The Proposal (part 27)

“Ayn?” Mearzt said groggily. “What time is it?” “Late.” “Are you okay?” Mearzt sounded alert now. “Someone was here, Mearzt. In the apartment. Without me knowing.” She explained how the light had been on. “Are you sure they’re gone?” Mearzt asked in a whisper. Ayn eyed Zoe, whose attention was still on the front door.

The Proposal (part 16)

Lettie looked up at her with unreadable blue eyes, and Ayn knew it would be better to be quiet and follow. They entered a sparsely furnished room where several men and women clustered together, talking quietly in groups. Ayn recognized many of them as being other Counsel members. At the far end of the room

The Proposal (part 15)

Ayn jogged to catch up. Lettie was small, but fast. “Where are we going?” she asked. “Father Gheraeld would like to meet you.” “Me? Why? I mean, won’t I meet him at the dinner? That’s what Dad said,” Ayn said. Lettie stopped in front of the door at the end of the hallway and turned

The Proposal (part 14)

There was a team of people inside the room. Two of them had already pulled her dad’s jacket from his shoulders, when he said, “Surely she can stay with me.” Lettie held a hand up and said, “You’ve not much time, Professor Hyarzden. Your daughter will be waiting at the table for you. We’ll see

The Proposal (part 13)

Lettie led them past a room where finely dressed men and women talked in groups, their voices blending into a blur of noise that ebbed and flowed with laughter and loud voices. Several people stopped to look at them, but Lettie ignored all of them, leading them to a door guarded by two men in

The Proposal (part 6)

“Not sure, exactly,” Mearzt whispered. “Only, Nev heard a rumor that Father Gheraeld’s cabinet has been in secret talks with them.” Relief and disappointment rushed through Ayn in a rush of breath. Mearzt’s older brother, Nev, was always talking about some conspiracy or another to do with Father Gheraeld’s cabinet. Still, Ayn didn’t much like

The Proposal (part 5)

She’d talked with her best friend while walking home from school that day. After she and Mearzt had gotten caught up on all that had happened since they’d last spoken, Mearzt’s voice had lowered to a whisper. “Has your dad said anything about the Terrestrials?” Ayn stopped walking, her heart speeding up in her chest,