Episode Fourteen: Shadows: Scene 19

Of course, this meant getting his attention. When Zaid returned, he looked at me. “Loki’s daughter.”

I sighed. “Your boss ruined your fun, didn’t he.”

He nodded. “‘Fraid so. Explains everything. You’re an unknown quantity…but I think I rather like you.”

I grinned. “I think I rather like you.” I wasn’t sure which pronouns to use. Was he right? Was…well, it didn’t matter.

“We had an idea while you were gone. We’re going to need to stake this guy out.”

Kanesha rolled her eyes. “No we aren’t. I have a much better idea than that, but we’ll need to raid your funds, Jane.”

I blinked, not used to thinking of myself as the rich one, but I supposed I was. “What for?”

“Hidden cameras. Because I for one am not sitting out on stakeout for hours.”

I laughed. “Okay. Tell me what you need and I’ll get it. In any case, he has to come out some time, right?”
“Maybe,” Zaid mused. “He could be ordering in his food. Of course, maybe we could replace the pizza delivery person.”

“He’s not going to leave anyone on his own in his place. See, Kanesha figures he has to have a summoning circle in there.”

Zaid blinked, “Oh. You have nasty, nasty minds. I like it.”

I shrugged. “If he wasn’t summoning demons, it wouldn’t be a risk.” I wasn’t maybe quite that blase, but the guy had sold his soul anyway. Of course, so had Zaid. It wasn’t that selling your soul was the bad idea. You just had to be careful who you accepted the check from.

“Point. And sooner or later he’s going to end up in the crocodile’s gullet anyway.”

“Wait. Okay. I wonder if this guy likes girls?

Zaid hesitated. “We don’t know, but we can find out.”

“Easily enough.” I glanced at Kanesha. “Maybe there’s another way to distract him out of there. What’s his name?”
“You’re thinking of…”

“I will lay bets he has an online dating profile. I would lay bets he’d come out if he thought a pretty girl who was exactly his type was waiting.” I glanced at Thruor.

“Just be careful.”

“There won’t actually be a girl. I’m not stupid.”

I really was thinking like my father right now. Snag was, so was Kanesha.

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