Sunday June 19, 2005
Book 6: Resident Mad Scientist — Part V: Instant Replay


NARRATOR: Three hundred meters below the surface...

TAGON: Some of Petey's taps still work, but based on the ones that don't, I think all shafts to the surface are blocked.

PRANGER: I don't know what's going on with the Integrity. I can't reach them.

TAGON: We don't want to wait for them to try to dig us out. After that explosion, the surface will be crawling with planetary militia. 

PRANGER: What do you suggest, captain?

TAGON: My teraport cage may work. There's a small garrison of Phican soldiers between here and there, though. 

TAGON: They're not equppied half as well as we are, but they outnumber us three to one. 

PRANGER: Do you suppose they've been softened up by that nuke upstairs?

TAGON: Like butter in the microwave, colonel.

PRANGER: Well...if they're going to play the part of softened butter, that leaves us playing the part of "hot knife."

SCHLOCK: Knife, butter...all that's missing is the toast.

TAGON: Let's go make some, sergeant.

NARRATOR: Note: the knife-through-butter metaphor is inaccurate in this case.

NARRATOR: Typically when one cuts butter with a knife, the butter does not end up spattered on the walls.

NARRATOR: A more accurate visual metaphor has been supplied below.