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Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch18The next morning I woke up and since I was where I was supposed to be, and everything seemed in it's right place, I assumed all was well...at least for the moment. All in all, it seemed blissfully quiet. Maybe it would stay that way? I should have known better.
While in the shower I thought about how I'd talk to Billy about his encounter with Mindy. It wouldn't be easy, he could be so dense sometimes! Still, I'd try to be tactful and play it by ear. I should have known better there, too.
After showering, I got dressed and started to go down for breakfast. Yes, I could have had the staff bring up something, but I wanted to show them that I wasn't above mingling. I wish I HAD called for something because as soon as I opened the door I was tackled by an enthusiastic and how shall I say it, amorously inclined Billy! Right then, I made a mental note to have Irwin tell Billy to wait in the lobby from now on. At least, until this whole Eris and Mindy thing was dealt with. I didn't know yet ex
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch17Driving like a bat out of hell once again, I made it back to the castle in record time, and found Grim, requesting he change me back immediately. I didn't give him time to ask me any questions before rushing into the bathroom and taking care of my business and soaking in a hot tub before emerging about 30 minutes later, my hair in a halfway decent state and my pajamas, robe, and slippers on. I felt much better now physically, but mentally my mind was still racing.
"So?" Grim said, sitting in my throne room and obviously having waited all that time for me.
I recounted what had occurred. "It was a little different than what I intended, but in the end was probably just as well. I was ready to pound Mindy's head into the wall, so this did calm me down." I had to admit, I liked to talk big, but I really had not resorted to violence since I was a child. I believed that words could get you what your wanted if used in just the right way. But after what Mindy did, I was ready to pop her one, an
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch16"Yeah, how might you do that? Why would I ever trust you, you two lowlifes are practically a matched set. A zig and a zag, a to and a fro...a back and a forth. Get the idea?" Mindy stared at me with narrow eyes and pursed lips. I felt like she was going to order her goons on me at any moment. Careful wording and posturing was needed if I was to pull this off. I just hoped she didn't have an imposter detector here like in her castle! I didn't hear anything, and no security types came rushing in, so I pressed on and acted like Billy as best I could.
"Well, get this idea, me an' Grims thought we'd RESCUE you when Spider Mandy was about to turn you into a human sippy cup. She almost killed me, and I'll be danged if I wanna have babies wit' the likes of her. Imagine, kids with that disease, EWWW!" It was something Billy recently said, and although I thought it insulting, I still felt the need to use it, blast him! Afterwards, I did my best Billy shudder and moan and made a really
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch15By now my temper was dangling by a thread, so I knew I'd have to get out of there before I did something...rash...as Grim would put it. This was too much to put anyone through, though, and Mindy had gone too far. But if she wanted to play these games, then I was going to show her that no one messed with me!
After putting the photos on the coffee table, barely fighting off the urge to rip them up, I turned back toward Billy. "Well, I apologize for the mixup. I had thought my lady Mindy had been here. I will now take my leave." I stood.
Billy stood, too. He was still acting abnormally giggly and I had noticed he'd gone back to a very half assed way of speaking, too, saying thinks like "I ain't this" and "She don't that." Those grammatical mistakes simply drove me crazy! It brought back memories of the days I had to deal with all the grammatically challenged idiots I had to deal with in my "Ask Mandy" column. But I didn't have time to dwell on that right now.
"Well, tell Mindy I hope she
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch14"What was your name again?" Billy looked at me curiously, but I wasn't too concerned. The look had no suspicion, and why should it, my voice had changed as well."
"My dear young man, I'm called Isabel, and my Lady Mindy has requested that I come here to search for a valuable family heirloom, an earring that she thinks she dropped here." I took a peek over Billy's shoulders and commented, "I'm sorry, did I perchance interrupt you? Were you cleaning?"
"Well...um...Isabel, you can call me Billy, and I was cleaning kinda, but it wasn't for searching. Are you sure Mindy came here, and not to my friend Mandy's instead?" He nodded towards my apartment before finishing, "I hain't seen no earring, not at all."
I paused before answering and Billy took the cue. "Oh, where are my manners? Come in an' cop a squat." That was Billy, a down to earth charmer if ever there was one. He motioned towards his beat up sofa, which surprisingly, had been covered and tucked with a clean pr
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch13I coughed, and I was sure my eyes were as wide as saucers. I felt embarrassed being taken off guard like this in front of my subjects, but I had to admit, it had...taken me off guard. Not that it was THAT surprising, and it did help reinforce that I had been right about Billy all along. But to hook up with Mindy of all people? Someone we BOTH despised and had just fought against? Then again...Mindy was really MY enemy, and maybe that was the point. Billy would get with her just to push my buttons a little more. Now my shock was being replaced with anger, and from the look on Grim and Irwin's faces, they could tell it too.
"Maybe we should just...leave you alone..." Grim said weakly.
I nodded, not wanting to blurt out what was really on my mind. I closed my eyes for a minute, and then opened them again, trying to remain calm. "Irwin, please continue to gather forces...you know people where it comes to combat. See who you can pull together, both mortal and supernatural, to be on guard in
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