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A tense negotiation (Friday Fictioneers)

December 1, 2022

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The setting sun through the window tries to yank my attention from the man opposite me. Part of me wants to look away from his intense gaze. I can’t let my guard down. Not even for a moment.

“You have it?”

I did. I’d also spotted the goons he’d scattered throughout the restaurant and the disrupting weapon holstered under his arm.

“Not with me. I need to know you have what I want first.”

The man bared his needle-like teeth. Movement from the back room caught my eye and frightened eyes begged for help.

I nodded. “Let’s go,” I said.

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  1. I’m sure she hasn’t walked into the lion’s den without preparation and backup. All will be well. Won’t it?

  2. Great set up, I hope she gets out of there with them! Bought my Kindle copy of Boss From Hell – added to my TBR list. Looking forward to it 🙂

  3. And then the disruptor went off. A dramatic story, Laurie.

  4. CGraith permalink

    Quite an intense scene! If it were first pages of a novel I would want to turn the page.

  5. Wow, great set up I want to know more! 🙂

  6. Dear Laura,

    Don’t know what the negotiation was about but the tension in this is tangible. Well done.



  7. I concur with everyone else, the tension is tangible. She seems very capable as well and knows what she’s doing. Great beginning to a much longer story!

  8. Tense, great descriptions and with the frightened eyes you win our compassion immediately. Very effective!

  9. I like to think the negotiation includes those frightened eyes… And that she is prepared for whatever shenanigans might happen!

  10. She likes to live dangerously doesn’t she. She exudes confidence so I feel the trade will be successful and the hostage will live 🙂

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