The crowd on the promenade of Canoples Station goes about their business, ignoring Sally and her red face. She’s patting powder on her face and checking a PocketPad on the table in front of her. Her eyes tighten and she adjusts the vid-recorder set to catch her best side and portray her next interview subject in the worse possible light.
Sally: Sally Wild of Inside Galaxy. I’m supposed to interview…Eeek!
Cassie: Oh, sorry, did I scare you? Sorry. You looked so busy. I just thought I should tap your shoulder first. Okay, what do you want to know?
Sally: Oh, delighted Inside Galaxy viewers, this is Cassie Wills, the only female on the male oriented Canoples Investigations team. She’s pretty, in a rustic way. If you like that kind of look.
Cassie: Drop the space-junk and get this done with. I have things to do.
Sally: Oh, all right. Rumor has it that you and BD are more frenemies than friends. Is that true?
Cassie: Old news. Nothing to talk about. Move on.
Sally: Didn’t you dump your “boyfriend” to hang around with that lovely Lisa Tulane? And then didn’t you dump her when the rest of Canoples Investigations rigged the betting going on about when you and BD would get back together?
Cassie: Hey, brainless reporter. (Leans against table. Eyes narrow.) Get this straight. BD and I are friends. Not frenemies, whatever that means. We’re good friends. Some might even say we’re a couple. You’re not going to go for gossip in this “interview,” are you? Either you ask sensible questions, or I walk off.
Sally: Fine. Real interview questions. You’re the computer expert. Supposedly. Why did you go off to Jupiter with a tour group when your presence was necessary to cracking the case against the space pirates?
Cassie: I made a promise to my dad. BD, Terry, and Carl had things under control. They handled the problem.
Sally: You let those criminals capture you, even though there was a warning about space pirate activity in the area, even though the promenade had been evacuated because the porthole was blown out. How do you defend your actions?
Cassie: Simple. I don’t defend my decisions to anyone, and I’m not explaining anything about what happened on Jupiter. There’s a trial tomorrow, and you know that—you’re here to cover it. We only agreed to these interviews because you kept calling. Not because we think you’re all that great a reporter. (Straightens and walks away.)
Sally: Well, I never. These children have absolutely no respect for adults. They’ll learn, though. I’ll teach them a thing or two. Where is BD Bradford? He’s the reason I’m here. Oh yes, another one of those silly commercials about that awful book.
Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates
Five flitters arrow around the massive tetra-flex porthole giving everyone a view of Jupiter and her moons. These are ships capable of seating two to four people for station-to-planet hops. The largest thing in sight, Io, is in synchronous orbit between the station and Jupiter.
The biggest worry on BD Bradford's mind is scoring enough creds to snatch a copy of the latest vid-game. He's set on getting his girl to stop glaring at him, until Space Pirates make their presence known. Thrown into a day without end, BD and his team can't do anything right, until faced with an impossible situation.
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in Northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with new tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines. Three of her books (Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama’s Advice) are Amazon best sellers. Her other books are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, Inits, and Starlight. Additionally, she has shorts available on Amazon: Grace, Secret From the Flames, Family Curse … Times Two, and The Ghost Catcher.
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