Published: March 23, 2016
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
This is a previously published work. It has been revised and edited for Evernight Publishing.
The kid—because that was what he was to Joachim, a kid—stared at him a bit too long.
“Watch the road.”
Zane snickered, and switched his attention back to the traffic ahead. “Lucky. Yeah, I’d call it lucky they decided not to kick me out after denying me what should have been mine by right.”
Joachim hadn’t expected to hear those words. “I’m sorry. I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.”
Zane sucked in a harsh breath.
Joachim frowned. Honestly, he didn’t know this would be the case. When they’d invited him to join the company, there was no talk that someone else might be qualified to be the head of the art department. In fact, he was under the impression that there hadn’t been an art department before, only a small division under a larger unit.
“You know, I can always talk to Mr. Downey and set things straight.” Joachim had never before seen an expression change from slight panic to utter horror.
“No,” Zane practically shouted. “You can’t tell him that. You have to promise you’ll never talk to Mr. Downey about the things I said. I’ll be happy to work under you. Work together with you. It was just a spur-of-the-moment outburst. Promise me, please?”
Joachim tried to think past the words work under you, and Zane’s pleas didn’t help the matter. He took a deep breath and gazed ahead.
“Okay, I promise not to say anything, though I’d prefer it if we’re all open and honest and don’t hide things from each other.”
“I’ve been open and honest with you.”
“Yeah, and I bet you regret it.”