Twicebound: Chapter 10 – part 1

Header10-1Eddie tried to ignore the others as he ate, but that didn’t keep bits and pieces of their conversation from slipping through.  What he did hear, he filed away in his memory without thinking about it too hard.  He’d sort through it all later and see if any of it made sense.

What he did notice was that Armelle and the waitress weren’t happy that Vančura had seen through their charade.  The waitress was mad at Armelle and Armelle was mad at Vančura.  Actually, she was mad at Vančura, Eddie, the waitress, and just about everybody else.  From where Eddie was sitting, though, it looked like most of it was pointed at Vančura.

As far as he was concerned, that was a natural state of affairs.  The big man was pretty easy to get mad at.  Since the he didn’t seem to mind, either, it all worked out.  People got angry with Vančura, instead of Eddie, and since Vančura patently didn’t care, they usually deflated pretty quickly.  The thought ran through Eddie’s mind that he should stick close to Vančura; a guy like that was a handy guy to have around.  Unfortunately, the idea gave way to thoughts of ham and hash-browns before it fully formed.

Vančura cleared his plate efficiently, then set his fork down and turned his attention back to Armelle.  The waitress had moved off, for the moment, tending to new customers.

“You’re amateurs.  At covert operations, anyway.”

She scowled at him and shoved a bite in her mouth.

“What makes you think that?”

He raised an eyebrow disapprovingly before answering.

“Don’t talk with your mouth full.  And because a good operative won’t carry a weapon if it compromises her cover.  Being armed doesn’t do you any good if you get killed because you’re armed.  The boot-knife isn’t a problem; I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t been looking for it.  Even if I had, I might have assumed working here just makes her nervous.  But hiding a pistol is a lot harder than they make it look in the movies and there was no way she just carries one for her peace of mind.”

Armelle stared at him, half shocked, half disgusted.  He eyed her, questioningly.

“What?  You didn’t honestly think you could fool someone who was actually paying attention, did you?”

She shook her head and swallowed.

“Did you… seriously… just tell me not to talk with my mouth full?

Vančura blinked at her for a second.

“Of course.  You didn’t bother to finish your bite before answering, which means you disregarded an opportunity to think about a reply that would affect your cover story.”

He flipped a roll off the plate in the middle of the table and took a bite out of it.  Raising a finger to forestall her indignant response, he slowly finished the roll.  Then, he glanced at her.

“Hence… amateur.”

End Chapter  10 – Part 1

Go to Chapter 10 – Part 2

Good morning, readers!  As you can see, I’ve changed up the format of the weekly installment of ‘Twicebound’.  I’ve been working on that for a while (in conjunction with improving the rest of the site) and part of that change is the new chapter header.  This chapter header art is the first of the improvements that you’ll be seeing on the website.  It was created specifically for ‘Twicebound’ by Kelley McMorris.  After so many weeks of not having any artwork to draw the eye to this serial, I decided to commission some and settled on Ms. McMorris.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled with her work.

Would you like to read the previous installments of ‘Twicebound’? They’re right here!
Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four,
Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine; Part 1 Chapter Nine: Part 2 Chapter Nine: Part 3

39 thoughts on “Twicebound: Chapter 10 – part 1

  1. T.O.B.T

    I really like the heading, the part wasn’t too bad either 😀

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist ;P

    • Har, har. XD

      At least you tried. Right?

      • T.O.B.T

        For the purpose of this conversation we’ll say ‘yes’. 😛

  2. Brilliant installment and the artwork certainly draws the eye!! 😀

    • This installment turned out to be pretty interesting! I’m not sure what’s going on here…. XD

      And the artwork is a perfect fit, I think.

      • The artwork really makes the heading pop! 🙂

        • Indeed, it does. I’m really pleased with it. And it looks really good on Twitter, too. 🙂

          • I think having some really good artwork to go hand in hand with your work is a real bonus as it makes you and your work really stand out!! 🙂

          • Exactly! The visual component really does help catch the readers eye.

            I even did a blog post on the results of the new art this morning.

          • I read your morning article on artwork and novels. It was very insightful!! 🙂

          • Happy to hear that! I was afraid it would seem… narrow in scope?

          • 🙂 You always write interesting posts and is never boring, or narrow in scope!!

          • That’s an massively encouraging start to my day, then. 😀

          • You’re welcome ;D

  3. That ham and hash-browns, gets your attention every time. 😉
    Me likey the new art, btw.

    • It certainly gets mine. 😀

      Awesome, isn’t it? The novel’s been needing some for a while now.

      • If only novels had hologram things in them so we could reach in and take out mentioned food to sample. Now that’s an invention worthy of a Nobel Peace prize! 😀

        • *chuckle* That’d be pretty darn cool. But they’d have to also include an exercise system… XD

          • Haha! Well, that’s easy; they can just ride a stationary bike while they read. 😉 I may or may not do that frequently… Hey, it’s a time saver! If I excerise while I read then I get 2 things done at once.

          • Hahaha. Now that’s pretty clever. XD (my preferred forms of exercise require my hands, unfortunately, so I can’t read while doing it)

          • Bummer D: What are your fave forms of exercise?

          • Entry level parkour or sailing. Depending on the wind. 😀

          • Whoa, parkour would be awesome! I do like sailing, but get sea sick. Would that be a problem?
            Oh oh! The ninja bananas have retuuurned in my latest chapter! Heheheheeee!

          • It really is. (and you’re the first person I’ve met who even knows what it is) XD. As for the sailing, it’s no problem, as long as it’s doesn’t become MY problem. XD (as boat-master, that is). Anyway, I think it’s usually a temporary thing. 😉

            I knew I was going to regret that. Do they have little banana-dicer swords?

          • I guess parkour isn’t talked about much.
            LOL, it would SO become your problem! XD
            Mwuahahaaa, you shall regret it forevermore! They are like swarming bees and collect shiny objects to make huge nests. 😀 Banana-dicer swords…heeheehee, you’re giving me more ideas! ;P

          • Not enough to suit me, anyway. XD Where’d you learn about it, if I may ask? Then you’re denied access to my boat, madame! XD XD

            Oh, I’m regretting it right now! XD I seem to keep doing that, don’t I? I should really stop…

          • There was a brief talk about it on some news station 2 years ago. I couldn’t remember the name of it, but they showed people practicing on obstacle courses and stuff. It looked fun! Sadly I have weak wrists, so I would fall on my face if I tried, hehe. 😛
            LOL, I am coming aboard anyway!

          • Hey, you never know what you can do. 😉 And it IS fun, but the best part is being able to get up the nerve to do something as challenging as a precision jump to a 2 inch wide railing from 4 feet away. 😀

            *sigh* I’ll get the mop… XD

          • 2 inch…2 inch…? *mind blown*
            LOL, that would be quite the mess to mop up. ;D

          • It’s not as hard as it looks. 😉 Getting over the mental block is the hard part. The rest is just practice.

            Yup. *hands you the mop* XD

          • Would 2 inches over a steep waterfall make a difference? 😉 hehehe.

          • That would fall under the category of ‘severe psychological obstacle” XD XD

          • But it’s almost the same thing, right? 😉 Pretend it’s a field of flowers.

          • *dies laughing* Not quite… It’s not the fall that kills you… it’s the sharp rocks 50 ft down the waterfall. XD

          • Nah, they’re blades of grass, gently waiting for you to fall and scatter upon them. ^_^

          • Well, now that you mention it, I HAVE seen grass sharp enough to be as dangerous as rocks. XD

          • Whaaa, really? Was it genetically altered grass?

          • Nope. Just very sharp. XD That and the thorn vines that grow up here.

          • Sounds like a fun place! 😀

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