Thorn: How’s your skill with telepathy? Can we have a conversation mind-to-mind?
Atarangi: With permission — and with physical contact — I can link to your mind. But no matter how secure our conversation is, if you’re not cleared for a —
Thorn: You have permission to read the part of my mind that includes my clearance level.
Atarangi (thinking): . . . Oh dear. It’s higher than mine.