Kara smiled her fake friendly smile, and Loeben smiled back. They both picked up food with their forks and brought them to their mouths.
Leoben broke the silence. "I know you're plotting. One of the knives is missing, and there's a homemade shank in the toilet tank."
Kara shrank inside. Frak.
"It's all right, Kara. I understand. But we have a new rule."
She looked at him, put the fork into her mouth, and raised an eyebrow. "Oh?"
"From now on, one of us has to come before you can kill me."
Kara choked on the bit of carrot, raised her hand to her mouth. Leoben smiled serenely.
"One of us has to -"
"Frak, never mind! I heard you the first time."
"You get off on killing me. You think no one's watching between times? I don't care if it's always you. But now you'll have to do it before you kill me. Not after."
Kara squirmed in her seat.
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