American Chimera – 17.7

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“And that’s all you know about Daenerys Huffman?”

“You still want to talk about her? Come on. Get over it. Look me in the eye and tell me I’m not more important.”

The interrogator brought up a document on h er tablet. “Sign this. Right here.”

“Please. Tell me.”

“Sign your name or I’ll throw you back in that cell, alone, for another month. I don’t have time to wait for your lollygagging.”

Brad Roten’s bottom lip wiggled. “You’re wrong. She’s not that important.”

“Could you just sign your name, please?”

He crossed his arms, huffed, and looked to the side. “I can’t believe you. You know, my dad hires a bunch of people like you, and you have the gall to think some spider is more important than me? Why, I could crush that spider with my little finger.”

The interrogator closed the tablet and stood. “Fine. If that’s the way you want it, I’ll be perfectly happy to leave you in a cell for a month. A year. Until your parents finally realize you’re gone.”

His eyes popped back open. “Why are you doing this to me?”

She stood tall over the young man on the chaise lounge. “Because, in this room, and in this facility, it’s not you that’s the most important. It’s not Daenerys Huffman. It’s not the goddamn President. It’s me. You answer my questions and do what I say, Mr. Roten, or I will keep you locked away from now until eternity. Is that understood?”

He gulped. “You’re a mean colored lady.”

“Sign the document.”

He took the tablet, opened it, and skimmed the document before whisking the stylus over the surface. “There. That make you happy?”

She snatched it out of his grasp. “No. But it’ll satisfy legal requirements.” She examined the signature and closed the document. “You’ll be leaving on the next convoy out.”

“All right!” He stood from the lounge chair. “Smell ya later!”


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