“Another business trip?” She sighed as she straightened his collar and tightened his tie. “So soon after the last one.”
“It can’t be helped,” he said as he kissed her on the cheek. “This one is an emergency meeting, and I need to be there to present.” He gazed fondly at her as she fussed over his travel bag, checking to make sure he had his toothbrush for the third time.
The seal he had placed over the extra compartment glowed and her hand and eyes passed right over it without noticing. She zipped up his bag and handed it to him. He took it with a smile that he hoped showed none of his guilt.
His contract flared within his mind, and any thoughts of revealing his secrets drained before they could fully form. His wife’s eyes were clear and he felt comfort knowing that she was ignorant of some of the true horrors that lay out in the world.
Grimacing at the thought of dealing with the gremlin that had snuck into the city, he picked up his bag. “Best be off before I miss the train.”
“Of course, dear.” His wife smoothed his jacket with small hands. “But take this with you. I made it,” she withdrew a small, knitted doll hanging guilelessly from a keychain. At his chuckle, she attached it to his bag. “A good luck charm of sorts, to keep you safe.”
“It’s not like I’m off to war,” he said, his fingers lingering over the soft wool.
His wife beamed. “I’ll see you in a few days.” She ushered him out the door. He waved as he left, swinging his bag over his shoulder.
“Please, keep him safe,” she said too softly for him to hear. She smiled when she saw the doll wink. “Thank you.” She blew a kiss into the wind.
Read part II here.