So, I have a partner, a ghost who goes by the name of Gladys. She and I have always had a very close but also very complicated relationship. But what else would you expect? We live in two entirely different worlds in the same realm. Most recently she and I got into a bit of a tussle because I crossed one of our boundaries. It was totally my fault, but at the time I had a difficult time seeing it that way.
It all started on Wednesday when we were working on a case for a client who had lost a somewhat valuable piece of art a while back and the police were getting nowhere on their end. Now I'm not saying the police are incompetent or that they don't do their jobs well. I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone in law enforcement. However, in this particular instance, they were probably overworked with other cases of much higher importance and had let this one slide a little. So, the client came to me.
The piece of art that was lost was a painting that they had received from a member of the fairy court of Summer. It was valuable because it was a piece of art from a fae artist that created seasonal landscapes that actually moved in accordance with the seasons of the Fairy Realm. In other words, if it was winter here, it may show a spring landscape in the realm of the fair folk, and so on. Since some areas in their realm changed so sporadically, the portrait would always be something different every time you viewed it.
Well, I had found some leads from a source in the MacD named Edwards that pointed me in the direction of an art dealer that sometimes traded in not so "legal" circles and I was going to go investigate and I asked Gladys to come along to help out. She turned me down saying that she "had other plans" but when I probed to get more information, she was elusive and dodged the questions. I told her that it was fine and to have fun. However, it turns out it wasn't fine and that is where the problem began. Instead of following up on my lead, I instead decided to find out what she was up to.