Don’t Call Them Ruth-Less: Tales of Wynston and Quinn
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02.14.2013 , 11:56 AM |
February, 30 ATC: Dependence
"Quinn, we need to talk."
Quinn straightened from where he had been leaning over the console. He glared at the wall. "Perhaps we do."
"I've been avoiding you for the most part."
"Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for that fact."
"But, the fact is…"
"…in spite of the considerable relief inherent in neither talking to you nor tolerating the giggles and whispers from certain
crew when we are seen together…"
"…you're bloody useful on the job." Wynston nervously checked the part in his hair. "We really need to bring the Lorrdian Senate in line."
"You should have done it weeks ago, they're threatening to destabilize the entire sector."
"It's delicate work and I can't do it alone. Frankly, in light of everything that could go wrong, particularly the uncertainty of whether this is going to be a diplomatic job or discreet wetworks, the only agent I think would be qualified to back me up in there is you."
"And though it pains me to admit it, you're the only colleague I think would be likely to successfully handle all eventualities."
"So…maybe we should plan that out, then."
"I've had the monologue lined up for weeks."
Wynston frowned. "You couldn't have focused on preparing something slightly more practical? As, for instance, how we're going to stabilize the situation long enough to deliver a monologue?"
"That much goes without saying, agent, you forget who you're dealing with."
Wynston capitulated with a small sigh. "You know, I almost hope we find another galaxy-scale menace again. You're halfway tolerable when we have a mutual enemy."
"I have often wondered whether that sentiment is motivated purely by the fact that a mutual enemy has a chance of putting one of us out of our mutual misery."
"My projections say it's you," Wynston said slyly, "so yes, I'd say I'm in favor."
"Your projections are wrong, so I favor the idea as well."
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