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If this were a mission, he would assume it was compromised.
“I really should throw you out.”
“You should,” said Bill, “but you won’t.”
Jim rolled his eyes and reclined so that his head rested on Bill’s stomach. “You’re awfully sure of yourself,” he said. “How do you know where this is going?”
“I’ve always known where this is going,” said Bill, and Jim could feel the words against the back of his skull, “and so have you.”
“Oh,” said Jim. He had aimed for skeptical and arrived at reverential. (That had been happening far too much for his liking; he would have to do something about it.)