March 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm #561249RPGMP3 Newsbot
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by Ross Fisher-Davis
â€œMr. Mayor,â€ Rafi lingered near the door. â€œIâ€™m sorry to bother you, but I have a young gentleman who insists upon seeing you.â€
The mayorâ€™s eyes lazily rose from his book. â€œI specified not to be disturbed; was I not clear in my request?â€
Rafi swallowed, regained his composure, and spoke again.
â€œHe says heâ€™s related to you, Nicodemus.â€
Nicodemus raised an eyebrow, carefully closed the book, placing it out of sight in silence.
â€œSend him in,â€ Nicodemus whispered.
The young man who strode in was tall, lean with dark hair. He gave Nicodemus a look that mixed determination and outright wonder. Finding his manners, he took off his hat, letting it hang by his side.
â€œNic? Mister â€¦ Mayor Nicodemus Whateley?? Is it you?â€ He asked.
Nicodemus nodded slowly, watching the boyâ€™s every move like a cat.
â€œNone other.â€ He said, slowly rising from his desk. â€œBut you knew that. You, however, are a mystery here. So who might you be?â€
The youth took an eager step forward. â€œNameâ€™s Theodolphus, but Mama called me Theo â€¦ Theo Whateley-Boyer. From your second cousin, twice removed â€¦ also your fourth cousin, on the Providence side, I think. I come a long way looking for you, Nic. I come a helluva long way.â€
â€œPeople who come looking for me oft regret the decision.â€ Nicodemus stepped around his desk to approach the boy, and Theo felt the Mayorâ€™s stare grip his heart. Nicodemus Whateleyâ€™s black pupils contained nothing but darkness.
â€œBlood calls to blood, Nic. I hear it screaming out across this town.â€
â€œScreams are a frequent sound in Gomorra. Who sent you? Speak.â€
â€œThe family, Nic â€¦ back east. We ainâ€™t heard anything in so long. Then when the news came through that everything in Gomorra had fallen, we thought the worst.â€
Theo drummed his fingers against the brim of his hat.
â€œI went to the manor first, but you werenâ€™t there. Youâ€™re all thatâ€™s left, Nic. Youâ€™re the last one who had contact with the master â€¦â€
â€œKnicknevin is no more. I freed the of that tether,â€ Nic said. â€œIâ€™m my own master now, Theo. And so are you.â€ He made a motion in the air to brush the young man away.
â€œThatâ€™s the thing, Nic. The family donâ€™t know what else to do. Theyâ€™re fighting amongst themselves â€¦ no real leader, no real direction. I heard about you though. I heard what you done here in Gomorra! Youâ€™re what we need!â€
Nicodemus seemed to stare through Theo, appraising him.
â€œWe need you, Nic. The family needs you,â€ Theo said, determination hardening his face.
Nicodemus reached out and took the boy by the shoulders gently, but with purpose. A smile crawled across his features.
â€œTheo, I am the family.â€
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