Thornton had run upstairs to the bedroom, where Claire had been sleeping. He kneeled down and sat on the bed, as he covered her.mouth.
Claire's eyes opened with wonder, as Thornton said to her, "Don't be frightened my pretty."
I need you to stay calm and stay in the bathroom, with the door closed. Don't ask questions, just do it, while forcing her into the bathroom.
Stay put and very quiet, or else, while closing the door from behind.
Now what can I do for you officer?
Officer Cathcart Mr. Androusey, sorry to trouble you sir, it seems Ms. Campton was by here a couple of days ago; to do her usual housekeeping, and no one has seen or heard from her since, "Officer Cathcart questioned?"