Book 2, Chapter 049

At this point, Mr. Tanaka sighed.  "Hito Yon," he said, "I’m sorry.  It seems these aliens are a greater threat than I originally credited them.  I’ll get in contact with home base and see if we can’t hammer out a plan of action.  Until then, I’m putting you in charge of her."  He nodded at Al.  "She’s our best resource in countering the Empire’s moves, and I think she understands that she has a stake in doing so now."

Al’s face was very pale.  "I am no longer a member of the Empire," she said.  "As such, its best interests are no longer my responsibility or concern.  Earth’s are."  She tilted her head in thought.  "I still believe we would be better off under imperial rule.  But I acknowledge that you do not, and I admit that I do not want to die myself.  I am willing to defer to your judgment until my understanding of your objection has improved sufficiently for me to evaluate it."

Mr. Tanka snorted.  "I’ll take it," he said.  "Hell, to save the planet I’ll take whatever help I can get – and to help you make your decision, I’m also assigning agent Hitomi to help you adjust to life here on Earth."  He pulled a small notebook out of his pocket and scribbled down an address.

"That is Hitomi’s apartment," Mr. Tanaka said.  "Wait there for her.  She’s currently on assignment, but I’ll try to get ahold of her and send her your way."  He tore out the page and handed the paper to Hito Yon.  "She’s our expert on cultural assimilation.  I expect you to give her your full support when it comes to helping our new friend integrate into ‘Terran’ society."

Et Alia, Book 2: Black Magic, Secret Agents, Shakespearean Tragedies and Interoffice Dating

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