Chapter 1 – Once Again, Brave Warrior, Forth Into the Breach (page 6 of 7)

”Thanks,” I said, brushing the clean room anti-dust off my dashingly cut monoform. “But if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting… for which I am most certainly not late.”

They bowed repeatedly with a fury so fervent they ran the risk of damaging their necks with riprash. I smirked, cocked an eyebrow and made my way with slow determination down the three-mile aisle to Valentine’s office where I found her pacing impatiently.

“Tek!” she screamed with beautifully defined authority. “Tomorrow is the parade and we both know it’s a joke.”

Her fury was foaming over and no fewer than a half-dozen follicles were clearly out of place. She’d always been angry because, despite her many, brilliant qualities as an astro-humanist, her wandering uterus had always prohibited her from leaving the planet.

“Just because I only ‘mostly’ saved the omniverse doesn’t mean my tribute is a joke.” I slumped back in to the one chair she kept in her nearly empty, 3000 square foot office. “I’m a people person. I love people, I save people, and when people want to honor me, I let them do it, within reason.”

There was to be very little reason behind the coming celebration, but I deferred that judgment to the understandably poor judgment of the propaganda saturated peoples of the solar system. Sure, they were statistically of an average IQ of well below the 200 mark, but it wasn’t their fault, it’s been the failings of the Charleston Solar System Education Committee to always cut corners in brain augmentation and knowledge stuffing. Normally the sort of thing I would rail against, but not when that stupidity equates to a gala in my honor.

“There are grumblings of danger, Tek,” she said, ramming the fingers of her right hand in to her dark, thick, angry hair. “This time of peace may soon end.”

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