Prompt: Maria likes to read
Maria enjoys reading in her spare time and Natasha has gotten used to finding the odd book stuffed in her go bag just incase there’s some down time. It’s how Natasha finds herself reading Othello on her way back from a mission when her phone rings.
“So I’m sitting here trying to read chapter twelve in my Alexander McCall Smith book…..” says Maria over the phone. Natasha doesn’t recall the book off hand, but Maria’s tone says she’s missing something.
“Okay, wait… trying?”
“Yeah it looks like everything past page 237 seems to be stuck together and stained. A rusty and reddish stain? Like it was used to apply pressure to a wound?”
Oh….that. She’d meant to torch that book. Maria loves her books and that new book smell.
“Um… you don’t say?” It didn’t look like she’d be able to talk her way out of this one. There hadn’t been anything else to use! Except maybe her pack. But that was her lucky pack….
This would not end well…