The gaggle of girls slowly exits Want of a Nail, nattering and chattering in a way that Alycia simply doesn’t understand, and really doesn’t want to. She can do it – small talk is a key facet of social spycraft – but she’s never felt comfortable at it.
Another facet is maneuvering through a crowd, and Alycia’s better (and more comfortable) at that, and she makes her way beside Summer without causing a ripple in the pack, as they head down the street to yet another of the innumerable wittily-named coffee shops in Halcyon. As if they need to be more heavily caffeinated.
This is moving faster than she’d wanted, but it’s unclear if she’ll be able to grab a moment with Summer over the weekend, and she has no doubts that the smug Director will force her to commit to a decision. She has to maximize her options before they get cut off.
Yes, and I also need to –
She shuts that off. Yes, I know that, be quiet, she counters to herself.
“Summer,” she says, softly, not drawing attention to herself from the others. “Do you have a moment?”
Please note that, despite the title, I don’t assume anything about the outcome of this conversation.
author: *** Dave H.