As the rest of the group boards the Fed-Boeing Commuter jet, Jax heads down to Telestrian’s Tiny Tots Treatment Clinic to investigate the reports of terminally ill children being abducted. The children’s clinic is located in West Island, in one of the worst neighborhoods in Montreal. The redbrick, three-story structure has definitely seen better days. It looks like it was once a mom and pop store of some kind that has been converted into a depressing clinic. The security guard stationed outside looks more like a mall cop than a deterrent. The closer Jax gets to the clinic the more she can feel something isn’t right with the mana in the area. It definitely feels off.
Entering the clinic, Jax finds the walls painted in warm bright colors with pictures of trees and animals. In one corner of the lobby is a play area with a few well-worn, faded toys stacked in a brightly colored toy chest. Kay St. Jacques stands just inside the door, waiting for your arrival.
“Hello Jax, Elizabeth told me to expect you. My name is Kay, we can talk in the meeting room upstairs.”
She then leads you through the clinic to the second floor where you find brightly colored patient rooms with children attached to various medical devices and then finally to a small meeting room.
“I’m not sure how much I can tell you. Three children have been abducted so far, and all of them at night. The first was a month ago, the second ten days ago, the latest was two nights ago. The security guards don’t remember anyone coming in or any children leaving. We only have two cameras. One focused on the lobby and another over the back door. Neither of the camera’s security footage reveal anything unusual that we could see.”
Jax wrestles her attention back from the mixed feelings of despair at the sick children confined to beds and the joy at some of their friendly smiles and waves as she walks by. She nods to the clinic director.
“Thank you, Ms St. Jacques. Perhaps I can start by looking at the video footage to see if there is anything else I might notice. Then I’d like to look at the rooms from which the children were taken, speak with any of the children that were in the same room at the time, and look at a list of the staff on duty during the abductions. After that, it may be helpful to speak with the staff and security guards on duty those nights.”
“I’ll see that you get a copy of the video footage. I’ll bring you to the children’s room and let you talk to them. As for the list of staff, during the nights there are only three people on staff. The night security guard and the night nurse were the same for all those nights, Malcolm Reed and Christine Chapel. The doctors rotate the nights, so Doctor Alexander Siddig was on for the first abduction, while Doctor Robert Picardo was on for the others”.
As you go room to room and talk to the children they all say they were sleeping at the time, however on entering the room of one of the most recent abducted girl a drawing on the wall catches your attention. It doesn’t seem to be the only one.
Noticing you looking at the picture, Kay says
“Ariel had a vivid imagination.”
As you question the staff they seem to be answering your questions honestly and seem genuinely concerned.
Security guard Reed: “It was just like any other night. I even went so far as to do a sweep of the outside of the building twice. Normally, I don’t need to worry much, but with turf war going on them gangers ain’t providing as much protection. That means, I gots to step up and look out for these kids.”
“How long have you been doing increased sweeps? Was is only on these particular nights, or have you been doing it every night for some time? How long do your security sweeps take from the time you leave the building until you return? Were you going out for longer or shorter sweeps than usual on the nights of the abductions? How long has this turf war been going on?”
“About a month. You know it was pretty much only those nights, i just felt that something needed checking those nights. Not very long 5-10 minutes maybe. Thing I heard rumblings of it about a month and a half ago.”
The Miss Chapel tells you that everything was as normal, but you sensed that she was leaving out something. Under further questioning she tells you that on those nights she had a premonition that something was wrong with one of the children. She went to their room and stayed with them, unfortunately it seems she was wrong about which children was in danger.
“Have you ever had premonitions like this before? Has it happened on any other night besides these three?”
“Not, as strong as those one, but one time I felt really worried about my aunt and sure enough she had stubbed her toe really bad.”
Doctor Alexander Siddig: “I must have been in the washroom during the abduction. I just really had to go.”
“You mean suddenly? Do you recall how long it had been since you used the lavatory before that?”
Yeah, it was real sudden like, i figure it was the coffee. It had been awhile."
Doctor Robert Picardo: “The night of the second abduction I was in my office double checking the diagnosis for Chris. I was so sure that he had been misdiagnosed. I spent an hour researching every paper I could find. On the night of the I joined Miss Chapel on the night of the third abduction looking in on one of the children, Sarah. She was having respiratory issues. I remember, because the damn machines didn’t seem to catch it. It is a good thing I was there. You can’t trust technology.”
“What were the three abducted children being treated for? Did you discover something unusual about Chris’ diagnosis, or did that turn out to be a false alarm? Was Sarah’s respiratory distress a new issue or was she having signs before that night? Is she still having the same problem now, or is it resolved?”
“Diane was being treated for neuroblastoma, Chris for wilms tumor and Ariel for rhabdomyosarcoma. It was unfortunately a false alarm. Sarah’s respiratory problem is the reason she is here. We had been worried before that it might be getting worst. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case.”
The Video: You don’t notice anything wrong with videos on nights of the first two abductions, but on the most recent one you notice that as Mr. Reed goes outside to do his rounds around the grounds a hazy figure briefly appears on the camera slipping into building as the door closes behind Mr. Reed.
Jax thanks each of the staff for their information and returns to Ms. St. Jacques, “Kay, could you find me any demographic information that you have on the three missing children? Age, metatype, background, when they arrived here, where they grew up, what’s known about their families, anything else they might have in common.”
All were human, ages 9, 11 and 12. I’ll work on getting that other information for you."
“Also, is there anything else missing or out of place? Medication count incorrect, equipment missing or tampered with, new staff, visitor or strangers around lately?”
“It would also be helpful to have a layout of the building to look at, with the locations of the missing children’s beds marked, please. I’d like to go outside and have a look around, hopefully on the roof as well if you have a way to get up there.”
“Is there anyone on your staff who is magically active? Someone that could help with my investigation?”
“We used to. Dr. Tolian Soran but he is in a coma. About a week before the first abduction, the police say he must have gone astral and never returned to his body. Not sure why any magician would send their soul outside their body. It just isn’t Christian. I’ll send a map of the clinic to you. No, nothing out of place. Dr. Picardo claims Sarah’s vital signs monitor is on the fritz, but it seemed ok when the techs checked it out.”