Three days earlier, in the "Banana Quadrant" clothing store on the fourth moon of Phobos 19...
Gareth (scrutinizing himself in the three-way mirror): ...I'm not sure.
Clerk: Oh, trust me, the asymmetrical look is totally hot this year. And see? (zips left boot up so it looks the same as the right boot) With our patented "freebooter," you can switch from "pirate" to "privateer" in one easy movement. Two looks in one! But most men prefer to go both ways, if you know what I mean.
Rruothk'ar (glancing up from his USA Today): He does.
Clerk: I just adore them. I have two pair of these at home!
Gareth: Oh, you mean like one in each color?
Clerk (mystified): No.
Gareth: Huh. Well, I still don't know if this is me.
Clerk: That's because you haven't seen it with the sash yet! (hurriedly wraps a swath of fabric around Gareth's waist)
Gareth: A sash--! I'm sorry, but that's completely impractical. Where would I put my rapier?
Clerk: It goes on the sash, silly! We sell the spaghetti-strap rapier sheath accessory for only five credits more! They're so great. I have four of them at home!
Gareth: Oh, you're into fencing?
Clerk (uncomprehending): Why would you say that?
Gareth (looks back at his companion): Rruothk'ar, honey? What do you think?
Rruothk'ar (not looking up): Leave me out of it.
Gareth (scoffs): This is partly for your benefit, you know. Don't you want me to look sexy?
Rruothk'ar: All I care about is how fast I can get all that mess off of you. And to be honest, we appear to be nearing my libido's cut-off point.
Clerk: It's really very easy to remove! Check out the blouse. Don't you just love the sleeves? You can shimmy it off in five seconds flat! I think they're great. Why, I have twelve of these at home!
Gareth: But... it only comes in three colors.
Clerk (baffled): And your point is...?
(Gareth and the clerk stare blankly at each other for a full minute.)
Clerk: Okay, never mind all that. You have to see it with the cape.
Rruothk'ar: Jesus. A cape, too? Why don't we just nail you into a crate and send you off to Planet Not Gettin' Any?
Clerk (bustling): Ignore him. (drapes the high-collared cloak over Gareth's shoulders)
Gareth: Oh my! (turns too and fro, admiring himself) Woo! Check me out! I totally have a "Dr. Strange" thing going on.
Rruothk'ar: And you don't mind that it makes the entire upper right quarter of your body look like a melted candle?
Gareth (to Clerk): He always gets cranky when it's Molting Season.
Rruothk'ar (peeling a long section of skin from his neck): That's a damn lie!
Clerk: Did I mention the cloak is on sale? Ten for the price of one!
Gareth (to himself): At last, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.
Clerk: Pardon me?
Gareth: Nothing. (turns to Rruothk'ar) Please, honey? For your snugglebear? (his fingers play along the ridges on Rruothk'ar's snout)
Rruothk'ar: Aw, Christ. You guys take Visa?
Or at least, that's what I figure happened. Whaddaya say, Gareth? Did I guess right?
Yeah, that's what I thought.