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Storm Chaser: Book Two of The Channel Riders By Valerie Gaumont Characters: 9479

Updated: 2018-02-26 14:30

Chapter 19

The next morning Elena stood on the corner in front of All Wrapped Up with Andre. Together they watched her cousin direct the unloading of his moving van. Two large men worked following his waving arm movements. Nearly everything that came off the truck was packed in small wooden crates.

"Do you think any of that is actual clothing and things or is it all scientific type equipment?" Andre asked. He took a sip of coffee from his travel mug as they watched yet another crate make its way up the back stair case. Elena shrugged and took a sip from her own travel mug.

"With Mateo, it is possible. The apartment comes furnished at least so he won't actually be making furniture out of the empty crates this time."

"This time?"

"Yeah, " Elena said with a nod. "He did that in one of his other places." Elena grinned. "Grandfather nearly skinned him alive for it during a surprise visit and made him promise to rent only furnished places until he married someone with sense."

"Ah, " he said. The flow of crates stopped and each of the large men grabbed a large black duffle bag from the back of the truck. Each of the bags looked large enough to hold an average size man.

"See, " Elena said gesturing to the bags. "I bet those are clothes, sheets and towels. He doesn't cook any more than you do so he wouldn't need much in the way of kitchen supplies."

"I will be living above a sandwich shop, " Mateo said walking towards them. "Why would I need to cook?" He grabbed Elena in a bear hug and swung her around in a big circle, her feet dangling a few inches above the ground. He dropped her back in place. "And you must be Andre, " he concluded.

"If I must, " Andre said with a grin.

"I have to say, you don't really look much like your infamous cousin."

"You don't look much like your infamous cousin either, " Andre returned, inclining his head towards Elena.

"Only because you haven't seen me in a dress, " Mateo replied.

"He hasn't seen me in a dress either, " Elena told him.

"I don't doubt it. Such things are usually reserved for affairs of state." Mateo looked over towards his movers who were patiently waiting with the final paperwork. "Hold on a sec." Mateo turned and signed his name with a flourish. The movers took their now empty truck and trundled away. "So I've worked up a system for testing the new channels or potential channels."

"Don't you want to unpack and settle in first?" Elena asked with a smile. Mateo waved away the comment.

"I can do that later, " he said. "But I need my notes. I kept them separate." His stomach rumbled. "I also need breakfast."

"There is a diner down the street, " Elena said.

"Excellent, I'll grab my stuff and we can go." Mateo turned and fairly bounced up the stairs and into his new apartment.

"Is he always

he tasks assigned me."

"Thanks a lot, " She told him.

"Don't mention it. Speaking of the tasks assigned to me. I think I have some safety features you might be interested in." Mateo pulled a large file folder from his bag and passed it over. Elena began flipping through scaled down images of schematics. She sighed.

"You know techno speak isn't my first language, " she told her cousin.

"Actually, I don't think it is even your second or third." He responded with a grin. Andre laughed. "There is a sheet with just the details in the back." The plates arrived and Elena pulled the last sheet from the folder.

"You could have put this on the top."

"True, " Mateo said taking a bite of scrambled eggs. "But then I wouldn't have seen your face when you had to page through the schematics." Elena shook her head and scanned over the simplified text. Essentially Mateo outlined a plan to keep both her and the ship safe while investigating this new ability. She could see it involved several gadgets which was probably the reason for Mateo's good humor and manic energy.

"How long will the build out take?" she asked taking a bite of her own omelet.

"Most of it is already done, " Mateo told her, gesturing with his fork. "That's what the boxes were. It mostly just needs assembly and transport. Kind of like a giant jigsaw puzzle." Elena passed the sheet to Andre. His eyes got wide as he read down the list. He passed it back.

"So you really are as good as they say, huh?" Andre commented. "That could really get annoying."

"He's only that good if it works." Elena said. Mateo frowned at her.

"Have you ever known my toys not to work?"

"Not once you say they are ready for the field test, " she admitted.

"They are ready for the field test. Or will be once assembled."

"That, " Elena said pointing her fork at him "is why you are so annoying."

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