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  1. “Buenos días, Infanta.” CJ panted the words. Not accustomed to Mexico City’s over 7,000 feet elevation, his pre-dawn jog had again left him gulping air. It was worse than his first strenuous activity in Vail had been years before. “Buen día, Señor CJ.” Having traded good mornings with Liebe’s nanny, he held the door for her, and they rode the elevator together. Infanta Romero, mother to half a dozen children, was found for him and Owen by Felicia Barrosa. With only a young gi
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  2. The week in Chicago had passed all too quickly, and although I’d seen and done everything I’d intended to see and do, I couldn’t help but feel I’d barely scratched the surface. The trip home was my third time driving the Tesla more than its range on a single charge – and with unusually high temperatures and humidity. I didn’t even attempt to maximize my range by driving without air conditioning. I drove home on Thursday in order to avoid the worst of the holiday traffic; I also saved paying the
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  3. Wednesday morning, Stephen drove me to the airport. The commuter plane left on time. Arriving, I took a cab to the lawyer’s office. I was early, so I stopped at a cafe for a cup of coffee. I had an orange juice with a bagel instead. My appointment was at 10:30 am. I took my time at the cafe. At 10:15, I entered the office and told the receptionist my name, and I had an appointment with Mr. Morris. I gave her my card. I waited 25 minutes before the receptionist said Mr. Morris would see me n
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  4. After a restless night thinking about Matthew, I was woken by the rain pelting the window at the side of my bed. I sat up to peep between the blinds at the waterlogged backyard, then glanced at my clock. It was eight-thirty. On a typical weekday at that time, I would already be in my classroom standing for the national anthem, but the spring break provided a welcome respite from the rigours of school life and a well-deserved rest. I had a few good reasons to feel proud. After a year plagued
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  5. Wow, we're being spoilt 3 chapters in one week.
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  6. Well, y'all spoiled me with the great reception you gave the story, so it's only fair I do a little spoiling myself.
    17 points
  7. Stephen sounds like an insecure man trying to aggrandize himself. He has no idea who he's dealing with!
    14 points
  8. Yep... I had originally planned on posting three consecutive days, but the reaction to the first couple of chapters was so great, I'm doing a fourth to thank readers. After tomorrow, we'll be on a regular Friday schedule.
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  9. I think we may even be getting one tomorrow as well! But then I suspect we'll be back to only Fridays.
    13 points
  10. Not a chance, he'll likely just be sneakier, or at least attempt to be, about what asshattery he gets up to.
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  11. You guys talking behind my back? LOL Where I to post twice a week for the duration, it could lead to a long interval between stories. I'm trying to avoid that happening again. Once the next one's ready to go, I may accelerate CDMX postings.
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  12. During these last few weeks, George had been going through a real living hell. With each day that passed, the pain and heartache were becoming even worse. Every bone in his body ached, painfully reminding him that he was still alive and suffering. He was painfully aware that he could never see Nathan again, his smile that somehow always knew how to cheer him up whenever he had been feeling down, his pretty face, and especially his bright, beautiful blue eyes that always saw the good in
    12 points
  13. "Do you reckon she had the baby and just hasn't told us?" "Are we ticking paranoia as day five's mystery symptom?" Ryan answers. "Fuck you." "Or anger?" "You're such a dick." "Suth a dith." Ryan mocks. "How is your tongue?" "You tell me." Jasper says then pokes his tongue out. "It's all swollen and gross." Ryan teases, as he steps in closer to look. "That's from all the dick I sucked in therapy." Jasper says, giving Ryan the finger.
    11 points
  14. I love the happy familiy and friends activities and how well they are adapting and working themselves into the community. Moving to a new country can be stressful. Owen and CJ are probably more into the local native life and developing friends/contacts than other embassy people. Speaking Spanish has to be a plus. Owen and CJ will benefit from this all and their sojurn in Mexico City will be more fulfilling and healthier. They come across as real and welcoming and worth being around. Infanta is a great find. Owen is adding his own diplomatic depth with the Australian Embassy contact and invitation. I bet Northman with be a constant minor bureaucratic pain in the ass. He doesn't like or value CJ. The Ambassador is on a different plane and wants her tenure to be successful and will rock boats. She is in favor of social contacts, turning around the US image with positive images and making a public impact. CJ ( and Owen) can help her. I wonder if CJ might eventually be transferred to a new position to better take advantage of his skills and growing contacts. BTW, I have never heard before that pozole stew first in Aztec (?) times had human body parts from human sacrifice ceremonies.Wow--I love eating it now with chicken . Thanks for adding a next chapter soon. Your story is very appealing and rightly popular.
    11 points
  15. You think he's smart enough? His comment about Georgetown makes me think he's jealous of CJ having attended a top tier institution. Maybe he went to Penn State and feels inadequate? (Carlos goes into temporary hiding...)
    11 points
  16. Had I made him a Scot and had him in a kilt you would've screamed. What a waste of red hair. I tried to balance his appearance by having him dress appropriately and groom his facial hair while making him thin and giving him acne scars. He's probably a hetero to boot.
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  17. But I like Brooks Brothers and Jos. A. Banks and he's a bearded ginger ... dumb ass's gonna give preppy gingers a bad name. Go Madame Ambassador. Good to see Linc again. Part of me wishes I wasn't cognizant that bad things await because I'm thoroughly enjoying the easy lead in and happy domesticity. More please.
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  18. He said it's 38 chapter's, maybe he'll post twice a week.
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  19. Stephen's is pissed off with CJ big time. CJ happened to know the Ambassador, who wants himto mingle with everyone and get to know Yevgeny. Only in town a short time and CJ has pissed off his boss. I think things are gonna get interesting in the embassy.
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  20. I am going to guess that as the ambassador Margaret Cox is well aware of how Stephen Northman acts and is perceived by others. Perhaps her walking into the office wasn’t such a coincidence as it was purposeful. If so, I like her style. Between that interaction and the response to the email message, she got her point across in a way that fully supports CJ and leaves no real wiggle room for Northman. I’m glad CJ has such an important person amongst his allies.
    10 points
  21. Cox seemed oblivious to Northman's antagonism toward CJ, but Simmone and Lincoln are both aware of the man's attitude. Maybe CJ can organize a mutiny? Alternatively, I've been reading about and watching specials on Maya human sacrifices. We could revive ancient traditions.
    10 points
  22. Do you think he'll relax after realizing his reaction to CJ's public activities was diametrically opposed to the big boss'?
    10 points
  23. Yeah having an Orange supporter as your boss must be a bit of a pain in the neck but then CJ has already got Madam Ambassador on side so I can't see Stephens being that much of a problem.
    10 points
  24. CJ will have to conciliate his supervisor at some point: he’s the man who can torpedo his career, no matter how enthusiastic the Ambassador may be. Nice to know there’s friendly help on the Russian front too. Great chapter!
    9 points
  25. Mmm - human sacrifice as a story twist, now that would be a leap in the dark for you and your many devoted followers. CJ (or Ozzie) would have to be majorly pissed off to go down that road methinks! Though I can see Simmone and/or Linc organising some sort of mutiny if Northman causes our boys any trouble!
    9 points
  26. I think CJ is going to have problems with Northman but they may not be as bad as they could have been before the Ambassador came into his office and told CJ that he had done a great job of being a diplomat at the party he and Owen attended over the weekend. I think that kind of made Northman mad but he can’t say anything against their boss or he’s going to be out of a job.
    9 points
  27. Oh definitely not but he won't be able to do or say anything that will get back to the Ambassador - he will be far more subtle I'm sure.
    9 points
  28. The fox stepped into a store, massive doors sliding open for him. He held his currency card in a pocket nervously, remembering his segal’s warning about being tracked. But Reinard had to know what was happening to his body. Even now his stomach was cramping, and there was only one cause he could think of. Thinking of it was not enough to know though, and the Faro passed a group of chatting Egaro nervously, reaching for a package. He could feel their eyes on him, travelling his body, wondering ex
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  29. “Osh, hungry.” Unable to climb her fathers’ tall bed, Liebe tugged at the sheet covering them. Owen grunted and burrowed his head further under the pillow. “Come over here, Munchkin.” CJ hitched himself into a sitting position. When the girl reached his side of the bed, he leaned over and picked her up. He carefully sniffed the air. “Good, no poop. But your diaper’s heavy. Oz, get up. I did it yesterday morning so it’s your turn.” Toddlers tended to defecate soon after going to sleep,
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  30. Keep an eye on the cast, people like Margaret and Simmone could end up being part of a future Abello administration.
    8 points
  31. Yes, yes he probably will. I wonder if his middle initials stand for A Hemorroid?
    8 points
  32. “You're such losers!” Sarah mocked us. I wanted to kick her, but deep down I knew we deserved her every insult. Me and Kevin were losing to the girls like 22:3 and we only managed to score something when they were laughing too hard to be able to jump for the ball. Volleyball was the only team game I considered myself decent at, but for the past thirty minutes, Sarah and Mia – Mike’s sister – had been proving me wrong. I thought at least Kevin would be better, but he was shorter than me and
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  33. Stephen is gonna be a pain in our collective asses isn't he?
    8 points
  34. I could get used to this! The ambassador is no dummy and handled the situation with a deft touch. Linc is a bonus and a friend. CJ's family appears to have lucked out with childcare who cooks and does some cleaning. Ozzie's Austalian contacts are coming through as well. As I said before, the young, successful power couple are making a splash! Thanks again for sharing!
    7 points
  35. Of course, now that CJ and Owen have had a taste of the James Bond lifestyle (cocktails, beautiful people, and Russian spies) the CIA could send someone to recruit him them, freeing him from Northman's yoke.
    7 points
  36. I see Stephen as efficient and well suited for his job, but probably at or near the ceiling for his career. CJ, in contrast, has unlimited potential. Our boy may grate under him but realizes it's a temporary thing. This too shall pass. It's been a fun weekend with you guys overdosing on chapters and me on comments. Wish I could maintain this pace.
    7 points
  37. I agree with @84Mags. A person (usually) doesn’t get such a powerful position without having at least a slightly better understanding of what’s going on. I think the Ambassador saw the article in the paper and knew exactly how Northman would react. She tried to get to CJ first, probably, but Northman was SO ready to pass judgement on someone he is jealous of (oh, yes, he is, in multiple ways), that she had to wind up in his office and give CJ her approval, thus giving him some protection from his vindictive boss. Northman was probably going to reprimand him for not filing the contact report and not listen when CJ tried to explain he was in the middle of doing that when he was called into his office. That tidbit was cleared up by the Ambassador. Yes, she is fully aware of Northman and how he treats his subordinates as well as his politics and how he treats those whom he perceives as an ‘enemy’ to the ‘true’ President! Too bad she can’t do anything about him until he really messes up. Maybe they’ll find out he took a trip in January? BTW, Carlos, thank you so much for this overdose of CJ and company! As I think you can tell from the comments, we are reveling in it! We’ve been patiently waiting for your return and we are ecstatic about this weekend, but I think now we’ll be able to calm down to the weekly dosage.
    7 points
  38. I started setting up their time in Mexico a long time ago. Owen moved to the US speaking English and French. Spanish he would have heard regularly from CJ's family, so I made some comments about him learning, practicing, and improving. The man has 3 college degrees, he's no dummy, so he must have figured out learning a third one would only benefit him.
    7 points
  39. It could turn hairy for CJ with his immediate supervisor objecting to his off duty activities and the ambassador encouraging them. He's a low-level paper pusher, but we know the potential for much more's present. Let's hope Nortman dials back the antipathy/resentment.
    7 points
  40. @scrubber6620 Once again, your insights are stupendous. If you like domesticity, you'll enjoy the next chapter since it's mostly a dinner party at CJ and Owen's place. A couple more characters introduced, and additional background info will be shared. Considering the Australian ambassador to the U.S. was a guest at their wedding, CJ and Owen should establish a good relationship with Australian embassy personnel. And maybe at others since they'll be interacting with diplomats from all over the world. I do have a thing for making the cast as international as possible. Good analysis on how Northman and Cox view CJ's activities and the entire purpose of the American delegation. Northman's narrow approach is in sharp contrast to Cox thinking ahead. While researching, I read about traditional Mexican foods so I could mention a couple of dishes. Most of us think of Taco Bell as Mexican food. Yuck. I also watched a handful of National Geographic documentaries on Mayan archeology. Recent discoveries show they were more belligerent than previously thought. Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs all practiced bloody sacrifices.
    7 points
  41. Sounds like someone is afraid for their job to me........Boss man sounds like he is going to cause more trouble than be a help, but then again CJ will put him in his place..... Love how Oz is jumping in with both feet to acclimate to Mexico... Loving the story....and all the chapters to start off.......and love being able to start getting my Friday fix soon....
    7 points
  42. That was a well packed chapter, plenty of information to digest. I'm sad that Robbie has finished his sessions with Jo, I just hope he's careful around Don. Hopefully Mathew can be convinced to see Jo. I hope Symonds gets what he deserves.
    7 points
  43. There you go you can make Jamie be like @wildone friend ane be around awhile It looks like Jamie and Robbie are good for each other. It has become apparent that Robbie's Mom withheld a lot of information.It might be good for Robbie to speak to his Uncle and maybe his Uncle could tell Robbie what his Dad said about why he never contacted Robbie it could answer some questions he has.He also has cousins who want to meet him if they are bad people then never see them again but if they are good people it never hurts to have more family who could be your allies.I'm certain there isn't another Don in that bunch.
    7 points
  44. As I’ve heard about Peter over the years - ie. knowing him vicariously through you and tim - I’m pleased to hear this.
    6 points
  45. good to see You Michael Sir wonderful to hear You were able to ger out. i hope Peter is well we're supposed to go out to the square, "Shop Small Saturday" but it's only 48 (8.8C) so i'm "lollygagging" take care Sir
    6 points
  46. He's grown up. Nice apartment. With his boyfriend Jess for a year now. He's doing well. It was nice to see.
    6 points
  47. Excellent chapter Carlos.
    6 points
  48. Sure, but consider what a twist that would be. Northman bound to a stone atop a pyramid while someone carves him up like a Thanksgiving turkey!
    6 points
  49. When James asked his mother if he could stay overnight at the circus, she was at first surprised, until James explained it was no different to having a sleepover at any other friend’s place. “I suppose you’re right, But I’ll have to clear it with his parents” “He doesn’t have any parents and lives alone in his own caravan” “Oh it’s going to be one of those sleepovers?” “I have no idea what you’re talking about” “Of course you don’t” she replied with a wink and added “Do
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  50. Well it was good to get caught up to Robbie again, do thanks Dodger That definitely was a well packed chapter. I wonder if Robbie is worried he might mumble something about Matthew and Symmonds. I would be scared of being a night mumbler or talker Who knows what would have come out of my sleeping mouth that would be probably connect to my asleep, but awake conscious. Especially as teenager! I probably would have been out to my family and friends much earlier. The part with Jamie was actually a real pick me up, to me. I'm not sure if you specified before about him having cystic fibrosis or not. I do have a friend since I was like 13 that had CF. He wasn't supposed to live until 5, then 8, then 10, then 20's, and so on. He is still with us, happy and continuing on. He replaced his CF drugs with anti rejection drugs after his double lung transplant when he was in his late 30's. But now that I see Jamie for what he has, you have perfectly captured Gord for as long as I've known him. Eternally optimistic, but always realistic too. I'm sure if the world had more people in it like Jamie and Gord, we all would be better off Gord has never had labs, but always had 1 or 2 border collies even to this day. Curious Dodger, do you know someone that Jamie is a likeness to? The Jo thing at the end threw me for a loop. For her to take him to his Dad's grave and talk about him, and the uncle Robbie never knew is a guess that she was telling him, when you feel like Don and Sue are not acting like family, you do still have family outside of the house. I'm glad that he at least reached out to Jo about Matthew without breaking his confidence with Matthew. Kind of the best in the worse scenario situation. I know you are getting to the end of the story 😢, but I hope the whole Symmonds, Matthew and Robbie issues all get resolved. Especially with him rotting in jail for some time. I think I did tear up when he left Jo speechless momentarily about the comment about his mom. Last thought, I wonder if Matthew's dad knows really what Symmonds is up to, or is it more he said he can do this and my religion says it is bad? I wonder if he actually knew what Symmonds was doing to his flesh and blood, if his dad emotions would over rule his pastor feelings? Just a thought Well once again, thank you super Dodger I will anxiously await for you next update.
    6 points
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