Cynthia Quest Reporting
May 10th, 2013
After the way the camp was so fast to accuse Marc of trying to kill Kenn and Adrian, I realized it was way past time I asked this hard loner some of the questions still lingering in everyone’s mind.
He looks too calm, too ready for this as he sits down in the chair that has now held so many of Safe Haven’s Eagles. I hope that isn’t true, and to increase the odds of honest answers, I’ve chosen some questions he won’t care for. Everyone settled at a table with a tray? It’s time to talk to Marc Brady - Wolfman and Possible contender for Second in Command.
“So, tell us Marc. Why did you agree to this interview?”
“I didn’t. It was on my schedule, so I showed up.”
Cynthia grinned in slightly jealous understanding. “If the boss man says jump…”
Marc’s snort was light. “Yeah, that’s about it.”
“Do you always follow orders?”
Marc grinned widely. “Nope.”
It wasn’t true anymore, but for now, how close he and Adrian were working together wasn’t public knowledge.
“Why not? I thought all the Eagles have complete faith.”
“Guess I’m just a rebel.”
Cynthia glanced down at her notes. “Let’s talk about the wolf first. Where did you get him, and why does he stay with you?”
Marc looked over at the large animal curled protectively in the doorway of the tent. “Dog was brought in with a pack of wolves. He was supposed to be put down. He’s a survivor, the same as the rest of us. I think he senses that bond and it keeps him with me, but really, I don’t know why.”
“So you’re saying he thinks like us?”
He shrugged, grinning again. “Wish I knew - would make breeding him easier.”
Marc watched her face flush, realized he’d drawn first blood without meaning to. Inwardly, he braced for the real topic the reporter wanted to cover. Outwardly, he gave a smoldering stare that had her squirming and him swallowing a grin. It was easy to see what she needed, but he wasn’t interested in being the one to deliver it.
“Ah, yes, breeding. You’ve sired an interestingly obedient child. How does it feel to be the dad of a teenager you didn’t even know you had?”
There was no shocked response from him like she’d been hoping for. He and Adrian had covered it a week ago. “Good, actually. I got to skip diapers.”
Cynthia frowned slightly, hating it that these men were always one step ahead of her ambushes. She’d thought her knowing of Charlie’s parentage would be a hard hit. She moved on quickly. “What about his mother? You two sure have stirred up a lot of anger and bad energy here.”
“Sometimes, even those things have a place.”
“How long have you two known each other?”
“All our lives.”
“Ohh… Childhood sweethearts?”
“Why did you two split?”
“Life got in the way.”
“Who walked away first?”
“Our parents made that choice.”
“Has Angie told you why she kept the truth about your son from you?”
“Will you tell us why?”
“Of course not.”
Expecting it, Cynthia didn’t react. “When did you find out about Charlie?”
“After the War.”
“When you… helped his mom to get here?”
The tone was suggestive, and Marc frowned. “All I did was drive and show her a few Marine things. She did the rest.”
“Sure, sure. Can you tell us about the trip here, while you two were alone together all that time?”
Marc held in the sharp remark. “It was hard. We traveled a rough road.”
“What about all those long nights around the campfire, talking about your past, your teenage son, the future?”
Marc snorted, thinking there hadn’t been nearly enough of those. “Not Angie. We traveled or took turns sleeping.” He let out a proud snort he didn’t feel. “She was always in a hurry, but we got here in record time after she killed her first man - made her more determined.”
It was an answer she wasn’t expecting, and Cynthia dropped down to her hardest queries restlessly. Her respect for Angela went up, along with her jealousy. Afterward, there had been Brady’s big arms for comfort. She’d bet on it.
“How do you feel about your mate being an Eagle?”
“I worry over her safety and love it that she’s so strong. The same as she does me.”
“Uh-huh. But it wasn’t always this way, was it?”
“No.” His hard tone said to leave it alone.
Cynthia pushed harder. “In fact, I remember a few of those moments. Most of us didn’t think she could yell that loud.”
Marc blew out a sigh, realizing he would have to take the blow she wanted to deliver. “It took me a while to get over the way I still saw things from the old world. It’s better now.”
“So there won’t be anymore screaming?”
“Not unless she gets pissed at you for printing personal questions.”
Cynthia smiled coolly. “I think I can manage. Tell us about your rivalry with Kenn. Do you think you’ll be able to bump him out for second in command?”
Cynthia raised a brow. “Given up?”
“Yep. Just gonna fall in line where I belong.”
Cynthia laughed at the sarcastic humor, but sensed he really meant it. “I’m pretty sure it’ll be the front of a line.”
Marc’s face reddened at the open compliment. “Thanks.”
The waves of need flowing from the flowery scented woman were smothering, and Marc was glad to see their time was almost up. Five minutes was all the sheet said, and that was all she would get from him.
“A lot of the camp and Eagles think you’ve been going head-to-head with Kenn, trying to get him thrown out. Are you?”
“No. I have what I want.”
Marc’s face darkened ominously. “My soul mate.”
Cynthia watched him stand up, seeing his instinctive glance toward the flap. Time was about up, but she had one last topic to cover.
“How did it feel to kill for her?”
His head swung back, blue eyes blazing, and she wisely kept the triumph from her face. He hadn’t been expecting that one.
Marc stared at her, thinking of seeing her spying on the Eagles. When he’d told Adrian, the blond leader had said she was important to Safe Haven’s future. Today, under his scheduled time, there had been four words. Off balance is best. What threw someone off balance more than honesty?
“It felt good. Doing my job well usually does.”
Marc left her staring in surprise, hoping he’d given Adrian whatever it was that he needed from the encounter. One thing was for sure. The more FND work he did, the better he felt about their leader’s past. Anyone who had this many irons in the fire had better be an evil genius to keep them all straight.
“Do you really see him as evil?” That voice inside asked.
Marc shoved the answer away. He’d swung to Adrian’s side, but he clearly wasn’t a convert yet.
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