To: CJBrown

From: JRLester

Claudia,

I'm not sure if you're already aware of the situation, but seeing as I had no knowledge of this myself until today, I'm assuming you don't.

An email was forwarded to me this morning regarding the Canadian government's recent discovery of the anomalies, and in turn, creatures. They have attempted to establish a team of qualified individuals tasked with dealing with the day-to-day anomalous occurrence they are currently experiencing, much like the team we created over a year ago. They have, however, run into a few difficulties, and, of late, become aware of the anomaly department we already run. They have requested, due to our expertise, assistance from the British government to help them set up and maintain a department.

Although I currently know no more than this, it has been suggested that a few qualified individuals will have to go over to aid them. Your name is apparently on this list of suggested candidates.

I will update you when I know more,

J. Lester.

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To: CJBrown

From: JRLester

Claudia,

I've just received an email confirming that there is a list of suggested candidates suitable for this liaison. I have yet, however, to see this list. I'm trying to HR to forward me a copy, but they're reluctant to until head office give the go ahead.

What I do know so far is that the final choice of candidates won't be down to me. Jack has emailed me asking if I would meet him later today to discuss the matter, and if I would recommend anyone in particular who is on this list. I'm going to send out a mass email soon, but I wanted to get a feel from you as to whether or not you would be happy/like to go?

Let me know,

J. Lester

P.S. You would be situated in either Vancouver or Toronto. They haven't confirmed which yet, or for how long.

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To: CJBrown

From: JRLester

Claudia,

Okay, so I've attached the list, but I'll save you the bother anyway: you are on it. They're very interested in facilitation between field teams and government bodies, ergo quite interested in having you go over and train a few recruits. I'm still a little hazy on exactly what will be required of you, or any of the little niggly details, but they do want people over there for around a month's period, possibly a little longer.

J. Lester.

P.S. They've confirmed you would be in in Vancouver.

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I open the attachment to the email and scroll through:

- Ainsley, Jennifer

- Brown, Claudia

- Bailey, John

- Carson, Richard

- Cutter, Nicholas

- Emerson, Gabriella

- Leek, Oliver

- Markus, Clara

- Stevens, Marko

- Temple, Connor

Staring out of the living room window of Lester's flat, wonder whether I should go. I need to get away from here. I know that much. It could be a welcome break – no Helen, no history, just different people and different anomalies and a different setting.

I look back down at the computer screen.

Nick's on the list. So is Connor. We could, in theory, end up altogether.

I think about it.

Actually, I don't think I mind. Connor's nice enough and well meaning, and… Nick? Maybe it'll just be easier, without Helen knowing where we are.

Maybe we could get by this, if we both go. We could at least get back to some sort of semblance of what we have been.

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To: JRLester

From: CJBrown

Lester,

I think I could be more beneficial working in Canada for a few months, rather than working from home here, and would greatly appreciate it if you recommended me.

Thank you,

Claudia Brown.

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I send the email, and then sit back on the sofa. What if one of us gets picked, and the other doesn't? Would a couple of months apart help? Or would it all just get worse? We haven't seen each other for quite a few weeks as it is. We haven't even spoken.

I pull my phone out of my pocket. He hasn't tried to call me once since I last saw him. I haven't either. It's not like I don't want to, I just…

I put the phone down as the computer pings, letting me know I have an email.

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To: CJBrown .

From: JRLester .

Claudia,

I'd be happy to recommend you,

J. Lester.

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I spend the next couple of hours trying to get a hold of Grace on the phone, when another email comes up.

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To: CJBrown

From: JRLester

Claudia,

Jack was quite impressed with your expertise in the field. He's decided to put you on the shortlist.

J. Lester.

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On the realisation that I'm actually going, I hang up the phone.

Impulsively, I dial a familiar number.

"Claudia?" At the sound of Nick's voice after so long, I don't know what I feel.


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