“I think you should give him a chance Danny. If he sought you out then I think that’s a safe bet that he wants to be in the Necromancy program.” Cassandra said as she walked out the door. She smoothed her black shirt down before she fished her keys out of her blue jeans pocket on the way to her car.
“I know, I know, but it’s been three years since someone played that prank on you. Oh, something like that happened a few weeks ago, still I don’t think he’s playing a trick on you.” She got inside, put her purse on the floor of the passenger seat, and placed her phone on the charging dock. She hit the speaker button and turned to get her sunglasses as her brother Daniel’s voice filled the car.
“I can’t be too sure, though. I’m getting too old to be played like a fool.” Daniel said.
“You’re not even that old in magic years. You still look like someone in your mid-twenties.” Cassandra shook her head even though she knew he wouldn’t be able to see it.
“I don’t care. I-I just don’t want to get my hopes up just for them to be destroyed again. You know how people feel about Necromancy.”
“I do.” Cassandra knew all too well how people felt about Necromancy. She rubbed the scar on her tanned wrist before she started the car.
“Listen, I’m sorry I…”
“Danny, it’s alright, don’t worry about it. Now getting back to your new recruit, if Anemone said that he’s good then I think you should trust her. She did say she was going to bring the program back.”
“She’s part of the council. How can we take her word seriously?”
“I believe her. She did help me get my shop up and running.”
“That was a given though.”
“Not true. I didn’t have a chance until Anemone came along and helped me get the papers I needed.” Cassandra said as she turned down the main street of Chamomile. She stopped at the red light and drummed her fingers against the steering wheel while Daniel sighed. Cassandra could see him glaring at the paper, as if it offended him. She understood his hesitation. She did the same thing when someone applied for the shop.
“If he passed his practical, wrote a 15 page paper about the history of Necromancy, and knows the importances about keeping the balance between our worlds steady then I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”
“I guess so and he’s a pretty good kid. A bit clumsy, but his magic is top notch. Okay, I’ll give it to him. I hope I don’t regret this.”
“I don’t think you will.”
“Thanks. So, what’s on the agenda today?”
“Not much. I have a few readings to do and a few papers to look over, but that’s it. I’m hoping for a calm day today.” Cassandra said as she pulled up into the parking lot of the shop. She turned off the engine, grabbed her purse, and got out the car.
“I’ll let you know if I can make it for lunch today.”
Cassandra opened her mouth to respond, but stopped when she spotted a man in faded blue jeans and a red t-shirt, sitting in front of the door. He dug the toe of his gym shoe in the dirt and ran a hand through his short black hair. Cassandra didn’t sense anything malicious from him, but didn’t know if she could come to a decision so quickly. Daniel’s voice took her away from her thoughts.
“I’m still here, it’s just, there’s a man sitting in front of the door. No, you don’t have to come here. Danny don’t!” She exclaimed as the line went dead and Daniel appeared next to her.
“You just had to teleport, didn’t you?” Cassandra sighed as she put her phone back in her purse.
Daniel shrugged. “Hey, teleportation doesn’t use much magic. It’s useful for emergencies like this one.”
“I wasn’t in trouble. I could have handled it.” Cassandra frowned and crossed her arms over her chest.
“It was an unfamiliar guy at the shop who looks like he’s been waiting on you all night. That doesn’t seem suspicious?”
Cassandra huffed. “Well, I–”
“Yeah thought so, look I–”
“What about the department?”
“Albert is watching it.”
“That’s not fair. A few minutes ago, you didn’t want to hire him.”
“I’m not going to be here for a long time, just until we know who this guy is.”
Cassandra glared. “Daniel.”
Daniel returned it with one of his own. “Cass.”
They glared at each other–it reminded Cass of their childhood fights–ready for the next point in their argument when a cough interrupted them. Cassandra turned to the man in front of her, noting the blue moonstone around his neck. She straightened up and put on her best professional smile. “Hello, can I help you?”
The man gave a nervous smile as he wiped his hand against his jeans and offered it to her. “Um, hi, my name is Will and I’m here for the job.”
Cassandra shook it. “Oh yes, if you’d like to wait by the door I’ll be right with you.”
Will nodded and walked back over as Cassandra turned to Daniel. “I can handle it from here. You go back to work and I’ll see you at lunch.”
Daniel didn’t look convinced as his eyes darted over to Will then back to Cassandra. “Alright, but I’m going to check back during lunch okay.”
Cassandra nodded. “Okay,”
Daniel gave her a quick hug and muttered the teleportation spell back to his office. Cassandra shook her head at the spot and turned to Will.
I suppose it’s time to start the interview. She walked over and gestured to the door.
“Follow me, please.”