Friday, December 28, 2012

Scout's Honor - Chapter 93

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Callan begins plotting to take back her country!

            With a wave of her hand, Callan summoned the Tartegian captain.
            "Your airship may escort me back to the palace," she told him.
            "We're honored, Your Highness," the captain said, saluting.  "As to the arrest of Martin Bane-"
            "That subject is closed, captain," Callan said, again managing to look down upon a man several -- I queried my implant for the local units of measure -- inches taller than her.
            "Forgive me, Highness, but I will open the subject with the Regent!" the captain said.
            "Of course," Callan waved his statement off.  "Once my airship is repaired-"
            "I must insist you travel aboard my ship, Highness!" the captain protested.
            Callan folded her arms and glared at the captain.   He had no idea why Callan appeared displeased.  I took pity on the guy.
            "Pardon the captain's interruption, Highness," I said.  "I'm sure his desire to protect his future queen overrode proper etiquette."
            "Y-yes!" the captain bowed.  "I humbly beg your pardon, Your Highness!"
            "Your dedication to duty is commendable, captain," Callan relented.  "Have your ship ready leave once repairs to my ship are complete."
            Martin returned as the captain retreated to the safety of his ship.
            "You've got him so tied up in knots he'll do anything you ask him," Martin said.
            "That's the idea," Callan replied.  "Martin, do you think you'll be able to enter the capital undetected?"
            Martin laughed, "Highness, I've snuck inside your palace dozens of times over the years!  I'll bet I could even sneak into your bedroom!"
            "Oh," Callan said, taken aback.  "Good.  That's integral to my plan to keep your fleet under contract."
            "That will be expensive, Highness," Martin said.
            "I know," Callan said.  "That's why we're going to rob the Mordanian treasury!"

Callan has an audacious plan to fund the war against Tarteg.  But will the outlaw, Martin Bane, go along with the plan?  Find out in Chapter 94, coming Monday!