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That is a very pragmatic approach," Sisko said. "Thank you. We are interested in the present and, most importantly, in the future. " Odo opened his mouth to respond, but Sisko held one hand up, staying the words. He turned and stared at Flenn, silent, unblinking, considering the other's words. He watched Flenn's big red eyes; somehow they didn't seem nearly so innocuous now. In fact, the longer he and Flenn stood staring at each other, the more nervous the alien seemed to get, as if he'd placed a bet and was waiting for the wheel of chance to stop its spin.

Thank you. We are interested in the present and, most importantly, in the future. " Odo opened his mouth to respond, but Sisko held one hand up, staying the words. He turned and stared at Flenn, silent, unblinking, considering the other's words. He watched Flenn's big red eyes; somehow they didn't seem nearly so innocuous now. In fact, the longer he and Flenn stood staring at each other, the more nervous the alien seemed to get, as if he'd placed a bet and was waiting for the wheel of chance to stop its spin.

I'11 do that," Odo said, sounding satisfied. Good, Sisko thought, considering the matter sufficiently tended to... for now. Odo was perhaps the most capable security officer he had ever served with, and his instincts were seldom wrong, which made his concerns something not to be dismissed. " Sisko asked. Odo breathed a tired sigh. "They walk everywhere in a column, arranged according to height. " Sisko held back his chuckle. His comm badge chirped before he could say anything else. "Kira to Captain Sisko," the voice of his Bajoran first officer announced.

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