Sunday January 10, 2010
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part IV: Mallcop Command


NARRATOR: Mall-One, service lift descending to mall offices...

ANDY: Don't worry, Nick.  Massey and the Captain will get this straightened out.

NICK: But what if they don't?  I don't think I want this job if we have to cut off my hands.

LEGS: If it comes to that, you'll do fine.  Hands are over-rated.  You just need a good prehensile tongue.

LEGS: Relax, Nick.  I'm kidding.

ANDY: The whole "absolutely no weapons of any kind" thing is just a misunderstanding.  Mister Aliss didn't know that in this business "weapon" can mean all kinds of things.

LEGS: He probably doesn't want anybody scaring shoppers by carrying guns, or knives, or stun-batons.  Nobody cares about the boosts we've got.

LEGS: I bet he doesn't suspect that our uniforms are force-multipliers.

ANDY: Yeah, Massey and Tagon will fix the contract so that we can do our jobs.  Don't worry.

NARRATOR: Arrival, mall offices...

CAPTAIN TAGON: I cleared all our boosted crew, but the side-arms and the uniforms are going to have to go in the lockup.

NICK: No uniforms?  Awesome.  This won't be the first time I've worked naked.