October 2 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

“Ready for the weirdest road trip of your life?” Riley asked Logan as she turned onto the freeway.

“I don’t know, my cross country trip with my cousin when I was moving out here was pretty weird,” Logan countered.

“Yeah, but have you met Artemis?”

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October 1 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

“Come on, Riles, we’d better hit the road if want to make it to my folks’ in time for dinner,” AJ said pulling her keys from her pocket. “And with my dad barbecuing, we want to make it.”

“Barbecue?” Mattie asked. “I changed my mind. Riley, you stay and I’ll go to the wedding.”

“Aww thanks,” Darcy said with an eye roll.

“Not a chance, Cervantez,” Riley said. “See you in a few days.”

September 5 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Riley looked at Mattie and Darcy as a look passed between them that only they understood. She knew they could handle it. They were good agents and an even better team. “Only if it’s actually the end of the world,” she said. “Anything else can wait until I get back.”

September 2 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

“I’m sure they’ll be fine,” said Artemis, forever the optimist.

“At least one person had faith in us,” Mattie remarked.

“Oh, I have faith in you,” Riley said. “It’s H City that I don’t trust.”

“We’ve got this, Adams,” Darcy said.

“Yeah, and if anything goes wrong, there’s always explosives,” Mattie added with a grin.

“Or, you know, we’ll call you,” Darcy said, elbowing her girlfriend.

September 1 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Riley rolled her eyes. “Keep it your pants, Cervantez. I need you two on top of your game this weekend.”

Mattie waved a hand dismissively. “Don’t worry, Adams, we got this.”

“Yeah,” Darcy added. “How much trouble could one city cause in a weekend?”

“Oh yeah, you’re new here,” AJ said.

August 29 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Riley was about to reply but a black SUV pulled up and two women got out. They were mid argument as they walked over.

“Look, it’s not my fault,” the shorter woman was saying. “If you leave cool gadgets on the coffee table, I’m going to try them out. You should know this by now.”

“Yeah, I do,” the other woman said, a hint of an Irish accent in her voice. “ I just didn’t expect you to set off a quantum disrupter in the middle of the living room!”

The short woman was Maddie Cervantez, all spitfire and wild curly dark hair. Towering over her was Darcy Thatcher, one hand resting on the laser pistol strapped to her side.

“How was I supposed to know what it did? You should label these thing!”

The two women stopped near AJ’s truck and AJ, Riley, and Artemis watched the back and forth like a tennis match.

“And you know what quantum disrupter means?”

“Well, no, but if it was labeled I might take a minute to Google it before I push all the buttons.”

Darcy stared down at Maddie for a long moment and then laughed and shook her head. “You’re ridiculous.”

Maddie grinned. “Yeah, by you still love me.”

“True.” Darcy leaned down and they shared a quick kiss.

Riley finally cleared her throat loudly. “Are you two done?”

“For now,” Maddie said with one of her trademark rakish grins.

August 27 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Betty laughed. “I’m sure AJ is making sure they get their own space. I think I’m rooming with Jane since we’re the only two not paired up.”

“I think you’re the lucky one, kid,” Riley said, picking up her beer and draining it. “Logan snores like a sawmill, Ristuko says Kyle howls in his sleep sometimes, and Artemis…well, Artemis is Artemis. I’m sure she’s up half the night solving quantum engineering problems or something.” She clapped Betty on the shoulder. “I think you and Janey might get the best sleep out of all of us.”

August 24 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Betty practically dove into the closest. She shoved aside the black slacks and jeans and dug into the far back corner where Riley had shoved anything she didn’t wear on a normal basis. After a few minutes. She emerged holding a black sleeveless dress on a hanger.

“I think this is the one. Did you not remember you had this?” Betty asked holding it out to her.

Riley took it. “I guess not. I bought it for a cruise I was supposed to go on forever ago but I never went so I never wore it.”

“I’m not sure how you could forget a dress like that. Try it on!”

Riley obliged. She stripped off her jeans and tshirt and pulled on the dress. Betty zipped up the back and Riley turned around. She looked at Betty expectedly. “Well?”

Betty had giant grin on her face. “I think Sergeant Wallis is going to have to pick his jaw up off the floor when he sees you.”

August 17 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

Riley’s second problem was a little more personal. Two days before they were set to leave Riley found herself staring into her closet realizing she had no idea what to wear to a wedding. Ninety percent of Riley’s wardrobe was black slacks and blazers and white button down shirts. It was a uniform she’d picked up in her FBI days and carried over to her H City gig. The other ten percent was worn in jeans and band t-shirts which she rarely got to wear because she was almost always working. There were also a few dresses and some dusty pairs of heels but nothing jumped out at her. She decided she needed help.

Riley’s first instinct was to call her best friend but she knew AJ would be of no help, at least when it came to women’s clothes. AJ always looked good in her button downs and men’s jeans but was clueless when it came to anything more feminine.

With AJ out, Riley mentally went through a list of her friends. Artemis was in the same boat as AJ, Ritsuko was too hipster, and Jane liked to dress like a librarian. That just left one person.

Riley sighed as she picked up her phone and texted Betty, her nineteen year old intern. Betty immediately texted back that she would be right over. Riley knew Betty was the best one for the job but she also knew she was going to be insufferably chipper and enthusiastic about it. While she waited she went into the kitchen and pulled a beer from the fridge. She was going to need it.

August 16 2017

From Riley Adams Hits the Road

A few weeks later, things were not looking quite as good. Riley, who was normal calm and cool under pressure, was freaking out on two different fronts.

The first front was the well being of the city while she was gone. She was leaving the city in perfectly capable hands, having recruited her old FBI pal, Mattie Cervantez, and Mattie’s time traveling girlfriend, Darcy Thatcher. Mattie was a short, tough, street smart spitfire and could trade quips faster than even Riley herself. Darcy was her compliment, tall, often stoic, no nonsense with a sense of humor that only came out with the people closest to her.

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Mattie and Darcy were the perfect candidates to keep an eye on the city was Riley was gone. They’d come along on a few of Riley’s tougher missions recently and she knew they could handle themselves. A little too well sometimes, especially when explosives were involved. At any rate, they could keep the city under control, at least enough that wouldn’t completely destroy itself while Riley was gone for the weekend.

Still, Riley was worried. She had never left H City alone for this long. She wondered if this is what it felt like to drop a kid off at kindergarten for the first time.