Scar Demon: The Silver Lining- Chapter Four, Page 1
Everything is Wrong
For the fourth day in a row, Tamryn Lowe was sitting shakily in his drab office, picking up phones and pretending nothing was wrong.
But of course everything was wrong. A young and popular socialite, a minister’s daughter no less, had disappeared apparently over night just two days before. And the Felduan government was in uproar. How could Earth be so clumsy as to lose such an important young woman? And it wasn’t the first time of course, so now it seemed like the entire human planet was managing to lose famous and important young Felduans left, right and centre. It was a diplomatic disaster.
No one wanted to travel to Earth anymore and now the Felduans were trying to call it “unsafe”. There was talk of Demon attacks and kidnappings, and that the evil Ven Diodatus had somehow returned, which was all nonsense of course.
But people were panicking. And as the Felduan ambassador on Earth, it was his job to sort it all out.
Tamryn Lowe picked up yet another phone.
“Hello? Yes, Mr. Gracious. No, Mr. Gracious. Yes of course I understand. No I haven’t spoken to the press at all, not even here in Faeria Dell.”
Another phone rang. Tamryn flipped papers out of his way, picking up each of the many telephones in turn as the ringing continued. He had upturned several large folders and a pencil pot before he had found the right one and answered it.
“Hello? Yes?” Tamryn waved away a young and pretty receptionist who had at that moment opened his door to bring in a hot drink.
“No I’m not going to give a statement. No comment. What? Well you can tell your editor that…Hello Mr. Gracious? Yes it’s the press on the other line.”
Earth had always been considered by faeries and Felduans to be a fairly wonderful place to live. Though it lacked the splendour and magic of native, faerie planets, it was not without it’s excitement and beauty, and as such, every year, thousands of holidaying faeries flocked towards it.
One such faerie was a young woman of twenty-five and the daughter of Bardon Fiyre. She was bubbly, kind, energetic and reliable. She was often in the spotlight for her charitable works, which made her well loved and admired by the public.
She was also missing.
The daughter of Bardon Fiyre had never even reached Faeria Dell and had disappeared within three hours of arriving on Earth. Who could feel safe on a planet like that?
“Look, I said I’m not commenting on the matter of Miss Fiyre,” Tamryn shouted through his beard and down the telephone.
“As for your crackpot theories, I can assure you sir, that no Demon attack has been recorded on Earth for months, they are simply not hunting at the moment! Come now! The Earth branch of The Service are the most loyal, most trustworthy and quite frankly the most advanced in the entire galaxy! I think I’d know if there was a Demon right under my very nose!” he yelled as Arxhan barged through the door.