a cure for the common block


It took Sil a few months to adapt to the guidance control system for his vessel, but he took to it quickly and was able to explore this world undetected; it was so natural for him that he was able to inconspicuously interact with the natives, providing invaluable data to his mission. Over the course of his expedition, he even managed to maintain a recurring interactive relationship with one named Ru, if he weren’t so clinical and objective in his notes he would have referred to it as a friendship. Though he was undercover, and every detail of the life he shared with Ru was a lie, his true personality couldn’t help but seep through, and part of him believed that this was how they bonded, not over the superficial details, rather the character, and it flowed both ways, while Sil felt no connection to the topical humor and athletic discussions, he respected and understood Ru’s underlying moral fabric. The night before his mission’s end he went to the lounge on Deck 53 of his vessel and mulled over his situation. He bid farewell to Ru, and with a last-minute change of heart he made the confession he had rehearsed so many dozens of times; he was a scout, an alien sent to find intelligent life and inhabitable planets and establish alliances. He introduced himself as a human being from a planet called Earth, extending his forearms and connecting his fists as a gesture of goodwill; after precisely 36 seconds (according to the vessels on-board computer), Ru clasped Sil’s fists and separated them, representing his trust and acceptance.

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