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16 April 2019 @ 11:03 am
_Guardsman_ part 44  



Arno eyed the sender’s address . . . University of the Empire, School of Directorate Studies.

“Well . . . Good news or bad?”

Ryol leaned to peek at his screen. “Oh One! Are they sending acceptance letters?” She jerked back and started clicking on her comp. “I have one too.”

Arno opened the letter.

We are please to accept . . .

“Yes!” Arno heaved out a deep breath and started reading the details . . .

Ryol bounced in her chair, “Me too! We’re in!”

Congratulation from around the room. Izzo looked in to see what was causing the commotion, and added his congratulations. “Well, other than losing staff . . .”

“Not as fast as Insa . . . he’s really sunk in the polls of One Firsters. You can probably stop mentioning rabble rousers and start in on cold-blooded, unfeeling, power seekers.”

Izzo grinned. “Yeah. Heroics that would have won any other party’s nomination . . . but the One Firsters are horrified. Well, Ycrw always was the bigger threat to me.”

Ryol, still grinning, turned around. “Actually him being the bigger draw than Insa is good. It pulls more voters from the War Party and the Isolationists.”

“True.” Izzo shook his head. “Kids . . . advising a presidential candidate.”


Then he called his Mother, and then Aunt Rael, uploaded a note to the Wolf Kids bulletin board . . . and got back to work.

Izzo and Pug—Wpgu—were unique in that they were both pushing their moderately similar agendas, without getting extreme or attacking each other.

The other primary races were a gold mine of extremist quotes that were going to be very useful . . . hopefully for Izzo. And vastly entertaining, even when they weren’t usable.

They headed home before the rush hour hit and found a party waiting for them. Mother beaming, then Dad getting home early, also beaming. The little brats excited, except for a brief wide eyed minute of realizing their big brother and sister would be leaving and only get home a few times a year . . . from now on.

And it’s true. I’m months away from turning eighteen . . . and suddenly I don’t feel very grown up.



And faster than he’d believed possible it was suddenly Rajab and time to run frantically around the globe encouraging people to vote for him as the twenty-ninth arrived and the Polls opened.

Xiat had reserved the main ballroom at the Saint Honorine for the poll watching, and hopefully victory party. And a penthouse suite so he could step out and . . . flop on the bed.

“I can’t keep smiling. My face hurts.”

Xiat snickered. “Yes, Dear. Relax for an hour. Then we’ll go over the exit polls before your next interview.”

“Umm . . .”

Relax. They look very good, everywhere but Paris. Homestead is in your pocket, as we expected. Now relax for a little bit.”

Guess I’d better. This is just the prelims. I just hope we don’t have any more bombings.

matapampamuphoff on April 16th, 2019 04:05 pm (UTC)
Third time's the charm. LJ wasn't posting pasted in material for a bit there.

In any case, I'm still rearranging the deck chairs, and progress is slow.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2019 06:14 pm (UTC)
Need help? I can push a deck chair. Right off the edge! 8^)
matapampamuphoff on April 16th, 2019 07:25 pm (UTC)
Swear to something, this books is like guard duty. Long periods of boredom and an occasional page of action.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2019 08:52 pm (UTC)
Have a bit of fun.
Add some nice bits of juicy sexual tension and maybe a scandal. Every political campaign needs that.
What does the One think of Insa? I guess Insa should run as an independent now.
Does the Crow have a rebellious secret Servaone child who buys a witch gene on the black market?
Did anyone video that sparkly tuxedo guy at the accident? Any interview of people healed by him or that wine?
Someone has got to let the wine lose for a scandalous street party somewhere.
What's Orde doing right now?
matapampamuphoff on April 16th, 2019 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I should get some of that into the interview.
matapampamuphoff on April 16th, 2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
And Orde's keeping a low profile, and trying to not give the Black Horse Guards any extra work. He'll come out and work at fund raising for Izzo after the primaries.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2019 10:29 pm (UTC)
I can't help reading Ycrw as Eat Crow.

I rather like Insa. He could get on with Answer quite well: you can't just go irresponsibly loosing genes without testing! Or, for that matter, Xen (thinking of Lion and the longevity gene changes).

Could someone get Insa a proper briefing, please? He could run the Disco Genetics Testing Department in a few years, maybe. It'd be a shame to not put such a character through the wringer a bit more . . . and if he'd like to come face first with Jaejong down the road, that would be quite the scene.

matapampamuphoff on April 16th, 2019 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, see? As soon as I had that dream I knew Insa was T.R.O.U.B.L.E!

He'd better be glad I toned it down, because in the dream it was his clever plot gone bad and it was all his fault, and he was crying over the only child who got out alive . . . for a few minutes.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2019 11:53 pm (UTC)
Your subconscious is wickedly creative or do I mean creatively wicked?
matapampamuphoff on April 17th, 2019 12:43 am (UTC)
I am delighted to say that it rarely comes out in dreams, and that was the nastiest one ever! And then there was the time I had a dream so weird I got out of bed at 3AM to start writing The Barton Street Gym, before I forgot it.
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2019 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wine and schoolkids
Were the kids old enough for the primary effect of the Wine to kick in?
matapampamuphoff on April 17th, 2019 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Wine and schoolkids
No, and the wine will specialize for the injuries incurred. Only the kids with serious injuries were dosed.
mbarkermbarker on April 17th, 2019 01:09 am (UTC)
Odd thought... someone could argue that in fact, the parallel worlds are independent experiments with a wide range of variables, including genetic engineering, etc. I mean, in an experimental setup, you try to change the variables for different test groups, and the parallel worlds are excellent examples of how all kinds of variations will work out. Admittedly, the gates are messing up the integrity of the experimental testbeds a little, but... aha! Where is the post-treatment test, to see how the treatment changed things? And which one, if any, is the control group, that didn't get treated?
matapampamuphoff on April 17th, 2019 06:07 pm (UTC)
URK! Don't make me start think about who's running the experiment!
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2019 06:22 pm (UTC)
The High Council of the Dimensional Overlords are running the experiment, of course.

mbarkermbarker on April 18th, 2019 01:13 am (UTC)
Otherwise known as the Dimensional Overlords Ruling Kommittee? Aka DORKS! LOL!
mbarkermbarker on April 18th, 2019 01:12 am (UTC)
Well, there is that problem. But still, the notion that the parallel worlds are an experimental testbed for comparing variations... it's almost perfect! Although who set it up... yeah, maybe we don't want to go there...