100-Word Challenge, Day 080

Aldric noted the account and whistled when he saw the fees. They were exorbitant and the daily retainer was a bit more than usual, but he punched in the codes on his data screen and the payment was made. Questioning the pricing was forbidden and a sure way to lose their services. Perhaps he would be able to live without them someday, but that time had not come yet. “The first payment is sent and the retainer is scheduled. When can I expect results?”

The line was silent for a minute before he received an answer. “Two weeks for the first report, but the results are not guaranteed until week six,” said the scrambled voice.

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