LAST STAR IN THE SKY - DELSAE ORTHYSA
|LAST STAR IN THE SKY - DELSAE ORTHYSA|
|Location||Tempest - Bathroom|
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…and closed my office door.
She was a dream, all right. Dressed for ten decks above us, skin smooth and blue like the sea at twilight, with eyes that promised to tell me everything I'd want to hear.
"You're a private investigator, Mr. Fletcher?" she said, glancing around with a smile. "I wonder if you couldn't find yourself a nicer office."
"I did, ma'am," I said. "You weren't here for the last one."
"I hope you'll have better luck with my case," she said. "I'm Roma T'Fabris—and yes, you've seen my family on the news vids lately." That sweet smile faded. It felt like losing a childhood memory. "My sister, Jedora, has been missing for two weeks now. The C-Sec Executor cares only for chasing leads that'll look good on camera. But I'll pay well for someone who gets me results, not ratings."
I reached for a cigarette. "You put me in a bind, Ms T'Fabris. That's one interesting case you've got there—the last message your sister left for her boyfriend, the broken tooth on her pet varren—and I know you're good for the credits." A snap of my lighter lit the cigarette and I leaned back. "But last time I crossed the Executor it nearly cost me my license, and my neck. Hell of a risk to take, even for such an… attractive prospect."
Roma leaned in, hands clasped, right into my cigarette smoke. Didn't blink and that smile was tickling at her mouth again. "How about for a new partner?"