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Dylan felt a bit of pity for the foolish boy but it was overshadowed by his anger. There was a reason he was having no real part of Micah’s case. Others would be assigned to unknot the mess that had been made.
He sighed and scrubbed a hand over his face. He pitied Micah Figworth, but there was nothing he could do for him. The boy had committed the sin the Inquisition would seek answers for. The case was out of his hands.
There was the insistent 5-note beep of a timer alarm. He tapped his ear, finger unerringly finding the implanted mic button. “Magister Park,” he said. “End timer sequence. Order the aircar be brought around.”
There was the familiar acknowledgement sequence of notes. He could feel the sound vibrating along his jawbone and up into his skull. It had taken him time to become used to the shivery feel of it. Now the implant’s use had become a familiar kind of strange.
It helped that the personal AI within the implant was tuned enough to know when to use voice function or not–he preferred not.
Dylan shrugged on his coat, gathered up his briefcase, and left the office. There was a lot he needed to get done before he could return to Gregor’s side.
And how hard had it been, to leave not only the warm comfort of the bed but a gently breathing Gregor?
After writing Gregor a note explaining where he was going, Dylan had reluctantly left him behind.
If he could have, he would have stayed in the bed, but his extended time off was over.
The Project was essential to the safety and protection of the planet. There was an invisible timer counting down to the next incursion, the next attack of the Outsiders.
Dylan longed to be back in that bed with Gregor. He would love to enjoy a lazy day. Yet duty had been drilled into him from birth and he knew he had an important job to perform.
The start date of his new posting had been pushed back a few days to allow him time to bond with Gregor, but there was a lot to be done. He was scheduled for half-duty to start, then he was to take over command of The Project.
Even with the events of the night before, there really wasn’t time to rest.
They could very well be facing the end of the human race in two years time. And it was up to Dylan to stop it.
Even if he still wished he were back in bed wrapped around a warm, slumbering Gregor.
There were times when he could do nothing but envy the still ignorant masses. They didn’t know it hadn’t been random nature. They didn’t know the Earth had been attacked three times.
They were able to sleep easy with the hope that tomorrows could be better days. They slumbered unaware of the sword hanging over their heads.
But Dylan knew.
And that’s why he’d reluctantly left a sleeping Gregor alone in bed. Because even though he’d wanted nothing more than to rest beneath those sheets, he had a job to do.
A world to save.