100-Word Challenge, Day 273


“Briefly. Hitaratsu’s security recovered quicker than we expected, so an evacuation was required before a complete search could be made.” He flinched at the signs of anger on Haden’s face. “We have posted men at all know exits and are working on an infiltration plan.”

Haden seethed in his seat. “And where is Hector now?”

“I don’t know, sir.” The messenger slowly backed toward the door.

“Stop,” commanded Haden. “I have no intention of spilling your blood on my floor.” The messenger froze in place and his face grew instantly pale. “I am not one to simply kill the messenger.”

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