There may be other cool stuff later, but for now you get an Edge Snippet. I finally figured out this book. It’s Regency in jeans.
“While I have your attention,” she said, “I’d appreciate it if in the future, when you come up with a plan that makes a hardened criminal blink, you could at least give me the gist of it ahead of time. In broad strokes. While I don’t have your expertise in dealing with criminal underground, I’m a woman of reasonable intelligence and I react badly when surprised. I understand that you’re used to being the lone swordsman, but I promise you that I can be an asset at the planning stage and can assist you better if I know where you’re going. Use me as your, what’s the Broken expression? Sounding door?”
“Sounding board,” he said, his voice dry.
Richard’s face had a most curious expression. Two parts outrage, one part shock, and three parts politeness, so ingrained in him, that it was keeping the rest of his emotions in check. “Will there be anything else, my lady?”
“Yes. It would bring me great pleasure if, when both of us are present during a conversation, you could occasionally acknowledge my presence and allow me to speak for myself, instead of referring to me in the third person and speaking for me.”
Richard locked his jaw. She waited patiently to see if he would explode.
“The next time we have to talk to an unstable violent psychopath, I’ll strive to keep that in mind,” he said.
Please do, because the next time I won’t stand there quietly. “Thank you for indulging me.”