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Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
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ANTOSSA: Wing Marshal, what have you done?
NARRATOR: Pereri System...
BESTI: I have taken resources from the weak, and secured our future.
ANTOSSA: Sweet starlight... Did you steal ships from the mercenaries?
BESTI: We almost had all three of them, but only succeeded in claiming the smallest.
So, you know, yes.
ANTOSSA: You launched an unprovoked assault upon our allies!
BESTI: A first strike.
The shine of the mercenaries' greed is unmistakable. The Toughs would eventually have taken the wealth of our world by force.
ANTOSSA: This is outrageous, and immoral.
All we hold dear - our city, our families, our futures - they all lie defenseless beneath a burning sky.
You have broken the Sacred Compact of the Wing.
BESTI: I have not, because you're not defenseless.
I left you a dozen-dozen combat engineers, and a full wing of Sosheki, all at full alert, prepared to repel any assault.
ANTOSSA: Would that be the wing you abandoned by shutting down your teraport cages?
BESTI: Does it matter? They will defend you.
ANTOSSA: Of course it matters. You robbed us, robbed our allies, and you forced everyone here into war.
You have violated the Sacred Compact of the Wing, and unless you return immediately I will pass summary judgment.
BESTI: I am kind of busy here. A summary sounds nice.
ANTOSSA: You're a pirate. The sentence is death.
BESTI: Thank you! That's exactly the credential I need for tomorrow's meeting with some actual pirates.
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