I could barely believe it! We were so close to prevailing, it all seemed too good to be true!
“Pst!” someone hissed at us, slipping into a dark alley. We glanced at each other, Lily apprehensive, Ezra skeptical. I shrugged. I knew better, but against my own good judgement I beckoned them to follow.
The stranger hissed again, this time in an old doorway. The dark shadow flitted into the dark. We hurried after him into a decrepit building.
The door slammed, plunging the room into complete darkness.
“Ezra, did you do that?” I asked.
“Can ya open it back up?” Lily pleaded. “I can’t see a thing.”
There was a harsh kachunk. Kachunk kachunk kachunk kachunk kachunk.
“It’s locked!” he cried urgently, still pulling fruitlessly at the knob.
Uh-oh. Not good.
“Glad you decided to follow,” a suspiciously-familiar voice rang though the small, dark space.
“Who’s there?” I demanded harshly.
A single lightbulb clicked on.
Lily screamed bloody-murder.
The Premiere’s face curled ever so slightly into a sardonic smirk.
“Fancy meeting you three here,” he said suavly, loading & cocking a shotgun.
My heart sank.
I knew it was too good to be true.
“You… you survived?!” I cried in disbelief. Lily clutched to Ezra.
“Obviously, Caster,” he replied dryly, taking aim at us.
“What do you want?” Ezra barked, his voice cracking. “If you think you can bring back the Secretists, you’re wrong! Dead wrong!”
The Premiere’s face fell slightly. “I know that all too well.”
Well, at least he admitted it.
“If you know it,” Lily demanded, “why the hell are you bothering us?!”
“Oh, Lily, if only you knew what trouble you three cost me,” he hissed, his eyes dangerously narrow.
“Trouble? You & the Secretists made trouble for the whole frickin’ world!” I thundered.
“I know, I know.” He paused a moment, surveying the metal in his hand. “Ms. Lily here’s been big on propositions since I’ve met her. I decided to follow up with one myself.”
I really didn’t like the tone in his voice.
“I’ll dismiss everyone, I'll step down, I'll disband the Secretist party.”
“What’s the catch?” I asked, suspicious.
He took a deep breath. “I’ll take away your trouble once and for all, if I can take away my trouble once and for all.”
I was stunned.
“No! You… you can’t!”