I had to monitor my emotional reactions closely. They go over this during training, and at every post-assignment debriefing. Undercover work is “physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding,” they tell us, and field operatives can be affected in unexpected ways. Case in point: the fact that I’d become romantically involved with that total Neanderthal.
No, I take that back. Comparing Carter LeBlanc to a Neanderthal wasn’t fair to Neanderthals, who (according to a documentary that I just watched over at Ida Belle’s house) were actually pretty advanced. Carter was more like some thick-skulled and not-very-evolved hominid. What was that one they just discovered? The one with the tiny brain? That one.
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