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Friday, April 7, 2023

F³ The Other Shoe 07

            “Matthew?” Nikki put a hand on my knee.

            “Hmm?” I stared at the limo’s floor. It was an old habit to refocus my thoughts. I could let my mind roam freely, staring off into nothing like that.

            “What are your thoughts?”

            “I think this is bad on a lot of levels. I think that I’m getting roped into something dangerous without the benefit of an innocent client that needs help. And I think I have to go along with whatever your plan is. What is your plan, anyway? I’m no good in a fight against these people. I bet you could take them all if you wanted.”

            “Perhaps. If I employed a number of agents on my behalf. I do have such, but so do they.”

            “So what am I doing here? What do you need me for?”

            “As I said, I need a detective.”

            “For what? What am I detecting?”

            “Evidence. I believe this shadowy council is using the Club’s resources and influence for smuggling. The theft of artifacts from other cultures is nothing new, particularly among the socially elite, but I believe that some of these artifacts may hold power.”

            My head snapped up. “Powerful artifacts, like charms, medallions, and other objects?”

“I believe so.”

I went back to staring at the carpet, my thoughts whirling.

Oh, Hell.

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