Friday, September 5, 2008

Drabble: Technicality


“You won’t like this.”

“But you’re still going to tell me.”

“It’s Lieutenant Tanagata. His counsel is arguing for parole.”

“On what grounds? He’s put away fair and square, twelve years left before he’s elligible.”

“Well, his lawyer is arguing he’s served those twelve years. And he might have a case.”


“You do know how fast this installation is moving...”

“Time dilation? But surely that won’t wash.”

“Well, ‘year’ is traditionally defined as the time it takes the earth to describe its orbit; that’s happened eleven and a half times since we put him away.”

“I need a drink.”

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