It’s Teaser Tuesday, and as illicit as that sounds, I thought I’d share a little bit more of ‘Infinite Worlds’ with you today.
In today’s excerpt, Coriander kicks ass when a couple of strangers try and take Devi.
Curious? Read on!
“Are you expecting company today?” Coriander asked as she glanced over the top of the barbecue toward the driveway.
Devi rose from her Adirondack chair, and watched a dark car cruise to a stop in the driveway. “No, I have no idea who this is.”
They stood on the sunlit lawn and listened to the engine sputter and tick as it cooled. Two people stepped out of the car.
“Miss Devi Aradesta?” The driver spoke up before he had walked beyond the hood of the car. His military length red hair, black suit and dark aviator sunglasses screamed government goon. The woman that climbed out of the passenger side was dressed in a similar fashion. Her dark hair hung loose and stopped just below her collar, and she moved without hesitation.
Devi canted her head a fraction as she sized up her visitors. “I’m guessing you already know who I am without any confirmation from me. Who are you?”
“We’ve been sent from Ottawa.” The man replied.
There was silence as Devi waited for him to elaborate. When no further details were forthcoming, she smiled ever so slightly. “That’s lovely, but it doesn’t answer my question, now does it? Who are you?”
“As my partner said, Ma’am, we’re from Ottawa,” The woman spoke up. “We’ve been sent to bring you to the capitol.”
Cori stood up and moved to Devi’s side. “And as my girlfriend asked, who are you?”
The man rubbed his red buzz cut and sighed. “I’m Ryan, and this is Munro. The Minister of Space and Exploration would like to meet you, Miss Aradesta.”
“I’m not familiar with the Minister,” Devi replied in her soft, slightly accented voice.
“You shouldn’t be expected to,” Coriander said. “And you don’t have to go with them if you don’t want to. Especially since they’ve not shown any identification.”
The visitors exchanged a look and took a couple of steps closer.
“What does the Minister of Space and Exploration want with me?” Devi asked. “Forgive my lack of manners, please, come and have a seat.” She gestured toward the seats under the nearest apple tree.
Coriander could smell the chicken on the grill beginning to scorch. She returned to the barbecue to save their dinner from a flaming ruin.
“Thank you, Ma’am, I think we’d prefer to stand.” Ryan said. “Miss Wolf is correct, you’re certainly under no obligation to accompany us, but as I’ve said, Minister Erikson is anxious to meet with you.” Ryan approached slowly, slipping one hand into his blazer pocket and the other hand out, palm up.
Munro walked toward Devi. “It’s a matter of some importance, Ma’am…”
As soon as Devi’s attention flicked toward Munro, Ryan pulled his hand from his pocket at the same time he bolted forward to seize Devi’s arms.
“Cori!” Devi called out, struggling in Ryan’s grasp.
As Ryan grappled for a better hold, Coriander ran to help her girlfriend. Munro stepped between the writer and the others. “You have my word that if she comes quietly, we’ll return her as quickly as possible.”
“I’m not letting you take her!”
Munro tried again as the blonde writer bore down on her. “We’re armed, don’t make me pull my gun. Just relax…”
“Like hell!” Coriander had reached Ryan and grabbed handfuls of his blazer. “Let go of her!” Out of the corner of her eye she saw Munro rushing toward her. Cori kicked the back of Ryan’s right knee and heard him howl in pain. He released Devi as if she were lava.
Coriander turned just in time to grasp one of Munro’s outstretched arms and spin her toward the hood of her car.
Munro couldn’t control her momentum and she slammed into the side of the hood, and slid over it to fall off the other side.
Cori glanced at Ryan on the ground moaning about his leg, a threat no longer. She hurried around the front of the car in time to grab Munro as she struggled to stand. Cori grabbed both of the woman’s lower arms, planted one foot in front of hers and slammed the woman into the hood.
“Now, no one is going anywhere until you answer a few questions! Devi, I need you to check her pockets. She’s probably got zip-ties…”
“You can’t do this to us!” Munro yelled as she struggled futilely. Cori held tight to her captive, nodding when Devi’s hand pulled a bunch of white plastic restraints from Munro’s blazer pocket.
“Damn right we can. Did you think I would just let you kidnap my girlfriend? I’m going to charge your sorry ass with attempted kidnapping, I don’t care if you are CSIS!”
Munro stopped struggling. “We aren’t…exactly.”
Hmmm, wonder who they are? Good thing Coriander was there!
I’d love to know what you thought! Feedback is welcome in the comments!