Vincent stared at the wall of the elevator for a few minutes.
“Recruit?”
“Bwuh?”
“Are you okay?”
“Oh, yeah, I’m fine. Just taking a moment to recover from… a healthy workout.”
“You get laid?”
Fuck yes!
“It was a legitimate healthy workout. It just felt more like an ass-kicking.”
Vincent turned around to see Jones standing in the elevator door.
“I didn’t know you Agents used the elevator.”
“We usually don’t, but when five different young recruits come into my office saying there’s a guy acting weird in the elevator, we check it out.”
“… sorry. I guess I got my ass kicked harder than I thought.”
“What exactly kicked your ass?”
“Magnolia.”
Jones made one of several faces that meant he was deciding whether or not to misinterpret that.
“No, no! She’s a really good sparring partner!”
“That she is. Well, I’m not going to tell you to completely steer clear of her, but just be careful around her. She’s…”
A hot piece of ass? A damn good lay? Deliciously sexy?
“A loose cannon?”
“Well, more complex than that, but you get the idea.”
“Yessir. Now, is there anything important I should be doing?”
“You should probably ask your own department’s Agents about that.”
“I think I will.”
Twelve seconds later, and Vincent found himself hesitating to knock on a door again. He raised his hand to knock and the door opened, and Ryan stood there.
“Again, I don’t know why I even bother with knocking.”
“Well, I’m just headed to talk to some recruits. Stef’s in there if you need anything.”
“Thanks, sir. I’ll go talk to her.”
Vincent walked into the office and sat in one of the chairs across from the couch that seemed to be Stef’s personal headquarters. She was reasonably absorbed in some handheld game.
“Mornin’, Agent Stef.”
“Just Stef, plz.”
“Okay. Mornin’, Just Stef. Whatcha playing?”
“Blue Version.”
“Fun. Cheating at all?”
“Just made a minor hack so that I don’t need to trade to get all 150 of ’em.”
“That’s always useful. Anyway, I came in here because I was wondering if there was any work that needed to be done.”
“Nope.”
“Bugger. Have you ever played Four Swords?”
“Nope. That’s the Zelda for the GBA that was multiplayer, but really hard to actually get all the link cables and that many people with the game and stuff, right?”
“That’s the one. Let’s go kick some Wind Sorcerer ass.”