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This serial follows Jade, a former waitress who has been working at Loan Some for several years. She’s done it all – date at a wedding, mourner at a funeral, even patron at a new restaurant, hired by the proprietor so that the place would seem popular. But this time she’s needed for something new…
Jade stared at the vibrating phone in her hand, daring herself to go a few more seconds without answering it. The word COLE was stretched across the screen in glowing white letters. Ever since he had taken over the Loan Some business from his uncle, Cole was infuriatingly on top of job assignments, and Jade hadn’t had more than two days off in a row in months. She had finally been looking forward to a three-day reprieve where she planned to do absolutely nothing, but those hopes were shattered with each insistent vibration.
His voice floated through the device, somehow both coarse and polished as he “requested” that she come in to work.
“We have just acquired a new case,” he said, “to which you are ideally suited.”
Refusing to say more over the phone, Cole expressed his confidence that he would see Jade at the Loan Some office within the hour and hung up. With a melodramatic sigh, Jade tucked her phone into her bag, tied her black trench coat around the waist and headed out the door.
There was a strong scent of garlic in the air as Jade walked into the restaurant basement where the Loan Some headquarters mysteriously were. Cole was already sitting at their round “conference” table – so named by Cole himself in a fit of office reorganization – with his hands folded in front of him. Celine was sitting across from him, in a gaudy white faux-fur dress and red hat, her greying hair pinned up in curls beneath it like a twenties starlet. There weren’t many people who could really get to Jade; her many years as a waitress had formed a kind of slick protective veneer which caused annoying quirks and rude comments to slide off like rainwater. For some reason though, Jade couldn’t stand Celine. The aging, former-mediocre-actress behaved like she was the queen of Loan Some, generously giving the company her immense talent, and happy to bestow advice on those less skilled than herself.
Inwardly grimacing, Jade unbuttoned her coat and took a seat at the table.
“Thank you for coming in, Jade,” Cole said smoothly. “Now that you’re both here, I want to tell you about your exciting new assignment.” He cleared his throat importantly. “We’ve been contacted by William James White, maybe you’ve heard of him? Brilliant defense attorney, often hired in…difficult cases. The ones no one else will touch. Well he tells me he’s been retained by Sebastian Downing” At that name Cole paused, obviously expecting a reaction from his audience. Jade looked at him blankly, and Celine picked a bit of lint off her dress. Cole sighed. “Sebastian Downing!” He said a bit impatiently. “Extremely wealthy, famously reclusive, brilliant scientist who was just arrested for murder? Mr. White believes that jury perception of Mr. Downing’s character is of the utmost importance in this case, and so he has asked for two of our best to pose as his devoted mother and fiancée.”
Jade and Celine both looked up. Cole smiled, looking satisfied to have their attention.
“You won’t be involved with any of the legal proceedings, of course. This is strictly for appearance’s sake, so you’ll mostly be sitting in the courtroom, you know, staring lovingly at the defendant and holding each other.” At this Cole barely concealed his ironic smirk – Jade’s dislike of Celine was known to nearly everyone but her. He continued – “You’ll receive more details tomorrow morning when we meet with Mr. White. But for now, do you have any questions?”
Jade opened her mouth to ask several of the questions mounting in her mind, but before she could, the disturbingly breathy, high-pitched voice of Celine cut her off: “Who did he murder?!” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.