Amanda was packing
her laptop bag as Todd walked in to the room. In his hands, he held a hoodie
and a pair of sunglasses.
"What are those
for?" Amanda asked.
"There's a mob
of news-people waiting for you," Todd said. "It would be wise if we
avoid them. So we are going through the back entrance." He kept glancing
at the door as if he were expecting someone.
As if on cue,
Detective Snyder walks in.
"The back is
covered, too," he said. "But there is less there than the front
entrance. The chief let me have a few officers to help you out and there's a
vehicle waiting for you."
Amanda noticed the
detective didn't seem as suspicious of them as he did in the interview.
Amanda put on the
hoodie and the sunglasses.
way," Detective Snyder said and led them down the hall, in the opposite
direction of the front entrance.
When they stepped
out they were bombarded with a barrage of questions.
"Why did you
"Do you think
these were the men who assaulted you the last time?"
"Is it true
that you are a defected Russian spy?"
Amanda stopped and
looked at the reporter as if she was crazy. Where
did that come from?
she wondered. Before she would say anything, she felt a
strong grip on both shoulders.
anything and keep moving," Todd said and he guided her into the large SUV.
Trisha was already
in the car. Amanda looked at her and they both cracked up laughing. "Did
you hear that?!" Amanda said, "A Russian spy? Really?"
Trisha nodded, but
couldn't say anything.
laughing, but he did look amused.
After Amanda calmed
down she sighed. "Ugh, I thought people were blowing things out of
proportion when they complained about the 'media elite' trying to blame Russia
should watch the news more often," Todd said.
Amanda rolled her
eyes, "I'd like to stay in my own fantasy bubble that the human race isn't
Todd coughed as if
to stifle a laugh. Trisha giggled. "Just think the 'media elite' as a very
low percentage of the population and that the intelligent are no longer
bothering to participate in the charades."
idea," Amanda responded and sat back in her seat. She then noticed that
she had to lean forward to hear Todd's quiet voice over the hum of the car.
However, in the noisy reporter mob,she
could hear Todd clear as glass.