Swamped Chapter 59 Page 10

“Why is Burgundy in charge, anyhow?” you ask. You’ve heard answers on this already, but as this is a particular sore spot with him, it might get him a little less cautious.

“Beats me. It’s nuts, though. What was the point of demoting her if she’s allowed to run the base?”

“Why’d she get demoted in the first place?”

He shrugs.

“Don’t know, don’t care. I just hoped it’d get her off our backs. But it didn’t. Figures, can’t have anything good last around here.”

He seems rather ill-informed.

“So, what, you think they’ll just leave Burgundy in charge?”

“I dunno. Who the hell knows how officers think. I don’t even get what Ash is thinking half the time he…”

There’s a sudden pause.

“…he chews us out,” he concludes quickly. “Which he’s always doin’ for one thing or another.”

So there is something up between Squib Squad and Ash. Something they aren’t supposed to talk about.

“I’m a little confused. Why’s Burgundy such a problem if Ash is the one lecturing you?”

“Sometimes she thinks Ash is goin’ easy on us,” he says, sounding annoyed. “So she gives us even more work to do.”

“Sounds rough. Gotta wonder, though. If they pick someone else to be in charge, who’s it going to be?”

“I’d say anyone would be better,” he grumbles. “Except, well, they might pick Ash. Ugh, he’d work us so damn hard if that happened. Not sure who’d be worse, him or Greenwoods.”

“What’s wrong with Greenwoods?”

“She’s a teacher,” he says, as though that’s adequate explanation. Says a lot about what sort of person you’re dealing with.

It seems that if you’re going to hear a case for Ash, you’re not getting it from this group. If this fellow is any indication, they don’t like anyone telling them what to do.

Probably including Squib.

But it’s also clear that they are working for Ash, on things that he doesn’t want them blabbing about. Considering how easily he let that much slip, they must not be used to small talk, at least not outside their group.

Maybe that’s enough for you, and you’re done here. Or maybe you can push him a little harder and get some juicy details.

What’s the plan?

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Tom Sixth don’t push, he glides.

Why does Squib answer to Ash anyway? Does he have something on him?