Morrissey followed the governor’s man out into the garden, hoping Emery would keep an eye on the governor himself. There was a chance the man would try to flee, now that he at least suspected they knew.

“What is this, Phillips?” he asked, as they got deeper into the garden. They were far enough away that the lights from the house couldn’t be seen.

“It has come to my attention that you and your associates might possibly be investigating the honorable governor in connection to possible past misdeeds,” the man said softly.

“I wouldn’t say that,” Morrissey stated. “We’re here because we were invited. I believe the honorable governor had intentions of introducing the Ballards to people interested in his education reform ideas. They did graduate from his academy, after all.”

Emery came up behind him but paused before announcing his presence. As Phillips returned to the house with a curt nod, he stepped out. “What was that about?” he asked.

“A warning,” Morrissey replied.

“Are we listening?” Emery asked.

“No,” Morrissey replied softly. “We’ll need reliable witnesses though.”

“Found one,” Emery said. Morrissey nodded and gestured for him to head back toward the house. “Governor had a son,” he started as they went down the path.