It took a long time to get Surin and Dr. Green up to speed on what’s been going on. I figured I had less to fear from these two than I did Julio or whatever government types he was working for. I decided that when I get back to Nowhere House I am going to demand Jill tell me just what is going on with her, Julio and “Department M.” What I could get from Green via Surin, made it sound like Wise was wanted by some interplanetary crimes he committed. She didn’t know what kind of crimes. This information was helpful, but only so much. I just wanted to know what he died for. It wasn’t me. It was something in his past. I made a mental note to try to reach out to Wise’s friends that put us up for that one night. Maybe they would know more. Man, did I miss my phone!
Dr. Green seemed pleased to know that I wasn’t one of those Conva people she mentioned nor was I some sort of space criminal like Wise was. I was about 99% certain that Conva, by the way, was her people’s word for the Double-Oes. Her bosses wanted to hand me over to some other group or space nation or something but she couldn’t figure out why and they wouldn’t tell her when she asked. She then decided to hold up all the paperwork (my word not hers) that would have already had me in that other group’s hands. I don’t know what it was about Green, but I always got the vibe that she was going to keep me safe, or at the very least, she wanted to keep me safe. Nice to see the Hippocratic Oath might be a thing in space.
So, she was going to find out more about that other group and then we’d decide what to do. Of course, I had to ask about Surin.
“Mr. Jacob, I don’t want to ask her about me.”
“Punishment is hard here.”
“Don’t you want to know what they’re going to do with you once they’re done using you as a translator?”
He just looked at me with those sad broken eyes and said nothing. I looked to Dr. Green and pointed to Surin. “What’s going to happen to him?”
Green looked hesitant as her eyes darted from Surin to me and back.
“Tell her, Surin!”
He spoke softly and after he was done, Green said nothing for a long moment and then nodded. She then spoke. Surin’s face hesitantly lit up. “They fix me and they send me to my home. She say my charges were empty.”
“Thank you!” I said, smiling.
We had already had dinner and it was getting late, apparently. So, Green took Surin back to his cell and I went to sleep.
At some point after I had gone to sleep, my cell door had opened and I was woken by Green and Surin. Surin explained: “She find out that you will be handed over tomorrow to other group. No stopping it.”
“Does she know who they are?”
“They called Depawto Em.”
“Is that wanted—eh—what you wanted?” Surin asked.
“Uh, well, not really. If I can just get back out to where they found me on this asteroid, then I can use the Accessory to get home on my own.”
Surin explained to Green. She shook her head.
“She say no time. You in their control and you not let go except for Em People.”