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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #840 on: 17 November 2022, 10:13:30 »
"So now that you've well and truly...

...kicked a hornet's nest, Liz, what's next?" Arthur passed her a brown glass bottle and an opener.  "Are you going to resign from civil service?"

"Yes." She cracked the lid, "I am going to do exactly that.  Victor could draft me for five years, and lo! I have, as of this morning, August 18, 3067, served my five years of indenture and can go about my business as a free woman."

The party was slowly, pleasantly, milling forward.

"What does that look like?" he asked, "I mean, I'm kind of stuck where I am..."

"You know that nice man who's been my bodyguard for about a decade?" she said, "Nathan?"

"Yeah.  The ex-Clanner."

"Yeah...I've decided to keep him.  You're invited to the wedding, and if you don't bring a date, I will have my staff find you one."

"I waited too long, didn't I?"

"yes, you did." she told him, "Don't wait any longer.  Penny wouldn't like it and I know I don't.  You've had five years to mourn, we've done huge things in that time, it's time for you to pull up your man-pants and find someone new...preferably, someone who I won't want to rip the eyes out of when I meet her.  There's that nice young Leutnant-Commander from 7th fleet? she might be a good match, or maybe the Taurian Trade delegate who's been giving you eyes since the reception started."

he unconsciously straightened.  "She's...you're sure?"

"Listen to me, Arthur Andrew Steiner-Davion, you will go over, you will walk up to that young lady, you will get her attention, and you will hit on her, or I'm going to do it for you and embarrass everyone." Elizabeth said sternly, "and don't think I won't just because you're my social superior and one of my oldest friends.  Remember-she could say 'no', but she might say yes and at least that way you'll have a reason to hang a sock on the door of your suite in the Palace!"

"If you have to ask permission, then it's no longer a Right, it has been turned into a Privilege-something that can be and will be taken from you when convenient."

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #841 on: 17 November 2022, 12:25:51 »
Okay, time to tie this one off.
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #842 on: 17 November 2022, 13:09:21 »
Aww, I was hoping for more Tabaranth and her sister butt-kicking. Hopefully you'll pick up this thread at some point in the future. But good work!

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #843 on: 17 November 2022, 14:16:01 »
Okay, time to tie this one off.

We'll wait... for a time.  ;D

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #844 on: 17 November 2022, 15:49:32 »
Okay, time to tie this one off.

Really just when you are getting to the good parts? Will he marry a Taurian provoking civil strife. What of the clans? The great purge of the corrupt and hopefully Katherine?

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #845 on: 17 November 2022, 16:25:35 »
Dang it.  You take away my last excuse not to work on my own.
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #846 on: 17 November 2022, 18:53:17 »
How about a story where there is the equal and opposite to Liz?  A WoB agent who builds practical weapons, who builds a force composed of single designs but in large numbers (WoB Willow Run equivalent), drone technology so only a few people are needed to auto-harvest planets to provide the raw materials (Factorio/Satisfactory), HPG Pirate Point network to improve trade, and working to care for the people in the Protectorate to keep them loyal.

Officially she might even be defeated, but unofficially they just killed her stunt double and her influence remains.

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #847 on: 17 November 2022, 19:00:13 »
Darn it!  I was really hoping to see where this one went long term...  :-\

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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #848 on: 17 November 2022, 19:28:58 »
Darn it!  I was really hoping to see where this one went long term...  :-\
Same.. :'(
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #849 on: 17 November 2022, 22:02:55 »
Yup Katie vs Liz
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #850 on: 17 November 2022, 23:50:07 »
Sad to see the end, but it was a hell of a ride, and thanks CS for sharing. 5 stars, would recommend highly!
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #851 on: 18 November 2022, 00:51:30 »
Yup Katie vs Liz
nah

That would just end with Katherine  hearing  Liz' voice as  the stealth battlearmor uncloaks in the throne room during a major function, "I was gonna stay away, but you killed my freind....."
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Re: The glow of a worm inside a child's eye...
« Reply #852 on: 02 December 2022, 13:42:45 »
Just finished it. Outstanding story. I really liked it.
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