Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Microstory 1993: Purple Tie

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Myka: Is it okay that we’re all three here, and none of us is at the office?
Leonard: They’ll be fine. Deputy Director Robles knows what she’s doing.
Myka: Deputy Director Robles. Director Parsons.
Reese: *from the other room* What’s that?
Myka: We’re just spreading gossip about you! Keep putting on your pants! [...] It’s just crazy where we are now. Maybe it’s not as much for you, since you were in law enforcement already, but I never would have guessed that I would be working for a secret department in the government. How did this happen?
Leonard: I never would have guessed that I would be on an alien planet, dating an alien, and helping my alien boss friend try on outfits.
Myka: *giggles* I want to eat your brains.
Leonard: That’s zombies.
Myka: I’ve heard it both ways.
Reese: *comes into the room* Okay, what about this one?
Myka: *tilts her head* Not bad. As long as you have a purple tie to go with it.
Reese: Why does it have to be purple?
Myka: If you have to ask, you’re not ready for this look.
Reese: Okay, well, I only have one more option, so if you shoot it down too, I’m screwed, because we don’t have time to shop before the plane takes off this afternoon.
Myka: Go get it, boy! *slaps him on the butt as he leaves*
Leonard: I can’t believe he’s doing this. What is it even for?
Myka: All department heads report directly to NatCo. I have a feeling he’s going to be spending a lot more time at the Capital, and a lot less time with us.
Leonard: I hope Celandine is prepared for that.
Myka: I hope we are.
Reese: *comes back again* Okay, here it is.
Myka: Aww, you do have a purple tie.
Reese: *spins around* How does the whole ensemble work?
Leonard: Perfect, my man.
Reese: *takes a breath* I wish you two could come with me. Not even necessarily in the meeting, but just knowing you’re waiting out in the hallway, or even back at the hotel; I would feel a lot more comfortable. I’m not enthusiastic about being alone with him.
Myka: You’ll do great. You have a penis, so you’ve got that going for ya.
Leonard: How do you know that?
Reese: Wait, what does that have to do with anything?
Myka: He’s notoriously sexist. You’ve never heard the saying? If you’re a man, he’ll shake your hands. If you have boobs, he’ll rub your shoulders.
Reese: That doesn’t rhyme.
Myka: I don’t think it’s supposed to. It’s just true.
Leonard: Well, I’ll be sure to criticize him for that in person.
Myka: I think that would be a great idea. *straightens his tie* Anyway, we better get to the airport. I’ll drive so Leonard can go over your talking points with you in the car.

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