Sunday April 20, 2008
Book 10: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse — Prologue: Drydock


Para Ventura: Kevyn, have you-
Kevyn: Commander
Para Ventura: What?
Kevyn: Commander
Para Ventura: I'm an Ensign, not a Commander.
Kevyn: Which means I'm "Commander" to you, not "Kevyn."
Para Ventura: Oh. Fine, whatever, Commander. Have you seen the uniforms we've been issued?
Kevyn: I designed them. We got a little tired of running away from bullets.
Para Ventura: I'm a roboticist, not a grunt. Why do I need to be bulletproof? Your girlfriend, Commander Foxworthy, she said we're supposed to wear these all the time.
Kevyn: If it makes you feel any better, you're not going to get shot at all the time.
Para Ventura: Then why do I have to wear body armor all the time?
Kevyn: Because you only need to get shot once in order to be dead.
Kevyn: You don't know where that shot may come from, and there may not be a nice, armored grunt to jump in and take the bullet for you.
Kevyn: And even if there is, if you've been whining a lot, he may jump a little too slowly.
Para Ventura: Sounds like we need better grunts.

And more of them.