The ancient lift shuddered to a stop. The lights flickered, then went out. Between floors. Damn.
Keith opened his Communicator. “Lift Fourteen is stuck.”
There was chittering until he engaged the Universal Translator. “I called Maintenance. This may take a while. I’m Keith Paris.”
“The One Who Fires a Weapon Very Fast” came the reply.
“That is my name, human.”
“Oh. Been to Earth before?”
“When the Xindi weapon was deployed?”
“Yes. It was wrong, what we did.”
“Thanks for saying that, uh, ‘Fast.”
The lights came back on and Keith realized he’d been talking to an Insectoid.