The crestfallen men filed in and settled around the bristlecone conference table. Henry Winston slammed the door of the huge magical oak tree behind them. Henry knew it was Launye's fault, but she had her nose in the air, exuding an aura of innocence. Typical.
"We've lost the contract and have been penalized the advance again. At this rate we won't be able to cover the cost for Launye's magic water," James Winston said, dropping his law books and contracts on the table. Henry narrowed his eyes at the fairy. Launye was acting oblivious. Also typical.
"Why did you kill them?" Henry asked.
"I swear I didn't do anything to further that unicorn's demise," Launye said.
"Then lightning just happened to kill the unicorn and all of its kin at the same time?"
Launye fixed her eyes on him and then charged forward. She kicked him firmly on his nose.
"That's for doubting me. I told you I didn't kill them. It just happened."
"You don't think I know that the unicorn called you, 'a fucking imp with wings on a stick' and you didn't kill it and its kin for that? That's like telling me that Suck Ass Verse Law Agents can find their mouths with both hands."
"Yeah, well, regardless, they deserved it. Besides, what proof was the magic water you gave me? I could have saved them," Launye said.
Henry ignored Launye's string of whining. He yawned as an insult. Why couldn't the woman be like the others and just shut up? Henry eyed the new invention that Wyatt was tinkering with --a gun-- and wished that he could use it on Launye. Then he could have fairy kabob.
"...incompetent insolent imbecile," Launye finished. Took her long enough. He turned towards the fairy and affected the best superior expression he could summon.
"Dust mites of a feather should flock together. Fairies on wing should learn better. Which is exactly why I'm docking your magic water supply to a liter!"
Launye's face puffed up, and then with the full force of her body, rammed head first into his nose. He yelped. "You know I die without at least a barrel of magic water."
Forget fairy kabob, it was going to be fairy charcoal by the time he was done with her.
"Yeah, well, I feel like forgetting this time. So a liter of magic water." The door of the magic tree opened and closed. Tom walked in with his older twin Gene. Henry took note, but still focused on the fairy.
"So what did I miss? Did you guys get a room yet?" Tom asked. Henry stared Tom down. Gene groaned and kicked Tom in the shin. "What?! It was a legitimate question this time. Don't you think it will lighten people's moods?" Tom asked.
Henry was going to reply when the screen behind the banister blinked. Wyatt got up from his seat to activate it, but it clicked on by itself. The CEO of IDIOT Network's fat face filled the screen. "I hope you don't mind the intrusion, but I would like to know if you are still bitter at me."
"Banishing us to a backwater planet as part of a media circus ploy? Who would be bitter?" Henry asked.
"Given that I helped you escape SUCAVL agents this time, I was hoping you would forgive me. I heard you killed the last remaining unicorns on Kirin IV," the network CEO said.
"Wyatt, turn it off," Henry said.
Wyatt put down his invention and ran up the stairs to the screen. He typed a few things into a keyboard and shook his head. "He's ghosting the signal. I can't reverse it."
"I can give you all pardons permanently if you will just listen to my daughter and take up her deal," the network CEO said.
The screen clicked off and filled with a line of cleavage. "Daddy, is it on now?" a female voice asked. A soft sigh echoed through the room. "It is? Hi, I'm Isabelle," a blonde said sitting down. She tossed back her hair and then smiled wide. "I want to make a reality show on your company. We will cover all costs of magic water, give you a 500 million dwehper advance and pardons for any illegal activities done on the show. Henry, James, so will you accept?"
There are some odd constructions here "string of whining", 'take up her deal" "kabob" that make me think this is constructed in a second language.
The hook was fresh and vivid, but not very informative. At the very least I need to know if this is YA fantasy or intended for the grownups (so to speak).
I like this idea; I'd read the pages but man oh man, those odd words and phrases don't bode well for the copy editing.