Sunday August 10, 2014
Book 15: Delegates and Delegation — Part II: Conflict


NARRATOR: Aboard the battleplate Chesapeake...

BALA-AMIN: Admiral Emm, please tell me that wasn't you.

NARRATOR: Admiral Emm's temporary HQ, somewhere in the Trojans...

EMM: Fine.  It wasn't me, General.

And I mean that.  It really wasn't.  That explosion is troubling me on a couple of different levels.

EMM: Leaving aside the question of who is actually responsible, I'm quite frustrated by your agent, who prevented Sergeant Schlock's incarceration.

I thought we had an understanding.

BALA-AMIN: My agent didn't prevent anything.  It was Prime Tangent Andreyasn who kept the amorph out of jail.

And on that subject, I'm concerned that you'll lay aside the question of who set that bomb off, and instead complain to me about inconsequentials.

EMM: Civil war is inconsequential?

BALA-AMIN: Admiral, if someone starts assassinating public officials in the heart of Dom Atlantis, civil war will be more than just a bogeyman you wave around as a justification for keeping secrets.

If you have agents in play down there, I suggest you direct them at the bomb, not the blob.

EMM: What makes you think I have agents in Dom Atlantis?

BALA-AMIN: *over comm* You run an intelligence agency.  I start with the assumption that you have agents everywhere.

EMM: I'm flattered, General.

BALA-AMIN: *over comm* Don't be.