The city of Cristobal in Mexico had government, but Manuela Garza really ran things. Crime disappeared in the city. The CIA wanted to know how. After agents 312 and 273 disappeared, Schuler (Agent 17) arrived next.
Manuela ran a simple market on a corner. She looked ordinary and dressed plainly.
Schuler ordered huevos rancheros. Soon Manuela brought it out. She gazed suspiciously. “Federale?” she said.
“No! Me? Just a tourista.”
“You lie but that’s alright,” she grinned, touching the food gently.
Schuler took a bite…
The food tasted like heavenly perfection. He became addicted in an instant. Manuela’s mutation injected concentrated TLC (Tender Loving Care) into it. Schuler’s plate contained more TLC than most people taste in a lifetime.
She controlled everyone with food, Schuler realized, but he was helpless to stop her. Grinning, she introduced him to his new co-workers in the kitchen.
“Hola,” he said sheepishly.
“Hi,” replied Agents 312 and 273.
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/02/11/av-5-mexico-city-mexico/