When Deckard spoke, it was easy enough to fall back into old patterns. He
downshifted, letting the friction of his engine gears bring him to a slow
halt, and he transformed, standing to face the other.
There was still more conflict between him than he wanted. Deckard had been
built to lead...but McCrane had been built as a tactician, and it was
difficult to see the opportunities that he did without wanting to take
them. He'd wanted to be a good leader. He had.
"I should have returned sooner," he stated. "I did not mean to make this
harder on you."