DB Extracurricular - Following Dernhelm - Part 2
"Burmese piece of crap," Eowyn snarled bitterly as she dropped from the wreckage of what had been a relatively new upright. She was covered in grease and holding a relatively intact part from inside the vehicle which she was staring at doubtfully as she started to walk back to her own vehicle.
The patchwork repairs were clearly visible as she approached the thing. It was the same model she'd been using in Czechoslovakia, the Warrior, minus the updates that had come out since 2004. Actually, it was minus the updates that had come out since 2002, not to mention that her weapon was cobbled together from remains of the built-in crap the Burmese preferred. Walking toward it, she felt more like something out of one of those Conan comic books than the character she'd taken her name from. Even that had cost most of what she had for hiring off the grid engineers to do the integrations and repairs she hadn't been able to do jury-rig. Or for which the jury-rigs had stopped doing anything.
DB Extracurricular - Serious Matter
"This is a very serious matter, Miss Minaba," Mrs. Grissom warned the girl sitting in her office.
Sherissie Minaba was rather average looking with dark chocolate brown skin and free flowing shoulder length hair styled in a modest and somewhat conservative manner. Her uniform was slightly rumpled and smelled dusty which made perfect sense given the way she stuffed her drawers. She wore no make-up and accessorized almost nothing she had. She looked rather boring in fact.
She wasn't fidgeting at all.
Given the girl's reputation, Mrs. Grissom always expected her to be displaying the characteristic symptoms of hyperactivity. She had been in Grissom's office several times, but never along with anything like the evidence needed to dismiss her. At least until this time, but that's where things got a little complicated. Because while this time she'd caught herself in her own trap, she'd also had a more understandable reason for her actions.
"I know that, Mrs. Grissom," Minaba agreed. "Darrin sh
DB Extracurricular - Following Dernhelm - Part 1
"Mr. and Mrs. Kilroy," the man at the door declared as they entered the room. "And their ward."
Mrs. Kilroy, a stately dark-haired and dark-skinned woman who didn't seem to be nearly as Irish as her name, turned a hand to cover her mouth at the introduction and stifled a laugh. The light was dancing in her eyes as she did so, not cruelly, at least not intentionally.
"It's like some sort of grand ball or something," she tittered. "Introducing us like that. One wonders where Cinderella is."
"Well that's easy, dear," Mr. Kilroy noted in response. He clearly showed the source of his surname with a shock of fading and once bright red hair in comparison to his African-American wife. "That would be our little Aouda, wouldn't it?"
"Wouldn't that make you the evil stepparents?" the girl behind them asked dryly. She was no more Irish than her mother, and showed neither of her parents' bloodlines in her face.
The humor behind Mrs. Kilroy's looks dimmed a bit, and not with hurt or disappointment,