"I'm sorry sir, you've been declined." The clerk looked upset and confused.
I forced down the rising frustration, "Okay, I had plenty of money on there to pay for the rooms just earlier today. You must be doing something wrong."
"Sir, I've tried it three times. Maybe you should give the bank a call?" She looked at me timidly.
"I think I will." I turned to see Nick and Crystal walking through the hotel doors.
"What's going on?", Nick jogged up, "Is there a problem?"
"They're telling me I have no money. I just checked the balance earlier today."
"No problem, let me see if I can help." Nick handed his card to the clerk and in a few moments it was returned with the same explanation.
"We have no money. Who could be doing this?", Nick looked exasperated.
"We can't even pay for a way back."
"I might be able to help.", Crystal spoke up, her voice shaky and unsure. "I could call my Daddy."
I'm sure that Nick and I had the same surprised look on our face. Crystal had chosen not to talk to her father, because there was no way she could explain this.
"You don't have to. We'll find another way to pay.", I stated.
"No. After losing Vincent," she looked at the floor, "I don't want to lose anyone else. I'm going to have to find a way to tell him."
She walked to the hotel phone and dialed the number.