" I won't accept an apology," Rosenthal stated. " I will acknowledge that he came here in the interest of continued peace. If his regime enters DASS, I will vote to allow it. But I will not forgive or forget."
William stared at her with a thin smile, holding out his hand for a shake that was most definitely not going to occur.
He lowered it after a moment.
She didn't even look at him as she spoke.
" You're so keen to defend your Starka, Masterson. Isn't he the one that mauled your hand?"
" It wasn't a mauling," William replied defensively. " It was an accident. He feels bad about it."
" You're willing to say that much on your lover's behalf? You sound like a domestic violence victim."
William stared at her.
" I never said-"
" It's obvious to anyone with any sense that you are, and it's why I'm so disgusted with you," she snapped. " I'm recommending Dawson to demote you."
William did not say anything else. He left.