side by side, allowing Karen to see Irene properly. She was a beautiful woman, poised and elegant. Her voice dripped with intelligence and authority and Karen could tell she was a woman used to being in charge. "Thank you," she said, taking a sip of her water before pulling out her voice recorder, notepad and pen. Karen placed the recorder on Irene's desk, leaving her notebook and pen in her lap.

"Yes," she said. "Do you mind if I record this for official purposes? I want you to know I won't take anything you say out of context. I know it can be hard to trust reporters. They like to twist what you say to shape their own narrative." She paused, keeping her gaze steady. "But I'm not like that. I want the truth and justice for these women. I think we might have a serial killer on our hands and so far, they've been very good at hiding."
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Irene watched Karen carefully, noting the recorder, then pen, the pad. This was at least a somewhat experienced reporter. She had known what to say to get the interview and assure her interviewee. As a sales woman with clients, Irene should know. This was hardly different.

She was also trying her best to be upfront and honest, that much was clear.

"Do you mind if I record this for official purposes? I want you to know I won't take anything you say out of context. I know it can be hard to trust reporters. They like to twist what you say to shape their own narrative."

It was uncommon for Irene to interact with people who seemed to have pure intentions and so it made her question it. Still, any observation she made did not point that way. Karen Page seemed to be what she claimed.

"As long as you don't mind if I record it as well and sue you if you do change my words and take my statement out of context." Irene said firmly though not unkindly. It was still business. Irene wanted to believe that Karen really did desire truth and justice but she would play it cautious regardless. She open a side table near her and pulled out a sleek recorder, turning it on as well.

"Do continue."

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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Irene's gaze was intense, not overly so, but enough to make Karen understand what she was facing. This woman was powerful and knew exactly how to handle these kind of situations. No doubt she'd been faced with journalists many times before. Karen had yet to see an interview from Ms. Adler in the paper however, which gave Karen hope that she was the first one to get this 'scoop'. She hated that word. It sounded so... Juvenile. Trashy, almost.

Karen brushed back her long blonde hair and nodded, crossing her legs and keeping her pen poised. "Of course," she replied, having anticipated this move. It had taken her by surprise in the past, the first few times someone had done this she'd felt unnerved; afraid to be upfront in case her own words got twisted. But she'd grown strong over time. The idea of being sued was like water off a duck's back to Karen. She'd been through enough shit to handle almost anything these days. Not that she was planning on having any reason to get sued. But it was still a scary prospect.

"Ms. Adler, this is the fourth woman in your employment to be killed, is that correct?" Karen started off, deciding to make sure that all the facts she'd learnt so far were correct. "Did you know these girls well? I assume there is an element of care in this line of work? A process to ensure their safety?"
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Irene noted Karen's confidence. It was not over stated but certainly present in a way that one would notice. It wasn't false confidence either, Karen had some achievements under her belt and felt good about them. She was clearly capable and self assured. That didn't intimidate Irene n the least as it might some man or lesser person.

"Ms. Adler, this is the fourth woman in your employment to be killed, is that correct?"

"Yes, Diana Fowley." This was true for this instance as Irene remembered Marian, murdered by Moriarty all those months ago. She wasn't sure if this was related, it didn't seem his style. Still, she would never dismiss Moriarty as a suspect. The murder had been in the news so surely Ms. Page had read it but maybe she hadn't been around yet. Still that was awhile ago and hopefully not relevant.

"She left late on Saturday night, more like Sunday morning. She started off the night looking for a client but changed her mind. Some nights are like that." She spoke from experience. Irene would never hold it against any of her employees if they chose not to take someone home that night. These women did this job because they wanted to and they were paid very well with full benefits. Most people looked down upon this sort of profession and Irene looked at Karen carefully, wondering what her judgement would be.

"She told me she was leaving, and the next morning, she was found." Irene continued, technically the last person, aside from her murderer, to see her alive. She tried not to show emotion in the interview but, her status as an ice queen on the line, but her employees were a soft spot and someone was attacking that spot.

"Every one of my employees is interviewed thoroughly. I know as much about them as any employer, if not more. I keep in contact with them and know their personal lives as much as they are willing to share. There must be trust between us and I cultivate that relationship." Ensure their saftey. The word pricked Irene like a needle, "While in the club, they are all under the careful watch of my bodyguards and the bouncers. If they feel unsafe for any reason, I send someone home with them or walk them to their car or the train or bus." She should have done more, "Since Diana's death, they all get escorted home regardless."

Too little, too late.
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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Karen immediately started jotting down notes, nodding as Irene began to explain Diana's last movements. She looked up to see Ms. Adler surveying her carefully. If she could read any emotion on Karen's face, it would be admiration. She was impressed. Irene took her work extremely seriously, and obviously took great care of those under her employment. Most would imagine it a seedy profession, with girls treated as nothing more than play things for men and women alike. But this was different. Ms. Adler made sure they were properly treated, and above all respected. They chose who and how and where. They were always in control. Karen liked that.

It wasn't a job Karen herself could ever imagine doing, but it hadn't been out of the realms of possibility once upon a time. There were a number of reasons for doing what they did, and maybe, just maybe, they did it because they enjoyed it. And who was Karen to judge? What she did judge was who had decided to target them. Or maybe, they were trying to target Irene herself? Teach her a lesson perhaps? Scare her? It was obvious that Ms. Adler cared for her girls. She knew everything about them; there was a closeness there, a bond.

"So you would know if there was any kind of disagreement or feud between your employees?" Karen asked. "I only ask because I briefly spoke to a detective at the crime scene who seemed to imply that there might be a woman involved. Nothing concrete, of course. But the way these women were murdered... I don't know, it's almost as if someone is trying to send a message. And as I said to the detective, it seems superior strength would be needed to do what has been done to your girls."

She eyed Ms. Adler carefully, not wanting to overstep the mark. But she had to ask, and no doubt it had already crossed Irene's mind. "Would anyone target you, Ms. Adler? Or use them to get to you? You clearly care for them. Maybe someone out there is using that. Is there anyone you know who could be a possibly suspect?"
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In Irene's experience, no one much cared if whores were being harmed or killed. They were seen as lesser life forms, being sex workers on top of being women. That was why Irene planned on doing her own investigation, knowing that police or even the press would likely be much help. At least she didn't get the vibe that Karen thought these things.

"So you would know if there was any kind of disagreement or feud between your employees?"

"It's likely I would, but not all of my employees talk much about their personal lives." Irene clarified, "They know they can come to me for help but some prefer to live private lives. Of the victims, however, I don't feel if they felt they were in danger that they would have kept it private from me." There were one or two that were extremely private and some simply kept to themselves. Most, however, were open with their problems and certainly would make it know if they felt threatened in any way.

She listened to Karen's theory about a woman involved and superior strength, "Gender hardly means much concerning strength in Pandora. I have heard of super women. It does seem that no supernatural force was used when..." Irene paused, looking away, feeling her throat close up slightly, "In the crime." Their bodies had not been crushed by some inhuman strength, they had been mutilated by some very mortal and natural weapon.

"Would anyone target you, Ms. Adler?"

Irene glanced back at Karen, "I have enemies." She admitted. Enemies that wouldn't hesitate in killing. But, Irene already had her own private investigators touching base with The Governor and searching for any sign of Moriarty. They were even looking into Moran's whereabouts. It was no secret that she and the Governor were not friends, not after it hit the news that he had assaulted and kidnapped her. Moriarty's hatred and focus on Irene was also not under a veil, having been publicized in the news.

"I have also hired some private investigators-" And hit men, she left unsaid, "To do the job that Pandora officials won't prioritize. A few whores are not a big loss to this city, not when the rich and famous had their car stolen or home broken into." She intended to get to the bottom of it with or without them, "I would report anything I find to the watch, of course." She lied, knowing if she found the culprit that the last face he saw in this world would be hers as she plucked out his eyes before gutting him.

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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Karen rested her writing hand for a moment, thinking. From what Irene was saying, there was no reason why these women would keep something from her, especially if they thought they might be in danger. So unless they were hiding their worries for a reason, they could only assume it had been a surprise attack. The profession as a whole was pretty dangerous anyway and Ms. Adler had taken special precautions to ensure as much safety as she could.

Then again, if someone wanted to kill someone hard enough they could do it and they'd done just that, no matter the precautions put in place. "True," Karen mused, seeing her point. Karen had to keep reminding herself that Pandora had a different set of rules. There were people flying, swinging and shooting lasers from their eyes. Hell, even Jess was a classic example of super strength and she'd been from New York. Karen noticed the emotion creep into Irene's voice and she looked over to see Irene averting her gaze. She really cared for these women; she'd lost friends in these murders. Karen shifted in her seat, letting Irene continue.

"Of course," Karen agreed, though she had to admit, she couldn't imagine a woman like Irene having much faith in their justice system. Karen barely had any herself and she'd been on the inside once upon a time. "It sounds like you're making all the right moves." She paused. "...So you don't think any of these enemies would target your employees? Like Moriarty? I hear he likes to play games. Then again... This doesn't seem his style. Sorry, I looked into him a little bit," she added, offering an explanation.

"Have you spoken to a Detective McCay?" Karen enquired. "I was speaking to him this morning. They recovered a bracelet at the scene. He wouldn't let me have it of course, but I was wondering if you recognised it if I described it to you. It was silver, dainty, with a stylised eye with a blue pendant forming the pupil. Unique. Did any of your girls wear something like that?"
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"It sounds like you're making all the right moves."

Irene looked away, guilt gnawing at her like a hound at its bone. The man behind this would die, she vowed, realizing that her hand was in a fist and loosened it quickly. Her fingernails had made indents in her palm and she took a breath, focusing on the interview but feeling antsy about those reporting to her about their search for the culprit.

"My enemies are despicable and would likely not think twice about killing an innocent to harm me." Was her answer, "I have told the Watch who might fall under that category already but they are not easy to find." She admitted, stiffening when Moriarty was mentioned.

"Last I heard, he is no longer in Pandora." She said simply, hoping to any power higher than her own it was true. She cleared her throat. She almost mentioned The Governor but did not want to put karen Page in his path of lecherous destruction. Not when she could investigate him herself. "No, I haven't spoken to a Detective McCay." She was clearly surprised about the discovery of a bracelet.

Irene nodded, "Yes, Diana wore a bracelet like that." Irene affirmed, though it wasn't surprising to find some of her belongings with the body, was it? "Is it significant to the crime?" She wanted to know.
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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Karen nodded, jotting down a few more notes on her notepad. "Well, at least we can cross him off the list," she assured Irene, knowing it would be little consolation. Still, it was obvious Moriarty still had an affect on Irene, and Karen watched her visibly stiffen at the mention of his name. Karen knew that feeling well. It was exactly how she felt at the mere mention of Fisk. If he ever came to Pandora... God help them all.

"Would you mind telling me any other names that might fall under that category?" Karen asked gently, not wanting to overstep the mark. "Just so I can get a better picture of who we might be dealing with."

Irene was obviously surprised by the bracelet and Karen wondered if maybe she shouldn't have said anything. Still, she couldn't really see what harm it could do and at least she'd got confirmation that the bracelet did indeed belong to Diane. Besides, Karen felt a curious need to talk about the detective. No, to tell Ms. Adler about him. "Honestly, I'm not sure. All I know is that Detective McCay seemed very... Taken with it. Before he knew I was there he was examining the bracelet with great interest. He also wouldn't let me see it and said it was to be kept as evidence. I wasn't sure if it might be of some value, if this might be to do with money."

Karen paused and leaned in a little. "Ms. Adler, I'm not sure why but I just feel I have to tell you... If you speak to the detective, just be aware that he's a little eccentric. Different. He's not like any detective I've ever met... And I'm not sure if that's a good thing."
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"Well, at least we can cross him off the list,"

Irene looked up, "We should never cross him off the list. He likes games and it is just like him to falsify his disappearance and go underground." He had killed himself to best Sherlock after all. He would got to any lengths. She hated him because of that but mostly because his scare tactics were still working on her even when he was nowhere near, just like he wanted.

Karen went on to divulge her own story, as if she was not simply reporting Irene's side anymore but looking for clues on the case itself and her own theories about it. Most reporters liked crimes, especially ones that did not involve magic in Pandora, they were unusual, newsworthy. Karen seemed as if she truly wanted to find this killer though and Irene wondered if she was in over her head. The man was killing women, after all and it did not appear like Karen had any special powers of her own, much like Irene.

"Diana had expensive tastes, the bracelet would have been worth something. This is not a crime for money." That much was clear, this was someone who killed for killing's sake.

Karen went on more about the detective. Had she some run in with him that put her off balance? "Oh, has he been with the Watch long? I know many in law enforcement in this city and have not heard about him yet. What makes you say he's eccentric?"

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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Whatever fear Irene was feeling surrounding these murders, Karen could tell it was nothing to what she'd felt with Moriarty. She'd clearly had an intense and personal relationship with him, one that had got under her skin and put her on edge even when he hadn't been seen in months. That type of fear was rare and hard to kill. It reminded her more and more of Fisk and Karen wondered, had she met Irene in different circumstances, if they could have bonded over their shared hatred of these men.

"I know just what you mean," she muttered, and underlined Moriarty's name more forcibly than she'd intended. She then crossed "money" from her motive list, which she'd jotted down on the opposite page. It'd been a quick brainstorm of reasons, but it seemed obvious to Ms. Adler that fortune had nothing to do with it and that was good enough for Karen.

"I'm... Not sure," Karen admitted. "Whenever I tried to question him, he'd somehow divert the questions back to myself. He was very... Intense. Child-like, almost. But hey, I'm sure he's harmless and I don't mean to bad mouth him. He was very sweet to me, in fact. It's just..." She trailed off, her brow furrowed. "Do you ever feel as though there's something staring you right in the face but you can't see it? There's something I'm missing. Something we're both missing. And I feel like Detective McCay was definitely hiding that something."

Karen stared at Irene, still deep in thought. "I'm sorry, I'm getting off track." She shook her head, taking another look at her pad of questions. "Your partner, Mr. McGill? Has he said anything that might be of significance?"
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Irene caught a few red flags over what Karen thought of Detective McCay. Child-like and intense. She lifted an eyebrow, "It's likely he is hiding something." Irene said, "After all, the press cannot know every detail of the investigation or else it might hinder it. And he certainly isn't going to share anything with me, I am certain to be a suspect." She added. Still, a child-like detective was an oddity and Irene wanted to meet the man now.

"James...Mr. McGill is head of finances and our legal department. He is often not on site. Other than feeling this is a great tragedy,wishing to catch the person responsible, and enforcing tighter security, he has made no comment that would be interesting enough for a quote." She said, referring to the article Karen was writing.

"I wish I had more insight into this, but I am using my resources to look further into things." She added, her mind already going through the steps she would need to take in order to get her moles and hit men on the hunt.
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[box=#2b2d38, #e3e6e8, none][/box][box=#e3e6e8, none, none]Irene seemed as sceptical as Karen about the detective and she hadn't even met him yet. Though from vastly different worlds, Karen suspected she and Irene had experienced things that had made them pretty good at detecting bullshit. So, when Karen voiced her opinions on McCay, she listened and she contemplated. From what Karen had heard about Irene Adler, she was nothing short of a genius, and there were probably things going on in her head that Karen hadn't even considered yet, always five steps ahead. Not that Karen was unintelligent by any means, but she wouldn't classify herself as having above average intelligence and Irene clearly did.

Karen nodded and made a few more notes on James McGill. From what she'd heard about him, it was unlikely he would be behind the murders, but it was important to leave no stone unturned and get as much information as she could on Irene's business partner. Besides, a businessman trying to destroy/murder their partner? It was textbook, and a little too obvious. It didn't fit, and he had no real motive, at least from what Karen had uncovered so far.

"I understand," Karen said. "Thank you for taking time to speak to me today, Ms. Adler. I just have a couple more questions for you and then I'll be out of your hair. These resources you speak of, am I allowed to know what they are? What steps you are taking to look further into things?"
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It wasn't the best kept secret that she and James were lovers, and not just any lovers but highly devoted to one another. After all, they had been partners in every sense of the word or nearly two years. Protecting him from inquiry was in both their interests. James was surely innocent of the murders but not much else. He had shady dealings all over Pandora, though those won him money but hardly harmed anyone. And it was clear to anyone who knew him more than a meeting or two that he was far too clever and hardworking to be this obvious and close to his crimes. No, James needed to be off the hook and Irene would go to great lengths to shield him.

"These resources you speak of, am I allowed to know what they are? What steps you are taking to look further into things?"

Irene smirked at her boldness but business was only done well if done with some confidentiality, "Once all this is over I'm happy to reveal whom I am employing to look into this but I want them to do their work with being compromised in any way. No offense. I have not left the detective work to the officials alone and hired a Private Investigator or two. I also have some eyes and ears with whom I trade information, we keep one another informed for our mutual benefit. I'm afraid those names must remain with me for good, however. No need to ruin a relationship that's so simpatico."

"I have also made sure to pique your curiosity in hopes that you open yet another path that I will keep a close eye on." Yes, I am using you too, Irene added to herself, "It seems you don't need much encouragement though." Irene's smile was genuine now. Karen was not the type to quit, "I also have a suspicion that most underestimate and dismiss you, making you the best kind of spy. I have not underestimated you though and I suspect before this is done you will have uncovered a great deal of this mystery."


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Luckily, Irene appeared amused, almost impressed by Karen's forwardness. Karen had been expecting to offend, as she normally did when she pushed too hard too quickly, but she had to remember Irene was no normal woman. It made Karen admire her all the more, and all the more determined to help her. She'd always respected Irene Adler, and Karen hoped those feelings were now being returned.

Karen smiled back, having expected this answer. "It was worth a shot," she replied. She scribbled a few more notes down, and then tapped her pad with her pen, thinking. Karen paused and peered up at Irene, momentarily surprised. She really was five steps ahead. She knew just how to play Karen and they'd only just met. Irene knew she'd stop at nothing to discover the truth, and was using that determination to her advantage.

"Another path?" Karen asked, curious. She was going to take what Irene said as a compliment. "I'm listening." She laughed and straightened up. "I don't suppose you could give me a clue as to what this path is?"

 
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