“Is your name Anique?”
“But you’re not her, are you.”
His friend was going to be killed that night—could already be dead—and Simon was still keeping up the pretense that he didn’t know him.
Simon Johns first met Casper Benton after Casper plagiarized him. The Bentons were flamboyant socialites, descendants of a gold rush landowner, so Simon recognized Casper’s family name when it appeared in the local paper on an article that Simon had written. The article read identical to its counterpart in Simon’s university political science review except for a clumsily reworded sentence here and there. Despite being conversant in local gossip Simon wasn’t acquainted with Casper. He thought he remembered rumors of a somewhat reclusive middle brother—or maybe it was a young uncle—but was unaware, along with most of the city, that Casper was the primary heir to the Bentons’ massive fortune.