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“She’s half snake,” Melody muttered.

“She sure is,” Frederica said, and scrolled through her other photos from Verden.

“It’s a good thing you took pictures,” Melody said, “because I don’t think I’d have believed it otherwise.”

“I feel the same way sometimes and I was there,” Frederica said. “I do wish I’d gotten a picture of the dragon though.”

Melody chuckled.

“You know what, I’m not even going to ask,” she said.

“I’ll tell you that one later, then,” Frederica sad. “You wanted to hear about the private investigator first, right?”

“Oh yeah,” Melody said. “This should be good.”

Frederica smiled.

“Okay, so it all started when I decided to interview a city councillor named Carter Beckett….”


After recounting her experiences with Virginia Keating, her break-in at Malus Software, and a brief play-by-play of her battle with the dragon in Verden, Frederica yawned. They decided it was time to call it a night and headed out from the diner. They soon reached the hotel, hovering over the penthouse where Ronnie lived.

“I had a really good time tonight,” Frederica said.

“Me too,” Melody said. “I’m glad you agreed to come. I was worried you might feel awkward about it since you work for my family.”

“Nah, that’s fine,” Frederica said. “I feel awkward for other reasons.”

Melody floated a little closer.

“What reasons are those?”

“Well, you know,” Frederica said. “I’m just always awkward around people I….”

“People you what?” Melody said.

Frederica swallowed hard and looked into Melody’s eyes. She knew what Melody was going to say before she even opened her mouth.

“Can I kiss you?” Melody asked.

“Yes,” Frederica replied.