Chapter 55

Landed (Part 2)

“Everyone. This is Bella Korlaan.” Nakaia said as she introduced the new woman to the group.

The Bella Korlaan!?!” exclaimed Samla excitedly.

“The one and the same. But it’s Goth now, Bella Goth.” corrected Bella.

“You shacked up with a local? Nice!”

“In fact he’s just over there.” she pointed to a middle-aged man with black hair and a neatly trimmed goatee. He was carrying a dozen glasses stacked precariously in one hand, whilst carrying a bucket filled with empty beer bottles in the other. “Mortimer darling? MORTIMER!

“What!?!” he cried out in exasperation.

Bella smiled seductively, “Come meet my friends, they’re from out of town.”

Mortimer gave the three woman a once over before setting down the glasses and empties by the DJ Booth. “Clearly.” he muttered as he took a seat next to his wife.

“Now, now Morti. Be nice.” Bella cooed, which only served to annoy her husband further.

“I hate it when you call me that.”

“But it’s such a cutesy-wutesy name!” Bella leaned over and kissed her husband on the cheek.

“Eeew… Vomit!”

“Cassandra! What are you doing here?” asked Bella, then she saw a small boy bouncing up the stairs. She gave her daughter a flat stare, “And you brought Alexander with you.”

Cassandra shrugged her shoulders, “What? It’s not like its the evening or anything. And it was on our way home from school.”

“Still. You know kids shouldn’t be in here.”

“Yeah, yeah, whatever. Can I have $50?”

“After that display I think not.” Bella replied.

“Daddy,” she said in her best Daddy’s-Girl voice, “Can I have $50?”

“Sure thing sweetheart,” he reached in to his jacket pocket and pulled out his wallet, producing a crisp $50 bill, “Here you go.”

“You’re the best Dad!” Cassandra said as she ran off back down the stairs leaving her brother behind.

Bella leveled her gaze at Mortimer, “Tell me you didn’t just do that?”

*   *   *

Meanwhile further over in the couch, Alexander looked up in to Samla’s eyes and leaned in.

“Are you an alien?” he whispered.

“Sure thing kid.” Samla said with a wink, “But don’t tell anyone.”

“Why not?”

“Because we’re here on a secret mission.” she whispered, her eyes sparkled as interacted with the young boy.

“What kind of secret mission?”

“I don’t know, it’s a secret.”

Alexander laughed, “You’re funny!”

“I aim to please.”

*   *   *

“Okay, I’m here.” Mortimer said, ignoring his wife’s annoyed question. “Now what?” We have a full bar, and if I don’t get back to work we’ll have no clean glasses for the evening rush. If you would only hire more staff, I wouldn’t even need to be here – I should be writing!

“I like having you here. For… purposes.” she winked at her husband and blew him a kiss.

“Right. Yes. Well. Nice meeting you, but I had better get back to work. Farewell ladies.”

Mortimer walked over to his discarded glasses and resumed his duties.

“He’s grumpier than a Gronyx in a Hot Summer.” stated Samla which caused all the girls to roar with laughter.

“What’s a Gronwyx mom?”

Bella hadn’t realized that her son was still here.

“Nothing darling. Why don’t you run off and find your sister?”

“Okay!” Alexander said cheerfully as he leaped up from his seat, turned around and waved Samla goodbye before running down the stairs two at a time.

“He’s right, Mortimer that is.” Bella stated, “It’s busy and only going to get busier. Why don’t you all come over for dinner tomorrow evening? I can arrange cover for Mortimer and I for here and we can discuss everything then?”

Nakaia nodded her head, “It’s in your house isn’t it?”

“Of course it is. So make sure you bring the one who is pretending to be a science-fraction actress with you.”

Nakaia just smiled and gestured towards Shaela. The Helsian woman stood up and taking Samla with her, she went off to find the princess.

“How bad is it?” Bella asked.

“The worst kind of bad.”


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