I know it’s already pretty late in the day, but I thought I’d post a spoiler anyway. I’ll post the full chapter first thing in the morning!
“If you need me, I’ll be in my office,” Eric said.
Pam lifted an eyebrow as she wiped the counter in front of her. “Off to spy on the cleaning lady? You still don’t trust her, after all this time?”
“She’s only been there for six weeks. She might figure something out.” He leaned close to her so the man at the bar a few feet away wouldn’t hear them.
“How much longer do we have to wait?”
“The queen said they are going to make the announcement within the year. I wish she would tell me a specific date.” The man sitting near him started leaning toward him, listening. Eric turned to face him. “You don’t know anything about what I just said. You are finished with your drink and were just getting ready to leave.”
The man nodded stupidly. “Yes. I need to leave.” He gulped his beer and then pushed away from the bar.
Pam rolled her eyes. “Humans.”
“I’ll be in my office.” Eric turned and left.
Once in his office, he stretched out behind his desk in his comfortable chair. He switched on the monitor on his desk and turned on the feed coming from his home security cameras.
Hiring someone to clean their house was the best decision he ever made. He hated cleaning up after parties, and even though he could command Pam to do it, he didn’t like the idea of her resenting him. He laced his fingers behind his head and watched the dark-haired woman picking up beer bottles and wiping the counter in the kitchen. Smug satisfaction crossed his face as she mopped a pile of vomit off the floor. The smile on his face froze when a blonde woman entered the kitchen with an armful of pink sheets.
“Hello. Who are you?” he whispered.