Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Remember to Remember”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Xenophilia”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Remember to Remember” (MC MF MD)!

Judy can’t help but feel a little bit awkward–she knew showed up to the conference room unprepared, but she didn’t expect to have forgotten an entire previous meeting! Luckily, Lin is very understanding. He’s happy to explain to her how a little forgetfulness is perfectly natural. Here’s a taste:

Judy smiled widely, the over-bright smile of someone suddenly thrown into panic mode. “Um, where we left off, I…” She opened up her organizer. It was hopelessly disorganized. “Well, it’s just that I thought this was a preliminary planning meeting.” She flipped through the stacks of dog-eared paper, but saw nothing that reminded her of any previous meetings with Lin, planning or otherwise.

“Post-preliminary,” Lin corrected calmly. He didn’t seem surprised by her ‘blonde moment’, but he didn’t seem particularly upset, either; probably Lin’s world was a constant parade of people not quite as capable as he was and he just did his best to bring them all along. “You don’t remember our previous meeting?”

Judy stared at him for a long moment without saying anything, until she realized that she had just been sitting there staring at him for a long moment without saying anything. “Well,” she said, aware that it wasn’t a strong start to her statement. But she didn’t remember any previous one-on-one meetings with Lin. She didn’t even remember what they were planning. She surreptitiously pinched herself under the table, just to make sure that this wasn’t an anxiety dream that she didn’t realize she was having.

Nope. Real. “I, um…well, it’s sort of…I thought we…” Judy frantically tried to come up with a strategy for at least bluffing her way through the next few minutes until she could get up to speed, but she was uncomfortably aware that she had spent about thirty seconds staring at Lin like a deer in the headlights and a further forty-five seconds stammering like an idiot. It was safe to say her options for verbal maneuvering were limited at this point. “Sorry,” she said, feeling utterly humiliated. “I’m drawing a blank.”

Hope you enjoy it!

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