The original idea-flash for this vignette came in the form of a comic-book storyboard with no speech balloons -- no words at all except the message on the answering machine and the date on the newspaper, something very like the silent "The Phoenix and the Carpet" interlude in the back of that issue of Classic X-Men -- you know the one, right? ;-) But I don't have the drawing skills to execute that vision, so I wrestled the inspiration into prose instead.
The piece includes my best use of Miklos to date. Re-reading it, I felt I should try to do more with his character.
|•||Title:||"By Expectation Beguiled"|
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L on July 28, 2006|
|•||Summary:||A shift at the Raven hinges on personal intangibles that have nothing to do with work.|
|•||Characters:||Janette, Alma, Brianna, Miklos, Nick, Other|
|•||Quotation:||"At first, she looked up each time the door opened. But Janette soon shook her head and settled down to her paperwork. ... This was one of the nights when she felt how very good she was at what she did, and how much it was worth the doing."|