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Brilliant, brave soldiers whose greatest weapons were their minds. Those men and women were spies. They were masters of disguise. They could sense danger a mile away. And through their work, wars were ended before they even started. The only things spies were truly afraid of were other spies. Enemy spies. So, sometimes, one spy’s mission was to make the enemy disappear. He was the assignment that changed her life. But when the moment finally came to carry out her mission, she couldn’t do it. He was different than she expected. Sure, he was charming and intelligent, but he was unexpectedly honorable, and it made her realize how years of working with detached emotion had taken its toll. So, they kept contact. A few lunch dates, very discreet. After all, they were on different sides, so they could never be seen together. Dinner dates followed wherever their mutual travels took them. And they fell in love. And they decided that, together, they would embark on the most dangerous mission of all time. What? They decided to marry. Wow. Yes. On her wedding day, she felt like she would rather brave a thousand deadly missions than go through with what she was about to attempt. Why is that? Well, marriage is a mission so complex that only the most courageous and slightly insane need apply. There’s such an amazing series of obstacles one has to navigate to keep a marriage together, much less a family, that it frightened even her, a hardened and experienced secret agent. But when she saw him standing there with no doubt whatsoever, so assured of his decision, so enamored with what they were about to do, she took his hand, looked deep into his eyes, and said the two most dangerous, most trusting words you can say to anyone. What? She said, “I do.” That’s so cool. Yeah. Then the problems started. Now, there was always some faction that wanted at least one of them gone. On their own, each agent was notorious, but together, they made tempting targets. So, they retired, settled down, had a few kids. In a way, they exchanged one life of adventure for another, trading espionage for parenthood, a mysterious and compelling mission in its own right. And they’re better off. The end. No “happily ever after”? I said they were better off. Great story, Mom, but it needs a new ending. It needs monsters. Is that right? Do you want me to look at your… I put the medicine on. Okay, munchkin. Good night. What was the story tonight? Ours. How many nights, I wonder, do you send the children off to bed with nightmares? Carmen asked for the story. That life is over now. We are consultants, not spies. So, I went to their school today. Had that meeting with the principal. Carmen’s been skipping school twice a month. Why? I don’t know. And those school friends Juni talks about having? Yeah. Diego somebody and Renaldo? No such beasts. It turns out, the other kids, they pick on him. He has no friends. It doesn’t help that he has his head in the clouds, making these weird drawings and burying himself into that demented kids’ show. They’re keeping secrets from us,



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