"You took the Commission for how much!?!"
Ruthie didn't look well after I might have mentioned the scale of the theft. Kind of pale and faint actually.
"Uhm...about two and a half million."
"Have you thought about what they're going to do to you?"
"Well yes. If they catch me...and that's a pretty big if because they already have a pair of suspects with their evidence all leading back to, including transatlantic call logs showing two calls from Switzerland to Frank Costello."
"Jesus..."Ruthie sagged on her sofa so I reached over and patted her hand.
"It's okay Ruth. I wouldn't have tried something like this without thinking it through. I even made sure that the taxes got paid, so the US Government doesn't get snippy."
"Who paid them?"
"Miss Sylvia Smith of course. Sadly she's not getting a return this year, but she did pay Uncle Sam his cut when she made her withdrawals."
"How many identities do you have?"
"At least fifteen at the moment. When I got to town, I decided to get as many set up as I could. Took a lot of cash too. That's not counting Nacht, Mona, or Morgan of course. They're complete phantoms."
"What is your real name Betty?"
"Betty is what I use the most. It's not that I don't trust you, because god knows I do Ruthie. It's just that I've kind of taken a break from my past until I can get back to my home."
"Where are you from?"
"I can't tell you I'm afraid. It could cause some bad stuff to happen if my arrival here got out. Just think of me as an cautionary tale that's real."
"Cautionary for who?"
"Monsters of course. These days they do tend to be human. As for before...let's just say some fairy tales and ghost stories may have a backing in fact."
"You're giving me the frights now Betty."
"I'm sorry. Really I am. You've become one of the few friends I've got here."
I shook my head, "You, Moe, Professor Tesla, and Harry. That's about it."
"Damn that's tough."
"You're telling me. Also, you're the only four people that know I'm really Nacht. I may have some trust issues, or so I've been told," I finished off my club soda.
She wrapped her arms around me and gave me a hug.
"Don't worry Betty...you do have some friends here..."
I sighed and thought about the love of my life..."I'll get home Willow. Have faith in your Ken-doll..."a/n
Kennedy may have been a 'bit of a brat' but she was tough, smart, and adaptable. Ken has been a Slayer for the last 7 years and always struck me as an A-type personality. She would be the kind of person to work her ass off to be better than Buffy or Faith. People may also have noticed the lack of Buffy-speak and the lack of distaste with guns or killing.
Stay tuned for the next episode...
Nacht and the Desperate City!!!
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