Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Focus)

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I’m skipping over a description of Charlie’s apartment (sort of Literate Bachelor Chic) in favor of Clyota’s recap of current events. 

I may back up next week, since I also skipped a partial explanation of why Librarians are armed to the teeth in this alternate timeline and also a cat, but I want to go over it again to make sure it makes sense—because y’all won’t let me get away with anything around here. 

Plus this bit fit nicely into eight sentences, so here ’tis:

Cyborg Eye

I told him about the Lieutenant’s messages, his death, my arrest and release—the whole thing, except for an embarrassing personal reaction or two—until I came to the part about checking into the Holiday Inn. 

I stopped and looked at Reynard, who had been recording my recitation from several angles without interruption. 

“Don’t stop at a closed hotel room door,” said Charlie, an edge to his voice.  “That’s such a cliché.”

“This next part isn’t mine to tell.  We can skip over it,” I added to Reynard.  “Your call.”

The lens turned its focus to Charlie, who focused back. 

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42 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Focus)

  1. HA! The Holiday Inn reference was funny. I want to make sure I have this right in remembering the previous weeks. Charlie is a librarian, Reynard is one of the hounding reporters to whom Clyota’s telling her story. Both Charlie and Reynard are cyborgs. Am I correct? I like the way you say “focused” instead of looked or similar words. It reinforces the cyborg aspect of the characters. Do we see next week what Charlie says about all of this? Please do touch on why librarians are armed. I’d be interested in that as it would add to the image of the librarian itself. Good snippet!

    • The short story is that I was having a bad day at work and decided librarians should strike back . . . the story’s story will, I hope, be posted next week. . .

  2. Sounds like there’s more going on than she’d prefer to admit. Nicely done. I’m intrigued about the death of the Lieutenant. 🙂

    • That’s a fair assessment, Siobhan! 🙂

      The LT was Clyota’s mother’s co-pilot. He was on Io when her mother was killed after allegedly suffocating an entire Moonbase.

      Clyota’s Security System killed him on her doorstep, while delivering a lockbox that her mother entrusted to him . . .

  3. I loved the bit of edge that they gave Charlie. A slight misunderstanding and a clever retort with bite always makes for a fantastic scene. And you’re right–this fits nicely into 8 sentences. Gosh, my two favorite guys in one scene. Heaven. 🙂

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