Corae and Trey, Episode 49 by Wolfenshire ()
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Senator Lam’t’galla (Bobby’s grandfather): Hello, Mr. Cross. I believe you know the former Lord Goshawk. You’ll have to forgive him if he can’t stand to greet you.
Trey: I know him. What happened, did he mysteriously fall down a flight of stairs?
Senator Lam’t’galla: No, Mr. Cross, I repeatedly hit him with a hammer until he told me what I needed to know. My grandson helped me crack this case, we’ve been searching for the smugglers for some time.
Trey: I want to know what you think you’re doing with Bobby.
Senator Lam’t’galla: You are not here to discuss Bobby, nor will I discuss him with you. I commend Master Raven Corae for turning him over to the Crow authorities as was proper for a runaway, but you are here to answer several questions about your involvement in smuggling contraband chocolate into Hawk Province. Do you have any idea what effects the cocoa bean has on Darai physiology?
Trey: I’m not playing games with you. What proof do you have that you are Bobby’s grandfather?
Senator Lam’t’galla: On the desk in front of you is the DNA blood test results, reviewed and validated by the courts. I am Bobby’s grandfather, and I was there when he was hatched. I also have a fragment of his shell from that day. Andy brought the rest of the shell with him to Darai and it is now in storage at the Raven Temple. Now, that is the last I will say about Bobby with you. You are not a blood relative, and have no legal custody recourse available.
Trey: You’re using Bobby for propaganda, you can’t treat him like that.
Senator Lam’t’galla: The question on the table, Mr. Cross, is your connection to Lord Goshawk.
Trey (taking one step forward): You listen to me old man…
Hawk Guard: STEP BACK, NOW!
Trey (stopping and glaring at the guard): …
Corae: Everyone, please. Senator, we care very much about Bobby and only want what’s best for him. We’ll… make a deal, okay? Trey will tell you about the smuggling if you agree to discuss Bobby’s future. You’re grandson is an amazing little person and deserves to have people around him that loves him. I love him very much, so does Trey, please don’t cut us out like this.
Senator Lam’t’galla: You are naïve, Master Raven, and unware of how deep Trey’s involvement is… yes, I can see it in your eyes - Mr. Cross, perhaps you would like to tell this young Master Raven the truth before she destroys her career supporting a criminal.
Corae: I know Trey smuggled, we have the intelligence report. The Temple reviewed the case and determined it was too small of a matter to pursue.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Master Raven, your intelligence corps is less than thirty-five years old, and your Empire, and I use that term loosely, is less than one-hundred years old. Your people couldn’t find their backsides with both hands and a mirror.
Trey: There’s no reason to insult Corea, I have nothing to hide. I collected debts for Lord Goshawk.
Corae: That’s it? You’re a thumper? I thumped for spare money in my senior year. I think every Raven student has had that job at least once.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Are you also aware that Mr. Cross is complicit in the murder of Andy Andel.
Trey: You’d have to hear the whole story to understand, Corae.
Senator Lam’t’galla: That’s what we’re here for, Mr. Cross. You will confess your crimes, either of your own free will, or under my hammer. It is your choice.
Trey: I’ll tell you the story, but if you threaten me again, I’ll come over this desk and the last sight my eyes see in this Universe will be the light going out of yours.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Ah, I see your attraction to Master Raven Corae now, you have the soul of a Raven. Now, your confession, Mr. Cross.
Trey: I was aboard the same slow freighter as Andy and Bobby, but I didn’t know them at the time. I had paid for my ticket and had a job offer to pilot cargo ships in Hawk Province. Once we were in deep space, Gos’ people began waking up families. The adults would wake to find their children missing. They were then taken to an airlock where they would find their children inside, screaming in terror. The adults were made to sign an indentured servitude contract for passage, or be accused of being a stowaway and having their children flushed out into space. I was woke also and taken to an airlock. I didn’t have any children to threaten me with, so when I got to airlock there was a three year old boy inside the airlock crying, it was Bobby. His father, Andy, begged me on his knees to cooperate. I didn’t need him to beg, I wasn’t going to let a kid get airlocked if I could stop it.
Corae: Why didn’t you tell the authorities when you got to Darai?
Trey: I did, but nobody listens to humans. When things started getting out of control, I tried again. Andy was getting in deeper and deeper, I was worried about Bobby. So, I went to the authorities and told them everything. They didn’t even write a report, but two weeks later I heard Andy was killed in an accident and… well… I don’t know. Maybe it was a warning to me, or maybe it was an accident. I don’t know.
Senator Lam’t’galla: That is an interesting story.
Trey: You don’t have the whole smuggling ring, Senator. Gos wasn’t in charge, there’s a Raven in charge, but I have no idea who.
Corae: Senator, this is obviously a case of immigrant exploitation. Trey is innocent.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Am I starting to hear some humility in your voice, Mr. Cross? – go on, say it...
Corae: Trey, for Bobby’s sake.
Trey: What do you want me to do, Senator?
Senator Lam’t’galla: Cooperate and assist with the investigation and I will permit you to visit with Bobby.
Corae: Trey, that’s a huge concession, take it.
Trey: Alright, but using him as propaganda has to stop.
Senator Lam’t’galla: No, not only will it not stop, but you will assist me with it.
Trey: I don’t work for you.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Never turn a victory into a defeat, Mr. Cross. You do work for me, if you want to see Bobby again.
Trey: You’re as bad as the Ravens.
Senator Lam’t’galla: Do you know who is left on Darai? The elderly and hatchlings, and a small ground force. The Cettise intend complete genocide of the Darai people. We are too advanced to be allowed to live as an occupied people. The last days of this war will be fought by hatchlings, and they will die. This entire discussion is likely a moot point. Those left here on Darai are frightened, and mostly already defeated. We need a Battle Flag to rally around, and there is no better flag than that of a wayward orphan risen to hero defending the land that adopted and nurtured him. Bobby is the last best hope to get the people of Darai to stand up and fight. You may go now, Mr. Cross.
Hawk Guard: This way, Mr. Cross.
(After leaving the Senators office)
Corae: I’m sorry, Trey, I tried to warn you.
Trey: I’ll kill him before this is over.
Corae: Would you really take Bobby’s grandfather away from him?
Trey: And free Bobby of that megalomaniac, yes.