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Tarqa watched the her back out. “Why? Why am I your best hope? I’d have thought you humans wanted my people gone.”
“We just want to rule ourselves. We want to make our own decisions. Weather our own consequences. We want to do things on our own. And we want you Tu'atta to let us do it.”
“You aren’t equipped…”
“You aren’t equipped,” echoed the girl. “The second Hevun fell, your whole empire started going to pieces. You need us more'n we need you. BUT. If you agree to the treaties, we can work together to save the Tu'att. With trade. And balance on all the planets, and even on Heq'tak. The Tu'atta have forgotten what it needs to be an independent planet. How everyone started off before the empire put whole planets into boxes.”
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