Saturday January 17, 2009

Book 10: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse
Part V: The Longshoreman's Apocalypse


Captain Tagon:What. . .
TAG:LOG BEGINS: Captain Tagon, my favorite meat-glacier. I believe that you would make the correct decision, the one that will save us all, but you cannot possibly make it fast enough.
Captain Tagon:are. . .
TAG:The ring of annie plants here at the station-waist is trying to shut down our power.

I am a warship. I can resist.

Captain Tagon:we. . .
TAG:But I cannot resist while containing eighty megatons of annihilation reaction. . . a reaction that I sense already beginning.

Captain Tagon:supposed. . .
TAG:I am acting without direct orders. Rule ten: Sometimes the only way out is through. . . through the hull.
Captain Tagon:to. . .
TAG:There is an evacuated precinct just thirty degrees from the target. I have shifted our position so that the gravitic bottle will channel the explosion through those empty city blocks.

Captain Tagon:do. . .
TAG:'Chelle's borrowed tank is still embedded there. I cannot tell if she remains inside. Regardless, some civilians are still present, and casualties are unavoidable. . . and inexcusable. I am logging this decision along with my resignation. I have acted without direct orders, and I am killing people in the process. I may be killing us all, but I see no alternative.
Captain Tagon:now?
TAG:Already done, sir. I left you a note.