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The Garret Farm: Part 11 by J Ray Lamb
Jason, Trent, and Garret were seated around the dining room that also doubled as a conference table. Colin had put together a meat and cheese tray which took pride of place in the middle of the table. Two coffee pots sat on either side with cream and sugar there as well.
The intern candidate was supposed to arrive at 3pm but didn’t roll into the up until almost 3:30.
As the doorbell rang, Colin went to get the door and Garret just muttered, “So much for first impressions.” causing Jason and Trent to laugh.
An Unholy Alliance #22 (6.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes
By all the gods, how had they managed to find me? I had to assume more than sheer coincidence was causing our paths to cross once more. I wasn’t so naïve to believe that if I’d remained where I was—in the shelter of Isabella’s garden—they would have simply gone along their merry way and made no attempt to invade Isabella’s peaceful paradise in a foolhardy pursuit of someone whose very nature they were clueless about. No, there was some agenda at play here. Whatever it was, I intended to take care of these fools, once and for all. But I would do it outside of Isabella’s knowledge and immediate vicinity. I would apologize profusely for my rude and hasty exit later, but her safety was what was paramount right now. That and finding out what they were up to.
The resistance against the isolationist policy was fierce. I would never be that convincing but Garjah spoke after my nausea-inducing revelation, and reassured everyone that would be a good thing. I’d had to explain what my mother did, which lead to me sharing stories about other first contacts I knew with alien races.
Not all had gone smoothly. I hadn’t paid that much attention, beyond the impact to the planets and the ways entry into the Galactic could impact the flora and fauna. Most cultures were advanced and space going prior to their exposure and entry into the wider culture