Gemma returned to the table where Talula and Oak were chatting.
"Man! Gemma! You have to hear this!" said Oak. She and Talula were laughing hard.
"I really don't think I need to hear it," said Gemma.
"Man! So, I was about five and mum was taking me grocery shopping..."
Gemma tuned out of the conversation. She was thinking about her interrogation with Angel and the discovery that the Grim Reaper may be plotting something dire.
She sat down.
"We need to talk about Grim."
The Lotus Oasis, Al Simhara, 2031
"What are you looking at?" asked Henry. He was watching Rashida stare nervously into the distance.
"Oh me?" Rashida replied. "Just the possibility that we're all doomed."
"Why do you say that?" asked Adelyn.
"Because we're trusting an Evil Genius king!"
Henry stood up and walked over to Rashida, who closed her eyes and sighed.
"Look," said Henry. "We can trust Alex. He knows what he's doing."
"Does he really?" said Rashida. "You must know, being his fiancé, that he's a full-time job. Alex doesn't even know himself."
"Maybe not," said Henry. "But he knows what he's doing here. He will win this war."
"Just this one?" said Rashida.
"So what do you want to talk about?" said Morcubus to Alex.
"Oh, you know," said Alex. "I wish to make a deal."
"Mhm," said Alex, running his fingers along the boss's name tag. "I wish to reclaim Victor Just and Cas Fowl... oh and will you please lend me some of your weaponry? We're having a little battle in a couple of days."
"And what will I get in return?"
"What would you like?" said Alex.
Morcubus thought about it.
"Take as long as you like," teased Alex.
"Shut up, I'm thinking!"