Episode 22 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


From his place sitting in the patio and his backyard Blake could see his personal bodyguard Daniel Mason doing his security rounds. Blake picked up his cell phone and called Daniel. Daniel was a well built strapping young man with long blonde hair tied in a pony tail. He has aspirations of becoming a professional wrestler, but right now he is being paid a generous salary to be Blake Riley’s head of security.

After the the first ring Daniel answered his cell phone. “What’s up, boss?”

Have you got a minute Daniel? I want to run some ideas by you, “ answered Blake.

Sure, no problem, boss. I’ll meet you at the patio in a couple of minutes.”

Blake picked up his cell phone again and called the kitchen. Mike Dawson, the chief chef, answered Blake’s call.

Hey, Mike can you make a plate of sandwiches for Daniel and myself. We’re about to have a meeting in the patio.”

Coming right up, boss.”

Oh, and can you send along a bottle of Jack Daniels and a two litre of Coke. And maybe a few Heinekens as well Mike?” added Blake.

Will do, chief” answered Mike.

When Daniel arrived Blake asked him to take a chair right across the round patio table from him.

Are you hungry, Dan? It’s getting close to lunch time,” asked Blake.

Yeah, I am a bit hungry, sir, but I can eat my lunch after our meeting,” said Daniel.

‘Oh, I’ve already made arrangements for lunch. You and I are going to eat our lunch right here. The kitchen staff will bring it down in a few minutes. I want to have a couple of drinks with you too. We haven’t had a talk for awhile.”

Thank you, sir. But are there any issues with my job performance?” asked Daniel.

This made Blake laugh out loud. “You’ve got to be kidding. I’ve never felt more protected in my life since you’ve been working here. No, I just want to get your opinions on a few things.”

Sure, what would you like to know, boss ?”

Danny, when I interviewed you for this job you told me that scuba diving was one of your hobbies.”

That’s true. I used to do quite a bit of scuba diving in Lake Okanagan when I used to live in British Columbia.”

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