Swamped Chapter 59 Page 12

“So, he was talking to you one at a time?”

“Uh, yeah. Asked a bunch of weird questions. I don’t really remember ’em, though.”

Or rather, judging from his expression, he does remember but he’d rather not pass them along.

“I wonder if he asked Squib the same questions. And what Squib’s answers were that got him picked as squad leader.”

Silence. He’s not taking any chances now.

“Oh well, I suppose we’ll never know, will we? I doubt Squib remembers either.”

“Yeah, probably not,” he says. He’s so easy to lead right now. Move away from the truth, and he talks. Move towards it, and he clams up.

Of course, if you take too long getting to the point, he might remember that he can shut you up with his fists.

“And if you don’t remember the questions, well, then you probably don’t have any idea which one you answered in a way he didn’t like…”

His face practically freezes. You must be getting really close.

So it’s time for some quick speculation.

This fellow actually seems to care about being a Bogknight, at least a little. Or he’s concerned with putting up appearances, at the very least.

So, let’s say your guess that Ash is up to some dirty business is right. Then if he were assembling a squad to do it for him, he’d probably ask them questions about how they’d handle orders. Figure out who’d do what he said without blabbing.

And Beardy here said something in response that was less to his tastes than what Squib said. That’d be your guess.

So what can you say to hopefully lead your new friend here into confirming it?

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From what you can gather, Ash is a tactical type focused on results.

Did he ask you to do something unethical?