A new chapter starts in the Omicron Matter – Negotiations Begin. Millicent and Liam arrived at the appointed location and hour. Liam is upset Millicent is so willing to negotiate with Smith. But Millicent is insistent. On their arrival, they are greeted by Alfred Redman. Liam decides to wait outside the hotel despite the cold and rain
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I have taken a couple of days off and I hope I can get my readers back. Things were picking up again. Looking forward I will have to take a couple of days each week, just to keep up with the writing. I have also started a formal edit of the Recruiting Matter. Everything is under the microscope. It has been more than a month since I finished that up and almost a year since I started posting. I may start some “nostalgia” posts if significant improvements happen.
Waiting in The Cold
Millicent arrived at the hotel in Southampton with Liam. Liam wore a long coat and a flat hat in the chilly wet weather. He also was wearing his bullet proof vest and a revolver. He was unusually silent on the walk from their inn a few blocks away. Finally Millicent said, “I won’t be giving away the store.”
Liam said tersely, “Still don’t have to like it.”
Millicent said, “True, but you make a tense situation more tense. You will make no aggressive moves towards whoever is there.”
Liam grumbled but nodded yes as they came around the corner. Alfred Redman was in front of the hotel wearing a bright colored vest, his own long coat and a bowler. As they arrived he tipped his bowler to the pair and said, “Miss Morgaine and Mr. O’Hannigan. Precisely on time as expected.”
Millicent eyed the man and said, “I prefer to start these things with basic decorum such as arriving promptly.”
Redman smiled broadly, “Of course you do. Mr. Smith is waiting in the dining room inside. He said to remind you that you would be arriving alone.” He shifted his gaze briefly to Liam.
Liam protested, “Now see here…”
Millicent said sharply, “Mr. O’Hannigan, quiet. That was understood.” To Redman she said, “I presume you will be staying out here as well.”
Redmand said, “Mr. Smith was quite clear.”
Millicent turned to Liam and said, “I don’t know how long this will be. It could be quick. It could be long. It is senseless to stand out in this cold. Wait in the pub across the way.”
Liam straightened and said defiantly, “I’ll stay here as long as his dandiness stays.”
Millicent shook her head and then leaned in as if to straighten a collar and whispered, “you have some warming device from Charles, don’t you.” Liam flashed the faintest of grins and Millicent whispered, “Good show.” Then she said louder, “Suit yourself,” and proceeded up the stairs to the lobby. A bell hop stood in the front of the room. When he noticed her, he came forward and presented the note. It read, “Meet me in the dining room. Soaked Peaches are out of season, but I’ve ordered Cherries Jubilee and champagne. I have been told the service is better here.” Millicent smirked at the reference and to the bell hop she said, “Lead on.”