Charlize sat in her cage thinking about her daughter. Is it possible the Evil Geniuses want to hurt McKenzie? she thought. Could they potentially see her as a threat? But why?
"Hello Charlize," said a menacing voice that Charlize knew well to be Talula's.
"Oh joy," said Charlize, and she stood up to glare at Talula levelly.
"It's time to begin your first mission," said Talula.
Charlize went pale.
"Oh don't worry," the Green Lady said, and she waved her hand dissmissively. "This has got nothing to do with your daughter."
Charlize sighed in relief.
"But your mission has got something to do with your nephew!"
"Not Alexander, the other one!" snapped Talula.
Charlize scratched her temple. "Alfred?"
"Yes," said Talula, "the son of Angel Hawk, Princess of Willow Creek."
Charlize was silent for a moment. "Why is he important?" she asked.
"Why was Angel murdered by the Sweglords along with the king and queen? She is not a member of His Evil Services, nor is she related to anyone who is."
"But... she is an Evil Genius. She's the granddaughter of Jim Jones who founded The Evil Geniuses with you back in the 70s."
"Yes," said Talula, "but her father was a member of the Renegades not the Evil Geniuses and so was her mother.... and, besides, the Sweglords aren't after Evil Geniuses, they're after the H.E.S - as far as I understand. Now, Charlize, these little details wouldn't bother me so much.... well, it's no secret that the Renegades have betrayed the Evil Geniuses before. They killed Jim, remember? Back in 1977.... But what is curious is why the Sweglords would kill a Renegade or an Evil Genius for that matter? I thought it's only descendants of His Evil Services people and Angel's parents cut all ties with the Evil Geniuses anyway.... so why?"
"I've been trying to get answers out of Angel for the past - I don't know - ages.... but she won't tell me anything."
"Can't you just torture another Renegade?" said Charlize.
"Can't find any," said Talula. "But you chase up Angel's kid, Alfred, and maybe her husband, Killian, just for good measure. You see Charlize," said Talula, "Angel's parents died in 'mysterious' circumstances not long after they had quit the Renegades. Also Angel is the first recorded ex-Renegade to have been murdered by the Sweglords. Now doesn't this seem curious?"
"Very," said Charlize.
"Oh come on Charlize!" cried Talula, "it's obvious!"
"Angel's hugely important in the eyes of the public. Loved extremely because of her contribution to charities and she was a member of a highly successful band! The Bad Guys! Which she quit to marry Prince Killian. No. I think the Sweglords killed her because of something we don't know about. The Sweglords' relationship with the Renegades."
Charlize's eyes widened. "Do you think the Sweglords work for the Renegades?"
"Maybe," said Talula. "The Renegades have wanted to be 'top-dog' for a long time, but I need Angel to spill what she knows, which is why you must bring me her boy and her husband. Are we clear?"