Monday, May 07, 2007
New Beginning 274
NaGesa, ruler of the Esodin, was sweating. He had angered Lord Kosa and had no one to blame for the vicious tyrant's foul mood but himself.
"I do not except excuses." A thin eyebrow twitched, the only outward sign of the wrath no doubt roiling just below the pale yellow skin. "You assured me that the Inodin race was obliterated. How else could you have squandered so many of my elite troops?"
Wincing, the lesser ruler wished he could tug at the neck of his ceremonial robes. His hands fisted, and he forced himself to swallow against the constrictive neckline. He knew better than to show throat, literally or figuratively, in Lord Kosa's throne room.
"I swear we destroyed them all, my Lord. I cannot conceive how even one escaped. We decimated the planet-bound Inodin in the initial revolt and hunted down any off-planet purgers. Perhaps the report is wrong?"
As soon as he said it, he wished he hadn’t. He knew better than to bluff Lord Kosa. His men would have the Inodins finished by nightfall, but Lord Kosa’s eyebrow twitch had suggested NaGesa wouldn't live to see it.
Lord Kosa raised his com without taking his eyes off NaGesa. “NiKaburns!” he shouted into the instrument.
The com crackled. “Yes, my Lord?”
Lord Kosa unsheathed his plasma sword. NaGesa swallowed again, his robes heavy with sweat. “Regarding the initial Inodin report . . . ”
"Er . . . " More static over the com. “About that, my Lord. All reports received in the last 72 hours are possibly unreliable due to corrupted data resulting from an undocumented feature in the OS firewall.”
Lord Kosa’s eyebrow twitched again, but NaGesa relaxed, knowing it was not twitching at him this time.
“In English, NiKaburns,” Lord Kosa said into the com.
“We should’ve bought a Mac, my Lord.”
Opening: Gutterball.....Continuation: blogless_troll