…ESTABLISHING PROTOCOL: NULL v.2.95….INICIATING….
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Participants: Xiao, Lian. Kiyerumi, Zaiek Ri.
Conversation logger: Zhou, Ken}
CLASSIFIED. BLACK TALON BRANCH OF BLACK OPPERATIONS MANAGEMENT ONLY.
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Commander: “How can you let that slide, Zaiek? You let one loose end run free and now we have some damage control to do. Just because you don’t have the spine to finish someone off! 2 years of hard work on your part for this mission has gone down the drain! You were compromised!”
Zaiek: “Look, look, commander. It’s fine, it won’t happen again. It was just a rookie’s mistake. I let…my logic slip a little, so to say.”
Commander: “Rookie? Are you insane? A total of 3 years and two missions done with the force is enough time for one to get rid of the Green! Any ‘slips’ can easily tip the scale against you. What a foolish way to think!”
Zaiek: “Now you’re just getting worked up for nothing. Commander, if I may? I’m half human, too. I make mistakes every now and then.”
Commander: “Half human, mmm? Right…that is something humans unfortunately excel at: Putting emotions before anything. So, if you’ve failed your espionage mission against the Sadistic Seven by allowing this agent to recover the info YOU took, that means there is a fault within you we didn’t notice until now…”
Commander: “A flaw, dare I say? Here you are just making us think you were a man of no substance, but it seems like you do have something in you. Insignificant, I suppose. Since you’ve clearly haven’t shown any form of sensitivity or regard so far in your training and actual work.”
Zaiek: “Everyone has a little substance. But wasn’t I hired for having too little of that?”
Commander: “You /were/, but now…”
Zaiek: “To be fair, nothing has changed. Whether or not you found out about a mistake I made, I would have still done my job the same. Mistakes happen.”
Commander: “Mistakes happen…yes…that is true, I suppose…but you know how one fixes a mistake?"
Zaiek: “Heheh, enlighten me.”
Commander: “One is malleable. Instead of wasting time fixing the consequences of the mistake like our damage control protocol, we tackle the very person who’s malleable. The one who will change, and the one who will bring about a new breed of mistakes..”
Zaiek: “I’m…not following by your wording alone, Commander.”
Commander: “What I’m saying is that No, even if I were to not know of this, you /wouldn’t/ have done your job the same. Before you ever get the chance to make another horrible mistake in a different setting, we must erase that speck of hesitation you have left…and in fact, I have just the thing..”
Commander: “Follow me.”