SF Drabble #245 “Greasing the Wheels”

Forsythe looked up at the underside of the massive alien. “What did he say?”

“She,” the Yoru interpreted corrected. “Her excellency said that she hopes that formal relations can be established between the Seltek and the Earthers soon. She believes as a show of good faith and respect, a gift is in order.”

“A gift? What kind of gift?”

“I believe that would be up to the Earthers to determine. The more valuable her excellency finds the gift, the more positively it will influence relations.”

Forsythe nodded, turned to Rossman, and whispered, “Are you wearing a watch? Give it here…”

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