Keith always gets what he wants, one way or another, but the Admiral ensures he has to work for it.
“A promotion,” Admiral Shirogane had whispered into his ear two weeks ago. “That one you’ve worked so hard for. Maybe you could help yourself get it.”
Maybe. Or maybe he should forget about fingertips just brushing the underside of his chin to keep his gaze level and the promise of quid pro quo.
- Part 1 of gatekeeper
“I think it’s appropriate to thank me properly.”
Shirogane stares so intently that Keith feels seen to the depths of his soul. “I’d like to see more of that exceptional dedication that got you to where you are today, Lieutenant Commander. As a reminder of who noticed your potential.”
- Part 2 of gatekeeper