A Polite Request

“It’s open.” It takes a minute for the spreadsheets to clear from his mind, but Teo looks up to see who’s at the entrance to the clinic’s living quarters. The barely-cool autumnal breeze ruffles the papers spread out in front of him.  Dance is standing on the doormat holding his …

Bad Moon Rising

“The bees came to find you,” Dance says. Drin glances at the tree.  “They swarmed?” “I called your beekeeping friends, as you say to do.” “Oh, that explains it,” Drin says. Dance tilts his head up in a precise jerk just like the little bright praying mantis they had been …

Cravings

The car murmurs with Drin’s voice.  “Yeah, the Board decided to pay for guest conductors for the two shows after that, because Bud lined up a couple of his candidates for demonstration purposes, and Young will finish up this next event, unpaid.  If I was the insurance adjuster I wouldn’t …

Hearing Test

The Board meeting is quite different from anything they’d expected.  Something had certainly changed, as the just-elected Chairmen is the new member, Evans, who is known now to be retired from federal tax law enforcement work. Richard Young is not attending.  Plus, some of the usual obstructionist faces are missing. …

Consequences

Emma is cursing when they get home.  She bangs things around in the kitchen, throws herself into a chair at the table, and points at steaming mugs of tea sitting on the table. “Thank you,” Dance says, and settles into his usual chair, and sips carefully at the hot fluid.  …