the smuggler’s bible

Peder

The countdown has advanced to a sufficient degree that Peder is beginning to lose focus on everything except a certain approaching milestone. Specifically, the moment in question is the termination of the countdown.

Even as he thinks this he realizes it may not even be true. So what if zero is a logical place to wrap things up? You really never can tell.

His fingers tremble as he tries another combination. No dice. His mind races. If I make one attempt per second, he thinks (somewhat aspirationally), and if the countdown never speeds up—let’s see now, that gives me