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04 August 2015 @ 03:39 pm
_Exernal Relations_ part 15  
  Sorry! This is all the brain was willing to put out today.

Mushy looked at the insane Princess and wondered what to do.

"He's been missing for days. He's probably in trouble. I'm going to go find him." Wizzy looked at the trio of males. "You boys want to come, or stay nice and safe at home?"

He and Whipper exchanged glances.

Hob just snickered. "Love the appeal to our masculinity. Luckily for you, I just checked on Ahja. He's still missing over there as well. So I'm all packed and ready to go."

"Ajha's over there?" Mushy squirmed. My pain in the ass cousin-turned-philosopher. "Umm, yeah. I mean Izzo's got that mean looking guy. But Ajha might need help."

Hob scowled "But how are we going to get there? The gate guards aren't going to just let us stroll through because we want to. Wizz? Have you even got a compound pass?"

The girl sniffed. "Of course. Because I have to follow Izzo everywhere. Mostly." She started scowling. "When he lets me."

"Good. I've got passes for several places, but not Granite Peak."

Mushy grinned. "We've got passes for Embassy, and from what I've heard, Disco's got two gates to Granite Peak. One to the Earther colony, and one to our Town. And . . . what the hell, I never wanted to live forever."

"Good. Now, which of you is the best driver? Ordinarily I'd drive, but I think it might look better if I was chauffered." She led the way out . . . to Izzo's limo.

"Does Davi know you're borrowing . . . never mind. I don't want to know." Whipper gulped. "And . . . I had no idea you had so many guns."

"They were in the trunk." Wizzy waved a casual hand. "I thought we might need them closer to hand."

Mushy edged toward the driver's door.

"Nope." Hob grinned. "I think you'd better let me do the driving. Really. I've driven gates and . . . well, everything."

The electronic checks had no problem with them. One live guard leaned down and frowned. Eyed Wiz and shrugged.

Because the Director's Princess can go any where? Or is he thinking how tacky it is, her running off with her two or three boyfriends? Mushy subdued an urge to grin. Or maybe run and hide. Are there any rumors out there, about that party? Surely not with my name attached.

Hob cruised confidently through the Embassy gate, turned out the gates of the Oner Embassy and onto the ring road around the central plaza. "So, any of you have any idea just where the gates to Granite Peak are?"

"In front of Disco, of course." Wizzy frowned and peered. "Is that Dr. Quicksilver looking at . . . maybe the gate we need to go through?"

A long silence.

Then Wizzy grinned. "Pull up beside her, please, Hob."

Mushy exchanged glances with Whipper. "Err . . . "

But Hob pulled to a smooth stop and Wizzy jumped out.

"Excuse me, but are you Dr. Quicksilver? I'm Director Izzo's Princess . . . What is happening over there?" She walked toward the gate.

The young woman in grey eyed the Princess. "Yes, I am. And unfortunately I can't see through the gates. What's the problem?"

"The Director crossed over three days ago and hasn't been heard from since and . . . That looks like a rather rowdy crowd. I think I'll just . . . "

Mushy bailed out of the limo as she walked right through the gate, Whipper on his heels. The infamous Q trotted right through in front of them.

 
 
 
matapampamuphoff on August 5th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
It's not that I'm writing so little, I'm going back in and writing things like ///Horses for the High Chief, and an agreement that the Oners will leave, will take the halfbreeds with them, but the Nomads will give the stubborn old folk time enough to grumble their way off the World.
/// Walk back through corridor and into the middle of a fast escalating rebellion/battle as Ajha drives in with the mercs on his heels.

Knowing full and well that I'll have to go back and write the whole scene PDQ, and hopefully not change the end too much. It's already awkward, not having invented Ebsa and Ra'd at the time this was written, to account for their absence or shoehorn one of them in. The two of them are just so efficient, that Mushy and Whipper wouldn't have a chance to shine, in their own inimitable fashion. And Ebsa tends to take over any story he gets into.
hollybambolo on August 5th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
You know perfectly well that we will devour with delight any tidbit you drop for us. Or I hope you know that! Besides, you spoiled us all through your vacation, and it's not like you owe us anything. (Well, maybe they've already paid you, but I know I haven't!)

If there's something we can proof while you write, we'll do that. If it's just go 'way you lot and come back in a week, well, we'll probably refresh our browsers obsessively, but we can pretend to do that, too. Whatever works best for you gets us more books. So, you know, if you want to feel guilty for motivation, go right ahead, but don't feel guilty on our behalves! (And I'm pretty sure I speak for the rest of the peanut gallery here when I say that.)
muirecanmuirecan on August 5th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
The plan to close the gates to Granite Peak just hit a major snag with Q on their side of the gates.
matapampamuphoff on August 5th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
It's kind of cheating, to throw Q in at this point. Izzo and his misfits _ought_ to do it all themselves. But . . . purple bunnies!
Bretbretw on August 5th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
No need to be sorry! There's no pressure from me, ever!

I'm here to review and proof read whatever you want completely timed as convenient for you.