Truth & Consequences
"There it is, ladies and gentlemen," Carter said, spreading the feast of photographs before them.
"Proof positive that County X has itself a little werewolf infestation."
Lyle Davis and Robert Wyotski snatched up the pictures. Davis lifted two photos and settled
back in his seat to savour the images while Wyotski hunched over his share, gorging on them.
Elena Michaels pushed back her chair and crossed her arms.
"We are professional paranormal investigators, Mr. Carter, not sideshow thrill seekers," she
said. "But I can see how you made the mistake, since we were all gullible enough to pay fifty
dollars to see this trash."
"Welcome to the information age, ma'am," Carter said. "Knowledge is a commodity. Your
entrance fee entitles you to these pictures and the names of two eyewitnesses. You want more,
you pay more."
Elena plucked two photos from Wyotski's hand. He yelped and reached to snatch them back,
but at a glare from her, he withdrew his hand.
"Cattle mutilations are common," she said. "This could be the work of ordinary wolves."
"Without revealing the location of County X, let me assure you, there are no wild wolves there.
Never has been. I've got a notarized statement from a wildlife expert to confirm that."
"It's a staged hoax," Elena said.
"A damned elaborate hoax, then," Carter said. "Three murders and over a dozen eyewitness
Davis laid his photos down. "The Gaines Institute may not be interested, Mr. Carter, but PRC
"So is the Hecate Society," Wyotski said. "What exactly are you offering?"
Armstrong/Truth & Consequences 2.
Carter smiled and passed around three folders. "A package deal, folks. Laboratory results,
expert reports, notarized witness statements and, most importantly, the location of County X. A
hundred grand: half before and half after you visit the town."
"Ridiculous." Elena tossed her sales folder onto the table. "We can't justify that kind