Sunday May 3, 2009
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part II: Barsoom Circus Command


Narrator: Kelrik Station, formerly the Kelrik Hub. It is less busy these days.
Schlock: Oh! I remember this place! We went out for seafood at a fancy restaurant right around the corner.

Some wacko held the place up, screaming and shouting, waving guns around. Good times! Let's go have a look!

'Chelle: Sergeant, I'm pretty sure he's not going to still be there. They hauled him to the morgue years ago.
Schlock: Oh, I know. I just want to see if that crusty old waiter is still. . .
Schlock: . . .there?
Schlock: They turned it into a used space-suit store.
Gael: Ayup. . . Been closed for years now. I miss them peel-and-eat prawnoids.
Gael: Hard times, here at Kelrik Hub. When the Sag-Orion wormgate line went down traffic dried up. We got us a teraport clearance zone nearby, but that just isn't the same.

Schlock: Oh. That must have happened when we blew up that bu'uthandi.

Gael: Wait. . . Are you saying you folks killed the Sag-Orion Line and started the Teraport Wars?
'Chelle: Ha-ha! No! We're cirucs performers and my alien friend is practicing his act. Aren't you?
Gael: That's kind of a stupid act.
'Chelle: I couldn't agree more.