Well, that was an interesting night. I got my back fixed but I did not get a Unicorn Frappuccino because the Camp Hill Starbucks are run by asses and didn’t have enough ingredients stocked. So no magical comments for you guys, and if you don’t have one ready for me tonight when I return, you are gonna be toast here tomorrow.
This after all the running around I did last night, I returned home about fifteen minutes before a bus captain webinar I logged into for this Saturday’s trip to D.C. for the March For Science. Yes, I’ll be in Washington doing the captain of the bus thing again, but this weekend won’t be a big as the last time I was down about that way. The last number I saw was an estimated 100,000 showing, which is still pretty respectable. Hey, I’ll be making my voice heard–and I’m not getting paid. Trust me.
One thing I did manage was to lay out Chapter Twelve. And if I’m even luckier I’ll start the next scene. If I do I’ll show you the scene titles so you can have a laugh…
Speaking of laughs–that’s something Helena isn’t doing. And as we end the scene Ramona is more or less with the head sorceress:
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
Helena was about to say something when Ramona interrupted. “Did you notice Isis playing around with her tablet throughout the test?”
“As a matter fact, I did.” Helena removed her arm from the back of the chair and folded her hands together in her lap as she leaned forward. “You think she was streaming the test?”
“The only reasons she would’ve kept checking her tablet is one, she wanted to make certain her firewall in place and no one was hacking the signal; two, she’d want to make certain the bit rate didn’t fall too low.” Helena glanced up at a point on the wall above Ramona’s head. “And three, she would’ve also been watching the Marionette streams.”
There wasn’t anything in Ramona’s logic that Helena saw as incorrect. Given the large number of Spy Eyes in the room, she’d already accepted the possibility that San Francisco wasn’t just recording but live streaming as well. And given the way the homunculus acted—particularly during the third phase—it wasn’t difficult to believe there were puppet operators working the other end.
“All that makes sense.” Helena leaned sideways against the arm of her chair and sighed. “When that test started it was a little after five in San Francisco; that means they were getting people in place at four this morning.” She shook her head. “That’s a hell of a lot of preparation for a four minute test.”
Yeah, when your zombies are working together to take out one person, you can bet there are live people on the other end pulling those puppet strings. What Helena says is also true: a lot of prep work when into this test, and it seems as if San Francisco was, pardon the pun, pulling a lot of strings. This is not normal procedure and it leaves both women wondering what it all means…
Ramona nodded. “That’s what I thought. That’s also why I thought this wasn’t approved by Gabriel: I don’t think he’d of had the audacity to invite people out that early in the morning to view this test live.” She, too, leaned against the arm of her chair. “You think you can find out who was involved in setting up this test?”
Helena shrugged. “Doubt it. While I’ve done my fair share of work for SOP, I’m in a completely different division. That means that some of the inner manifestations to go along with an SOP test are kept hidden from me.”
“You have any contacts who might be able to looking to those inner workings?”
“I have a few, but…” Helena rubbed her hands together as she considered the matter. “While those contacts don’t mind helping me out in a pinch with something they also see is bullshit, they’ll likely balk when I start asking them organizational questions—particularly who is doing and what at a continental headquarters.”
While Ramona knew nothing of the internal workings of the Guardians, she could see members of a super-secretive organization being just a secretive when it came to revealing their table of organization. “I guess we’ll find out who’s running things there eventually.”
Helena smirked. “Eventually.”
“So what do you think this means for those two?”
Helena pressed a fingertip against her right cheek as she contemplated this new reality. “It means someone has taken a rather exuberant interest in our couple.”
Ramona was quick to notice the deep frown crossing Helena’s face. “What’s wrong?”
The sorceress gave a deep sigh. “I’m somewhat torn.”
She stared off into a corner of the room so that she didn’t have to look across the desk. “I don’t know if I should be excited, pleased, or terrified at that prospect.”
You know, when Helena is worried, everyone should worry. You should worry more when she doesn’t know how she should feel, though, ’cause that’s always bad. The take away here is the Guardians are upping their game on my kids and since we know they’re getting a mission, you can expect said missions won’t be anything like Kansas City.
And yes: you will find out what’s going on behind the scene and those questions will be answered in this novel. Act Two: don’t miss it.
With that done, it’s time to move on to one of the moments that my kids get to share together…