Friday August 3, 2007
Book 9: The Body Politic — Part II: Royal Flush


Captain Tagon: So. . . What exactly happened to General Xinchub?
Martre Flamb: King Xinchub was cut in half by a suborned defense 'bot. It attacked him in the middle of the night. Xinchub was King for less than a day.
Captain Tagon: I've had men survive a lot worse than that. Didn't Gen. . . err. . . King Xinchub get good medical attention?
Martre Flamb: After bisecting the King, the robot spent about three minutes carefully vaporizing the royal head.
Ennesby: Coup des gaz?
Captain Tagon: If that's a pun on the word "vaporize," you're getting a pay raise.