NaNo Excerpt Blog Chain 2013: Week One

NaNo Excerpt Blog Chain 2013: Week One

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Week One Excerpts

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Jonathon Kincaid slouched back in the uncomfortable plastic chair in the waiting room and rubbed at the headache forming behind his eyes. On the other end of the cell phone call, his older brother sighed, and tried to reassure him.

“I told you, it’s not a big deal,” William said.

“Yes, but you haven’t explained is why, if it isn’t important, you’re sending me here.”

“I didn’t say it wasn’t important, I said it wasn’t a big deal.”

“Now you sound like Lorne.”

“Shut up.”

It was a sore spot, Jonathon knew, but one he couldn’t seem to stay away from. “Then stop dissembling and just tell me why I’m here.”

There was a pause, and Jonathon could picture William grinding his teeth together, and then he began again. “That’s the clinic they were taking you to.”

“That much I already knew. It’s also why I’m not happy about being back.” He was dissembling a little himself, with that, but William wouldn’t catch it.

“We think maybe they were using you.”

“For what?”

“I don’t know. But Craig thinks there’s something he wanted to know, and he figured you’d pick up on it.” He had the decency to sound sheepish at that last bit, not that it helped the pressure of Jonathon’s headache.

“Pick up on it? Are you kidding me?”

“Hey, not our plan, remember? But you have to admit, your receiver’s kinda on all the time.”

He wanted to disagree, he really wanted to disagree, but William was right. It had been over a year since whatever it was that had triggered the change in them all, and Jonathon still couldn’t stop himself from picking up stray thoughts. Even now, talking on the phone with William, he was aware that the receptionist giving a patient the date for their CAT scan, and that someone in one of the waiting rooms was convinced they had a brain tumour. Behind them, there was the static that never seemed to go away, but as long as he wasn’t trying to understand the meanings it would stay as annoying and headache inducing white noise.

“Anyway, since this is really the only lead we have on him, we decided to—”

“Send me back here to spy on them after all. Lovely.”

“Well, yeah, but this time for the side of good and all.” William didn’t sound like he was being sarcastic. “We need something, Jon. It’s been a month and we haven’t heard from him. He’s not going to wait long.”

“You spoiled whatever it was he was doing,” Jonathon pointed out, still bitter he hadn’t been able to assist in that. “He’s had to come up with a new plan.”

“And it never takes him long.”

As much as he didn’t want to admit it, William was right. Lorne was many things, but slow was not among them. It wouldn’t take their younger brother long to regroup.

“Look, it’s a stretch, we all know it, but we have to try something. Besides…” his voice trailed off into concern Jonathon was getting used to hearing, “it might not be bad for you to go back for a check up. They put you out for a week.”

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