Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.
- Nancy Kress
Dana speaking into her cell: What do you want?
Voice on the other end: Hello to you too. Just want to touch base and see how you are doing.
Dana: Right, after three years. What about David?
Bast speaking into his cell: Hello. Yes. Who is this?
Muffled voice on the other end: Someone from your past to tell you I will be at your detective agency opening this coming Friday.
Bast: It is an investigative agency. We’re in Canada.
Muffled voice: I know that.
Bast: Who are you? Identify yourself.
Muffled voice: You don’t need to know now who I am. Expect me at your investigative agency opening.
Bast: He hung up.
Dana, looking over at her brother: Who was it?
Bast shrugs his shoulders: I don’t know. He disguised his voice.
Dana: Maybe it’s a she.
Bast: No, I’ll bet my interest in the business that it’s a man. Just don’t know who. And who are you talking to?
Dana, covering up her cell: Ron, my ex.
Bast: That jerk. What does he want?
Dana: Don’t know and don’t care. I’m just letting him ramble.
Bast: Is that wise?
Dana: He didn’t even ask about his son? He leaves us on our own and…wait.
Ron: … so that’s why I’m late with the support payments.
Dana: So, what’s new? You are always late – when you send them.
Ron: Now listen here.
Dana: No, you listen. I want all the support payments you owe me up to now and I want them here before the end of this month. Do you hear?
Ron: I hear but I just told you why I’m late this month. Weren’t you listening?
Dana: If it were just this month, I might listen and give you some leeway. But it is always this way, excuse after excuse.
Dana hits the off button on her cell and starts swearing.
Bast: Hold on Dana. Take a deep breath. It’s just pre-opening jitters.
Dana: Yes, but look at who has been here – in person or by phone. I don’t trust Lois or Ray Chalmers as far as the end of my desk. Debbie looks like a ghost and now we have Ron and some unknown muffled voice. Methinks the opening will not go well.
Bast: We’ll just have to hope for the best. And stay calm. Look why don’t we focus on something else.
Dana: Like what?
Bast: What about the author of our novel Beyond Blood? She has a big book launch coming up soon.
Dana: Very well. Tell me more about it.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog where Dana and Bast provide details about the Beyond Blood book launch with a unique twist.
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