Taken from pages 208-209 of MELT:
Kyza removed her hat and sat primly in the plastic lawn chair provided. Kyza couldn’t recall the last time she had talked to one of these nuns. It was an experience she avoided, because these were some mean Sisters. Efficient, but also mean. Today’s Sister Dispatcher was Evelyn Primrose, who wore her glossy brown hair in a tight bun at the back of her head. Evelyn’s scarlet lipstick matched the polish on her pointy fingernails. She turned down the gospel music on her radio as her client took a seat.
Sister Dispatcher asked: “What can I do for you today, Miz uh…”
“Ashtara. Kyza Ashtara,” Kyza answered, clearing her throat.
“And you are…?” Sister Dispatcher prompted, propping her elbows on the desk and making a steeple of her red fingertips.
“Head Witch of the Shotgun Brides MC, in Seattle,” Kyza told her evenly, crossing her legs and settling back in the chair. “My Guide is Lady Inari Ki– ”
“You think name-dropping will help you here?” snapped the angry Sister Dispatcher known as Evelyn Primrose.
“Can’t hurt,” Kyza said, stretching her neck and working the kinks out of her shoulders.
“What do you want?” the Sister asked.
“I need a Babysitter,” Kyza told her.
“We need someone to help out with the kids and cooking and laundry while I go on a retrieval mission,” Kyza answered. “Shiver’s laid up. Ruby’s losing her mind.”
“And this Shiver and Ruby are members of your clan, coven, tribe, club or troupe?” Sister Dispatcher asked.
“All of the above,” Kyza answered.
“Okay, what’s your offer?” Sister Dispatcher inquired snidely. Kyza handed her a small square of paper with a number on it. The Sister read the paper and then crumpled and ate it. She swallowed before saying with a chuckle: “Miz Ashtara, we make sure our Operatives are well-compensated. That’s why they trust us to handle their business. I’m sorry none of our Operatives are within your budget. Good day.”
There’s more, of course. But I’m leaving it at that, with a hearty reminder to always show respect to the people who do things for you. Society would cease to function without babysitters, housekeepers, truck drivers and food service personnel. Happy holidays, y’all. 😉
– Kendra, 12/25/17