It was very deliberate. Zach had moved away from his work and directly into the camera’s blind spot. He hadn’t returned.
“He knew where the cameras were?” Hilde asked.
“Not exactly ,” Brandon answered. “He figured out some blind spots when he didn’t get in trouble for standing about doing nothing in them.”
“Some employee,” Hilde muttered. “Can I see the wine area during the same time stamp?”
“No problem,” Brandon said.
Mikael seemed to be working efficiently and quickly. About ten minutes after Zach had initially gone into the blind spot, Mikael left the department.
“Where was he going?” Hilde wondered.
“Taking his break,” Brandon answered. “He goes at the same time every night.”
“Just checking,” Hilde said. “You know it doesn’t look great for him, leaving his area at roughly the time Zach vanished.”
“I know,” Brandon said. “But I still can’t believe he did anything.”
“I don’t either,” Hilde stated. “But I do have to look at all the evidence as objectively as possible. I’m going to check the area he was in.”
She didn’t have to hunt for it. It was the very area that Bianca and Sakura had been hovering around.
It didn’t take long for Bianca to return with a tall, auburn haired woman. There was something about her fair features that reminded Hilde of Bianca. In fact, their eyes were nearly identical.
“Your secret weapon?” Hilde asked.
“I told you, I just had to call in a favour,” Bianca said. “This is my oldest sister, Beatrix.”
“Pleased to meet you,” Hilde said.
“Likewise,” Beatrix said, shaking Hilde’s hand. “I’ve been wondering what kind of girl could keep my baby sister’s attention.”
“Are you seriously on about that again?” Bianca asked.
Beatrix gave her a playful grin. “But it’s true, isn’t it?”
“It’s because they have the truest of loves!” Sakura declared.
“Oh, is that right Miss Fairy?” Beatrix asked
“Absolutely!” Sakura stated.
“You had to call in a favour from your own sister?” Hilde asked, changing the subject.
Bianca shrugged. “We don’t believe in owing things to one another just because we’re family.”
“I see what you mean,” Beatrix said. “There is something here… maybe.” She walked around the area. Then she snapped her fingers. “Maybe a passive trap spell.”
“If it was it must’ve been cast a long time ago,” Bianca noted. “It doesn’t have the presence it should if it were recent.”
“Most definitely,” Beatrix agreed.
“And how would the trap work exactly?” Hilde asked.
“It would probably be set to activate when someone entered the area and did a particular thing,” Bianca said. “Or entered the area and said something. But since he was the only one grabbed that’s unlikely.”
“So is the other option,” Hilde said. “Apparently, Zach came here regularly to laze about while avoiding the cameras. It doesn’t seem probable that he did something new today that he’d never done before.”
“Well, we can test the trap theory,” Beatrix said.
Bianca nodded. “Should be simple enough. We just have to forcefully activate it.”
“I can do that,” Beatrix said. “Me and the fairy will form an anchor so that you two can get back. Miss Detective, look after my sister. Okay?”
“Why do I have to stay with you?” Sakura demanded.
“Because I can’t provide a way back for both of them and a possible third person by myself,” Beatrix answered.
“Sakura, don’t worry about us,” Bianca said. “We’ll look after one another.” She gently grasped Hilde’s hand. “This should prove whether or not there was an old trap spell in place.”
“If nothing happens?” Hilde asked.
Bianca shrugged. “Then we try and find the actual truth.”
Beatrix chanted, a green sparkly light burst from her hands into the area around Hilde and Bianca. The next thing Hilde knew, the pair of them were elsewhere.