— sequel to "Associated Accidents" —
Faed Nirmoh's impulsive streak has gotten him into trouble before, and he might've outdone himself, this time. He's promised his bodyguard something that was foolish enough, because if either of them screw up it could lead to Nirmoh being forced to marry a woman he loathes. But then Nirmoh even more foolishly arranged to meet his superior before he figured out an excuse that would let him keep his promise. Has he stuck himself with an insane, despicable wife, or can he find a way out of it by lunchtime?
(A short story of about 5500 words—be warned that it contains slander, violence, misplaced grudges, and manipulating of bureaucracy.)