Chapter One - Part SixMature

Apparently, something had been causing a lot of trouble. The area's N.C.U couldn't catch it, so Maddox wanted me to try. I'd have to drop in to the local college, that's where it all started. First things first though, house hunting. I didn't want to spend another expensive night in a hotel. I had to think about what Kai and Darla were doing too. They had come with me, uprooted their lives to come with me. I needed to find somewhere for them too.

I took a walk to the nearest estate agents, which just happened to be a few doors down. A woman in a bright red suit practically ran up to me when I walked in, her eyes lit up with the prospect of a sale. Her immaculate blond hair bounced around in organised curls as she walked. 

She held out a hand to me. "My name is Maisie. How can I help you today?"

I shook it. "Ms. Devereaux. I just bought the office a few doors down. I'm looking for somewhere to live. Well, two somewheres." 

The woman practically gushed, ushering me into a seat. She pulled a large binder from her desk. "What is it that you're looking for?"


An hour of over enthusiastic input from Maisie later, and I had picked out two places. Two Maisonettes, right near the office and in the same building. They were brand new 'top of the line' places. Fit to burst with technology and demure decoration. Kai and Darla would have to be roomies, for a little while at least. 

I walked into the office, happy with my find, glad that I could give the team some good news for a change. Until Kai strode up to me with a face like thunder. "Where have you been?"

I scowled. "You know, I don't really think it's any of your business. You aren't my keeper."

"No, but I have had to entertain a certain idiot, naming no names, Laus."

"What?! What's he doing here?"

Kai shrugged, "I don't know, but he doesn't look happy. He's waiting at your desk."

I sighed wearily and strode into the small room that was my office. Laus sat behind the desk, a lofty look on his face, looking for all the world like he belonged there. But he didn't. This world is my Domain, no Royal treatment here.

"Get out of my chair."

He rose with a scowl and moved to the chair on the other side of the desk. I took my seat, shooting him an annoyed glance. "What are you doing here Laus?"

He smiled. "I'm merely checking in dear, I-"

"Bullshit. You wouldn't step a foot in the human world, just to check up on me."

"I speak truth. You have not been wearing your Anchor. I could not summon you to me, my men could not find you at your office. I had to do a lot of digging to find you here." He gave me a look that said he was less than pleased about that. "I came myself to talk to you. I knew you wouldn't talk to my men. Are you running from me dear?" 

I gaped. He thought I was running away from him? From his job? I laughed. "Me? Run from you? No. I just, fancied a change of scenery. I couldn't very well wear my Anchor in public, and just pop out of existence in front of someone, could I?" 

"Point taken. I just didn't see you leaving your beloved London. Change of scenery, huh? Doesn't seem like the type of place you'd pick."

"Frankly, it's none of your business. What do you want?"

"Snappy and belligerent as ever I see. Have you come any closer to finding our friend Corrigan?" 

Damn. I'd forgotten about that. "No. Not yet. I'll come to you when I have."

He gave me an odd look. "This man needs to be found."

"I'll deal with it." 

He stood. "Make sure you do." With nothing but a resounding pop, he was gone. 

The End

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