I’m officially blaming this one on wizards. Seriously. At some point this will be canonical.
"Look, they’ll never catch on."
"Darryl — "
"Have you seen some of the formations here? This planet has the most insane junk going on. No one will notice.”
"Darryl — "
"Look, it’ll be easy."
"This is your fault!”
"How is this my fault??"
"You took him to that movie! And blew the poor wee brains out of him for the best part of half an hour with the all the bloody light and noise — “
"I didn’t mind."
"You did at the time!"
"Okay, it got intense, I handled it, I just needed a little while to re-cope and afterwards I didn’t mind! I liked the movie, will you shut your gob!"
“‘Gob.’ Listen to the effect you’re having on him.”
"Me? None of this is my fault! This is all on you, Mars Boy.”
"All we have to do — "
"— is go up there and talk to the wind a little, it’s always bored since the other guys left, it won’t mind having someone to talk to — "
"Putting my fingers in my ears now!"
" — have a little fun, get it to lay down a pattern of dunes just this way — "
"Not. Listening! Kit, help me out here!”
"Oh, no, you brought this on yourself."
" — and then rough up the lee sides a little, just so they’ll look natural enough to allay anybody’s suspicions — "
"…Actually this could be kind of fun."
"Oh no, not you too!"
"Come on, Ro, why not?"
"Says the genius who had the idea of carving that whole formation into a giant face!"
"There’s one there already, and when they got better pictures everybody just started laughing at it. It’ll be the same with another one — "
"Oh Powers that Be are you listening to this? No, no of course you’re not, you have lots of better things to do, as opposed to me, I just have to sit here and listen to these lunatics — “
"You be quiet, you had your chance! What color?"
"Depends. Where were you thinking of putting them?"
"Got it backwards, Kitster. Pick the color first, then find somewhere that matches."
"You tell me, then."
"Red planet, yeah? So… blue."
"You just like being difficult."
"Me? I’m an angel, everybody says so."
The sound of two pairs of eyes being rolled. “Green I can do. Or maybe a nice blue-green, how about that?”
"Mmm, lots of olivine sands around to work with. Mawrth Vallis might do. Pretty flat in places, you’d get good relief…"
"The only one who needs relief around here is me. Janey Mack, what’s Irina going to say about this?"
"Nothing, if she doesn’t find out. Which she won’t if we get a move on. Let’s go do a wind shear assessment and see how doable this is."
"…Let me get my jacket."
"What, you’re coming with us now?"
"One for all, you eedjits. Someone has to be there to explain about the bloody movie…”
"Yeah, and how you manage to hide a whole giant starship behind Jupiter. For prolonged periods. Two centuries from now, with way better detection and imagery tech than anything we’ve got now. You could see that thing with Hubble, who were they kidding?!”
"You just like to pick holes in everything…"
"Shut up and get in the damn spell circle."