From the moment I pulled this month’s Genre poll, I knew I wanted to have Jessica cross paths with Kyle Rickman. While these two briefly met in Knight’s Dual, they didn’t really interact. With that deficiency in mind and the fact that I’ve created characters perfectly opposed to each other, I knew they would eventually have to interact. As a result, I was eager to craft their true meeting. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the best way to narrate it.
After kicking the can for a couple of days, their tale popped into my mind. I instantly latched onto that budding concept and dropped the characters into the situation with my metaphorical popcorn bucket in hand. As I popped the kernels into my mouth, I watched this pair interact with each other as my smile tugged at my eyes. During the drafting process, I molded their conversation to highlight their individual skills, from Kyle’s mental acuity to Jessica’s penchant to plan out every aspect of her jobs.
So, sit back and get your own popcorn ready as I explore Jessica’s latest crime.
As the police investigate the theft of a museum’s gems, Jessica lingers with the other guests, searching for her chance to escape…
While Jessica’s dangling heel tapped her other leg, she glanced up at the individual towering over her. As the seconds drew out, her chest expanded while her arms snaked across her torso. “Do you think we’ll be allowed to leave soon?”
“Who knows?” The man ran a hand through his hair with a series of grunts. “It appears they’re insisting on talking to us individually.”
With a graceful nod, Jessica’s lips pressed together as she twisted her neck to study the pacing officers. After a couple of heartbeats, her fingers fell upon her golden necklace while her tongue slid along her teeth. “The police haven’t spoken with you yet, have they?”
“Have you seen any of them speak with me?”
With a wry chuckle, Jessica twirled the chain about her index finger. “I’m sorry, Luke. Having to wait on the whims of law enforcement is a burden on each of us.”
“We’re hoping one of you noticed something that will shed light on the robbery.”
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