Justine parted ways with Austen long before she reached Badger's offices. She enjoyed Austen's company, but she didn't want him with her for this. Besides, she already had the feeling that Austen was unhappy with her. She didn't want to make that worse. She knew he wouldn't approve of her bargaining with Badger, especially the methods she might have to use to do so. Austen could frown and dissapprove of her all he liked -- she would deal with that when she got back to the ship.
She walked through Badger's front door without a word to either of the guards there. Just like before, they made no move to stop her. At least for now, she was still welcome in Badger's den. There was no way to tell how long that would go on, but as long as things between Badger and herself were somewhat friendly, Persephone was a pleasant place to be.
Just as she thought she would, she found Badger seated behind his desk, looking smug. "Well. I'm not sure I want to know what's got you smiling so wide." She helped herself to a seat. "I'm here. Let's talk business."
((Tag to Badger! Sorry about the shortness of the post, Anne, I'm on my way out the door. My responses will be longer!))
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