A Little White Lie is one of nine short stories and novellas, in Lone Wolf Tales.
“Not that one. Pick any of the others.” Penny handed the list back to Wil, pushing the hand held computer into his chest.
She had turned away, walking toward the door. Stopping, she turned her head, glancing over her shoulder. “Bad karma,” and said nothing more. Squaring her shoulders, she huffed out of the room, back to whatever she had been doing.
Ben pretended to be terribly busy with something else and said nothing. Wil was confused. Blinking rapidly, a slight flush rose in his cheeks. He walked to the nearest computer console and called up files on “Emory, R.A.” What he saw made him less happy than before.
“Look at this guy! Every mission he’s been on in the last five years has ended in disaster.”
Ben leaned over Wil’s shoulder, reading the information on the screen. “Last man standing every time? Only one left of ten, last of fifteen…. This sounds suspicious, Wil. Each was a team like ours, super soldiers. Isn’t that what the brass call us?”
“I have a bad feeling about this guy, Ben. But you know, I think his luck has run out. I want him on my team.”
“Are you crazy? We could all end up like those others with him last man standing again!”
Wil’s face went blank. “I’ll put him against me any day and bet heavily on myself. If he’s taking out our kind, he’s a traitor, just like Lill.”
© 2017 Dellani Oakes