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.?