«There have been many legends suggesting that Earth has been visited in the past by other races.»

«I know; I’ve read the Historical Research Section’s report. It makes Earth look like the crossroads of the Universe.»

«There may have been visits about which you know nothing,» said Stormgren, still angling hopefully. «Though since you must have been observing us for thousands of years, I suppose that’s rather unlikely.»

«I suppose it is,» replied Karellen, in his most unhelpful manner.