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15 October 2019 @ 09:45 am
_Professor_ Infill somewhere around ch 20 AKA part 30  
I don't _think_ I've posted this, may or may not,keep it:

***

Tuesday was busy, but uneventful.

No one home. So strange to miss Xen and Exzy after decades of living alone. I’ll just enjoy the peace and quiet. Take a look through a recipe book and surprise someone.

The house was still quiet and empty at midnight.

Nothing has happened to either of them! Don’t be silly!

She searched the house for the bag handles, then checked her office. Back to the house.

If he was doing anything dangerous, he’d have handed Exzy off to Q.

And suddenly felt that deep magical presence, heard the rattle of the garage door, and walked out into the back yard to meet them.

Blinked at Xen’s weary body language, and fresh-scrubbed look.

“Sorry I’m late. We had a really hairy medical emergency. Pretty much had to rebuild a heart, but I think he’s going to make it.” He handed her the handles. “I may be there all day tomorrow, too. We bagged our patient so we didn’t have to worry about his dying while we caught some sleep.”

Rael bit her lip . . . He shook his head, refusing to answer the unspoken question.

“Well, in that case, I’d better feed you and tuck you into bed.” Rael turned and hugged him hard. “I love you, you nasty close-mouthed enemy agent.”

“I have no idea what you are talking about.” He flopped on the sofa. “Have I ever mentioned that ‘Dr. Rael’ is a great villain’s name? Or for a Supervillain, ‘Electric Rael’ would be awesome.”

Rael snorted. “Have I ever mentioned that you’re crazy? All I'm doing is failing to find Purple spies.”

She slid quietly into his dreams. Surgery, spying, purps . . . a warehouse with magic training going on. A dozen kids of all ages, a lot of purple hair . . . watching from the shadows. Watching the woman in charge. Puzzled. Why is a Oner training Earthers?

She eased away, and rolled out of bed. Wrote it all out, with descriptions of both kids and coaches. And especially the woman in charge.

Pity I’m not an artist, but I happen to know one . . .

He kissed her goodbye in the morning, and left.

Rael sighed and glanced guiltily at Exzy’s bubble handles. “We’ll play in the Fast Room later. It’s just one day . . . but I think I really do need a nanny.”

***

Ra’d blinked at her memory, put down his sketch pad, turned to his comp, and pulled up a series of pictures.

“That’s her! Who is she?”

“United Earth Central Intelligence Agency. Miss Catherine Sideris, General Black’s right hand . . . something. She stays well out of sight, most of the time.”

“Really?” Rael eyed the pictures. “I . . . caught a memory of Xen’s popping up in a dream after I chattered about the Purple complications. In the dream, she was training a bunch of older kids and teenagers, a lot of them with purple hair. He was wondering why a Oner was doing that.”

Ra’d stiffened and he stared at the pictures, nodded. “She could easily be a Oner, from her looks. That thick wavy mid-brown hair is about what you get with several competing engineered color genes. She’s average height for an Earth woman, she’d be a bit short for High Oner.”

He eyed the picture. “How much credulence do you give a dream, and . . . that’s not really a good way to maintain a loving relationship, is it?”

Rael giggled. “It is with the God of Spies. The archetype is rough on wives, but a femme fatalé never gets kidnapped. Although occasionally the hero shoots her.”

“Those people are insane. And I’ll add that information to the Cat Sideris file. The next time she’s on Embassy . . . maybe I’ll try to communicate with her.”

“Don’t. If we’ve actually gotten an agent that far into the UECIA . . . One! Nothing in writing, tell no one.”

“So no leaks. Got it.” Ra’d eyed her. “Urfa probably knows.”

“Yeah . . . but he hasn’t got a bug proof room any more, and there are high probability Earth agents on campus. Damn.” She shook her head at the picture. “A forehead wrinkle so she’s at least a hundred . . . Ajki might know if she’s a mole or gone rogue. Training Purps.”

Ra’d gave her a sharp grin. “Remember that curiosity killed the cat. Cat Sideris, in this case. And your Purps may be pretty well trained. Be careful.”

“Yeah. Damn. Let me have one good picture of her . . . then I’ll have to contain my curiosity.”

***

 
 
 
stan_millerstan_miller on October 17th, 2019 06:24 pm (UTC)
I like this, the nervous mommy side Rael is good to see.

Also pulling Cat back in but then Ra'd leaving Rael looking the wrong direction because he only looked at recent identification information and missed who Cat really is. I'm sure much entertainment can be had from this situation. I can see the expression on their (Ajki or Urfa) faces when Rael mentions their deep penetration agent and how she carefully kept the information she discovered from leaking and compromising her.

I'm not sure why Xen didn't want Rael to know who the patient was, they were working together on the Zingo problem and Disco is going to have to explain why the situation has changed there soon. Is he going to be skimpy of the "how" details?

matapampamuphoff on October 17th, 2019 07:48 pm (UTC)
That was when he was patching Mitch back together. Who is supposed to be dead. Xen's being very reticent about his survival. I'm considering putting a "Patient's privacy" in there.
stan_millerstan_miller on October 17th, 2019 08:18 pm (UTC)
That makes sense now, so Xen can still credit Mitch with Jaejong's end but just not mention he was spirited away and survived.
matapampamuphoff on October 17th, 2019 10:00 pm (UTC)
Right. Plenty of witnesses to Mitch killing Jaejong, and then AnnaKarina zapping him. Under the circumstances, will they realize that there was no final buzz of his death?

He trying to avoid AK or the black-uniformed police from sending a death squad after Cali's daddy.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on October 20th, 2019 11:45 pm (UTC)
As to Kaat, the problem is that Ra’d would soon realise that the Earther UECIA folk must know she is a Oner or might at any moment since he is aware they do DNA testing looking for engineered genes.

And given Dog and Ice are 213 and 216 the
origin problem might yield to a secret test "which Princess is their mothers".
matapampamuphoff on October 21st, 2019 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh yes. Ra'd realizes that she has either turned traitor, or is a very deep and successful mole.

And with genetic testing, the former is more likely. But that's not his call. if she's somehow pulled it off, he's not going to blow her cover.

I'm contemplating a scenario where Xen is present when Ajki starts fishing for a reaction to "Now if I could just figure out which one is the Earther spy."

And Xen, knowing which one is the Fallen spy, rats out Ice to get the attention off Dog. So to speak. "Yes, interesting man, Ice. I think your deep mole snuck her child off Earth. Now you just have to figure out if he's a Oner trying to fit into his mother's home, or if she, and thus he, are both Earth Agents. And, of course, If Cat Sideris is known to them as a Oner traitor, eventually they'll get a regime that will turn on her. Your best bet to get her back, willingly, is to have wooed Ice to your side."

Ajki choked. "Sideris? The UECIA Sideris? She's a Oner!"

"Not that it's any of my business. But has Ice passed on any important information?"

"No, dammit. Why do you think I can't ID my leak? Earth gets all our stupid society rumors. Important stuff goes nowhere."

"Sounds like he's trying to satisfy his command while not truly betraying the Empire. Fascinating, all the twisting and dodging and weird stuff you get into in espionage."


All in all, I think I'll remove a lot of Kaat from _Professor_, and save it for its own story.
(Anonymous) on October 25th, 2019 10:07 am (UTC)
I can't see Xen, the Spy God, ratting out a harmless nice spy, especially after he helped rescue his son.