“Yes, my family and I run the motel and restaurant.” Muna took another deep sniff and felt her stomach growl. She was indeed very hungry now.
“I’d like to rent a room then, and eat some of that wonderful food I smell.” Carmen smiled and escorted her inside.
On the other side of town, “so padre Ignacio, what you’re saying is that there is a monster out there killing people, but you don’t know what it is, do I have it right?” They conversed in a small kitchen located in the back of the local church.
“Si, I cannot tell you what it is. All I can tell you is that people disappear and a few days later their bodies turn up in pieces.” Padre Ignacio was indeed deeply frightened as he retold his story.
“What are the police doing about it?” Ernesto had a far away look as he asked the question. He was calculating in his head what the threat could be.
“Yes, they managed to corner whatever it was a few nights ago, but it killed three of them including the police chief.” Padre Ignacio’s eyes went sullen. “I knew all of them since they were boys.”
“What do the police think?”
“They think it’s a small bear or a jaguar, because the bodies were ripped apart, but I don’t know of any earthly creature, that kills in this manner. So I began to pray, and an angel told me to expect a cazador soon.”
“I’ll do what I can Padre.” Ernesto gathered up the information regarding the killings and formulated a plan to deal with what he could be dealing with, and set out that night to find it. Ernesto really wished that he had brought his chest with him now, but Dominick’s cross would have to do during his hunt that evening. From what he was told, the murders happened about once every three nights, but it had been over a week since the last attack. Ernesto was pretty sure of what he was searching for, and used his training to try to look for his quarry; he didn’t need to search long.
“This food is amazing!” Muna uttered and then took another mouthful of her chimichanga.
“Muchas gracias,” Humberto replied, genuinely appreciative of her compliment. He was Carmen’s husband and an amazing cook; his dishes were both flavorful and popular. The small restaurant was filled to capacity. Muna had also met the rest of Carmen’s family. The pair had four sons and one daughter. The entire family worked in the local business, and Muna was impressed with how effectively they worked together. Their small inn only had a few rooms, but they were all very nice and she was honored when she was given the nicest one.
After she finished her meal, despite Carmen’s warnings, she decided to go for a walk. The night air was refreshing, and the moon, thought not quite yet full, was shining brightly. She still had no idea why her Spirit Guide had brought her here, so she decided to walk down to the beach to meditate and see if she could make contact with Kajee. She hoped she would answer her call once again. As she walked towards the beach several small dogs began to follow her. “Are you hungry my little friends?” She produced a piece of sweet bread that she was saving for a midnight snack and broke it into pieces and fed the small Chihuahuas. All in all, there were six in the pack. Muna could see that they all had collars, and could tell that they were not strays. The dogs ate their impromptu meal as they wagged their tails appreciatively. Muna had always had an affinity for animals ever since she was child. Birds, rodents, snakes, cats and of course dogs. It was a common trait amongst her Alisdelisgi people. It was weaker in some, and vastly powerful in others. She smiled and continued walking towards the beach, leaving the dogs behind.
Muna found the beach devoid of people; it was strange that no one was out enjoying an evening stroll; after all it was not that late. She found a spot in the sand to sit and started meditating. She was deep in her thoughts when a voice interrupted her. “It is a marvelous evening, it is not?” Muna opened her eyes and found a tall, young man looking down upon her. He was not wearing a shirt so she could see how dark his tan was. His hair was straight, black and extremely long, it glistened in the moonlight. She could see that the hair’s length reached almost to the back of his knees. Then there were his eyes, eyes that alarmed her right away. As he looked down on her they turned green, not unlike cat’s eyes when a light shined on them in the dark. She immediately stood up, and could tell that that her swiftness both took him a bit by surprise and excited him.
“What are you?” Muna’s muscles tensed as he let out a soft growl.