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I hope you all are healthy, sheltering-in-place like the rest of us. I'm trying not to watch too much television coverage, but it's so compelling. The number count of deaths from COVID-19 reminds me of media coverage during the Vietnamese war. So scary. But Hubs and I are doing our part by staying away from people, including the grandkids, which for me is the worst part.
I'm sharing snippets from The Spy: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 4th book in my series featuring strong women on the frontier of space.
Because this is a work in progress, suggestions are greatly appreciated. Genna is in Commission Vorinda's office while d'Sernin's handler (Kolang) reports.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines.
“You are dismissed,” Vorinda’s voice, even harder than before, could’ve nailed the handler to the naurem wood door.
The handler blanched, “But, sir, I—”
Vorinda rose, his posture ramrod straight, “I said dismissed—do you not understand Universal?”
“Uh, yes, yes, sir,” Kolang [the handler] stumbled to his feet, “I thought you wanted to know more about d’Sernin.”
“Leave the data sheet with Genna, she’ll familiarize herself with what you discovered about d’Sernin, you’re off that case—go down to the bullpen and wait for further orders.”
“Sir?” Kolang didn’t bother to hide his sneer, “She’s a trainee. She can’t—”
“She’s a fully-qualified agent,” Vorinda’s indigo eyes hardened, “Dismissed.”
“But, sir? How can she—”
“Do you understand the meaning of the word dismissed, Kolang?”
“Yes, sir.” With his back to the commissioner, he smirked at her, “Suck up,” he mouthed.
Please stay safe during this pandemic. Sending virtual hugs.