Sunday March 23, 2008
Book 10: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse — Prologue: Drydock


Narrator: In the recruiting queue. . .
Renault: So that's your ship? Impressive.
Elf: We like it. The Touch-And-Go was formerly the Integrity, flagship for "Pranger's Bangers," under the command of Colonel Drake Pranger.
Renault: The Colonel Pranger gave you a warship?
Elf: No, we shot it down, and laid salvage claim to it on Ystre.
Renault: Wow. . . you're beautiful and you've seen real action. Do you have your own cabin there on the "Touch-me-please?"
Elf: I think I left out some key details. Let me fill them in.
Elf: My boyfriend shot down Pranger's flagship. . .
Renault: Oh.
Elf: . . . with an antimatter grenade. . .
Renault: Umm. . .
Elf: . . . That he'd been wearing for years as an epaulet.
Renault: I think I just remembered someplace else I'm supposed to be right now.