This is the fourth section of the fifth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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Malka awoke to find herself still fully dressed lying on her bed. She hadn’t expected to fall straight asleep, it was bad habit from her teenage years that basic training had drilled out of her. Clearly her bad old habits were reasserting themselves. Groggily she pulled herself up and noticed next to her a folder with a number of items in it. The first seemed to be a note from Gwen.
Since you seemed unlikely to do anything about this yourself I took the liberty of arranging something for you. This should keep you busy.
She looked through the rest of the contents of the folder. There were some airplane tickets for a flight tonight to Morocco, a vehicle reservation at the airport, tickets to a number of events in Libya, and a hotel reservation in Cairo. Digging further there were more tickets in there that brought her gradually over the next couple of weeks back over the continents to her base her. According to this she’d have a lot of travelling to do over the next couple of weeks.
Malka threw the folder down; was this one of Gwen’s tests again? Probably she thought. What would be the cost of not going, she was already exhausted, was this really going to help? Knowing Gwen though this was all part of some plan or some greater scheme. Or maybe she was just trying to be nice, it was sometimes hard to tell. Reluctantly she grabbed a few clothes, packed a bag and headed off to catch the flight. This was going to be a long trip.