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February 4, 2013
Walsh Estate Winery
45 days since The Wave
Scott Dunne and Katie Walsh watched from the patio as Katie’s parents drove away in the company van, not for business but to relax. Brenda and Jonathan Walsh needed a break from the constant news about terran transformations, talking animals, and aliens coming in and out of the winery as they please. A simple break. Like a lunch and a movie. Scott and Katie tried to convince them otherwise, but they made their point.
But if anything happens, Jonathan brought a small revolver, stashed in the glove compartment.
“I’m not liking this one bit,” Scott said, squeezing Katie’s shoulder. “The town is not even close to settled. I can imagine an idiot transforming in the theater.”
“I kept repeating that too,” Katie added. “So much for changing their minds.”
Nothing else to do but wait until they come home. Which is unnerving given that the adults own t
The Job - Part 1Fact: the Kytalthan, the living water sprites of Kyta, were the last species over seven hundred years ago to participate in First Contact rituals.The Job - Part 1in Mana Pool
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I, arriving at Terra Firma, was making history. History I tell you.
I have been an investigative reporter for almost all my life. My father, the original Xi’Tra Zader Khu, was a legendary reporter of the RNN. I’m living up to the family business. I did my share of stories, from corporate corruption to mob scandals, but I did not expect I was making history. Real. History. The kind of history that pits the Republic on the edge of a cliff.
Terra Firma: the Red Flagged homeworld of the humans, under the Primitive Culture Protection Act. And I was staring right at it last month.
You should have seen me shaking at Denverbay’s home in Salajon Valley, The Hammer telling me the job’s details. Go to Terra Firma, gather information, interview the two known human mutants and the swindled Halcunac mercenary, and leave, but gather
The Job - Part 4“Pardon me while I repeat your stupidity and my entertainment,” said Lieutenant Wringheart, the senior engineering officer, and a major thorn in my back. “You went to see a Gnogal supernatural scientist, attacked him, got hit by his kinetic cannon ball, damaged restaurant property, got the living shit beaten out of you by a Caducera bouncer, thrown with the trash, and banned from there for life. Makes me wonder why you’re still alive.”The Job - Part 4in Mana Pool
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Can you tell the enthusiasm in her voice? She just loves to see me suffer, and she will never have a leg up on me. You’ll meet her, I guarantee that.
I pressed the ice pack to my swollen right eye, cheek, and jawline and spat red blood on the Endeavour’s hanger bay floor. Bruises all over my body, I think I had some bruised ribs too. I refused any treatment from the ship’s medical officer, Sergeant Russ Decathan (good man he is) because Halcunacs heal fast, and he has better things to do then heal me