Sunday January 7, 2007
Book 8: The Sharp End of the Stick — Part IV: Do You Mind if I Rewind?


Narrator: Captain Tagon and his Toughs are launching an all-out surprise attack using every weapon at their disposal.
Narrator: One thousand, six hundred and fifteen teraport=enabled smart-missiles (A.K.A. "terapedoes") lead the charge.
Narrator: The target vessel's teraport interdiction is active but overwhelmed. Three hundred terapedoes survive the jump.
Narrator: They surround the target vessel and race inward at point-six cee.
Narrator: The target vessel launches anti-missile munitions and starts to run.
Narrator: Less than three seconds have transpired since the initial the initial teraport. With the target on the run, the Mercenary Warship Touch-And-Go 'ports in just outside the now-very-hot interdiction zone, along with a squadron of armor.
Narrator: The terapedoes are thinned by countermeasures, but sixty-two of them close to breach the target's shields.
Narrator: Much like sperm cells in human reproductive tracts, the first one through will get to be very special.
Narrator: Terapedo number nine-seven-seven breaches the target shields first, jinks through turret fire, and delivers its payload. . .
Narrator: . . . A high-energy radio transmission.
TAG: Surrender or be destroyed!
Narrator: And in the spirit of taking analogies too far, this is followed by a pregnant pause.