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The Pressman’s murdered wife and Clyota’s murderous mother share a posthumous connection:
“She was the best of the best—we were the best of the best, together. We won awards for our scoops, shared bylines, but she won investigative awards on her own as well.
“When the population of MoonShot was allegedly murdered,” he went on, ignoring my flinch, or simply not seeing it, which struck me as worse, “Jessica was offered exclusive coverage of the forensics team by Gladstone-Klein, the major financial partner for the base.”
I knew about Gladstone-Klein—my mother had been on the Oversight Committee. She’d complained more than once that the corporate liaison was going to drive her insa—I grimaced.
“It was the story of a lifetime,” the Pressman was saying, “and she signed immediately.”
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33 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XLVI (Degrees of Separation)”
Nice detail and background.
You’re being very clever in choosing your excerpts, Sarah. Not only are they sharp, they also really show us along the way what the book is about. Love this one.
Thanks, Averil. I don’t mind admitting that 8 Sentence Sunday (or occasionally 4 Sentence Sunday) would often be easier.
It’s exciting that you have suspense going on with him talking about Gladstone-Klein, and her seeing he didn’t notice her flinch. Haha. Love it.
Reynard isn’t often oblivious, but when he is . . . it’s important!
The two of them have these sore spots that are so much more similar than either of them knew. It’s both painful and relieving to see the Reynard share this with Clyota.
Sore spots . . . That’s a good way to put it, Lisa.
I was just learning how to torture my characters by this point, but I was still doing it off-page . . .
I don’t think all off-page torture is bad. And you’ve certainly graduated now…with learning to torture, and on page, too.
You say the sweetest things . . .
A natural talent, you know.
I do, actually. 🙂
The story of a lifetime. And apparently the end of hers. Good stuff.
I like her reaction and his obliviousness. Subtle but so interesting.
Thanks, Eleri. 🙂
Sounds like an very interesting story! Great 6.
I hope so, Gayle. Thanks!
Doesn’t he know about her connection? That was fairly callous.
He does and, often, he is . . .
Just the facts, ma’am. I can just here the Pressman reciting this tale. Well done!
Thanks, Silver! 😀
Great six! I can’t imagine he talks about himself very often, so it is interesting that he becomes so absorbed in it.
I haven’t thought about it, but you’re right, Lorraine. I expect it’s probably a relief to talk about it—not that he’d ever admit it.
There is an awful lot going on here. You are amazing! 🙂
Awww, thanks, Wendy! 🙂
Did she flinch because of the mention of Moonshot or at his “allegedly?”
At MoonShot and murder, I think. The allegedly would have been a surprise . . .
I read these snippets and think about your enormous talent. You are such a great storyteller. I’m confident that you will be known for this the world round someday.
Wow. Thank you, Lisa. You’ve made my day! 🙂
I like how he conveys these details through natural-sounding dialogue. It can be tricky sometimes to work in backstory without “As you know, Bob” dialogue.
I’ve ‘as you know’d in my time, Carrie-Anne, so I’m glad you think this works! 🙂
These snippets are absolutely intriguing!