That Which Remains by Olivia Batker Pritzker

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Previously… Roxy warns Juliette to be careful when working with Jasper. Readers voted that Roxy owes Jasper a debt.

Episode 7

The street was empty; the only thing moving was a brown paper bag being tossed in the wind. Roxy turned a corner and walked quickly down the street, arms crossed and blond hair blowing around her face. She stopped in front of number 7, hesitated, and then tried the door. It opened, and she slipped inside. The street was empty again.

Roxy looked around the small space, and saw Jasper sitting comfortably cross-legged on a threadbare red velvet couch. He smiled when he saw her.

“Well hello.” He inclined his head slightly. “Have a seat. I’ve been expecting you.”

Roxy remained standing.

“How did you know I was here?”

Jasper laughed. “Please,” he said with a wave of his hand.

“What are you planning to do with Juliette?”

Jasper frowned. “Please sit down, Roxy. If you’re looking for answers, perhaps we should consult the -”

“No.” Roxy crossed the room and sat down, but left her coat, hat and scarf on. She folded her hands in her lap.

“Jasper, is that what you’re calling yourself now? I want to know why you’re here. I have a life here now. Juliette means a lot to me. I’m not working for you anymore, and I don’t know what you had in mind but -”

“Relax.” Jasper’s eyes were twinkling. “I wasn’t planning on calling in any favors. And it’s purely coincidence that we both happen to have landed here in Anchester Falls – a fascinating little town, wouldn’t you agree?” He didn’t wait for her to respond before continuing. “I wanted to ask you, as one newcomer to another, what you make of the people here? But first! Let me congratulate you on slipping so successfully into the rhythm of the town, creating this ‘life’ you speak of. And Juliette appears none the wiser…”

He lingered on the last sentence, his laughing eyes locking with Roxy’s burning ones. She stood up again, looking agitated.

“I only have Juliette’s best interests in mind,” she snapped. “It would only make things worse if she knew how her parents really died, and why. I’m trying to protect her. You, on the other hand, who knows what you’re doing but I’m sure it’s hardly in her best -”

Jasper cut her off again with an incredulous laugh. “Oh,” he said somewhat impatiently, “yes you’re incredibly selfless, Roxy. Let’s stop the charade, shall we? Now I have most of the information but there are a few things I need to know about Juliette’s…situation. I imagine you can provide them for me, and I know I don’t need to remind you why it would be prudent to do so.”

Roxy opened her mouth in apparent protest but said nothing. She shook her head at Jasper, who was no longer smiling.

“Think of it not as working for me, but doing a favor for an old friend. Repaying a favor, really.” His glittering, beetle black eyes bore into Roxy. Slowly, resignedly, she nodded her head and sat back down on the couch. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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