Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Day, Part 14


Security officers on a starship work in an environment that has more in common with Andy Griffith's Mayberry sheriff than most law enforcement types; while the ship is indeed leaping through the limitless cosmos -- or at least the Earth portion of the Hidden Frontier (less the worlds settled from France and China and, mostly, the two hardline ex-Soviet worlds) -- a starship between planetfalls amounts to a small town with no roads out. Additionally, Security answers to the Captain and ultimately to the Starship Company, not a Mayor and Town Council.

As a result, Security is more inclined to wait situations out and the officers are encouraged to apply logic and common sense instead of no-tolerance rules, to de-escalate instead of arrest, confrontation or other ways of bothering the Security Director. All of which goes to explain why there was not a lot of shouting and shoving; John stepped to one side of the opening through which he'd entered, saying, "Keep your hands where I can see 'em, Mister," adding, "--Alan, hang back," while keeping his attention on the seated man. "All right, whoever you are, we're going to take you out of here. 'S that a problem?"

"'Vill,' please, and I shall come along quietly. Do be careful of the urns."

"Stand up, slowly, hands in sight, do not move until I tell you; it's gonna be a lot easier getting back out if I don't have to cuff you - - Er, '...Urns?'"



Tango Juliet said...

I can't wait to see you get this published.

Turk Turon said...

Congratulations on your new blog for "Another Day". Well-deserved!

"SPLOOSH!" that's the sound of a bottle of champagne being smashed across the bow.

sam said...

Nice, but needs more Bobbi.

Minor edit, second to last paragraph.

Sometimes things are simple; Vill identified of our mystery corpse from photographs as the missing Katrina -- "Hulinsky, I think."

Hulinsky? Srsly? The one found on the hull?

WV: weigh

No weigh, in space we worry about mass.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

I haven't even read it yet, but my day brightened and I went "YAY" as soon as I saw it :)

perlhaqr said...

Nnnnnngh, cliffhanger!

Good to get some motion on the story, though.

Drang said...

Gonna need a separate blogroll, just for you...

WV: equess. No, no horses here, female or otherwise.