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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Chapter 15

By Lish McBride

Chapter 15

I Hear You Knockin', But You Can't Come In

  • Back at Sam's apartment, Ramon cleans Sam's back again. What a great friend.
  • Reflecting on what he learned at his mom's, Sam considers his options: He can join Douglas, but that's all kinds of evil and sketchy, or he can run away, like Nick. This doesn't work either, though, because it doesn't erase the danger to his friends and family.
  • Brooke is watching the news and has the surreal and devastating experience of seeing her house on television as the anchorman relates the story of her death; she asks Sam to change the channel. Eventually, Sam goes to bed, though sleep doesn't come easy.
  • The next morning, Ramon urgently wakes him up with some pretty anxiety-inducing news: The cops are at his apartment. They hide Brooke in her bowling bag and put it in the closet.
  • Detective Dunaway questions Ramon and Sam about whether they've been to work or talked to anyone at work, and where Sam's wounds came from. He's already talked to Mrs. Winalski, who established an alibi for Sam, but kind of made things worse by saying he was covered in various injuries.
  • Finally, the detective tells them what they already know: Brooke is dead. To Sam, hearing him say it out loud finally makes it real, and he feels devastated as he believes the truth at last.
  • Because Sam's wounds are like nothing the detective has ever seen, he takes some pictures of them and promises to keep them in the loop. Meanwhile, Sam's beginning to hatch a plan for the next step in his investigation.

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