First Law of Attrition
by Bronwyn Leroux
Best job in the world.
As head of her conglomerate-controlled world’s R&D labs, Chiara Baschet has everything a brilliant scientist and inventor extraordinaire could ever want. Except her family.
The only time she gets with them now is when she completes a project. Successfully. Cygnus, the mysterious director of Cirrian Conglomerate, grants or denies her access to them based on her performance, and only his influence ensures they share Chiara’s comfortable and luxurious lifestyle.
Then the director assigns an impossible task—creating a cold fusion energy source—and Chiara’s world implodes. Because this is a project beyond even her ingenuity.
In desperation, Chiara attempts to solve the unsolvable, but her quest to protect the ones she loves leads her to realize nothing in her world is what it seems.