Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M. R. Noble

“A and R,” I said into the machine.

The high-pitched noises grew in intensity. “Incorrect answer. State missing component.”

A and R, A and R. Product me…Aleksandr! I was the product. “Alksander Nabokov,” I said.

“Incorrect answer. State the missing component, or self-destruct sequence to be initiated.”

Ringing sounded through the room and it felt like my ears would bleed.

“A—Aleksandr Russia,” I squealed.

The air in the room silenced.

“Welcome, Dark Eyes.”

I leaned against the table steadying myself. With cold shaking hands, I walked to the couch and sat down to listen, still getting over the fact my condo may have been seconds away from exploding.

“Assignment. Bunny ears. Commencement. Fortnight. Partner operative. Smoke.”

My head hung limp in my hands.

“Stand by for further instruction.”

I didn’t know if it was an hour or ten minutes, but when I finally looked up, the red light on the machine was gone. I was left to the silence and my thoughts. Anyone but him…

A word about the author…

M. R. Noble has played tug-of-war between science and art her whole life, but the rope broke when she wrote the first line of The Dark Eyes Series. Immersed up to her keyboard in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she enjoys blending the real with the surreal. The only drawback is she misplaces her mug while dreaming up her next scene and soon finds herself six cups overpoured.

Keeping to her Lake Simcoe roots, she is a member of the Writers Community of York Region (WCYR), where her muse is made not found…over a hefty cup of coffee.

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