As it strikes him now from his urbane perch at the top, his years of vulpine machinations with the other indign sycophants in middle management to try to get a leg up comprise a hazy longinquity of interminable futility.
It was in the final flashing second of his life that Terran's cavalier attitude toward his paternal totemic tradition of self-sacrifice finally winnowed, and as he rushed into the flames his familial firefighter's phobosophy, which could theretofore not be expostulated, took over.
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