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10.02.2012 , 07:56 AM |
eeee, Kabe, this is great!
I wanted a coda for Vierce's
, even though this segment itself doesn't have any inherently bad timing.
I was sort of hoping Dorne would be gone forever when I got up that morning, but no, she was in the mess for breakfast as usual.
"Look, Sergeant," I told her by way of greeting. "I apologize if I was out of line last night. I was...a little out of it."
"It's all right, sir. Given the combination of injections you gave yourself I'm not surprised you were off balance. I am somewhat surprised you are still breathing."
"I told you, I've done it before. Let's not go over it. I just, I really didn't mean to–"
"You didn't, sir."
"Right. Good." I still felt vaguely like I owed her something. "I'm not saying you're not all right."
"Of course not," she agreed anxiously.
"I just, obviously," and here I was stumbling all over the place and needed something to decide on. Maybe something that made me stop feeling like an absolute liar for what loopy-me had said. "Obviously, as part of the squad like we talked about...would you be up for dinner tonight with the rest of us down at the cantina?"
"Oh," she squeaked. "I–I'm afraid I'll be busy, sir. Plenty of reading to keep up with."
"Okay. Just thought I'd ask." My feet finally agreed to participate in the retreat my brain was yelling for.
Jorgan pushed away from the wall outside and fell in step with me. "That," he said, "was the single most interesting exchange I've heard all week. 'Last night'?"
"Quiet, you," I said. "I had some adventures in tranquilizers, that's all."
"Oh, she finally caught you at it? It's a stupid way to die, but I guess you'll die well-rested."
"I'm not going to die. Not like that, anyway."
"In fact you're healthy enough to ask her out to dinner?"
I continued toward my quarters. "Don't even start. It's with the squad. Like you insisted."
"What the hell happened last night?"
"We talked about you, smart*ss." It was true, too.
Jorgan squinted at me for a while. "I did not expect the desert to get to you this fast," he said at last.
"Yeah, well, I guess I'm delicate like that. Now excuse me while I go curl up and die." I made to shut him out of my room.
"Uh, sir? We have a work day first."
"Dammit!" He was right, of course. And I was badly off balance. Again. "This is her fault."
"And I see we're already past the apology part of the Dorne cycle."
"Let's just go find something to shoot."
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