Sometimes I did not understand him, but my periods of bewilderment were short-lived.
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He knew that meant their mutiny had been short-lived, all three of them subdued in less than a minute.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
Then, remembering my responsibilities to my scientific supplies, I entered the cabin, barred the door, and regardless of the discomfort caused by the stench of the debris on the floor made myself as comfortable as I could on top of the table for the balance of the short-lived night.