Sunday January 12, 2003

Book 2: The Teraport Wars
Part IV: Tempestuous Fugitives


Narrator:Captain Kaff Tagon submits to pressure, and allows the mercenary transport "Serial Peacemaker" to be boarded by government troops.
Tagon:Welcome aboard, gentlemen. Make yourselves at home.
UNS Major:At home? Not hardly.
Tagon:I'm just trying to be hospitable, Major.
UNS Major:Oh it's not that, Captain. You see, if I were to set foot in my home wearing full armor and toting this artillery piece, my wife would kill me.
UNS Major:Okay, then. Enough pleasantries. Where's Doyt Gyo?
DoytHaban:(haban) I'm right here, Major.
UNS soldier (purple):Scan says it's him, but he's had some surgery and some body-mods since his last physical...
DoytHaban:(haban) Cosmetic stuff. I had a scar removed, and my head re-attached.
UNS Major:You need to be more careful. You're an expensive asset, Doyt.
UNS Major:Thank you for your time, Captain. We'll be on our way now.
Tagon:Don't you want Doyt's personal effects?
UNS Major:They're not on my list.
Tagon:An oversight, I'm sure. He's got a very nice suit of powered armor, keyed to the A.I. in his head.

Think "Expensive asset," Major.

UNS Major:Good point. We'll pack that along, too.
Tagon:Here you go. All of his stuff is in this trunk.
UNS Major:Trunk? That looks like a cryokit to me.
Tagon:Oh, you know Doyt. He's got a sick sense of humor.
DoytHaban:(haban) It's rubbed off on you, I see.