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Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
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PETEY: Ms. Damico, I am Petey. Thank you for taking my call. I understand how valuable your time is.
DAMICO: You hacked in and interrupted me, Pete. Hurry up and make your point.
PETEY: It has come to my attention that you have a pair of captives, and will soon have captured the thugs who are attempting to rescue them.
I would like to purchase all of them from you. I am prepared to pay handsomely, and can arrange immediate, discreet pick-up.
DAMICO: How handsomely?
PETEY: Twenty-five times the sum Andreyasn stole from you.
DAMICO: How discreetly?
PETEY: Lower your anti-teraport defenses, and the parties in question will simply vanish.
DAMICO: Andreyasn's theft insulted me. These thugs have killed my people.
I demand satisfaction.
PETEY: And you are entitled to that. Let us not forget, however, that you are also a shrewd businesswoman.
I have now established the opportunity cost for this "satisfaction," you desire. I earnestly hope to appeal to your more fiscally cunning side.
DAMICO: And if I refuse to accept your insulting appeasement?
PETEY: Oh dear.
PETEY: I'm afraid the satisfaction you demand would become exceedingly expensive.
DAMICO: All that fancy talk... you're just another thug waving a gun!
PETEY: Be fair. I waved money first.
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