The shuffling of the program from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to the Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) and then back to the CIA was essentially a “try to follow the bouncing ball” measure before the documents were declassified in 1995. After the scandal that rocked the government world, they were publicly shelved.
Officially the project was kaput. In reality, that just meant they went underground and really got creative. The former team was now buried deeply within the Special Activities Division (SAD) of the CIA, and coordinated by team members from the Intelligence and Analysis, the Clandestine Service, and the Science and Technology divisions.
“A true group effort,” Frank thought with a snort. And then to top off the cluster, they chose the brainy she-bot Marisol with uncanny “intuition” to lead them all. Frank rolled his eyes.
Marisol was the off-the-wall choice to lead the Mesmeristic Normative Mindvision team, or “MnMs” as they liked to call it. Well, Frank didn’t like to call it that, particularly since he was the “n” in the equation, solidly sandwiched between Marisol and Macy.
“Somebody either had too much caffeine or too many Wheaties that day when they minted that stupid name,” Frank grumbled silently. Why they chose him to be the “normative” part of the equation was a mystery to him.
Nah, what Frank wanted to call his team was something that started with the first letter of his name and was profanity, which he reluctantly agreed to stop using when Macy “agreed” to be paired with him. At first blush, Frank was totally taken with Macy. He’d felt like for once he’d finally gotten a normal partner; a partner he could put up with long-term.
Then he went on a stake-out with her and the weird just got deeper. It also gave him too much time to think. And right now, he was thinking about how he could sneak out and drain his lizard without irking either of the Ms.
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It’s week 22 of Trifecta’s writing challenge.
This week we’re back to just one word but it’s the third definition we’re looking for and we’re asking that you use it exactly as it appears below.
As always, we wish you well.
scan·dal noun \ˈskan-dəl\
1 a: discredit brought upon religion by unseemly conduct in a religious person
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
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This week’s word is ‘scandal’.