I composed myself and walked casually into triage.
“Everything okay?” Calla asked.
“Yeah, that was just Matt, letting me know that he survived, like all cockroaches.”
“He’s your friend?” Bianca asked.
“Well, a) you called him a cockroach, and b) he hit on me after I saw him hitting on a waitress at the gallery last week. He’s kind of slimy.”
“Well, I’m glad you think so. He wants me to put in a good word, and that saves me the trouble.” I sat down.
“Ewwwwwww,” Bianca scrunched up her nose. “Matt’s so dirty. Even his cousin Sheila thinks so.”
“She’s a snob,” I said.
“You don’t have a high opinion of people, do you?” Bianca asked.
“Not when I’m tired. What’s the point of lying to you? Sheila only let you and your classmates use her gallery to score points with her clients, and look all humanitarian. It was self-serving. Matt hits on any girl that walks by. He might be a loyal friend, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a pig. If I pretend with you, sooner or later you’ll find out and then you won’t let me talk to Calla.”
“Let you?” Calla bristled. “Bianca is not my mother.”
“Then maybe you had better take that up with her, she thinks she can decide whether we’re friends or not,” I said, grinning.
“That’s not what I said,” Bianca sputtered. “I said I’d kill you if you hurt her.”
“So you say,” I shrugged. “Still sounds like you’re making decisions on her behalf. Maybe you should let her speak for herself.”
“I think you’re trying to get a rise out of me,” Bianca stuck out her tongue.
“I think you’re both being silly,” Calla declared. “Bianca just wants to be a good friend, and Diggory, that won’t change the fact that I’m going out with you tomorrow night. Now, is that settled?”
I shrugged and Bianca nodded. “Good,” Calla said. “Now, what I want to know, is what the two of you were doing together this afternoon, that caused you to go to Diggory’s work.”
I blinked. I had forgotten all about that.
“Diggory wanted to talk to you. You weren’t home,” Bianca started. “He said something funny…”
“Yeah, it wasn’t a big deal,” I interrupted. “I was just trying to prove to Bianca that I had your best interests in mind.”
Calla turned to her friend, “But why would you need to go to his office for that?”
I screamed at Bianca telepathically, and tried to mouth the words “Not now!” to her urgently, widening my eyes. I didn’t need Bianca discussing my theory that Calla was crazy. For one thing, I didn’t want to insult the girl, and for another, I didn’t want her thinking that I was nuts.
For once, telepathy might have worked. Bianca raised her eyebrow and then spoke to Calla.
“Oh, I just thought it would be better for us to get to know each other off my home turf. I mean, you were coming home soon, after all. I didn’t have a lot of time to interrogate the man. Away from the house, I could find out more and then we could come back.”
I was impressed with Bianca’s ability to improvise. I smiled and mouthed “Thank you.”
“And the building blew up before she could get much out of me,” I said. “So that’s how we got here.”
“I see,” Calla said. “Weird day.”
“Very weird.” I nodded.
A pair of police officers entered the ER through the outer doors. They glanced around and one of them pointed in our direction.
“That’s him,” one said.
The pair came over. I had a grim feeling that my day was about to get weirder.
“Diggory Franklin?” One asked. I nodded. “Could you come with us, sir? We need you to come down to the precinct to answer some questions.”