" I'm leaving this evening. I thought I'd stop by and offer my gratitude for your help in the negotiations."

" There was no need for you to come yourself. I'm sure you're very busy."

" As are you. But it's formality for formality's sake."

William didn't look away from the paperwork he was filing.

" Stheno... I am grateful, at the very least... That you spoke to Lyena-Nova."

" ...And why is that?"

" It's hard to find people I can trust. You know that as well as anyone, don't you?"

" Of course."

... So Stheno left.