10 November, 2011

[SFAP] Chapter 14:2

This is the second section of the fourteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
The next section is here.

James at at the command console. Around him displays showed the flight plots, light cones of the information being relayed to him and projections of expected flight paths. Screens rose and fell from the floor and ceiling to bring information up depending on what was happening. The information was over half an hour old because of the light speed lag but he could still watch the battle unfold as if in real time.
“Nice system” remarked Laurence.
“I thank you.”
“You should, I supplied it.”
“Very efficient of me then, now if you don’t mind I’m kind of occupied”
“What’s that?” asked Laurence trying to peer at the screen displaying the Earth defense status. “ It looks like a nuclear bomb exploding in the Indian ocean. What are you attacking there?”
“Will you shut up! That not my bomb.”
“Oh Ho, you’ve got them pissed now then.”
“What are you talking about?”
“One good thing about being a defence contractor is you do get to see some interesting projects that happened in the past. I thought this was public knowledge but it’s clearly news to you. I would be breaking a dozen official secrets acts and international treaties if I told you this at any other time, but since it has already happened thirty minutes ago then I’m only telling you what’s about to happen that has in fact already happened.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Oh no” said a smug Laurence “Now that I remember what you did to me earlier it’s more fun to watch you sweat. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and you told me to shut up so here I am zipped.” Laurence mimed zipping his mouth closed.
James saw the look on Laurence’s face and decided to ignore him. Must have just been a stray warhead he decided. Odd though his forces hadn’t launched any yet, that was due to happen shortly but not quite yet.

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