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I was at one of those parent meetings once. The ones when all the parents meet with the teacher to discuss plans for the coming year. I stayed as long as I could, until my time was up, and I had a Tae Kwon Do class to make.
I gave my vote on the subject and snuck out the backdoor. Half way down the stairs and to the exit, I heard my name called. I knew this wasn't going to be good.
The teacher needed to talk to me. He had something he wanted to show me and called the school counselor out of the parents meeting, turning our "privately" into a threesome.
Sitting in a small room away from everyone else, my Tae Kwon Do class now half over, a folder was produced. It slid across the table toward me. "Do you know what this is?"
Swallowing hard, I picked it up, instantly recognizing my son’s handwriting. I started at the back, flipping each page forward, the knot in my stomach giving way to a smirk that did not please the principle.
Page after page appeared before me. Diagrams taken directly off my library shelves. My son has gotten into my research books, most notable The Anarchist Cookbook and meticulously copied the drawings from within.
"How would your son get a hold of this book?" I was asked.
A fumble for a logical answer and then I decided to go for the truth. "You see," I say with as much confidence as three glares will allow. "It's my book."
A lie might have at least produced another look on those faces.
"No, really," I say. "A couple years ago I had to blow up a car in South America and I got this for purely research reasons."
"You blew up a car in South America?"
"Well, not me," I point out, trying to laugh. "My character did. I write fiction."
When the pencil began to tap, eraser first, onto the table top, I knew I was not getting through.
They are not amused and I spend the next hour trying to convince them that my son is not a threat to humanity. He's just a kid whose seen too many James Bond films. My parenting skills comes into question. Does my husband know what I do?
As I assure them that yes, my husband does know how I spend my days, I'm thinking of ways to make my son pay. Slowly.
The Anarchist Cookbook is now in my safe, under lock and key. But I still talk shop around the kids.
After all, it's important to include the kids in the daily life, to let them know what it is we do while they are at school. Isn't that what being part of a family is all about?
Now how about you? How do you deal with fiction research around your family?
Jacqui's latest releasing in print from April 1st!
WITH A VENGEANCE
The more she wanted out, the more they dragged her back in!
Daughter to murdered CIA officers, niece to a deputy director, Jaime Walsh has never known life outside the world of espionage. Until a high-action case in Buenos Aires leaves her gutted. Physically, emotionally…and professionally.
She’d planned for her long-overdue vacation to be a time to rest and reassess. With her longtime partner Stephen not far behind, it’s a tropical paradise away from work. A paradise where boundaries will be tested.
From their training days, Stephen Reid has watched Jaime kick ass while performing what has become his second job—watching her back. But now his feelings have grown.
As best friends look at each other in a new light, they like what they see. And Jaime dreams of a new life outside “the company”.
Except someone from their past won’t be satisfied until Jaime and the man she loves are hunted to the brink of death. Now Jaime must find the strength to trust her heart and let go of her fear. Before she loses everything…
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