Jill still had her doubts but she hit the unlock button and climbed into the backseat. The man opened the door and leaned in. Wordlessly he held his hand out to her. She fished the car keys from her pocket and dropped them in his hand. He then turned to Tom and motioned him outside. The man then closed the door and locked it.
Jill watched as they strolled toward a wooded area. Judging by her father's reaction to the man, she guessed it was Saal, although she wasn't sure how he'd found them. Jill kept watching the tree line for their return but as they lingered, her eyes grew heavy. Exhausted from their escape, she tucked herself under the thick blankets and crashed.
Flashing lights and murmurings invaded Jill's dreams. She reluctantly opened her eyes to a crowd of police and firemen surrounding the car. They tapped on the windows and yelled at her through the glass.
"Are you lost? Where are your parents? Open the door. We want to help you."
They thought she was lost? She focused on the front dash and realized she'd been asleep for over two hours. Saal and her father weren't back and apparently someone had noticed her sleeping in the car.
"I'm fine. My Dad should be back soon," she assured them. They didn't buy it. The lie only flamed their resolve to help her. An officer jimmied at the lock and soon it popped open. He unlocked the doors and two officers stationed at the back opened the back doors in unison.
"Why don't you come with us? We'll help you find your father," a young woman officer said. She held her arms out to Jill.
"My Dad's coming back," Jill said in a small voice but doubts began to creep into her mind. She didn't know for sure who the man was that left with her father. He never spoke. He could have been another wolf, sent to take her father away and kill him. Maybe it had been the only way to protect her. She suddenly felt very cold and started to cry.
"Did he say he was coming back?" the woman officer asked.
True, he hadn't said so, she just assumed it. But he would never leave her. Jill pushed away from the woman. The officer behind her wrapped his arms around her and hauled her from the car as she screamed and protested.
"Let me go! Go away!" she shouted as she kicked and flailed against the man. Her mind returned to the wolves hunting her and it increased her panic.
"Daddy! Daddy!" she screamed.