"Of all your fucking appalling ideas, farmboy, this one takes the prize for une assiette pleine de merde."
Lieutenant Charles Etay shrugged a little, having, Capitaine Elienne Desorlay thought sourly, clearly developed an immunity to even my best glare.
Fortune me forniquer.
"What's your better idea, Eli?" Etay asked. "Go back and knock on the front door? Say 'Excusez-moi, s'il vous plaît, je vous ai entendu gardent esclaves ici.' Like that?"
"Better than getting podders mixed into it." Eli shook the last cigarette out of the crumpled pack. "This one especially."
"Don't play dumber than you are, Charlie," Eli snapped. "You think he's all post-Sansha and reformed? Really?"
"Now you sound like Proleque."
"And baiser vous with a splintery stick too." She found her lighter and set fire to the cigarette with more vigour than was perhaps necessary. "You think about how our careers are going to look when this gets back home?"
Etay looked down. "I have," he admitted quietly.
He paused, and then looked back at her, eyes a little narrowed against the smoke drifting into his face. "I can't just leave them there, Eli."
She flicked ash at him for the small, vindictive pleasure of seeing him flinch. "When this goes wrong, farmboy ..."
The corner of his mouth twitched up. "You'll say I told you so?"
Eli snorted. "You'd better believe I will," she said. "If we both live long enough, you'd better believe I will."
Avec grandes cloches sur le dessus.
If I get the fucking chance.