As the Federation building on Aurora nears completion, Quinn has Isaac come down to the Auroran government building. Standing in front of the massive window on the second floor, Isaac studies the people in the courtyard and the dwindling proof of construction. With each passing second, the pilot wonders if Olyver’s puppeteers have yanked him off the mission to explore the cosmos. Has the federation council caved to the political pressure of Olyver’s masters? Or is Quinn attempting to celebrate his friend’s good fortune?
Isaac grasped his wrists behind his back as he stared through the window. As the seconds ticked away, the pilot watched the individuals below meander about the courtyard. When footfalls thundered through the hallway, his eyes flicked up and his lips curled into a grin. “Quinn, if you called me down here to give me unpleasant tidings, things won’t go well for you.”
Laughter rang out as the vice-chairman gripped Isaac’s shoulder. With a squeeze, he pointed at the structure in the distance. “Despite the construction equipment, Caitlin will stand on the dais in the center of that building and address this federation for the first time. However, given upcoming events, I’d like to have a good meal with my friend.”
The pilot’s smile softened as he tapped the glass and glanced over his shoulder. “Dragging me to a fancy establishment is a way to soften disappointing news.” The pilot spun about and poked Quinn’s chest. “You wouldn’t be trying to set me up for that kind of unfortunate disclosure, would you?”
“You’re a suspicious person.”
Isaac turned around and gripped his friend’s shoulders. He leaned forward and inhaled sharply. “Do you promise that you are not about to yank me from this assignment?”
“As soon as Caitlin finishes her speech, she’ll dispatch you and your team to explore the surrounding cosmos.”
Isaac clapped and vigorously rubbed his hands together.
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