December 31, 2012 by Lyn
Sunday, December 28, 2003
“Don’t know what this is about.” Agra looked uncomfortable. Miryam felt uncomfortable, and not just because Agra was twitchy. Next to them, Akaterina looked like she’d rather be anywhere else. “Mir, do you know what Mike is up to?”
“He doesn’t confide in me.” She shrugged, hoping that would be enough. No, he was frowning. She threw in a smile. ”Perhaps it’s about the holiday party he was talking about?”
The smile did it. Agra got a little giddy-looking, and stopped fretting. ”Hunh. That could be, I guess. Well, we’ll find out soon enough.”
Mike, why did you involve me? If this is about Akaterina, why would you drag me into it?
Mike’s door was open. ”Miryam, Agravain, Akaterina, come on in.” Mike was sitting there, actually in clothes, not his smoking robe – that couldn’t be a good sign – and so was Lady Maureen – a very bad sign. ”Miryam, I’m sorry to drag you out of your room on Boxing Day, but if you could take Kay and go, say, out to the Village for the next hour or three?”
“…What?” She was pretty sure all three of them spoke at once.
“Agra, please give Kay the required permissions for an afternoon outside. Including a jacket.”
“Mike, what’s this about? What the hell…?” Agra frowned, as if being pushed against his will. ”Kat, you can go out with Miryam. With a coat on, of course. Pants, too, dress warmly, Mike what the hell?”
“Come on, Akaterina.” Miryam offered the other girl her hand. ”Let’s go get outdoor clothes on.” Before this blows up in our faces.
“..and you can talk, of course… Mike what are you doing?” Agra shouted after them.
Just before Mike closed the door, they heard Lady Maureen murmur “It’s not him, this time, Agra. It’s me. You and I are going to have a little talk.”
Akaterina looked ashen. Miryam didn’t blame her.
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