“Linsora, let’s settle this. We’re both on the exploration team. We have to work together.”
“We’re both on this team because you insisted. Engineers aren’t generally on the first transport. That doesn’t mean we have to work together. Excuse me, I have things to do.”
“Uh-uh. Not yet. I want to know what I’ve ever done to you that hasn’t been helpful or polite.”
Permac sensed rising anger. “Helpful or polite? Is that how you see what you’ve done? Look Sudé, if it makes you feel better, you can go about your life being helpful and polite all you like. Your polite help landed me in prison. Your people nearly destroyed the society of my home world and would probably be helpful enough to try it again, given the chance. I’m not interested in helpfulness. Now get out of my way and stay out of my way.”
“So it comes down to the fact that I’m Tokorellan, then?”
“What the hell do you think? You can’t possibly be dense enough not to realize that!” Linsora shouted.
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