Excerpt from Native Heart. I call this little scene traveling in a glass box.
We passed the next day gently moving around the shuttle only when absolutely necessary. The duct tape held on the stingers but we didn’t know how much force the remainder of the shuttle could take and thoughts of testing really didn’t appeal. I had been forced to kill V-Rebecca before our chance to experience sex but I was a quick study after the first incident of how to use the restroom in this body. Somehow it managed to overwhelm the air scrubbers making it quite a stinky little ship.
Since I couldn’t see myself in anything I used some time to study Andy assuming his features to be similar. There were two holes to the rear of the eye stalks which I realized were nostrils and it occurred to me that Ceffyl Dŵr would make pretty good submarines having eye stalks and top mounted breathing. I was contemplating this when Andy broke the silence.
“DMAD, I understand that you are studying me to learn about your new body but you are creeping me out. Let’s figure out something else to do that doesn’t involve eating or shitting.”
“Wow, way to limit the options there Andy. It just so happens that I have an idea.”
“No sex either, sorry.”
“Yeah, that was so not my idea and thanks for the sudden imagery damn it. Anyway, do we have anything that will help us to adapt or prepare for the tribal culture we are about to infiltrate?”
“I have some memory files from the Boothanes that explain their ancient tribal customs before they formed a representative government.”
“They’re on Rios with the Vessir right?”
“Yes, though they appear to have originated somewhere else and escaped Rakan captivity to colonize Rios before we got there.”
“You think it would help?”
“We have time to kill and very little productive to do with it. Let’s see if we can focus on the files and form some general observations that might serve us. I think though I should start us with some personal knowledge of tribal behavior.”
“Oh, that Maori business.”
“Not entirely. I studied primitive histories of man at the Tribunal Marine War College.”
“Man wasn’t amphibian.”
“No but some things may cross over. Leadership dominance mechanisms were of particular interest to me. How tribes govern themselves and how focused the power is often dictates how prone they are to warfare and random violence.”
“Andy, I will tell you right now that I have great respect for the wealth of knowledge you represent. That being said you know how to make a space ship smaller in flight?”
We were both quiet for a moment before I continued “Lecturing and monologue. I welcome what you have to say as I think you are the expert between us on this matter so I will accept your briefly made points as operating principles.”
Another few moments of awkward silence settled between us before being shattered by Ceffyl Dŵr Andy laughing his ass off. I realized I had made some comedy by making a speech of my own and joined him in the screeching until both of us could take no more and we feared being detected by listening posts. Probably shouldn’t have worried, that laughter would most likely cause a sound system to implode.
Next You Pre-Release Catch up Reading list
Volume One: Legacy of Daddy and Next You Interstellar LLC.
Volume Two: Having Nice Things and Utopian Estates.
Destined for Something