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.