the smuggler’s bible

Juliet

“You want me to take the lid off the box.”

“It is the deferred fulfillment of your obligations,” the other Rumble says. “You were hired to enter a secure facility and remove a data storage device from a mute network. Then, after considerable loss of life, you transported it to the Kuril Islands, where you deployed the device in a manner unsuited to its purpose and completely unsanctioned by your employer.”

“There was a goddamn complication,” Juliet says.

“No. There was a contract. I admit the situation as it stands seems unbalanced, but that’s just the nature of hostage negotiation.”