More from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel currently in second round edits, which are sort of on hold while I do Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of 62,000 words this month.
In this snippet, Taliya is meeting with Aelind Osbert, the attorney for Swann House to claim the inheritance her grandmother left her.
The usual creative punctuation warnings apply.
“Ah, my dear Miss Swann, please accept my condolences for your loss.”
“Losses,” Taliya thought with a pang, but she would not bring that up with him. She had no illusions about this man: his allegiance was completely with Maureena, and with the retainer that she paid him. Anything she said in this office would make it to her mother’s ears before she left the building.
“Thank you, Mr. Osbert.” A lifetime of training kept her voice composed and calm as she shook his hand and took a seat, waiting with a sense of professional expectation that left him lightly flustered, causing him to fumble a bit as he took his own seat across the desk from her. “I know you are busy,” she said. “I thank you for making room in your schedule to see me so quickly after my return.”
“Yes, well…” He coughed slightly and she suppressed a smile as his reaction told her everything she needed to know: the timing of this appointment had been carefully orchestrated to keep her as off balance as possible.
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