The man on the screen wore a heavy-duty parka. Powerful Antarctic winds blew behind him. “How’s are the negotiations going Dr. Hebron?” said American President Aaronsson.
“The Diplomacy Game is always challenging,” said Hebron. “The alien diplomat is difficult.”
“Are you comfortable enough?”
“These Antarctic conditions are awful!”
“Can’t we send someone to help you?”
“No! The Polanti are terribly paranoid creatures. Another human might disrupt everything!”
Dr. Hebron’s ear-translator translated what his counterpart said on his own call to HQ:
The Humans are skittish creatures. I must do this myself!
“How much longer do you think?” said President Aaronsson.
“Uncertain. Many months at least,” warned Hebron.
I cannot say. Humans are difficult. Many nacrons.
When the call concluded, Hebron removed his parka and turned off the screen of blowing winds behind him. The Polanti beside him performed similar changes.
“This is a great game we play,” said the Polanti in the temperature-controlled outpost.
“The Greatest Game,” said Hebron, cradling a pair of dice. “Let’s continue. As I recall, you just landed on Boardwalk, and I own it!”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/07/15/cape-crozier-antarctica/
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