Sunday February 28, 2010
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part IV: Mallcop Command


CAPTAIN TAGON: Hello, Mister Aliss.  What can I do for you?

MISTER ALISS: Do?  There is no do!  There is only the trying!\

CAPTAIN TAGON: Hmmm...  I thought it was "Do or do not.  There is no try."

MISTER ALISS: But there is "try."  The attempt!  And trying is the failure of the attempt!

CAPTAIN TAGON: That... actually made sense.

When you say "trying" you mean "trying your patience?"

MISTER ALISS: Yes!  The patience!  Only not for the waiting.  The trying is of the tolerating.

CAPTAIN TAGON: So... you're upset by my crash-landing on Deck 16.

MISTER ALISS: Yes. Upset.  As the tables and chairs were upset.  And the diners!  Much was upset.  And that was very trying.

CAPTAIN TAGON: You know, I had the weirdest dream.  While I was under.

MISTER ALISS: This pertains?  With concomitance?

CAPTAIN TAGON: The dream reminded me that I've heard your funny accent before.

CAPTAIN TAGON: There's a caste of human diplomats on Celeschul.  Raised among the schuul natives, they grow up underwater speaking Galstandard Peroxide.

CAPTAIN TAGON: When they get around to talking proper, air-breathing, Galstandard West they sound pretty much like you do.

They call themselves "Aqueousci," but we called 'em Diplobrats.

CAPTAIN TAGON: So, what's a schuul-sympathizing, son-of-a-diplomat doing this far out of water?  Or are you in water over your head?

MISTER ALISS: Oh trying...  Now there is only done and undone.