What she found was unexpected. Her mind slammed into a wall. It didn’t hurt, but it startled her so much she nearly dropped her magazine. It was like a mental bubble circled the office and the occupants therein. It cut her off from the juicy tidbits inside. She was infuriated, this had never happened before.

She knew the barrier could not have been created by the chief, she had eavesdropped on him plenty of times. Besides, he wouldn’t know psychic if it hit him over the head. He thought of himself as a practical no-nonsense kind of guy, and he didn’t believe in such things. The strange specialist in his office must be responsible for this anti-psychic bubble.

Ellie took a moment to scrutinize the stranger with renewed interest. He was tall and lean with dark hair and dark eyes. His face was covered in three day old stubble, and he looked tired. He was scowling at the chief while he talked, and the chief wasn’t retaliating in his usual verbose manner. The stranger wore a long black jacket which fell to his ankles and buttoned high around his neck. Davis was right, he did look like a priest, though there was nothing about him to indicate that he actually was one.

Excuse me.” The young woman’s voice was polite and curious.

What?” Ellie was momentarily confused. She had been so busy regarding the priest that she failed to notice the young woman who had followed her from the reception area. The girl was perched precariously beside her on the arm of the bench.

I was just wondering,” the girl began meekly, “Wouldn’t it be easier to read if it were right side up?”

Ellie glanced down at the magazine in her hands. Sure enough, the issue of “Cutting Edge Firearms” was upside down. It must have gotten shuffled when she was startled. She laughed, and righted it.

Sometimes you have to look at things from a different angle in order to fully understand them,” Ellie covered badly. A slight flush of embarrassment crept into her cheeks.

The girl, however, seemed to accept her explanation without question. She was dressed like a teenager, but there was no way this girl was anything less than a full grown woman. She was curvy and just a bit on the plump side, and she oozed sensuality. Ellie found herself staring overly long at her sensuous curves.