Were you really going to take people back to Africa?
"That was my intent."
Really, why? How can you expect anyone to go back to a place they've never really been? I could go back to Tennessee some day, even though I only actually lived there for a short while, but at least I have some connection to the place. I've at least been there. You were selling a pipe dream.
Marcus turned away stiffly and avoided further contact.
I regretted having said anything at all.