Update: Hope everyone's enjoying the Challenge so far! I'm having a blast. A few commenters have pointed out that my posts so far are a bit on the grim side. Don't worry, they won't all be like that! It's not my intention to depress anyone. I should also mention that I've had some circumstances come up that mean I may not be able to get to so many blogs over the next few days, although I'll try my best. It's exciting stuff, though, so it's all good!
Randolph Dontible was discussing his daughter, Ezmerelda, with his wife, Marabel.
“I wish she would just buckle down a bit more,” he said. “She worries me.”
“She’s headstrong,” said Marabel, sipping her synthetic wine. “Nothing wrong with that. And she’ll go far – look at all these extra credits she’s getting for her school work. She’s practically a genius.”
“I know. I’m… proud,” he relented, “but these sorts of questions can get you in trouble. She’s always asking about my work.”
“Was,” his wife corrected. “She gave up when you never answered.”
“Because it’s confidential! Even with family members. And now I’m worried she’s going to try digging around. We need to keep a much tighter rein on that girl.”