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Darth Paradox

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[Nov. 2nd, 2005|12:47 am]
Darth Paradox
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[music |R.E.M. - Stand]

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“Out with it, Jules,” Peter snapped. “You've been dancing around this for the last ten minutes. What's the deal?”
“The deal is this. Assignment to a single mission; duration not to exceed a year and a half. You take the ship we just gave you, and pick your crew. We pay your paycheck and those of the crew, and supplies, and such. Same deal as you had before in the Privateer Wars. On satisfactory completion of the mission – or after a year and a half, as I said – Unity agrees to forgive the debt on the Pallas Athena, and the ship's yours.”
Peter Mackenzie stared incredulously at his old friend.
“Well?” Julian Markov prodded. “Sounds like a good deal, doesn't it?”
“A little too good, Jules. This doesn't sound like the sort of thing Unity does.” Mackenzie felt his suspicions returning, driven away by the initial shock of Markov's proposal.
“No, they don't intend of make a habit of it.” Markov chuckled. “But I was able to wrangle the deal out of my superiors. After all, Pete, you were one of the more gifted captains in the fleet – derelicted ship or no.”
“I appreciate the compliment,” Mackenzie replied wryly, “but that doesn’t change the fact that Unity’s offer is suspiciously generous. There have to be other captains in the Unity fleet who are up to this task you’re giving me, and don’t need to be lured into the military like this.”
Markov sat silently, seeming to compose a reply in his head. He picked up a model from the corner of his desk – another Zephyr, like the Pallas Athena – and turned it over in his hands a few times before replacing it and looking Mackenzie in the eyes.
“There’s nobody else I trust, Pete. They’ve been shifting around the command structure, preparing to grow the military again. Some of our fleet has decided to stay on – including, according to some rumors going around, your first officer.”
Mackenzie bristled at the sudden grin on Markov’s face. That’s not all the rumors said about his first officer… or about him. His close working relationship with Cmdr. Melody Haskell had been parlayed into whispered gossip about secret affections and engine-room trysts. He opened his mouth to protest, but Markov continued, suddenly serious once again. “Nah, Pete, we’ve been through this. I may be your commanding officer, but you’re my friend, and I believe you. And I trust you – like I trust nobody else in my entire command structure, up or down. That’s why I need you on this, and that’s why I worked so hard to cut this deal for you.”



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Comments:
[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2005-11-02 02:12 pm (UTC)
Go Chris!
Seriously, it sounds great, and you have a great pace.
*Waves of inspiration emanating from the Midwest*
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