I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
If the pattern holds, I'm probably behind Grim. Here's hoping not too far behind.
So, this post isn't about this part of the book, but an earlier bit. A quote:
"Fleet Captain," Mercy of Kalr said in my ear, "Lieutenant Seivarden begs to remind you to be careful of your leg."
"Ship," I replied, silently, "my leg is reminding me itself." Which Mercy of Kalr knew. And the conversation with Seivarden, that had produced Ship's message, had happened two days before. (196)
First off, I wonder if Breq's preference for directness is due to all those years she spent as a ship and couldn't be direct.
Second, clever Mercy of Kalr, using Seivarden's worry as a way to communicate its own worry. I hadn't realized that Mercy of Kalr(show spoiler)