"Why would my client want to kill me?" I asked LaFlamme. "I'm not that bad a designer."
It was often hard to gauge what the raven-haired minx was thinking behind the wraparounds, but I never had long to wait for an opinion.
"Spore has you heavily insured," she replied a little coyly. "You're worth more dead than alive to him."
"Insured? How can my client have insured me without my knowledge?" I demanded, confident now that I could get this whole case to unravel like one of the Admiral's bobbly cardigans. "Shouldn't I have some say in that?"
"Clients have all kinds of rights these days," she said matter-of-factly. "They need to protect their investments. It's standard procedure now." She paused to take a full-throated blast from the troublesome red, tamed now in her hands. "In fact the underwriters treat it like pet insurance."
It was hard not to feel humiliated by the notion that my life could have been quoted for alongside the family budgie's. But there it was.
"Don't worry, Spore didn't insure your talent," LaFlamme added.
"That's a pity, because he could have claimed last week when it deserted me." I paused and then spun around to face her. "So what did he insure?"
LaFlamme looked up. "Your soul," she said.