[Fiction Practice] Can’t Stand By

“So my friend Jane applied for a contract here, and she’s, like, really good- much better at doing any sort of advanced thinking stuff than I’ve ever been, and she didn’t get it- the agency said that management went in a different direction and, you know, I’m just, well, I wanted to ask you about it- can I?”
Her manager’s office was filled with military awards.
“I understand, Sam. Lisa won’t favor me divulging this.”

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[Fiction Practice] Words Mean Nothing V

“Words mean nothing to Linda. She’s looking for proactive, action-oriented, superheroes to rebuild her team. When you meet her on Thursday, Jane, make sure to accentuate that.” Jane nodded and sipped her coffee while the strategizer continued. “Just between us, she told me she’s clearing out the old guard.” “Interesting… What’s her strategy then, Fidelity? Just so I know what to avoid saying.” Fidelity gazed upon anyone within earshot in the crowded coffeehouse before continuing.

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[Fiction Practice] Edge of Nowhere

“Train’s running late.”
“Yeah, Sam, and normally there are at least some people here at this stop.”
“It’s weird, Jane. This’s the last post outta 174′ in rush-year traffic. What day is it?”
“It’s five past October. No holidays come to mind in the Neuro. Weird.”
Two salarywomen chat about their delayed train at the 29th post of the FP-line, exiting the 174-9-Ughbug Space Colony for the 309-29-Suburbs, when one will step out onto the tracks.

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[Fiction Practice] Thirty Minutes Left

“Thirty minutes left…”
“What? Oh, that’s bad!”
The timer ticked down mercilessly. The temperature rose steadily as the two engineers assessed the situation. They were trying to figure out how to dismantle a device that in now twenty-two minutes was scheduled to complete. It wasn’t ready. The device couldn’t launch in that condition. Panic started to set in. They were trained expertly in building and fixing devices, yet here they were, with twenty minutes left.

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