Eversyn sighed. "Though a motive eludes me, my thoughts keep turning to Malik Blayne."
"Ah, Malik Blayne. Omega Station's Most Wanted. Well, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we will all rest more easily once you've caught that criminal."
"I'm doing my best," Eversyn replied as he took his leave.
Simikus's flesh sagged in relief. It was over—somehow.
Now to make the sale and get on with his life of riches. Rudof had returned to his seat and gave Simikus a pleasant look. He motioned him into the chair Eversyn had vacated.
Caravello smiled at Simikus. "I believe we were discussing ka'frindi?"
Simikus handed it to him.
"It's all there," he said. "And by the way, that was brilliant, that Wilfor Kudisi thing. How did you know Eversyn was going to want to check me out?"
Caravello opened the, case, glanced at the contents before nodding to Dyll, then handing it off to Algensio, who closed it up and resumed his station.
"Wouldn't the more appropriate question be, 'How did I know that your true identity was Simikus Giff?' After all, how could I have provided you with a foolproof fake ID without first knowing your true identity?"
Simikus blinked in wide-eyed stupefaction.
The Starview manager was absolutely right. But as far as the Human could have known, Simikus Giff was Ograd Paxa.
Caravello's smiled grew less pleasant; his chubby face tightened. "Perhaps I am not the one to clarify things for you, Simikus."
The office door opened and Simikus gasped as Ograd Paxa walked through it.
It was Paxa! Even before he looked to the missing finger; Simikus had no doubt.
"B-b-but how? You're dead! I saw the explosion. I made sure…"
"You made sure of nothing, you fool," hissed Paxa.