TITLE: Of Oak and Dragons
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
EMOTION: Teasing friends
Lee is avoiding a persistent lawyer and the delivery of certain legal papers. Her roommate, Eva, has more faith in the lawyer’s intentions and she pushes Lee to meet the man.
“That lawyer called again looking for you. Left another message,” she said after a moment of silence.
I pinched my forehead between my thumb and forefinger, trying to rub away the tension. At least my stomach had settled down. “Yeah, I heard it. Kinda snippy. Maybe he’ll stop and crawl back to the hole he came from.”
Eva barked a short laugh and turned to the newspaper on the table. “You should call him back,” she said.
I blew a rude noise at her. The newspaper didn’t even rattle.
“Ok, whateverrr,” she said.
Let it go, Eva, I thought. I fiddled with my bottle cap and waited. I didn’t have to wait long.
Like we hadn’t had this conversation many times already.
“You know you’re being rude,” she said. “Give the guy a call. He’s gonna have a coronary trying to find you.”
“Oh, yeah, meet with a perv.”
She shrugged one shoulder, sipped her coffee. “Fine by me. Don’t call then.”
“I don’t need to talk to him.”
“I don’t even know who he is.”
“He’s a con man.”
“He’ll give up.”
“Cool accent, though,” I said.
“Fi…” The sound like air escaping from a punctured tire made me grin.
Eva raised the newspaper up to bury her face.
I glanced at the clock on the wall. “Crap, I gotta go. I’ve got a new Roman plaque to catalog.”
“Old,” she said around a sip of coffee.
“What?” I half-turned back to her, my inner clock ticking.