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05.10.2013 , 10:28 AM |
, set sometime during Act 1. 300 words, no spoilers.
"Watcher Two here. Secure connection established. Is there a problem, Cipher?"
"In fact there is." Wynston stood before the big holo to make his report. "The navicomputer is acting up, I can't seem to chart a course to any place remotely resembling friendly territory. Iím not sure I trust what itís telling me the rest of the time."
"Is there some planet within sublight range?"
"Planet? Yes. Population? No. So I thought I'd call you. I seem to recall that once while you were asserting your superiority in that enchanting way you have you mentioned being able to plot hyperspace routes in your head. Any chance you could stop by and show a man how it's done? I guarantee I'll make it worth your time."
"Something tells me the currency you're offering isn't on the authorized trade list."
He shrugged. "Ah, well. I had to try."
She was busy typing at an invisible console. She arched an eyebrow as she worked. "Do you really memorize my every dismissal? I can in fact plot hyperspace routes, I'm just somewhat surprised you were paying attention when it was mentioned."
"Of course I was paying attention, Watcher; nobody shoots me down quite the way you do, I'd hate to miss a word of it. So, the navicomputer. I canít do a thing with it as it is and this is unfortunately one of the items I would class as too high-risk to improvise with. Could you send a Fixer or someone along?"
"Will do. ETA..." she straightened away from her console..."eighteen hours. Now if there's anything else?"
"Oh, nothing you would agree to. Thanks for the assist. I'll call you when I have something good to report."
A little smile broke through her exasperation. "Iíll try to have an appropriate response lined up. Watcher Two out."
Watcher Two/Wynston in a nutshell. Incorrigible teasing, invulnerable stonewalling, then they get the job done. Of the women who shape Wynstonís life, Watcher Two is probably the most steadying influence (competing with the likes of Kaliyo, SPOILER, and here-again-gone-again Ruth).
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