"Don, what in the world did you do to your hands? It looks like you tried to tug an Ekair from a burrow."
"I'm paying you to treat them, doc. Not to ask questions."
"Hm." Taking the tweezers from the tray beside him, the young doctor carefully grabbed one of the spines and quickly yanked it from the palm. Which brought the best reaction yet, with Don leaping from his seat and pulling his hand closer as if to protect it.
"Yaagh! You blasted...What was that about!"
"Partly to do what you're paying me for, unless you don't want those removed. Partly to 'convince' you to answer my question. Now sit down, Prickle Paw. We're not finished yet."
Location: Swords system | Tran planet