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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4837

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02

Lex backed away, hands raised in placation. Karter wasn't screaming. He was griping in a manner that, frankly, seemed appropriate for the minor infraction that had been committed. The tone of voice was about two dozen notches of intensity below his actions, which were positively homicidal. It was more than a little unnerving.

"Whoa, hey!" he objected, pulling his head out of range of a few angry swipes. "So I was a little late!"

"A little late? Come on, Lex. How long was he gone, Ma?"

"Three hundred and fifteen hours."

"That's four and a half times as long as I said!"

"4.375, " Ma corrected.

"I was rounding, " he groaned, swiping the hook of the crowbar at Lex's leg.

The nimble younger man managed to avoid getting his thigh skewered, but Karter got the hook behind his knee and pulled his leg out from under him, sending him painfully to the floor. With a terrifyingly tranquil look in his eye, he raised the bar.

"Seems to me that you were trying to steal it. You were welching on a deal."

"Mr. Dee, stop that."

"Stay out of this, Ma, " he snapped, stomping a boot on Lex's chest to keep him from escaping, knocking the air out of him in the process. "I told him seventy-two hours."

"No, you told me seventy-two hours. I told him."

"Still! He should have been back for the exchange on time."

"At no point did you indicate that he was to return your ship within that time frame."

"Well he could have

is way."

The lunatic was perfectly calm, as though his earlier violence had never occurred.

"You take medication?"

"I did, for a while. I never bothered to refill the prescription after a while. It gave me dry-mouth."

"It also regulated your violent outbursts, " Ma pointed out.

"I fail to see the necessity of regulating violent outbursts."

"It is for that precise reason that you were prescribed the medication, " the computer said.

"Nag, nag, nag. You sound just like Dr. Connors, " Karter said, entering the elevator.

Lex hesitated.

"I'll take the stairs, " he said.

"Suit yourself. Ma, don't let him get lost, " Karter replied, pressing the button and letting the doors close.

When he could no longer hear the elevator, Lex clenched his fists.

"Why didn't you tell me he was a lunatic!?" the freelancer raved, wishing he had a face to address.

"I had warned you that his actions were likely to reflect his displeasure."

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