SF Drabble #286 “Collaboration”

I wasn’t nervous: I always got good grades, had never been a discipline problem. When it was my turn I walked in with confidence and sat down with a smile.

“Rudolph Minnet?” The Griong pronounced my name easily; it must have been here a long time.

“That’s me.”

“Your curriculum vitae is outstanding. Humans with your qualifications can be very helpful to our administration of Earth.”

“Thank y—”

“They can also be dangerous.” It stared at me.

I felt a sudden panic. “I… I mean, I’ve always been—”

It laughed. “A little joke. Relax. We have a place for you.”

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