Jes quickly came to my side and suggested that we go to his and Maggie’s apartment. “What the hell happened, Jes? Are Mos and Gael OK?” He didn’t say another word until we were inside their apartment.
“Sit down on the couch with me, and I’ll answer all of your questions.”
We both sat down. “OK,” I said, “what happened?”
“There’s been an assassination, Rich.”
“No, not him and not Gael.” Confused, I looked at him since I had no idea who it could be if it was not one of them. Then, he told me that it was Stella.
Confused, I screamed, “Stella? It couldn’t have been Stella. I was just talking with her.” I couldn’t process fully what he was saying. I thought he wasn’t making sense.
“That was Stella’s clone outside. I know it’s hard to be calm right now, Rich, but you’ll soon understand if you just listen carefully.” Tears were forming in my eyes, and I shook my head in denial. ”Stella stopped by here after your interview, and the three of us went out for dinner; when we returned, she was walking in front of Maggie and me when she suddenly fell to the ground. Her death was immediate, and I’m sure she felt little to no pain. We heard no gunshot because the assassin probably used a sound-mask, a kind of silencer. There was no blood since Creians do not normally bleed from their wounds due to very rapid regeneration of skin and internal tissues.