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After the revelations of the past couple of Sundays, Clyota accuses the Pressman of wanting the broadcast rights to a good story more than he wants justice for his murdered wife.
He tells her he wants both.
“I betrayed the Pressman’s Code the night Jessica died and I betrayed her by abandoning a solid lead to hold her empty shell in my arms,” he said. “I will not make the same mistake again.”
I didn’t know what to say. Comfort seemed impossible and unwanted—the Pressman was not my friend, although I thought he was no longer an enemy.
“Fine,” I said finally. “Turn yourself back on and let’s get going.”
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30 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian LII (Cold Comfort)”
I can feel the Pressman’s regret, and the tension in the scene. Well done! 🙂
Thanks, Jessica. 🙂
“Turn yourself back on…”
I love the bluntness of this. Even without context, its snarky without being mistaken as double-entendre. These two work very well together.
Thanks, Wendy. I’m so pleased you think their relationship works!
That first line is more than the sum of its parts. Love what that says about him, and it’s a fab six!
I rewrote that several times, Sarah—thank you!
This part is awesome> “Comfort seemed impossible and unwanted—the Pressman was not my friend…”
Thanks, Eleri. Not too infodumpy?
Such a hard moment for both of them. And they both choose to shoulder the weight and move forward, despite the difficulty. It’s poignant and riveting.
Hey! They do! I hadn’t seen that before. That’s one of those plot point thingies, right? 😀
Something like that, I think. I wouldn’t know. 🙂
Great interaction here, as it shows their growing friendship and trust….
Or at least a certain lack of distrust. Thanks, Angela! 🙂
I feel the regret and the tension. Great six!
“Turn yourself back on.” Is he (or both of them) cyborgs to some extent?
He is. Members of the Press Corps have chips and basic recording equipment installed so they can record, edit, and upload their stories to Central Dispatch for broadcasting. This means that when they go ‘off the record’ (which doesn’t happen often), they have to power down.
They also ‘enhance’ themselves with better (and multiple) lenses and wire themselves for sound—but to afford that, they need to find new stories . . .
The Pressman is definitely a complex character. I love the relationship between them.
Thanks, Carrie-Anne. I was afraid readers might think they should be romantically partnered, but it hasn’t been a problem.
I felt his regrets, and hope he can find some way to resolve them.
I have a feeling he will, Paula. 🙂
“The Pressman was not my friend, although I thought he was no longer an enemy.” That to me is the most intriguing. You should post a blurb with this!
You think so? I haven’t reached the blurb point, yet, but that line wouldn’t have occurred to me—thanks, Cara!
At that point there wasn’t much else to say. Great job.
True enough! Thanks, Elaine.
I respect how she’s put aside her hurt and is “game on” again. Interesting revelation about the pressman and his attitude toward the night his wife died.
Pressmen have different priorities . . .
This is such an interesting story! I have no idea what will happen next. 🙂
As long as you want to read more, Dianne! Thanks! 🙂