Cat leaned back against the trunk of the tree that they were sitting under and peered up at the branches, “You’re sure that she’s a fledgling? And that she’s alive?”
“I saw it with my own eyes,” Julia said, “Her and that thing, they got bound together, but she… She’s fine. People aren’t even supposed to come out of a Consumption in one piece; they definitely aren’t supposed to start breathing again. If she’s not a fledgling then I don’t know what else she could possibly be.”
“So we get a second chance.”.
“Yup. We’ll do better this time, okay Cat?”
Cat nodded, “You really think that was our guy, too?”
“The method checks out. Theoretically it’s easier to dispose of bodies after a Consumption, which would account for the lack of evidence in the other cases,” Julia sighed.
“You're not wrong about that.”
She leaned back, “Thank you for meeting us here, by the way. I don’t think Yuli and I would have been able to survive the past eight hours without you.”