A few seconds passed before Dr. Madison finally spoke, but when she did Leona's attention was on her and her alone. Leona watched silently as Dr. Madison turn to face Dr. Reid. Leona watched and listened to Dr. Madison's words.
"It's something I'll have to discuss with Leona at my place." Dr. Madison broke the silence with her announcement. Leona wondered what the big deal was in order for the doctor to insist on such secrecy, but curiosity soon took a backseat to the need for coffee. She raised her coffee mug to her lips and took a sip of her drink while Dr. Reid kept the conversation going.
"All right then. If Leona has to go to your place to discuss whatever it is you want to discuss with her, then I won't press the matter. It's between you and her." Dr. Reid assured the other doctor. Leona was a bit surprised by the brevity of the conversation, but she supposed that Dr. Reid had better things to do with her time since the matter was settled in the first few seconds of the "discussion." She was not certain if the term "discussion" was appropriate for the brief exchange of words, but she did not know what else to call it.
"Thank you, Dr. Reid. I can't tell you details, but I can tell you this much. What I need help with is above board." Dr. Madison stated. Leona was not sure what to make of all this. She was used to dealing with Dr. Reid, who was open about everything she did with Leona. Dr. Madison, on the other hand, seemed to be a secretive sort who was wary of others in her field. Leona lowered her coffee cup and looked at Dr. Reid.
"Is there anything that I need to do for you, Dr. Reid?" Leona asked her hostess. The blonde mage sensed that the conversation was about to end and that she would have to follow Dr. Madison to her home soon. With that possibility in mind Leona had decided to ask if there was any kind of task Dr. Reid needed help with before leaving for Dr. Madison's place.
"There's nothing I need from you today, Leona. I just wanted to let you know that Dr. Madison wanted to talk to you." Dr. Reid replied, omitting the details of the Atlas Project. Leona started to speak before realizing that her hostess might want to keep the Atlas Project a secret from Dr. Madison. The Wizard Saint, thinking that that was the case, opted to say something else instead.
"All right then. If you don't need me for anything I'll get ready to set out for Dr. Madison's laboratory." Leona said before raising her coffee mug and drinking from it. She was not going to give away Dr. Reid's secrets if she could help it. Leona had a few secrets of her own she would rather keep under wraps, so she understood the need to avoid giving anything away. Dr. Madison turned her head to Leona and made eye contact with the latter.
"We'll leave for my laboratory as soon as you're ready." Dr. Madison said to Leona. Even though the words were not said Leona took that statement as her cue to hurry up. She wordlessly raised her coffee mug to her lips and drained what little coffee was left in it, then walked over to the counter and gently set the empty mug on it.
"I'm ready to go now, Dr. Madison." Leona reported. Now that she had two cups of Motor City Nitro the Wizard Saint was ready to follow Dr. Madison to her laboratory. Without further delay the trio made their way to the front door of Dr. Reid's home.
-Dr. Madison's house, thirty-seven minutes later-
After a somewhat lengthy but ultimately uneventful walk from Dr. Reid's house to Dr. Madison's house Leona was now standing on the left side of Dr. Madison's living room. The living room was as pristine as the last time she had visited it. Her hostess was standing across from her on the right side and facing her.
"Now that it's the two of us, I'd like to tell you about the matter I need your help with." Dr. Madison started off.
"All right. I'm listening." Leona replied and waited for the doctor to give the details on the matter that was so sensitive the latter had insisted on bringing them to her house to discuss it.
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[Total Word Count: 2,636/10,000]