" 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.