Unedited Excerpt from my upcoming Evel Worlds book Chinchilla and the Devil: A FUC Academy Tale
Sofia Pelosi looked up from her laptop. Just another day in the overcrowded, boisterous, and somewhat messy Communications Department at FUCN’A. Most people overlooked the critically important function of said department, but Sofia was well-acquainted with just how much trouble the Furry United Coalition could get into!
Of course, she was not one of those lucky shifters on staff who got to work with active FUC agents. Nope. Sofia was a Conflict Resolution & Situation De-escalation Counselor at the Academy. That meant she dealt primarily with the new cadets.
All shifters, mostly in their twenties, and every single one of them thought they were the single most important thing in the universe. A dangerously misinformed conception that most millennials suffered from, she found. Whether such a ridiculous concept began in utero, was developed as a result of over-attentive helicopter parenting, or from too much time on social media, was difficult to determine. But that wasn’t her job either.
Sofia was not there to judge the cadets. No matter how badly she wanted to. Biting her tongue was becoming second nature every time she read one of their Complaints on Campus, or as they were lovingly called, COC forms.
Cadets could access blank forms by either coming to the department in person or online. No one could accuse the Academy of being out of date. On the contrary, she worked at the most secret, highly technologically advanced facilities in the world.
Sofia was responsible for the new generation of agents whose job it was to protect all of shifter kind. Counseling young cadets on how to effectively deal with the high stress scenarios they encountered on campus was worthwhile employment.
Hopefully, her dealings with them would translate into said cadet developing into an experienced FUC agent with the skills necessary to perform his or her job. Communication is key. Didn’t Ms. Cooper, the director of the Academy, say that often enough?