This takes place right after a meeting where we are introduced to Ryall’s father and a little back story in Night Wings part 8
After the meeting Thomas smirked at Joshua. “You aren’t fooling me. I know your son is one of them. You got a soft spot in your heart for them kids?”
Joshua stiffened. “You accusing me of something?” He locked eyes with Thomas, tension in every muscle.
Thomas smiled and held his hands up. “Should I be? All this talk about citizens just caring about their own lives. Seems to me like you were just changing the subject. You ever hear from that boy of yours?”
Joshua shook his head. “Be careful Thomas. You are coming dangerously close to crossing a line. If you had proof of anything, we wouldn’t be standing here talking.”
“You’re right. I don’t have proof of anything. Yet.” He turned on his heel and walked out the door of the conference room.
Once out in the hall, Thomas waved Sam Toland over. “Hey Sam, how’s it going? How about going for a cup a coffee?” He clapped Sam on the shoulder.
Sam turned to Thomas, startled. “Gee Thomas, I don’t know. My wife will have supper waiting.”
Thomas put his arm around him and pulled him along. “Just one cup and a little chat. You’ll be home by the time the table is set.”
Thomas found them a booth in the back and ordered coffee from the waitress. “Thanks honey, now go on if you want a tip.” He winked at her and turned back to Sam without noticing her rolling her eyes as she turned away. “Now let me see, Oh yeah, you voted for Joshua in the last election, didn’t you?”
Sam stirred cream into his coffee. “You know our vote is private, Thomas. Why are you asking?”
Thomas was spooning sugar into his own cup. He stirred and took a sip. “I just wondered if you have noticed how Joshua never wants to discuss the “reborns” problem.”
Sam set his cup down. “I’m not sure what you’re getting at.’
Thomas leaned back against the vinyl seat. “Easy there, Sam. I’m not getting at anything. Just making an observation.”
Sam frowned and scratched his head. “Look, I haven’t really noticed anything and this makes me a little nervous. Joshua has never done anything to make me doubt him.”
Thomas patted Sam’s hand with his own big paw. “Hey, no big deal. I was just wondering. Just forget I said anything. Tell you what. You get on home to the wife and I’ll get this. Say hello to Helen for me.”
Sam nodded and grabbed his hat and left.
Thomas left exact change for the coffee on the table and left the shop. He whistled as he strolled down the street, thinking and planning. No use making a frontal attack when you can just plant a few seeds of doubt. He smiled to himself. Those kids could be useful if we could figure out ways to control them. First step, get Joshua out of power. No deadline here. He could bide his time.
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This weeks class was all about dialogue and using attributes and “beats”. Fun stuff.