Hitting the Target

on October 6, 2013 in Misc

For the remainder of 2013, my posts will be from Layla Daltry’s perspective. She’s the hero of The Compass Master, a daring antiquities hunter, and while on the trail of a rare, precious artifact is living undercover in Denver as Helena Soister. Here are the latest details of her mission…

It was a good day.  Sunny and warm with most of the city again distracted by a Broncos’ game.  I could hear happy shouts through open windows whenever the team scored.

The scarcity of people out in the open meant I was free to work on my target practice.  So I went up to my condo building’s rooftop terrace while carrying a silent weapon: my slingshot.

It’s a humble weapon, very Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer and not very Twenty-First Century, but one never knows what skills might come in handy.  I fired the small steel balls at the air conditioning units (covered and padded for the coming winter).  Their impacts were so hard they bounced and rolled off to the opposite edge of the roof.  Never mind that I have a jar full of them:  I climbed over the terrace fence and retrieved them. Better to retrieve and reuse than reorder.  Still, I couldn’t resist seeing how far my trusty little weapon might shoot, and sure enough it sent balls past the farthest edge of the building and onto a neighbor’s roof.

Next up was an important errand to run:  I needed cat food and kitty litter.  But on the way to the store in the cheap little red car Helena drives (I so miss my Jeep and my Dublin penthouse), I couldn’t resist a moment of luxury:  I stopped at the mall and went into Neiman Marcus.

My cover can never shop in such a place and doesn’t much care.  But I care.  With her limited income I restricted myself to a sales rack and found a summer sweater marked down from $100 to $34.  The label on it was practically a short story, full of BS but I still loved it:

SOFT JOIE combines supple fabric blends, softened hues and refined, feminine silhouettes creating a range of effortless staples.

Lavish cotton and jerseys draped organically from the body allow comfort and ease.

Whether it’s just your everyday t-shirt or a layered beach look , SOFT JOIE emphasizes casual elegance and is most worthy of your cool, care-free lifestyle.

At last!  An item of clothing that is “most worthy” of me!  So I bought it.

And in the final two seconds of the game, the Broncos scored a field goal against the Cowboys and won.  That was an ending worthy of a thriller.

10 Responses to “Hitting the Target”

  1. Any day the Cowboys lose is a good day!
    A wham-O slingshot. Was there anything they didn’t make? That would be cool to try though.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – That Wham-O box says the slingshot can use arrows too, so now I want to find that type.

  3. I think Layla should have been involved in the game more. Like at the stadium thwarting a terrorist attack, and in so doing, ended up in disguise as one of the cheerleaders. Then after saving the day, one of the cowboys hit on her, and she took him home for a single night to give him a taste of Layla, and then kicked him to the curb.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael – Wow, obviously I was sticking too close to reality. Maybe next week I’ll try something fictional and outrageous.

    On the other hand, Layla is a romantic and classy and wouldn’t kick a guy to the curb after having her way with him. And technically, she couldn’t have taken the Cowboy home ’cause the game was in Dallas.

  5. In Texas, we think summer sweater is an oxymoron :)

    And while I may be a Texan, I am not a Cowboys fan. Go Broncos!

    I am finally nearing the end of Compass Master, and all I want to do is read!

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – Thank you SO MUCH for reading The Compass Master! And yay, Broncos over Cowboys!

  7. Old Kitty says:

    Oh Layla – you know a bargain when you see one! Good for you – and on your way to get some kitty litter and food too!! Yay!

    Take care

  8. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Sometimes I wonder if our cats know how much we take care of them. Silly things.

  9. An article of clothing “most worthy” of you — I like it.

  10. Helena says:

    Milo – Yes, I deserve only worthy clothes! Isn’t it funny how marketing people try to appeal to the snob in us?