Decided to take it easy today and do some research on the Academy of Natural Sciences. Managed to find out the curator was Alice Hardy and I managed to get her personal contact info to boot. I called her up and discussed the “incident” at the museum.
She was still kind of shaky on the details, but some strange animal that looked like a dog had broken into the exhibit and attacked a number of people. Thankfully, no one was killed, but one of their interns, Ariel Oakwood, had gone missing. Some more digging turned up that she was an anthropology grad student at Penn. But that’s about all I could get.
Alice agreed to let me see the security footage, but said it was pretty bad and that I wouldn’t be able to get a good look at the thing. I figured I’d have to fiddle with the tape to improve the quality, but once I watched the footage I realized it wouldn’t be necessary. The footage wasn’t blurry because it was low quality. It was blurry because the damn thing was a displacer beast! There it was in all its blurry glory attacking a few people and demolishing some of the exhibit’s installations. Then it hit me. It wasn’t just going crazy in there. It had specific targets and was systematically going after them. Alice had mentioned the exhibit was named “Real Monsters” and was showcasing various items related to the myths of all kinds of monsters. The targets must have been related to shadows somehow.
Gah! My head hurts now. I miss the old delivery jobs.