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Kith and Kin 4
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This is in response to aldersprig's extra prompt for signal boosting and follows on from Kith and Kin 3.

“I’d suggest,” said Andrew smiling slowly as he looked around the room at the assembled family members, “that the people responsible for the Wolf Pack program are now very interested in our girl. It was suggested to me the other day that if she apologised and worked hard, then we might be able to get Tobia a position within the Agency. I don’t imagine that will be necessary.”

“Andrew!” That was his wife and Antonia looked just as indignant.

“Greta, darling,” he sighed and then went steely. “Wolf Pack always gets placed on graduation. Always. At the moment I imagine they’re debating which of the more active field streams she’ll be going into. Especially since she’s demonstrated that under the right circumstances she will kill her own parents to preserve operational security.” He paused for effect and then added, “You didn’t imagine that you’d send her off to a boarding school that trains up espionage agents and she’d remain exactly the same person or that your influence over her would remain the same person, did you?”

“She should still be guided by us!” Greta was just as steely back.

“And because she loves you and cares what you think, what you’re doing now is breaking her. You need to stop. She can either learn and apply the lessons you sent her to the school to be taught or she can be the ‘good’ girl you’re telling her you want,” he answered gently. “The ground rules you’ve set mean that she can’t be both.”

“I didn’t have any such problems and neither did any of our children!” Something hurtful hovered on her tongue but Greta didn’t let it out.

“Because I kept Justin out of Wolf Pack,” was her husband’s mild rejoinder. “None of you were being taught not to trust your authority figures, a lesson Charles and Antonia inadvertently reinforced.”

Charles swore.



This is now followed by Kith and Kin 5.

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“Because I kept Justin out of Wolf Pack,” was her husband’s mild rejoinder. “None of you were being taught not to trust your authority figures, a lesson Charles and Antonia inadvertently reinforced.”

Charles swore.
Oh all gods of parenthood, yes.

Yup. Really not winning any parenting awards, there. At least they weren't the ones asking for apologies.

(And the whole "we can still find her a career" bit is so incredibly condescending after the win she and Wolf Pack pulled off.)


Edited at 2014-12-26 04:02 am (UTC)

*shuffles toes* Her mum sort of was part of behind it. There were a number of cooks to this mess.

Grandpa Andrew may accidentally establish himself as a trustworthy authority figure for Tobia in this process. (And I've been wondering if his plush incarcerated retirement is typical for agents who came up through Wolf Pack and survive to retire. They're not going to be well-tuned for civil society, assuming such a thing exists in the culture that hosts this school.)

I had already decided that there was more to his situation than meets the eye. :)

I look forward to reading about it!

Did there ever turn out to be mre of this?

I may have to go looking to see if I started writing something I didn't post....

I found 869 words that I wrote for you.

Also a not safe for work thing completely unrelated anything else

Also a not safe for work thing completely unrelated anything else

Also a not safe for work thing completely unrelated anything else

Double, double, toil and treble

Look upthread
And then again


Three copies - I blame trying to answer comments from a phone.

Meep meep meep meep mep

*cough* What I meant is... Wow. Wow, I'm just more and more and more intrigued.

Sooo *innocent looks* would you be interested in a fix exchange?

Well, things you've been interested in lately include:
Criminal Minds/Penny xover
Rock & a Hard Place (The strong angry captive & the princess)
Doug

I could easily do 500 or 1000 words on any or all of those

Oooh, Oooh, Oooh! All the tasty carrots...

And these (if I'm understanding things right) are parents who went to this school. What does this say about the four other houses at the school if they're missing that Wolf Pack isn't simply a dumping ground for trouble makers and the not-good-enough?

Quite enjoying these.

Self absorbed? Perfectly happy with the received wisdom of older students? Out of sight, out of mind?

• which of the more active field stream she’ll be going into
→ streams

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