Couldn't place her face at once, but you don't hardly ever see white skin like that. Then it came to me. Seen her before in the flesh. The too-blond hair, the too-white skin, the puggish face. Hard to forget her even if, like me, you weren't particularly attracted to the look despite the way she filled out the dark blue clingsuit.
"You're Mr. Dreyer, aren't you?" she said in a tinny voice as the door slid closed a couple of centimeters behind her.
Suddenly became interested in my desktop where a few cockroach droppings adhered to the surface. Flicked one off as I told her, "You can find your way back out the way you came in."
"I want to hire you."
Held my temper and kept after the roach chips. Was tired from a long string of long days sitting here waiting for something to do.
"Don't work for clones."
Not completely true, but didn't advertise the truth.
Her breath made a raspy sound as she sucked it in.
"Never forget a face," I said, finally looking up at her.
Did a search for a Dydeetown girl a while back. Cued up the library for background and watched a vid on them and the history of Dydeetown. Got to know a lot of their faces and the stories behind them during the search. This Harlow was a big thing in her day, which was Way Back When. The clone before me wasn't a perfect match – they never are – but pretty damn close. Couldn't see what anyone saw in her, but maybe tastes were different then. Why anyone would want to hunt up her leftovers, steal a piece, and clone out a new Jean Harlow was beyond me.
But then, I don't waste my thumb in Dydeetown.
"You worked for Kushegi. She told me."
The roach dung became interesting again.
"That was a special case."