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She leans back again, having come forward a bit in her speech, “Still, some things were less than perfect. The Houses’ power. The politics. The humans fighting humans. And worse. If we could change those, even a little... I think we should try that too.”
You are silent for a long minute, “Thank you, Lieutenant. I value your advice and am glad you are willing to share it with me.” Yet even with your words the mood remains solemn and brooding, so you try a new tact, “So tell me, Lieutenant, how have you been holding up? This has been difficult for all of us, I’m sure.”
She nods absently, “I, well, it has not been so difficult for me. I’ve had no family since the death of my father, and to be honest this has been a fresh start. A way to leave behind the past.”
“Ah, so like the opposite of Parson. Dissimilar even in the smallest things.” you joke, and she smiles a bit.
“Yes, I suppose.” At that she goes silent for a moment, and just as you are about to speak again she preempts you, “Sir, if it is not being, ah, presumptuous, I would ask you a question. A-A personal question, I suppose.”
Hmmm, new. “Of course. I did say you may speak freely, here at the very least.”
She nods, hooking her hair behind her left ear, “I have been wondering. For some time now, in fact. Why,” she hesitates, “why do you trust me as you said before?” She waves her hand around the vault, “All of this, and that,” she points to your main core, “could be... vulnerable, to one with the proper training if they were allowed access. Even now, a specialist in such a place could be a... a threat.” You note that as she speaks she is idly running her fingers across the neural shunt.