Gilou: I didn't realize it was so late — I was going over reports, then I got caught up talking to Zefonith. You should have called me. I would have made lunch. Tal: Gilou, I'm perfectly capable of making a sandwich. [Gilou gives Tal a look.] Tal: There were extenuating circumstances.
Tal: Doesn't speechwriting fall under your duties? Javin: Nope. Partasah was too smart for that. You really wanna get up in front of a crowd and read something I wrote? Tal: ...all right, that's probably a bad idea. Javin: "People of Port Tethys, I'd like to take a moment to apologize for my lack of fashion sense, and that I apologize far too much..."
Gilou: I take it Richard is on his way to Veras? Tal: I don't think the Ukariels are awful enough to deserve him, but I'm selfish enough to be glad that he's no longer my problem. Gilou: Want me to mind the office a while longer? Tal: No, I'll be fine. I'd rather get right back into my regular routine— Tourist:[barging in]I was filming a tamtusuchus and it ate my camera! You owe me a new camera! Gilou: I'll leave you to your routine.