Sunday November 27, 2016
Book 16: Big, Dumb Objects — Part IV


NARRATOR: Shareholders' meeting...

CDRE TAGON: Our flagship, Broken Wind, needs a complete cabin refit, and several of her original Oafan systems will have to be replaced.

Our cargo ship is now one half of a pair of teraport cages, so the cabin superstructure we installed there last year is a total loss. We gave that to the Esspees as scrap.

Cindy's core, which we brought over from Bristlecone, is now homeless. She is hibernating until we find a suitable hull into which she can be installed.

CDRE TAGON: And now the good news...

All of this will be covered by the Plenipotent Dominion. Petey gave Murtaugh a coupon book.

KATHRYN: A coupon book? Is it old school, with pulpy, dead tree, tear-out pages?

MURTAUGH: It's just a data stack. No trees were harmed.

KATHRYN: Is there a coupon in there for "Hunt down the Wing Marshal and assassinate him for great justice?"

MURTAUGH: There is not.

Petey seems to think assassination is even worse than pulping trees for paper.