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“Come with us.”

“I can’t.”

“Why the hell not?”

“Do you have any idea how much work I do here?”

“Earth’s been there long before you, and it’ll still be here long after you.”

“I can’t.”

“Mycroft.”

“You don’t understand!”

“Oh, that’s rich. Fine. Stay.”

“Wait! Wait. I-”

“You?”

“I...The bridge is up. It only takes a half hour. I could-”

“Visit? And lose a day each direction, every time?”

“Greg-“

“Oh no. I know you, you know me. We don’t do things halfway, Mycroft.”

“Greg, please.”

“Come along or stay here- either way, I’m going.”

Greg.”

“Evening, Mycroft.”