Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden

Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden

Author:Christine Amsden [Amsden, Christine]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781606192849
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Published: 2016-05-13T22:00:00+00:00

Chapter 16

MATTHEW FELT WELL ENOUGH THE NEXT morning that he could no longer ignore the many invitations he continued to receive from Alexander, both with him and with his inner circle. Besides, he had a job to do and it was time he got to it. So, pushing his concerns about Kaitlin aside for the moment, he met Alexander in his luxurious office once again to play another round of mental tug-of-war.

“So what do you think of the place?” Alexander asked Matthew when they were both seated with drinks in hand. Alexander had chosen scotch, while Matthew had gone for iced tea.

“Reminds me of a communist plot.”

Alexander laughed, throwing his head back with mirth before lowering his head and taking a sip of his scotch. “We’re not communists, although we do take care of our own. It’s a city underground; that’s how I think of it. A city full of magic.”

“A city full of people who hate me,” Matthew remarked. “Do you really expect them to accept me here if I were to take you up on your interesting offer?”

Alexander leaned forward, his eyes sparkling with the vitality of a man half his age, a stark contrast to his gray hair and the deep grooves in his face. “So you’re considering it?”

“No,” Matthew said, intentionally making it sound uncertain. He wasn’t uncertain. He was not Alexander. But for now, maybe the other man would let his guard down if he thought his ploy was working.

“I tell you what,” Alexander said. “If you show loyalty to me, the people here will accept you.”

“Mad Matt?”

“Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I came up with it myself.”

“And now you expect me to join hands with you and pretend it never happened?”

“Of course not. I expect you to apologize, then work hard to earn your place.”

Matthew nearly choked on his iced tea. “Apologize?”

“You have accused me of some pretty underhanded things.”

“You’ve done some underhanded things!” Matthew nearly slammed his glass down on the table. “You came into Eagle Rock, into my town, and you riled up a bunch of hateful people to the point that they killed a woman. And tried to kill two more!”

“I love the way you say that – my town – such loyalty. I told you, you’re me, thirty years ago. You really care about them, don’t you? The people you consider yours?”

Matthew nodded, struggling not to growl. “You’re avoiding the question.”

“Was there a question? I thought you were just flinging accusations.”

“Do you deny it? Do you deny what you did in Eagle Rock?”

“What happened there was extremely unfortunate,” Alexander began, but he was interrupted by a knock on the door. “Come in!”

Matthew clenched his jaw in frustration as a woman with slightly graying hair brought in two lunch trays. She looked between the two men with a half-smile that faded when she noticed the tension in the room.

“Come in,” Alexander said in a welcoming voice. “Have you had the chance to meet Mr. Blair?”

Mad Matt? “No, sir.”

“Beth is another member of our efficient kitchen staff,” Alexander said, and Beth beamed.


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