Jaymi sips his cherry schnapps on ice, puts it down beside him with a clink of glass on the flagstones of his study terrace, and claps his hands together.
He gazes around him, through the colours and cool of the evening sky, then pauses at the sound of some unidentified little beast whose call is emanating from somewhere down in the foliage of Laurel Canyon. What can it be? No dog or cat, but a wilder thing. Raccoon? Opossum? Skunk? Fox?
It chuckles up a guttural gibber for a few seconds, then subsides into watchful silence, hidden out there in the undergrowth—awaiting whatever Jaymi creates, as if to judge him against some obscure set of harshly mocking standards.
Narrowing his eyes at the keyboard, he consults the general sketch of Amber in his design for The Platinum Raven. It reads: “The Platinum Raven’s conspirator, in this tower in the mountains, is named Amber, whose infernal nature and allure reflect the fact that he just happens to be the continuation of Rutger Hauer’s psychopathic character in the film The Hitcher.”
Well, OK then. Bring it on!
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