Sunday March 9, 2014
Book 14: Broken Wind — Part III: Exhalation and Exit Strategies


NARRATOR: Fifty-two days later...

IAFA: Teraport authorization confirmed, Captain.

TAGON: Thank you, Iafa.  Take us in.

But remember what I said: Petey can be pretty seductive.


IAFA: And quick on the uptake.  I have now received, reviewed, and refused the P.D. Meld-mind's offers to join up.

They're a clever bunch, but a little young for my tastes.

And with that out of the way, Petey is onscreen for you, sir.

PETEY: Captain Tagon!  Welcome back.

PETEY: I was just negotiating with UNS Int-Aff-Int, and poor Gavish here has been begging for resources I can't spare.

TAGON: Funny you should mention that.

PETEY: "Funny," yes.  Your arrival seems serendipitous.

I assume that you're here because you have not yet made arrangements with a different buyer.

TAGON: You've been so generous, it seemed only fair to offer you the right of first refusal.

PETEY: Excellent.  Gavish, as it happens I think I can offer you some warships.