Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XLIII (The Troubleshooter)

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There’s a  bit right before this one where Christina refuses to come out of the bathroom and asks Clyota to answer a ridiculous question to prove she’s safe, plus the Pressman reveals the intruder’s name. It’s nifty and quite well-written, but you’ll have to take my word for it, as it won’t fit into six sentences.  

This does:

“He currently works,” said the Pressmen, “for the Gladstone-Klein Conglomerate, in several capacities.   He is considered,” he added, dropping all pretense of objective calm, “a troubleshooter.” 

I stared at the naked hatred on the uncovered, stone-rigid portion of the Pressman’s face—even his lens light seemed malevolent. 

It had never occurred to me that someone of his profession would have much in the way of emotions, much less be able to express them.

“Who did he shoot?” asked Christina.

“Someone . . . special.” 



Unless you get up really early on Sunday to fire up the Six Sunday list, I’m already on my way home from Bouchercon in Cleveland.  It’s a nine-hour drive, so I won’t be able to comment on anyone’s post or reply to any comments here until late . . . or possibly Monday.  I hate to delay reading everyone’s great stuff, but safety first!

Meanwhile, if you’d like to see how I’ve spent my time over the last few days—and what some excellent authors have to say about various aspects of this writing business, my adventure starts here.


 Previous Installments:

First ♦ Second ♦ Third ♦ Fourth ♦ Fifth ♦ Sixth
Seventh ♦ Eighth ♦ Ninth ♦ Tenth ♦ Eleventh ♦ Twelfth  ♦ Thirteenth
Fourteenth ♦ Fifteenth ♦ Sixteenth ♦ Seventeenth
Eighteenth ♦ Nineteenth ♦ Twentieth ♦ Twenty-first ♦ Twenty-second
Twenty-third ♦ Twenty-fourth ♦ Twenty-fifth ♦ Twenty-sixth
Twenty-seventh ♦ Twenty-eighth ♦ Twenty-ninth ♦ Thirtieth
Thirty-first ♦ Thirty-second ♦ Thirty-third ♦ Thirty-fourth  ♦ Thirty-fifth
Thirty-sixth ♦Thirty-seventh ♦ Thirty-eighth ♦ Thirty-ninth
Fortieth ♦ Forty-first ♦  Forty-second


23 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XLIII (The Troubleshooter)

  1. Oh, I am so intrigued! Thanks for sharing some of what this guy?/thing? looks like. The way you broke up the first piece of dialogue with action detail was super! Also: “It’s nifty and quite well-written, but you’ll have to take my word for it, as it won’t fit into six sentences.” — you are a hoot (and I don’t doubt it for a minute, LOL)!!

  2. I’ll definitely have to go back and track your Boucheron days. I loved your recaps last year! As for your six, excellent. I love when Reynard gets emotional. Quite moving. Safe drive home!

    • You’ve got to come to one of these, Lisa! There’s a lot of genre crossover in the panels. It’s a blast.

      Do you think Reynard and Konrad are the same person in alternate universes?

  3. Only a portion of the Pressman’s face is stone-rigid. I may have missed that earlier, but I like it. … Hope you had an uneventful trip home. Who did you listen to in the car?

    • Yep—his face is pretty much half-camera. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

      I’ll tell you, the Ohio Turnpike gets my vote for Best Stretch of Highway EVER. I listened to Locked Rooms by Laurie King on the way back—I was tempted to finish it up in hte driveway, but I had to go to the bathroom . . . 🙂

    • Thanks, Carrie-Anne. The Pressman doesn’t like to give out info for free, so it’s like pulling teeth . . . And I might have watched a little too much Star Trek: The Borg Years while I was writing this. Maybe.

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