Careful, Dominic. Don’t give yourself away, i think, as Eris moves closer.
She says, you know how important that aquamarine is, Agent Seckcee. How could you have let it slip through your grasp? And Agent 38? And that cat? They managed to get away before we could get what we needed!
Agent 38? Oh, you mean Marguerite Putnam. She poses no threat to us. She works for The Agency and Farley Friday, as you know. That cat, as you call her, belongs to Lena. She’s kind of a pain sometimes, but if you don’t cross her, she’s a sweet cat. I’m not a feline lover, per se, but Lacey’s okay in my book.
Well, Dominic, where did this sweet kitty and 38 disappear to? A cat and a human vanish into thin air? You couldn’t keep them here, if you know what i mean?
Eris, i know you love trouble, but i am not going to piss Lena off by imprisoning her cat or her human guest, even if that guest works for the wrong Friday. Lena is the one who sent Lacey and Marguerite here in the first place. If i made Fate angry, what do you suppose would happen then.. hmm? And their disappearance from this hut likely had something to do with Lena herself, otherwise, how could it have happened?
So, my darling. You call 38 Marguerite. Not very professional, that.
What should i call her? Thirty Eight? Agent? I’m supposed to be undercover as one of Lena’s butlers, remember? All i was supposed to know is that Marguerite was a visitor, and i was supposed to cater to her every need. Apparently, Lena sensed Danger, and my cover was blown somehow. No idea how. I’m more concerned about that than the aquamarine.
Cater to her every need, Dominic? I don’t like the sound of that. Thirty Eight was here for over two days. That’s more than enough time for you to work that Seckcee magic of yours!
You have nothing to fear, Eris. My loyalty lies strictly with you and Fraser Friday and the Agents of the Chocolate Topaz.
I heard the word ‘lies’ in there, Dominic. I do hope you’re being truthful with me. I loathe liars. Especially ones with whom i’ve been intimate. And speaking of intimate, that makes me think of couches, beds, and being horizontal. Why is there an orange velvet couch on the back terrace?
A couch? An orange couch? An orange velvet couch?
Yes, Dominic. Are you nervous? That why you’re repeating what i say?
No. Not nervous. It’s just that the Fates own a couch like that. It sits in the living room of their penthouse. I had no idea it was here.
You really are clueless, aren’t you, lover?
Well, i haven’t been out there for the last few hours. I’ve been in here, turning the place upside down, looking for the aquamarine.
I think, think fast Dominic. Find a way to distract her! Anyway, Eris. I didn’t find the aquamarine. But i found this.
I pull a ring out of the right pocket of my Bermuda shorts. It’s a sapphire. A seven carat green one set in gold. I think it’s the Fifty Fourth Sapphire. At one time, it belonged to Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck! Bingo! Eris is drawn to the ring like a skier to powder. I decide to hand it to her, though i realize that could be a mistake. When fortune gets into trouble’s hands, you know?
I place the ring on Eris’ left palm and gently close her fingers around it. She opens her hand to look at it. Her eyes begin to glow green, and i think, oh no! What have i done? The thing is, if the sapphire truly is the Fifty Fourth, and belonged to Fortuna, it will bring its wearer luck, but that luck could be good or bad.
Oh Dominic! This is one of the best gifts ever! Who needs the aquamarine? I can really stir things up with this sapphire!
And i think, that’s what i was afraid of. But, i had to distract Eris somehow. It’s better she have this ring temporarily, than the Eighth Aquamarine. This might get me back into Lena’s good graces. I want Fate on my side.
Dominic! Oh Dominic, darling. You’re lost in thought. Where did you go? Wait! No, don’t tell me! Let’s not talk about work for awhile. What do you say we celebrate this good fortune on Fate’s couch? It’s been so long since we’ve been, you know, together.
I hesitate. Then Eris lets her emerald silk sheath gown slide off and land at her feet. Well, i guess that’s that. I could use a strenuous workout. So we head out back to the orange couch. Fate’s couch.. because sometimes Trouble is irresistible, and really, what could possibly go wrong? A couch is only a couch…
I sense a disturbance. Lacey jumps off the rocking chair and gallops down the hall to Lena’s room. Marguerite! Come in here!
I place a bookmark on page 135 of The Book of the Fates. Lacey found it yesterday in Stephanie’s room. I’m to familiarize myself with the first four chapters, kind of a homework assignment from Lena via Lacey. When i’m done, i should be able to figure out a way to find Fate’s couch and Chronos(Time) himself.
I walk down the hall to find Lacey standing in Lena’s bedroom doorway.
Take a whiff, Marguerite. What is that scent?
I smell smoke, like someone is burning wet wood.
Exactly, Marguerite. Fate is angry, and Discord is acting out!
But Lacey, doesn’t Discord always act out? Isn’t that what she does?
Yes. That’s Eris’ specialty, but this time it’s different. This time Eris has her hands on Luck, and it’s bad….
To Be Continued Soon!