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Previously… Aspiring actress turned undercover Loan Some employee, Beth, is given a second chance to prove she’s ‘Loan Some material’ after botching her first assignment. She’s given a high stake, top-secret assignment: to pose as the state governor’s runaway daughter at a high profile event.
Richard briefly looked in her direction and did a speedy double take. “You,” he cried.
Beth looked over his shoulder, desperately hoping that Frank would come back. There was nothing in the employee handbook that addressed this kind of situation.
The woman lowered her glasses to the pointed perch at the end of her nose. “You two know each other?”
He squinted in disbelief. “You’re the actor on this case?”
“Um….”Beth felt her mouth go dry as she tried to formulate a coherent answer. Was she embarrassed or just nervous about wrecking her second chance with Loan Some?
“Obviously…” The short woman beside him commented. “I do hope this isn’t an indication of your detective skills, Mr. Crawford, ” she said crisply, opening a leather bound folder. Before he could respond she shifted her steely gaze to Beth. “I was never told your name.”
“Beth…” Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Richard grin. He’d finally gotten her name.
“I’m Eliza Cusperht,” the woman continued. “Mr. Williamson’s Chief of Staff. As I’m sure you’ve been told, this is an extremely sensitive situation. Complete discretion is expected.”
“Of course,” Beth replied with an eager nod.
Eliza seemed to be satisfied with this simple response. She looked over to Richard. “This is Detective Crawford. If you come across any pertinent information or any trouble, you must report to him immediately.”
“I’ll never be too far away,” he said in a tone that released butterflies in her stomach.
Eliza handed Beth a sheet of paper. “This is your itinerary. You’ll enter the Green Room with the family at 9:00 p.m. for Cocktail hour. After ten minutes or so you’ll excuse yourself.” She made eye contact with Beth. “If anyone stops you on the way out, you have a migraine.”
“I’ll come back and get you when it’s time for the Governor to give his speech. The press will be taking photos at that time. We’ll need you standing with the family. “
“What do I say if someone approaches me or realizes I’m not Samantha?”
Eliza snapped the leather binder closed. “That won’t happen.”
“But shouldn’t we at least have a plan?” she asked dubiously.
“I’ll personally make sure no one gets within an arm’s reach of you.”
She opened her mouth in protest, and then realized she had no doubt that Eliza would do just that. A rabid pit bull would retreat with its tail between its legs if it had the misfortune of meeting Eliza Cusperht’s scowl.
“And I’ll keep my eyes on you all night,” Richard added.
To her relief, the first five minutes of cocktail hour went smoothly. Eliza kept her word, and never left Beth’s side. All she apparently had to worry about was smiling and sipping her ginger ale.
“We’re stepping out in three,” Eliza whispered.
“Who is that?” yelled an angry voice from across the room. Beth whipped around and spotted a fuming woman pointing in her direction. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.