Watching Distractions

Glowering was what she did best
Wednesday has come around again and I’m happy to present this week’s flash fiction.

“Damen.” I was aware of the voice demanding my attention. Aware and ignoring as I watched the shape forming at the scanner’s limits. Fingers clamped on my shoulder and spun me to stare instead at a glowering Zoe, her face a brilliant red. “Did you hear anything I said?”

I blinked. “No.”

Her dropped at my blatant dismissal and snickers sounded about the room. Zoe turned toward the noise, losing her grip. Contorting my face, I rubbed the flesh while she wasn’t looking. The laughter doubled as I turned back to the screen.

Waiting the few moments until the laughter died, I waved my hand dismissively. “I’m sure I’ll about my flaws at review tomorrow, in the meantime I’m busy monitoring.”

I made a mental note to pull up the video later and watch her reaction. Whatever gem I’m encouraged that time, I knew her anger was tempered by glancing at my screen when she didn’t say anything else.

That and the sudden collective release of breath in the room. “How did you manage that?” the new tech to my left inquired.

“Glowering is what she does best.” I shrugged. “As a result, she does it frequently. You’ll get used to it too.” I turned back to the screen. Form had resolved into an approaching ship. One that didn’t match the any of the latest designs command had transmitted this week.

What was that thing?

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