“Got a coffee pot?”
“Yeah, under the sink. There might even be coffee in the freezer, but don’t bet on it. I’ll be back in just a second.”
Armelle disappeared into the living room and thumped up the stairs. Vančura listened to her footsteps for a moment, then started opening drawers. He found a dish towel in one, shook it out, and started sweeping dust off the counters. Eddie climbed onto a stool at the bar and watched curiously.
“Cleaning. Find that coffee pot, will you? And check the freezer for the coffee.”
Eddie frowned and glanced from the sink cabinet to the refrigerator.
“Y’want coffee that bad?”
“What do you mean?”
“S’awful lot of work.”
The dish towel stopped flicking back and forth as Vančura raised an eyebrow. Eddie stared back at him, his bland expression unchanging. Vančura shook his head and went back to wiping down the counter.
“Get the coffee, Eddie.”
Eddie thought about that. On the one hand, getting the coffee and the pot was too much effort. On the other hand… he frowned… Vančura was a lot bigger than he was. He got up and sauntered over to the freezer.
He’d just found a half empty can of dark roast when Armelle came back down the stairs, carrying a filing box packed with paper.
“What’s with the cleaning spree?”
“Call it an exercise in trying new and exciting things. What’s in the box?”
She thumped it down on the bar and stared down at the mass of papers.
“The reason I broke you of that time loop and brought you here. This is all the math on the STAd and what it can do.”
End Chapter 12 – Part 2
Go to Chapter 12 – Part 3
Did you enjoy this installment? What do you think is going to happen next? (I’m not entirely sure, either, so your comments could easily affect the direction this story takes!)
Want 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
Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven