PAUL. What do you think those incisions on the back could mean?
VERONICA. First guess? Something to do with angel wings. I mean, the scars are right where wings would be.
PAUL. (smiling) Good guess. It’s not much, but it’s a place to start.
Paul was impressed. She hadn’t hesitated. She was confident and her mind made the connection right away. In school, he would have expected as much but in the field, that kind of quick thinking was pretty hard sometimes for a beginner.
Did he already have the same idea? He didn’t give away very much to her. She wanted to believe that he didn’t have anything to prove, but she hadn’t seen that quality in many people. Everybody wants to show off.
PAUL. Why don’t you explore that idea? See where it leads you. See how it fits with the evidence we have so far.
VERONICA. Great. Should I write something up? Or do you just want to talk about it?
PAUL. No writing. I think that’s too formal. Too much like school. What’s best for you?
VERONICA. I’d like to go for a swim in the motel pool.
VERONICA. Helps me think.
PAUL. All right. Sounds good. Mind if I join you?
VERONICA. Not at all.
She wasn’t really so sure about that. She really wanted to be alone right now. Thoughts racing. Angel wings. Cut into the backs of two girls. Eyes gouged out. He didn’t want to be seen. Angel wings. What’s the connection? Could it really be the obvious? He didn’t want to be seen by angels? Wow. How trite. But what difference would it make to “break the code”. None of it mattered if it didn’t lead to finding the killer.