Alex woke up to knocking on her door. She grunted, hoping it would disappear. Instead the door opened and Moxie walked in. She proceeded to make noise, grabbing and throwing clothes out of the closet. Alex looked at the clock by her bed and frowned.
“What the hell?” She grumbled. “It’s 3:30 in the morning! There is no good reason for me to up this early.”
Moxie simply shrugged, pulling the covers off of Alex. Once she left the room, Alex grabbed the covers off of the floor and threw them back over herself. Five minutes later, the covers were pulled off again, followed by a large glass of water being poured onto the back Alex’s head.
“Chester said that you’re going for lunch with the Tweedles and that you need to be presentable.” Moxie started to undress Alex, pulling her off the bed and dragging her to the bathroom.
“Isn’t this a little excessive? It’s just lunch.”
“It’s lunch with the Tweedles and William.” Moxie slapped her hand away from her face. “It’s important that you keep them distracted while Raven and I break in and make a copy of the device and update.”
“So the mission is happening now. Is there anything else we need?”
“No. Once we have a copy of the device, we’ll have what we came for.”
It was another couple of hours before Alex was ready. When she got to the lab, William raised his eyebrows. As usual, he didn’t say anything to her. Bobbi came in twenty minutes later, in her usual mess. She took a double take when she passed Alex.
“Well, someone’s sure dressed up today.”
Alex smiled, shrugging her shoulders.
The next few hours were eerily quiet. All three of them sat at their stations, working in complete silence. By the time it was lunch, Alex was dying to get out of there. There was a knock on the door, and William opened it. William stepped aside, allowing the twins to enter.
“Good afternoon! Are you ready for lunch?” Dom chirped, smiling at William and then at Alex. William grabbed his jacket off of his chair and kept the door open for the twins and Alex.
“Have a good lunch Bobbi.”
Bobbi watched them walk out, a small frown forming.
Alex and William followed the Tweedles back to their office, Alex grabbing onto William for support when she looked down through the glass. There was a large table in the middle of the room, and the Duchess and two other people were sitting in chairs, their knees crossed and their faces were blank. Alex felt her heart begin to beat faster as the Duchess stood, smiling cruelly.
“William, Sandra: you’ve met the Duchess before. She’s here with the Royal Prince and Miss White. They’ve accompanied the Queen on her yearly visit to the Laboratory and are extremely interested in the device’s progress.” Dea smiled, gesturing for Alex and William to sit.
William turned into a charming gentleman, talking sweetly with the Duchess, and Miss White. The Duchess turned to Alex, holding her hand out. Alex bowed, while placing a kiss on her hand. She straightened her back, staring into the Duchess’s eyes, returning the smile. The young man, dressed in a blood-red suit, stood up and charmingly reached for Alex’s hand to shake.
“A pleasure to meet you, Miss Taylor. Your cousin told us to look out for you. I’m so glad that we’ll be able to tell him how well you look.” He tilted his head slightly, as if taking note of her face. Alex tried to gently pull her hand out of his grasp. He sat back down in his chair, crossing his legs, and his grey eyes staring at her. The woman sitting next to him, betrayed no emotion, and simply nodded at Alex. Her white hair hung straight along her back, the silver strands shining in the sun. Alex sat down, between William and Dom, her heart still feeling tight. The food was brought in a few minutes later.
“So William, how are things going with the device?” Dea asked.
William, coughed slightly, placing his fork on his plate.
“We’re on schedule, and the device is just finishing with a last update.”
The Duchess turned to Alex, her smile widening, “How’s the irreplaceable Miss Taylor doing?”
Alex opened her mouth to answer, but William surprised her when he answered, “She’s been extremely useful in our endeavours.”
Everyone smiled proudly at Alex, as though she was a close relative. The rest of the lunch went smoothly, with the Tweedles asking more questions about the device. The Duchess didn’t say anything else, simply watching Alex closely. The Prince tried to make the atmosphere light, talking about some future parties in the city. Alex tried to keep the conversation going, hoping that Raven and Moxie had completed what they needed to. The prince left the lunch early and placed a soft kiss on Alex’s hand.
“I’ll see you around, my dear.” He whispered into her ears, causing her to shiver uncomfortably, but she nodded.
The twins escorted Alex and William back to the lab, along with the Duchess, and Miss White. They slowed as they walked down the hall. Miss White, and the Duchess both pulled out their firearms when they saw the door was open. William breathed in, holding his breath. The door was pushed open and Miss White entered first. The Duchess kept everyone back. Miss White came back out, placing her firearm back in its pocket. She nodded at the Duchess, who immediately entered the room. William and Alex followed Miss White and the twins into the room. Alex gasped, horrified at the scene in front of them. There was blood splattered over the walls, and the desks. Bobbi’s body was sprawled out on one of the desks. Her eyes were wide open, horror written on her face. The Duchess placed her hand over Bobbi’s face, closing her eyelids. She glared down at the desk, not saying a word. Miss White began to shout orders at the Tweedles, trying to get a handle on the situation. Alex and William were pushed out of the lab, and led to separate offices with armed guards waiting outside.