Whenever anyone hid anything from Vinnia, Vinnia simply would stare at him or her until he or she became so uncomfortable that there was no choice but to say what was going on. Vinnia had just begun this process of intimidation when the door to her office flew open. In marched several livid-looking guards, their eyes narrowed with obvious anger.
"Come here, Valdeza," one of the Force guards demanded, looking quite like a growling bear, in Vinnia's opinion.
Vinnia, completely surprised but able to mask it as always, leaned back in her office chair and put her hands behind her head. She said nothing.
"Valdeza, I'm not joking here. You have no choice but to obey my instructions," the first guard said again, stomping her foot impatiently. "What are you waiting for?"
Coolly, Vinnia raised her eyebrows.
Rune, who had been watching the whole scene with a look of utter shock on his face, turned to Vinnia. "Did they come here for me?" he hissed.
Vinnia rolled her eyes and shook her head. "No, Rune," she said, trying to sound as bored and apathetic as possible. But the truth was, Vinnia hadn't the faintest clue as to what was going on. Behind her walls of steel, her heart was pounding. What was happening?
"We're not opposed to taking you by force."
"The Force would take me by force? Good pun, sir, good pun," Vinnia replied. She reached over and opened one of her desk drawers, retrieving her calendar. "Looks like I've got an opening in a couple hours. You can talk to me then." She shoved the calendar back into her desk and slammed the drawer shut. "Til then, it's out of my office for you two."
The second guard, at whom Vinnia's taunting had been directed, made a strange sound of anger in his throat and stepped forward. "We've got handcuffs for you, if need be."
"Why, pray tell, are you so angry?"
Rune stood. "I should be going," he said, voice trembling slightly in confusion.
"No, I'm not finished talking to you," Vinnia replied. Inwardly, she was thankful that Rune was in the room. He was turning out to be an excellent excuse to keep from following the guards, wherever it was they wanted her to go.
As though reading Vinnia's motives, Rune whirled around. "You want me to stay so you don't have to go with them," he muttered.
You're right; I'm surprised that you're more perceptive than you seem, Rune. "I want you to stay because I'm not finished talking to you. Now sit down."
And then, another unexpected guest arrived.