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19 April 2019 @ 04:09 pm
_Guardsman_ part 45  
Then we've got a batch of stuff with Arno and Ryol starting college, then . . .

Professor Ivy shook his head. “Much though I hate to turn you loose on society, this three-day weekend is intended as a breather before you came back for the second half of the semester. So at least get off campus, preferably, go home and see your family and old friends. Have some fun. See you Tuesday, rested and ready to go. Or hungover. Whatever. Scat!”

Milo looked wistful.

Ryol snorted. “Have fun in Paris. I’m headed for Montevideo, and the beach.”


It was great. Late enough in the southern hemisphere spring that swimming, surfing, and sunning with family and friends was fun. Monday evening came too soon, and Mother dropped them off at the curb, a short walk to the dorms.

Arno veered off to his and Ryol walked on, the sidewalks busy in the twilight, all the students returning from the weekend.

Milo popped up from a bench outside her dorm. “I thought about calling, but . . . I really need to talk to you.”

“Milo . . .” She took in his worried expression . . . almost sick. “Let me dump my luggage in my room. I’ll be right down.”

“Now what the One has you in such a swivvet?”

He waved his hands, helpless . . . “It’s just . . . being around my father again, and being treated like I was . . . well I didn’t put myself foreward when he was talking to some other people . . . but I heard him say that at least they wouldn’t have to worry about Izzo much longer.”


“I know! I know this is already one of the dirtiest campaigns in centuries, and I ought to be on my father’s side. But . . . And it’s not like I have any real information. Or even . . .”

“Do you know who he was talking to?”

“Peeve . . . he works for my dad. Two Councilmen, Otty and Aprw . . . I don’t even know who to talk to about something so nebulous.” He stared at her. “But your dad’s a subdirector, maybe he know where to . . . I don’t know. Drop a hint?”

Ryol sighed. “I know who to call.” She pulled out her comm and tapped in Rael’s number.
cnmckenney on April 19th, 2019 10:57 pm (UTC)
I know who to call...
OH BOY! Rubs hands together. Rael craziness added to the already crazy election. Assassins wandering around babbling all their secrets to any one who will listen, cops, newsies, other campaign workers. Candidates and staffs flopping around working on plausible deniability, implausible deniability, we did it for the good of the empire, frameup job by Izzo, the One, Comet Fall, DISCO,.... It wasn't me it was all HIS fault (fill in your favorite HIS), my not so honored opponent suborned my staff to do such evil, I am above such shenanigans. And as this plot unwinds more of the other nefarious schemes against other candidates will start to unwind. Conflicting orders to assassinate, obfuscate, ignore, seduce, don't seduce to the attached princesses. Replacement princesses sent to the wrong person.

A full blown Keystone Kops production lasting up to the actual election. What fun.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on April 19th, 2019 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I know who to call...
You are describing the book you want to read (compare the end of Meet the Family).

Pam's book may differ.
matapampamuphoff on April 19th, 2019 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I know who to call...
The Keystone Kops would only work if I'd had a lot more comedy all through the book.

I think Rael's going to disappear a bunch of people, and sit back to see who freaks out about it. Although as I write, the story always tends to morph.
mbarker: Me typing?mbarker on April 20th, 2019 01:04 am (UTC)
Y’a know, Rael and Xen, working with the kids, might just make a bunch of people stumble and mis-direct messages and whatnot... resulting in one of the cleanest campaigns people can remember. I like the idea of them working with the kids, at least, instead of taking the whole thing away from them?
matapampamuphoff on April 20th, 2019 03:33 am (UTC)
Rael will bring Xen in only as a last resort.

I think the kids, courtesy of Milo, have just made their last contribution to the campaign, and next to last appearance.
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2019 07:39 am (UTC)
Wolf kids
You know, if you need to tighten the book, the Arno and Ryol storyline, though fun, doesn't contribute much. You could just have them working on his campaign and use the rest to launch the Wolf Kids Series.
matapampamuphoff on April 20th, 2019 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Wolf kids
By itself, it would wind up being "Directorate School part 2" and I definitely do not want another spinoff series. If the kids do get a separate story--such as an internship with Team Fifty--it'll probably be in the Directorate series.
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2019 08:05 pm (UTC)
Perhaps she could bring in Michael just to give the politicians what they richly deserve.
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2019 08:07 pm (UTC)
Better still, could Michael and William get credentialed as reporters for a Comet Fall newspaper to cover the election?