progress since they found us only forty-three Standard years ago? Can you truly expect more so soon? We are only a small part of the Empire."
"I cannot accept that," Thark growled. "We are being humiliated! We must even use human units of measurement. Standard years? Terran years is what you mean!"
"Still -- "
"We have no one in the nobility except for myself," Thark continued, ignoring her attempted protest. "No Irschchan is a Ranger, none command major military ships or bases. Does that seem equitable to you?"
"It does not seem inequitable, simply on the basis of numbers," Corina pointed out. "Humans occupy thousands of worlds, the Traiti hundreds, while we occupy only this one completely. And it is possible they have talents or abilities we lack."
Thark groaned inwardly. This was not going well, but she was too valuable to lose; he would have to keep trying.
"They do not," he told her. "I have scanned a large number of humans, tourists and administrative officials
wow. this book was sick! the first part was hard to get through- lots of dialougue that was confuseing for the first chapter or two. but after that it was gripping. i couldn't wait for a free moment at work to pull it out and read another few pages. totally worth dowloading! i'd buy it. it's worth bank. write some more of em, ann! totally sweet.