Declan shifted so he faced Blair completely. “Tell us everything about this car accident. What about the other driver? Were there any passengers?”
“There was no other driver. My dad lost control of his car and crashed into a cement wall,” Blair said.
“Wait a minute. Are you telling me your father, an experienced FBI field agent, with, I’m presuming, defensive driving training smashed into a wall during an investigation and nobody at the FBI thought it was even a tiny bit suspicious?” Forge’s temper started to rise and Blair didn’t need his empathic bond to feel the effects.
“Oh, hell, no. A lot of people at the FBI thought those events were very suspicious. My dad’s car was only a few weeks old. He’d just bought one of the new models to come out that year. He either jumped or was thrown from the car, no way to tell, but the doctors said he shouldn’t have lived, and it was miracle he did survive. The car was so badly burned there was almost no evidence recovered, and what they could find didn’t show any tampering.” Blair stopped and glanced around at the other men. “He survived the crash and died a few days later from a blood clot, but he never woke up. The people he worked with did what they could with what they had, but it wasn’t enough. It’s not a closed case, but it’s a cold case now. Whatever he knew that could have shed light on what happened died with him.”
“But you think it wasn’t an accident,” Forge said. He took Blair’s hand. “I can feel it.”
“Why didn’t you tell us before? Maybe we could have found more evidence or helped you,” Lucas said.
Blair sighed. “By the first time I talked to you guys, I was already changed. If you recall, I wasn’t exactly good at being a vampire.” He shrugged and focused on the floor, hoping none of them would notice the tears in his eyes. “I had no access to the FBI investigation, was afraid to talk to any of my dad’s coworkers, and it wouldn’t have changed anything. For what it’s worth, I always thought his car was hacked somehow. Back then I didn’t have the skills or resources to investigate on my own, and without physical evidence from the car, it was probably impossible anyway.”
He gave up any pretense of being unaffected by these recent revelations. Forge knew how Blair felt anyway. Lucas had become a good enough friend there was no reason to be embarrassed, and he’d already bawled like a baby recently in front of Declan. Wiping his eyes with the back of one hand, Blair added, “I never realized those two cases were connected or might be connected to the one we’re working on now.”
Declan put one hand on Blair’s shoulder. “There was no reason for you to. You certainly didn’t have enough information about the earlier cases to connect them.”
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