‘I’m telling you. We’ve got pretty much everything inside, I hope that was there when she was dumped in the quarry. There is silt and soil, I want to send these samples to a colleague of mine in Aberdeen, a Forensic Geologist.’
I spun in the chair as quickly as my bruised ribs would allow.Pausing on the threshold, Elder said, I have work to do. Have a bath, a nap, write—whatever you want. I’ll summon you when I’m done. Giving me a cool smile, he pointed at the coffee table in the sunken lounge where a black box with a grey ribbon rested. Your notes to the person you call No One are all there. When you’re ready to talk, you can’t lie to me. Not after I’ve had the privilege of reading your darkest thoughts.
Those weren’t for you, you bastard.My unbroken hand balled as he bowed slightly. Until we meet again. Then he was gone, slipping like a shadow from the room.His presence lingered, giving me no peace. My anger that he’d invaded my privacy and read my letters boiled over as I clutched the origami boat. The urge to crush it was strong, but the memory of why he’d made it made me pause.
He’d sat beside me and created this gift because he understood what it meant. He’d given me something of value. Yet, he’d also taken something of value away.He’d robbed me of my confessions. He’d read what wasn’t his to read.
Stroking the fine creases of such an intricate little boat, I marvelled at how his brutal fingers had made something so delicate. If he could hold something so gently and twist common into beauty…then perhaps he wasn’t like Alrik, after all.
Maybe, just maybe, he spoke the truth when he said he wouldn’t hurt me. And if that was the case, then whatever payments he expected in return would be paid, if not willingly, at least less painfully than before.There is no way to do this without me, Tatum pointed out. Without him, it’d be almost impossible for this to work.
I need you, I said plaintively, and he finally looked back at me.I knew it. He shook his head. The second I saw you out in that field, all covered in zombie blood, fighting like a damn maniac. I knew you were trouble. He sighed resignedly. Fine. I’ll do it. But I’m going on record as not liking this. It’s my job to protect people, not put them in danger.
I know, and I appreciate everything you’re doing for me, I said earnestly.I don’t care if you appreciate it! Tatum blew it off and looked at me intensely. Do you understand what you’re doing? I want you to really think about this, Remy. Because I can only help you so much.