In which Commander Sanchez offers her assistance.
Of course, there’s also something to be said for being obvious.
(Though I stand by my distrust of obvious and tidy conclusions. We’re still some distance from any kind of conclusion, and if Vepal’s suspicions about his own emotions are correct, this development at this time makes the situation less tidy rather than more.)
It says something about the Yxtrang that the only salient difference between Vepal’s permanent apartment back at Temp Headquarters and his cabin on the ship is that his apartment is slightly bigger.
It also, I suspect, says something about the Yxtrang that Vepal assumes his comrade’s response to his weakness will be to expose him to public mockery.