The phone kept ringing. Officially Linus Duncan, once the most powerful man in the state, was retired. In reality, he still served the state of Texas in a new, more frightening capacity, and I was his deputy. He always answered my calls.
Linus’ voice came on the line. “Yes?”
Leon ran up and halted next to me.
“Do you require assistance?” Linus asked.
I activated facetime, flipped the phone
Me: Do you have to flip the phone or can she just tap the back camera?
Gordon, staring at what we just typed: I don’t know. I’ve never had to do it before.
Me: Kid 1! Kid 1!
Sick Kid 1, stomping out on the upstairs catwalk: What?
Me: If I am on facetime and I want to show the other person what I see, can I switch to the back camera?
Kid 1, raising the phone and demonstrating: Yes. Here is me Facetiming. I tap this icon in the corner.
Me: Thank you.
Me, going back to the office.
I activated facetime, switched the camera, and panned the phone, capturing the device and the corpses. On the screen, Linus…
Gordon: Can she still see him if she activated the back camera?
A little later
Kid 2, walking into the office: What are you two doing?
Me: We are Facetiming.
Kid 2: You are sitting a foot away from each other.