Yuseph begins laughing happily as he jumps from his perch, high above Yakuta. He lands low and quietly. He is small and thin and looks Yakuta in the eyes with a wide smile.
"Mr. Yakuta", he says "Welcome to the Free Voice. At 0800 hours, the gravity on this ship will be deactivated for approximately 15 minutes. You've also sent a packet with a marker that can be decrypted to show that it came from you. In that sense, you are on the line. At the same time, I've shown you my face and you know that I've been stowing aboard the ship so, in that sense, I am on the line."
He takes a deep breath and exhales slowly.
"You and I are in it together Mr. Yakuta. I've seen your past and you haven't been a good man. However, it's been taught to me time and again that nobody is ever past redemption. Thus, I say that you haven't been a good man. But, you can become one. This is just the first step. We need to find out what they're hiding about the colony ship. There is no way that they send a military escort after a single colony ship. That just doesn't make sense."
"I know, you're probably feeling duped by a kid. I understand the frustration. All I can say is that for our mutual benefit, you should look past my age and look at the opportunity for redemption."
The speech came out as if he had rehearsed it. He hadn't. On the outside, he looks calm and in control but, inside his body feels incredibly tense. This is a big risk. Even with the contingency plan, this is a huge risk. His eyes dart to the right where his augmented display shows his contingency package. 'I don't ever want to use that,' he thinks.
He sticks his hand out, "I'm looking forward to working with you Mr. Yakuta."