Korv was about to speak when a voice called out over the speaker, “You Imperial Majesty. Captain Grav has arrived.”
“Send him in.”
Xenglo Grav strutted in to room and stood two feet away from the emperor. Korv had no reason to fear him, he had leverage over the captain – the kind of leverage that would keep him in line.
“Excellent work. And the Greyling?” asked Korv.
Korv slammed his fist against the arm of the chair. “Damn that San’Dreki! Failed on not one, but both targets!”
He said the last part with a snarl, Korv just smiled and shook his head. “No good captain, you can go.”
Xenglo glowered at the emperor and showed himself out of the room, leaving the emperor with his general and the bounty hunters.
“Hmm… Perhaps. And what are you?” he nodded to the other woman.
“I am Sa’a Sixteen.” her lips never moved, but Korv could hear her voice inside his mind.
“I am Sa’a Sixteen.” she repeated
“Okay, whatever. You two are hired, go to Terra and bring back the marks. The others, you can kill.” Korv leaned forward, “Five million credits to the one who brings them back alive.”
He dismissed the two woman and as the door shut behind them General Dexu turned to face the emperor.
“Surely you don’t mean to honour that price Your Imperial Majesty?”
Korv laughed, “Of course not Dexu, put it this way. The one who brings them back, I’ll destroy their home-world last.”
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I stood at the outer door and watched as the bounty hunters approached. I smiled at them and watched them leave the property unaware that their races survival hung in the balance. My bug had heard everything, the emperor’s ultimate plan had been revealed. It was time to shed this disgusting skin.