Before the Interview
Genre: fantasy (part of the Defenders of the Wall verse)
Before we start, this piece has a lot of abbreviations. Here’s what they mean:
S – someone with superhuman strength
P – someone with super powers
DD – Department of Defense
N – a normal person without super strength or powers
~Before the Interview~
By the time Edmund looked down, he had scratched a groove in the chair.
“Nervous?” the girl beside him asked.
The girl looked down at the chair’s new mark.
“Yes,” he admitted.
He stared at her, but she didn’t look like she was mocking him.
“I really want this job.”
“Are you S or P?”
“Neither. I’m just a normal person.”
The girl’s head tilted to one side.
“DD isn’t a great place for an N.”
“I know. But just because I don’t have super strength or super powers doesn’t mean I can’t protect my home.”
For the first time since the conversation started, the girl smiled.
“You’ll need to work extra hard just to keep up with the rest.”
“But you still want to work in DD.”
“Even if you end up as a bodyguard instead of a Fighter?”
Bodyguard? Where did that come from?
“I’m open to it. I know I’m not anyone’s first choice as a Fighter so I’m up for anything.”
“Great. You’re hired.”
He sputtered. “H- hired? What?”
“Did you just steal my candidate?” Lavi joined the conversation and great wall how long had he been standing there for?
“Yup,” the girl replied with a cheeky grin.
Lavi turned his attention to him. Edmund shot to his feet and tried not to trip over or embarrass himself or make Lavi hate him because he really didn’t want to get fired before he even got interviewed and that last part shouldn’t make sense but it did.
“You think you can keep her safe?” Lavi asked and pointed at the girl with his eyes.
“Well then. Edmund, this is my sister, Leora. Your job is to be her bodyguard for reasons you don’t need to know. You start work tomorrow. Any questions?”
“No, sir.” Not right now, but they would definitely pop up right after this.
“Good. Have a nice day.”
“You too, sir. Thank you, sir.”
It wasn’t the Fighter position he had hoped for, but this could work too.
~Next: Second Opinion~
Edmund also appears in Forced Relaxation.