"Still having a hard time with that monster?" Jean asked.
"You know. The bureaucracy."
He nodded, smiling — then, remembering, said "Yeah. Always the same story, day in, day out."
Jean snorted. "I'm still not convinced that thing even exists, you know. I checked the library for a slightly less wonky definition, but now I think you and the library are both screwed in the head."
He winced at the epithet; it was certainly nothing he'd ever taught her.
"Oh, right, Stav. Like natural selection would ever produce a hive-based entity whose sole function is to sit with its thumb up its collective butt being inefficient. Tell me another one."
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