PART TWO – A NEW ROLE
And that’s that or that’s how it seems as Amanda heads off for an interview with Honeycutt Typewriters. She’s almost resigned herself to the fact that perhaps this is what she might have to accept, seeing as the Agency – or more particularly, Lee – doesn’t seem to have any work for her.
However, everything is completely blown to the wind by the appearance of Lee gate-crashing the interview she’s come for.
Amanda is completely unprepared for his sudden appearance and not only that but for some reason that completely eludes her, he has assumed the role of her husband and has invented three children into the bargain! It’s a complete u-turn compared to his earlier behaviour when he really couldn’t get rid of her fast enough! In the blink of an eye he’s gone from coolly detached to attentively admonishing.
For his part he can’t afford to fail with this particular little mission so he makes sure that he keeps talking, not allowing Amanda to get a word in edgeways for fear she’ll start asking questions and blow his cover completely.
If Amanda is confused then Warren Davenport, who had been happy in the knowledge that she was safely divorced, is even more perplexed by the sudden appearance of the man claiming to be her husband. He even starts to check his notes to see where he missed some vital piece of information.
Wasting no time Lee propels Amanda to the door, effectively calling a halt to the interview. Amanda is left not knowing quite what to say to Davenport as she’s ushered out, although she will certainly have a few choice words to say to Lee once they are clear of the office!
Only once they are alone does Amanda let rip. She is furious with Lee for not only seeing fit to interrupt her interview – which he himself previously thought was such a good idea – but for ruining any chance she might have had of being offered the job.
She expects him to tell her precisely why he’s dragged her out of the interview, although his answer is certainly not what she’s expecting to hear.
He makes it sound so natural – as though he’s telling her they are going to the supermarket for groceries.
“That’s asking too much,” Amanda replies without even a second’s hesitation, deciding to cut and run. He wanted to be rid of her – well now she’s more than happy to oblige! She has absolutely no intention of becoming his wife, real or otherwise!
She’s still not tempted and again she tries to bolt and again Lee grabs her by the arm and pulls her back.
There is no way he is going to allow her to walk away, not when he’s been told in no uncertain terms by Billy to get her help. And he’s not going to lie to her; after all, he would be far happier if she weren’t partnered with him!
She realises immediately that it’s highly unlikely that Lee thinks they work well together. After all, he’s done nothing but push her away since the moment they met. “Someone. Not you,” she responds, seeing no reason to pretend this isn’t the case.
“Billy,” he states, completely quashing any last thought she might be harbouring that he wants her involvement. “He ordered – he suggested that we enlist your services for this case, especially since it is right up your alley.”
“How so?” she asks, curious.
Lee proceeds to tell her exactly what’s going on in Central America while Amanda merely looks at him, a little confused. She cannot for the life of her see what she would have in common with people like that!
“Oh that sounds right up my alley,” she responds sarcastically.
Lee shoots her a look, annoyed. She certainly isn’t afraid to make her point – although he should know this by now having worked with her on the Welch case. He tells her that Billy thought it would be a good idea for them to pose as an average suburban couple in an attempt to see what’s going on and having Amanda as one part of that couple would, of course, add to the realism needed.
He glares at her, irritated by her remark. Without even thinking about it, he promptly regales her with the fact that the reason he’s not just a regular suburbanite is because he’s spent years travelling all over the world working. After all, the life of a spy is definitely not the life of suburbia.
Amanda listens quietly, taking in all he’s relating to her. These brief glimpses of his life have so far been fleeting and few, although she’s not about to tell him that she thinks it’s impressive; her curious quirk of an eyebrow is all he gets from her.
“So will you do it?” he asks, hoping that he won’t have to go back to Billy and tell him she has refused to help him.
He’s relieved when she tells him she will, although not before making sure she gets time off to see her children during the three days she will be working with him.
“And when this is all over you will never have to see me again,” he concludes. After all, he’s certainly not planning on this being a permanent arrangement!
He can’t help but drum home the fact that she can’t discuss anything about the case with anyone, although not being able to share the details with her family isn’t high on Amanda’s list of priorities.
Lee really doesn’t see why she thinks she needs any sort of special training. It’s not going to be difficult for her to pose as a housewife when she does that every day. Besides….