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The Retelling After Lunch: Down to One to Chat.

Last night was my last Wednesday night at the phone bank.  It’s all done save for the nail biting, and if I were still biting my nails I might just be doing that.  We still have our huge GOTV event this weekend and I’ll be busy as hell during it.  I’ll even be working Election Night, probably standing outside a pole somewhere reminding people that if they are in line by 8 PM you can still vote.

Keeping my fingers crossed, yo.  The only other thing I’m going to say is make sure you get out and vote.

Meanwhile, back in Paris…

The question has become: why does Deanna want the kids to come down to her room and chat?  Any answer that is–  Why, it’s right below!

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

Kerry waited for almost five seconds after the door closed before saying what was on both their minds. “I wonder what this is all about?”

Annie shrugged. “It could be about our accommodations.”

“Why wouldn’t she have mentioned it here, then?”

“I have no idea.” Annie slipped on her sandals. “Obviously it must be important, otherwise she wouldn’t have us come down to her room to chat.”

Kerry wondered if there was something else at play, however. Last year in Berlin Annie and he had shared a room and no one said a word: in fact, the only one who ever mentioned it was Coraline, and that was only after they arrived back at school. No, Kerry thought that whatever Deanna wanted to talk about had less to do about their room and more to do about one of them…

“Ready?”

Kerry snapped out of his train of thought. “Huh?”

Annie had her hand on the door handle. “Shall we go?”

“Sure.” Kerry grabbed his key card stuff in his jeans pocket before following Annie out the door. The hallways on their floor empty as was the first floor. I checked the floor layout map and headed directly for Room 104. Kerry knocked three times and then stepped back, ready to let Annie enter the room first.

Deanna opened the door. “Come in.”

Annie walked in first with Kerry close behind. He quickly checked the room: it was much like theirs, only slightly larger and rather than there being one large queen size bed, there were two smaller twin beds.

There was also someone else in the room with them.

Kerry wasn’t surprised to see this person here: actually helped confirm this earlier suspicions. “Hello, Erywin.”

 

This should’ve been an easy one to figure out: after all, the European instructors travel with the European students.  Deanna has already been shown to be part of the “Brain Trust” that started watching over Kerry during his last school year.  And since Erywen is also part of that group, and she is also European, it kinda makes sense that she would not only be at the hotel, but that she may be waiting down in Deanna’s room to speak to someone.

But why have the kids come down to talk to them?  If other students sought Deanna heading toward her room where she could talk to a couple of students, no one would think anything about it.  But if they saw two instructors–coven leaders at that–suspicions might become aroused.  And suspicions are the last thing either Deanna or Erywen want want.  Hence, it’s easier to have the kids come to them.

And now that Annie and Kerry are there…

 

Professor Erywin Sladen rose from where she’d been sitting on one of the twin beds and walked over to the children. “Hello, you two.” She patted her shoulders. “You’re looking well.”

“You’re looking well, too.” She half turned towards Kerry. “Is this what you were thinking?”

He nodded. “Yep.”

Erywin stepped back as she arched an eyebrow. “And what exactly were you thinking?”

Kerry appeared slightly bored. “That this meeting has to do with one of us.”

“One of you?”

He knew he was expected to give the correct answer. “It’s about me—isn’t it?”

Erywin pointed at the far twin bed. “Why don’t you sit down over there?” As soon as those students were sitting the older coven leader began. “Yes, Kerry, this is about you. Just as you have probably not gone more than a few hours every day wondering if tonight is the night you will transition, we—” She indicated Deanna before pointing back at herself. “—have thought about this rather much, too. Even with everything else that’s been happening in my life, there have been more than a few nights where I went to bed wondering if I was going to get a call telling me to report to the school hospital.

“I’ve been in contact with Deanna, Coraline, and Jessica at least once a week through the summer and we all wondered about what precautions may be needed during the time you were in Paris. She came up some ideas concerning your stay, and that’s why you’re here: we wanted to go over a few things with you so you wouldn’t be caught off-guard should your transition happened during the next three nights.”

 

So it’s really all about transitioning, all about Kerry’s impending change.  And let’s face it: as far as The Foundation is concerned, it is a big deal.  So big, in fact, but they want to make certain that they have all their bases covered for the possibility that it could happen during the short stay.

On top of everything else this happened Kerry on this day, now he has to worry about this shit.  But hey, it’s brought out in the open which means he now now has plenty of time to think about it happening–

"How was Paris?  It was... life changing."

“How was Paris? *sigh* You might say it was… life changing.”

Yeah, sorry kid, but I gotta put you through this crap.  I mean, that’s sort of my job ’cause like it or not, the writer has to make their characters suffer from time to time, and both Annie and Kerry are going to do a bit of suffering this year.  This is only the beginning–

At least in the next excerpt you find out where the headquarters for The Foundation is located.

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