ArcGeneral Thomas Hastings thinks about averting a disaster

16. Can Disaster Be Averted? #RRBC

Previously, Marine Commandant Gerald Kingsley was on his way to meet with ArcGeneral Hastings in the hope of averting bloodshed between his Marines and the Crusader Army. Feelings were running high among the Marines and many among the civilian Naval or technical class after the execution of a Marine sergeant, the whipping of his brother, the sexual violation of his sisters and a marine private – all at the hands of Crusaders. Kingsley feared total disaster – a full-blown civil war between the two social classes aboard Scepter and on the planet surface.

(Office of ArcGeneral Hastings – Kingsley, Hastings, and Romano in attendance. We join the meeting in progress. Kingsley has finished his briefing about the unrest among many Marines due to Crusader abuses.)


Hastings glances over at his XO and sees that Romano is struggling to control her outrage. Kingsley’s eyes are stormy as he looks back at him expectantly.

“I think it’s accurate to say that we didn’t see this coming.” Hastings looks, again, to Romano, who nods her head in assent. “I didn’t know Ames, his siblings, or Soares personally, but I understand the feelings that are driving this crisis. That said, I’m open to suggestions.”

Romano looks to Kingsley, who nods in her direction. “Tom, Gerald, I’m just trembling with rage, but if we’re to find a peaceful solution, we have to keep cool heads. We need to meet with both groups and get this thing de-escalated – and quickly.”

Nodding, Hastings turns his attention to Kingsley. “Gerald?”

“Tom, I’ve given this some thought; we should move the entire Marine Corps to the surface as quickly as possible. We can schedule some training exercises nearby the construction site. There won’t be any Crusaders on Genesis, so we’ll have the two groups separated.”

Hastings rises and turns to the map affixed to his office wall depicting the site of Genesis City and surrounding area. “Take them to the jungle? What will that accomplish?”

Romano strides across the office to the map then addresses both men. “Tom, I have an idea. Gerald and I can lead the troops into the jungle and to a large clearing here (points to the location); that’s a one-mile hike from the construction site. We talk to them, let them vent, and defuse this crisis before it gets bloody.”

“That sounds promising,” Kingsley put in, “but it’ll take more than that, Helena. We need to give these Marines something – from Shappa Durant – or the High Chancellor himself.”

Nodding and heaving a big sigh, Hastings returned resolutely to his chair. “Agreed, Gerald. I’ll get a meeting with The High Chancellor and Durant this afternoon. I’ll shame them into disciplining Shaspa Hendricks and the Crusaders involved in the rapes. Meanwhile, I want you two to take the Corps to the surface for training exercises tomorrow. I’d like to meet you on the surface and speak to everyone myself.”


Can Hastings persuade High Chancellor Hayes?

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13 thoughts on “16. Can Disaster Be Averted? #RRBC

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      John Fioravanti

      November 2, 2016 at 10:00pm

      We’ll see. How do you shame an absolute ruler like Hayes? Thanks for stopping by, Yvette!

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        November 3, 2016 at 6:49am

        The only way is to expose him for the hypocrite that he is, but even then, his fanatics will believe him when he twists the situation to his favor. *rolls eyes* 😉

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    October 31, 2016 at 7:04pm

    Always a good thing to resolve matters through peaceful solutions. War never resolves anything. 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      October 31, 2016 at 8:08pm

      I agree, Joy, but History shows us that we aren’t very good at peaceful solutions. Thanks for visiting today!

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    John W. Howell

    October 31, 2016 at 5:53pm

    Good plan. The question of the day is well stated. Can disaster be averted indeed?

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      John Fioravanti

      October 31, 2016 at 8:06pm

      Hard to say – those Marines are pretty enraged after a century of enduring this treatment at the hands of the Crusaders. Wouldn’t want to be in Hasting’s boots! Thanks for stopping in, John.

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    Jan Hawke

    October 31, 2016 at 2:49pm

    Needs some positive action – Hastings’ the man for the job but will the Churchers climb down enough… C an’t wait to find out! 😀

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      John Fioravanti

      October 31, 2016 at 3:34pm

      That’s always the big unknown, Jan – will the Churchers be receptive. The High Chancellor has absolute power – he doesn’t have to listen to anyone. Let’s see what Friday’s post brings! Thanks for your support, Jan.

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    Gwen Plano

    October 31, 2016 at 8:05am

    Sounds like a great plan. I’m looking forward to reading about the outcome…

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      John Fioravanti

      October 31, 2016 at 8:33am

      Thanks, Gwen… we’ll see of what kind of stuff ArcGeneral Hastings is made! Thanks for your support!

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