"I understand that you have requested training as a pilot. It is my sad duty to inform youthat, despite your good academic standing, you did not test highly enough to be offered ascholarship to the flight academies. Your academic records have been forwarded to a placement agency. They will see about arranging an apprenticeship for you on a vessel."Another lie. Jack was an adept hacker and she had seen her test records long before now.Her score had been perfect, top percentile. But nobody was going to give a scholarship to"Riddick's Bitch.""Thank you, sir," she said again. Deep inside, she substituted another, cruder word."Lieutenant Jarvis here, however, would like to discuss another possible option for you,"Parker finished.Jack turned her attention back to the military man. Lieutenant Jarvis. Yes, she rememberedhim well.He tried for an avuncular approach. "How are you, Audrey?""It's Jack. I'm fine. I don't even walk with a limp anymore, thanks." The last was said withas much sweetness and light as she could muster, but she hoped it stabbed into him. It washis fault; his bullet."Jack." He accepted the correction with some distaste, not understanding why she wouldhold onto such an unfeminine name. Fuck him. Riddick had understood her logic, and thatwas what really mattered. "I'm glad to hear you're doing well."
Sure you are, dickhead. Get to the point. You want me to sell out Riddick, right?
"I have been authorized to make you an offer... Jack... by the Military Intelligencedepartment."
Now there's one hell of an oxymoron.
Jarvis picked up a file folder with the official seals of the Tribunal on it. He held it out toher. "We would be willing to incur the expenses of training you as a pilot, and provide youwith an immediate, honorable discharge afterward, should you wish to return to civilianlife. In exchange for—""Riddick, right? You want me to rat him out." She locked eyes with him and then droppedthe folder to the floor, letting its contents scatter. "No deal.""Miss Kowalczyk, this is possibly your one chance to acquire the normal life you seem towant. I don't understand why you're throwing it away for someone who abandoned youfour years ago."3