Sunday November 20, 2005

Book 7: Emperor Pius Dei
Part III: Return to the Tub of Happiness


Narrator:The as-yet-unnamed Mercenary Warship belonging to Tagon's Toughs is on its way to pick up the rest of the company.
Captain Tagon:After that little prank with the mud, I don't trust these Daysun-Tingo guys to install an A.I. for us.
Kevyn:You're being paranoid.
Captain Tagon:Paranoid people are harder to kill than regular people.
Kevyn:Oh, I don't know about that. You can just wait until they're checking under their bed for assassins, and then jump out of the closet and shoot them.
Captain Tagon:Are you saying that you would trust Daysun-Tingo with the ship's computers?
Kevyn:No way.
Captain Tagon:Then why are you complaining about me being paranoid?
Kevyn:You distrust them for the wrong reasons.
Kevyn:I'd much rather build, install, and configure the systems myself, like we did with the Serial Peacemaker.
Captain Tagon:Hmmm. . . I see.
Captain Tagon:Wasn't that the same system that got hijacked by Ennesby, who eventually decided our ship needed to be sacrificed for the greater good?
Kevyn:You make it sound like saving the galaxy was a bad thing.
Captain Tagon:That's not what I'm saying at all. Saving the galaxy was a good thing. A great thing, even.
Captain Tagon:Not arranging payment in advance, plus equipment expenses. . . That was a bad thing.
Kevyn:If we chalk that up to "necessary evil" will you let me build us a new A.I.?