Thank you to Kristy, Jansen, Lynn, and Sheri for your comments last week! We’re getting close to meeting the governor, but first ~ a showdown with the director! Keep those comments coming, I love reading your ideas and figuring out what our characters are going to do next. If you’ve missed any of the weeks, just click here, or you can always click on the above page under Our Summer Adventure to get caught up. Thanks for playing along!
Our Summer Adventure ~ Week Five: The Director
This was bad. Ethan kept his calm even though his insides were taut bundles of nerves. In all his research on the director, he’d never uncovered a daughter. Adopted, perhaps? Or, as Rori suggested, a changeling?
“Mr. Carmichael, it’s a pleasure to finally meet you.”
“You as well.” He didn’t look at Hannah as she stood off to the director’s right. “I wasn’t aware you had a daughter.”
“It isn’t something I make public. Too many enemies in my line of work. I’m sure you understand.”
That Hannah had let Ethan know her relationship with the director could mean she trusted him, or wanted him to know his place. Given the situation he faced, he hoped for the former.
“Of course. As you’re aware, I am always discreet.” Ethan took his seat without being asked and the director followed suit. Hannah stayed standing, which did nothing to assuage his anxiety. With two armed men standing beside the door, he began to think the meeting wasn’t entirely about the governor. “Why have you brought me here, Director? It appears you have men and women perfectly capable of handling the situation.”
“Ah, yes. But you see, they are also known to the governor. Some more than others.” His tone hardened and Hannah’s jaw tightened. “We need someone with a very specific skill set who isn’t recognizable.”
The director leaned back and closed his eyes. “Death would be a comfort to this man. I need him living if he is to pay for his crimes.”
Ethan rose from the chair and leaned against the desk. “You need him? What exactly are your plans? I came here under the assumption I was to work out a truce with the governor.”
In the space of a heartbeat the director was standing, his face inches from Ethan’s. “A truce? You know what he’s doing, what he will do, and yet you think words will prevent him from any further atrocities?”
Madness spiraled beneath his cool blue of his eyes. A fervor for revenge, perhaps, or a sycophantic desire to please his sister. Or something else entirely.
Hannah hadn’t moved, but Ethan felt her hot gaze on him. He wondered how much about her father she knew.
“We are in agreement about the governor’s activities, but I take my orders from Queen Narissa. I am here as a consultant only, not as your soldier. You’re looking for an assassin who is disposable. I’m not your guy, Maxim Drake.”
Hannah swallowed hard, her eyes narrowed the slightest bit.
“What did you call me?” The director asked.
Ethan turned his gaze back to the man. “Your name. I know who you are, brother to Queen Darynda, ruler of the Unseelie Court.”
Maxim glared at him, but Ethan kept his body relaxed, ready.
“Have you come here to work out a truce with the governor, or to assassinate me?”
Now it’s your turn. Is Ethan there to kill the director? What atrocities is the governor committing? What happens next? I have no idea!