"I am not familiar with Lord Edgar," Checkley began, "and I was sent no letter. During your absence," he chuckled, "I was never invited to sit among their number - not that I would desire such either," he added. Midnight seemed a wholly strange time of convening for the council, but considering how many vampires were members, perhaps that was the reasoning? "And necromancers are busy then too..." he added with wave of his left hand. "But I think you can categorise them as drunks and thieves. The vampires certainly have a hold on the Council. That's the only valid reason I would have for midnight."
August politely listened as Horace began explaining his vision. "You have my promise that I will keep whatever you tell me about it in secrecy." He twisted the button some, but was perfectly patient other than that slight movement.