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Pilot: Book One of the Channel Riders By Valerie Gaumont Characters: 7120

Updated: 2018-02-02 13:14

"A little birdie tells me you have been very busy, " he began.

"Oh really?" she asked her cousin with a laugh.

"Yes, busy enough to have earned your own ship from the council. I worked on the Storm Chaser. Top of the line equipment. Very posh."

"So the records indicate, " she answered.

"Uh huh, and then Grandfather calls and tells Dad you have rejoined the Guild."

"Did he now?"

"He did and now there are all sorts of rumors flying about you."

"Are there?" She asked innocently. Mateo gave a long-suffering sigh.

"Oh, come on. You know that as your cousin I am one of the people they ask first. Are you going to force me to make something up? Besides, Therese has already started making comments."

"Oh?" She asked, the humor leaking away.

"Well nothing major, but you know Therese. She was really happy you were gone Elena. In her eyes, you leaving more or less left her as the heir apparent. She hates that not only did you come back, but you didn't have the decency to come back quietly, the way you left."

"Ah, " Elena said. "Well no one told me anything about keeping this a secret from the Guild but you might want to keep some details low key until after the trial."

"Trail? What exactly did you do?" He asked. Elena laughed.

"Do you know Ian Jensen?"

"Met him a few times. Didn't really care for him. He has a bit of an attitude to be honest. Kind of an 'I'm better than you' sort of thing. He always kept his work to himself as if we were all trying to steal his brilliance. No one was sorry when he left the Guild. Did you run into him?"

"In a manner of speaking, " she replied. Elena filled Mateo in on the adventures of the past few days. She could almost see him shaking his head, the unruly tangle of black curls he habitually forgot to have cut, the small scar through his left eyebrow and the black eyes wide with surprise. No one could pull off wide-eyed surprise like her cousin Mateo. With his looks he could open his eyes wide and pull the wide eyed innocent look on just about anyone, a fact that had gotten both of them out of trouble more times the

s soon as the Ian Jensen mess is cleared away so it will be all legal and above board. No piracy for me thanks. Right now you would just be research and development."

"And all perfectly legal then. Definitely sounds like a plan. I'll talk to mom as soon as she gets in." They finished up their conversation and Elena hung up the phone. She was smiling. Unless her Aunt Catherine had other plans for Mateo, she would more than likely be inclined to agree.

"In that case I better have a copy ready to send." She picked up her coat and put it on, dropped her cell phone in her purse and picked up the schematics. She slung the purse over her shoulder and headed out the door. Luckily they were close enough to the college campus to have a 24-hour copy center within walking distance. Elena set off at a brisk walk, the movement keeping her warm as she moved.

'We just might get that snow, ' she thought to herself. As she rounded the corner she caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of her eye. Still paranoid from her abduction she spun around and caught Jonathan by surprise before he could duck around the corner. She stared at him and he walked sheepishly towards her. As he walked she replayed the conversation she had just had with Mateo in her head. If the apartment was bugged Jonathan would have heard it. Her eyes narrowed as he approached. Perhaps this could work to her benefit.

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