Challenge #02207-F017: Silent and Deadly

You should be wary of Humans. All the time. They Bond together and are nearly unstoppable.

However or Whatever you do, DO NOT underestimate/provoke the silent one who doesn't do that.

Please write a story with the focus on the quiet crew-member in the corner. -- Anon Guest

Humans say there are Cat People and Dog People. Galactic Society has largely misunderstood this to mean that there are Humans like dogs, who spread friendliness and affection wherever they go, and Humans like cats, who prefer to just kind of hang out in their chosen companions' general direction. Little can be done, yet, to dissuade them of this generic classification.

Human Petal was used to it. The adorable aliens in her aura classed her as a Cat Person and that meant she was eminently catlike. She could grok it. She got along better with cats and non-humans on the repressed scale than any other creature. For free time, she preferred to sit in a corner and read. The boisterous Marines on the ship left her alone and she largely left them to their own rambunctious devices. Life was good.

Then the pirates attacked.

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