We have finally sorted out our international paperwork involving a truly dizzying array of stamps, seals, ribbons, and signatures. The final result is the most official-looking document any of us has ever handled, and now, it looks like we will finally be able to spend money. So of course things are now moving full steam ahead. Victory!
But that’s not the only piece of news we have to report this week – it is with delight that we announce we have decided on an artist for Balance of Powers – and it’s Anton Bogaty, the widely beloved illustrator who worked with us on Perplex City! It’s like old times all over the place around here.
We are also plugging away at other, more secret stuff with renewed inertia now the holidays are over. No promises, but fingers crossed by our next update we’ll have something exciting to announce…
And since we left you hanging over the holidays, we thought we’d share another little piece with you. Until next time!
There are two people sitting at the far table in the Cafe des Anglais, a man and a woman, both of them in their sixties, both dressed well but not obtrusively. Husband and wife? No, the body language is not quite right; they are neither at ease with each other nor obviously hostile. Brother and sister? Perhaps that, although he is fair-haired and pale and she is dark-haired and tan. Old friends, maybe, but they do not laugh. Colleagues.
"Do you know what they have?" he asks.
"The Prussians? Better question: do *they* know what they have?" she smiles, stirs her tea. Her voice is crisp, amused, cut-glass English.
"We're all looking for answers here. There's no need to pretend to be stupid." His accent is very faintly foreign, but hard to place. His face is perfectly impassive.
She meets his gaze, then drops her eyes. First hint of nerves. "It's evidence. Of whatever's going on out at sea and…"
"And the last time it happened. And what happened afterwards," she speaks a little too quickly, as if glad to be rid of the words.
"Ahh. Yes, then we certainly do have to get it."
Her hand shakes a little, stirring her tea.
"Send Hausmann," he says at last, "he likes a little challenge."
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