Sunday September 21, 2014
Book 15: Delegates and Delegation — Part II: Conflict


LIBRETTI: I...  Sir, I don't know how this secret won't tear the U.N.S. apart.

BALA-AMIN: *over comm* Just tell me what you learned.

SORLIE: General, revealing it to you now would violate the terms of your agreement with Tangent Andreyasn.

BALA-AMIN: That agreement was not legally binding, and Tangent Andreyasn is not part of your command chain.

In that light, I shall rephrase my request for clarity.

BALA-AMIN: Lieutenant Sorlie, report.

Leave nothing out.

That is an order.

SORLIE: General Bala-Amin, sir, I acknowledge that the order you are giving me is legal, and within the scope of my commission.  I refuse to obey it.

I am now en route to the Judge Advocate General's office.  Once there I will turn myself in and await court martial.

MURTAUGH: Can I offer you a ride?

SORLIE: I'll walk.  I need more time to luxuriate in this yawning abyss of regret.