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Chapter 26 - The Glow of a Worm inside a Child's Eye[]

Lyran Commonwealth
July, 3038

I'm not sure......that Dinh's approach is the right one for this situation. It feels a little like he's hazing the Prince's Champion for no other reason than because he's holding a grudge against their nation.

Still, Ardan Sortek's letter is surprisingly clear and precise, and pleasantly polite.

Dear Mr. Sortek...

I have received your missive dated 1 July 3038, and have taken a great deal of time (subjective) considering your request, as well as Duke Ngo's rather reasonable concerns.

I have decided I would enjoy discussing the finer points of you ideas in person. To that end, I do consent to a more personal meeting, and will be pleased to meet with you at the Kowloon L-1 point in four days, once I have finished my review of relevant data and gotten the present project I'm overseeing into the hands of my human allies.

Please be aware, that I, in turn, am aware that you are representing one of the Star League Member States and your sovereign in this matter, and as the only active-duty SLDF unit presently in the Inner Sphere (I do not count units that have gone outright mercenary in defiance of their oaths to be serving units) I will expect a certain level of personal decorum from the representative of a Member State's Lord (and candidate for First Lordship).

In turn, I will (within the limits of my capacities) present suitable military honours as are appropriate for you rank, station, and position. This should be fun, and part of me does speculate on what military ceremonial might have become, had Admiral Murakami survived and the program had reached its logical final stage.

Be aware, my duties DO require some processes to be maintained, but I will endeavor to provide you with sufficient confidentiality for our meeting.

I look forward to our conversation.

TQF-142M5D "SLS Tabiranth"
Star League Navy on detached duty

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