His Master’s Voice

…It’s me. Got a job for you. The one I mentioned the other night. This is strictly routine, right? The instructions will be in the usual place in the usual format. You know what to do. So do it. And the normal rules apply.

***BEEP***

Nice work. You should have the money by now.

***BEEP***

…right, this one is a bit different. I’d only trust you with this. So don’t f*** it up, right?

***BEEP***

I’m sorry, were my instructions not clear? Because that’s the only explanation I can think of for why the job isn’t done. Couldn’t be you getting cold feet, or making a mistake, because you know what the consequences would be for that, don’t you?

***BEEP***

Just get it done. I don’t want to repeat myself.

***BEEP***

You can’t stay out forever. You’ll be in when I tell you to be in.

***BEEP***

Saunders is missing. Any idea what happened? He was supposed to do the job. You know, the one you were supposed to do.

***BEEP***

It’s just a job like any other. I don’t see why you’re suddenly getting scruples. And we found Saunders. Was it you? I just want to know who I have to deal with. But maybe you’re not worried about that any more.

***BEEP***

Three more? Three more? Who do you think you are?

***BEEP***

Alright, maybe I was wrong asking you to do it. Maybe it was too much. But I’m a reasonable person, right? I’m known for it…oi! What the f*** is that racket? Well deal with it!…So maybe we can talk about this. Before it’s too late. I don’t want this to get any messier than it already has…F***! Sounds like a bull in a china shop out there!…Look, I know you’re angry. I see that now. So we should settle this before…yeah yeah hold your horses…we’ll talk soon, yeah? I got someone waiting to…oh. It’s you.

***YOU HAVE NO MORE MESSAGES***

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Writer of mainly spec-fic, I also play roleplaying games, particularly enjoying the shared storytelling.

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