Elaina and Vincent sneak into Charlene’s office and quietly close the door behind them. Vincent sits down at the computer and logs on.
Elaina: *whispers* Hurry, hurry, Vince. They’ll be here any minute.
Vincent: *waves his hand at the door and an opalescent sheen covers it and the latch locks* Eko Silyst. *the air thickenes*
Elaina: *squinches her cheek* Do you really think locking and blocking the door will stop them? *scowls and wiggles her finger in her ear as her words flattened*
Vincent: You don’t have to whisper. Eko Silyst is a silencing spell. And no. It won’t stop them, but it will buy us a little time. Now…
Elaina: *rushes to look over his shoulder*
Vincent: *types* The Meridian Maiden.
Elaina: Charlene’s not from
Vincent: The topic is: “If you could write your author into a book it would be called … and she would be a …” *holds up a hand to accentuate the “…”*
Elaina: *folds her arms* Well then why not call it The Princess of Shilo City?
Vincent: *smiles a toothy smile* Because, I’m at the computer.
The door knob rattles, the latch unlocks, the opalescent sheen fades, and the silencing spell breaks. James leads Cole into the office.
Vincent: *grimaces* I forgot about James and his multi-tasking.
Cole: Nice try, Kid.
James: *motions for Vincent to move* I’ll take over here. *takes seat as Vincent gets up* *types* Goddess of the Ethereal Plane.
Cole: Wait. *a sly grin curves his lips* The topic didn’t say the book was going to be a real book. Why don’t we have some fun with this? *everyone looks at him and he reaches over James and types* Token Toad of Toad Suck.
All eyes widen.
Cole: What? Toad Suck is a small community near where she lives in
. I could call it Banshee of Booger Hollow. Arkansas
Elaina: *covers her mouth and snickers*
Charlene: *enters the office* How’s it going, guys?
James quickly waves his hand in the air and Cole straightens, turning deep red.
Cole: Uh, duh, uh…well…
James: Cole came up with the perfect title and character. Why don’t you have a look.
Charlene: Oh, Cole, you did? That’s great. *looks over James’s shoulder and reads* The Lady of Cornerstone Summit. Aww. *hugs Cole* That is so sweet.
Cole: *looks at James with a “thanks for the save” look* Anything for you, Charlene.