She called Karen to let her know what happened. The VCU Review offices were a potential target and they needed to be prepared if the thief struck again. Karen insisted that Frederica get out of the dorm for a few days, just to be safe. Reluctantly, Frederica agreed, and called Griffith.
“Hey Fred,” he said. “What’s up?”
“Oh, not much,” she said. “Someone broke into my dorm room.”
“What?” he said. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine,” she replied. “They were just after my laptop. Latest desperation move from City Hall.”
“Jesus,” he said. “Is there anything I can do?”
“Actually, yeah,” she said. “I, um… was wondering if it’d be okay if I crash at your place for a bit? Just until things cool down?”
“Of course, stay as long as you like,” he said. “You’re there most nights anyway.”
She bit her lip and said, “Cool. I’ll head over shortly.”
“I’m at work now, but Darren should be home,” Griffith said. “I’ll let him know that you’re coming.”
“Thanks,” she said. “I promise I’ll stay out of everyone’s way.”
“No worries,” he said. “See you tonight.”
She hung up and quickly packed a few necessities. She slung her bag over her shoulder.
“I’ll text you if I notice anything suspicious,” Nila said. “Anything at all.”
“Thanks for having my back,” Frederica said. “Just try not to get yourself into any trouble on my account, okay?”
“I make no promises,” Nila said, cracking her knuckles.
Frederica laughed and hugged Nila. Then she hurried out of the building. She took flight, scanning the skies around her to be sure she wasn’t followed. She landed in front of Griffith’s building and rode the elevator up to his floor. She knocked on the door.
“Hey there, Freddie,” Darren Chu said. “Come on in.”