8:35 P.M.

The instrumental "Firedream" from the "Faraway, So Close" soundtrack begins, inexplicably, to play from the speakers.

Brother Vadge stands staring off into space, apparently disinterested in the conversation.

You turn to Amanda, smitten, and say, "Wife beater? I wonder if I can get some good pics at this party? Everyone seems to be going crazy today...he might let his pants down at this crazy party. I bet I could get a camera! What'd'ya think?"

Amanda gives you a look that's hard to read, then smiles and says, "I'd say we're on the same wavelength, you and I. I've already got something like that in mind...but you can definitely help. Just make sure Governor Asher is out at the pool house by nine o'clock. I think he was going upstairs to see Veronica...go find him and steer him in the right direction. I've got to go get ready."

With that, she gives you a quick, wet kiss on the lips and coos, "Thanks." Then she steps through the French doors into the back yard. Through the doors, you can see Helen Asher disappearing into the hedge maze.

Just then, Icy Hot, the Catwoman and the Viking enter from the front hall.

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