18. Ultimatum: It Must Stop… NOW! #RRBC

(In our last episode, ArcGeneral Hastings had delivered a firm ultimatum to High Chancellor Hayes and the CO of the Crusader Army, Shappa Durant. Hastings pleaded with them to punish the Crusaders who assisted Shaspa Hendricks in the unlawful execution of one Marine, the torture and rape of that man’s siblings, and the coercion and violation of a female Marine. If they refused, an all-out war between the Crusader army and the Marine Corps could ensue.)

[We join the conversation between Hayes and Durant after Hastings left their presence.]

Durant fumes in silence after the hatch closes behind Hastings, while the High Chancellor thumbs through the Scriptures that Hastings quoted to them a few minutes before. The cleric’s frown deepens as he reads the Holy directives – the ArcGeneral is correct, and he has little choice but to enforce the dictates of the Holy Book. Sighing in resignation, Hayes reverently returns the Scriptures to the top of the desk and locks eyes with his Crusader CO, Shappa Durant.

“You know, Frederick, we don’t have a lot of choices open to us.”

The soldier slaps his thigh in disgust. “My Lord, I detest that scum Hastings, and I’m not afraid of his puny Marine Corps. My Crusaders would thoroughly enjoy exterminating the lot of them!”

Hayes’ face softens, as he holds up his hands to silence his angry Shappa. “My dear Shappa, I share your feelings, and I admire your courage and loyalty. But make no mistake, if it comes to a firefight, there will be many losses on both sides. The ArcGeneral gave us two reasons to give him what he wants…”

“Surely we’re not giving in to his demands, my lord!” Durant’s angry and defiant expression gives way to one of incredulity.

The High Chancellor rises, strides around his desk and takes the chair opposite Durant. “We must, Shappa! First, Hastings is quite right – Hendricks and his men are guilty of heinous offenses and second, we can’t afford a civil war just as we’re about to carve out a new civilization on this pristine planet.”

Durant looks down at his balled fists in his lap and lets them relax. He mulls over the High Chancellor’s words before he replies. “I detest Hendricks and his band of thugs – they are not truly religious men.” The fire then returns to his eyes. “But I hate that damned Navy and Marine Corps even more! It just galls me to capitulate to those… scum!” Hayes watches in silence as Durant wrestles with his feelings.

Hayes understands these feelings of disdain for the Naval class in general because he shares them. Most of them are decent, peaceful people, but their lack of faith is a threat to the success of their holy mission. And yet, there will be no new civilization built on Genesis without them. It is a conundrum. One thing is clear: a bloody revolt is not part of the solution.

“Shappa, we must convene a military court to deal with these charges. Hendricks and his followers must face justice.”

Durant’s head snaps up in surprise. “My lord, they will be spaced if convicted.”

“Indeed they will, Shappa.” Hayes rises as he speaks and puts his hand on his general’s shoulder. “But it is the only way. Bullying the Naval class with that kind of violence is NOT the will of the Gods. It must stop… NOW!”

 

Can Hayes stop the bullying?

Can the Marine Corps be defused?

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13 thoughts on “18. Ultimatum: It Must Stop… NOW! #RRBC

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    patgarcia

    November 17, 2016 at 4:18pm

    Looking at the present situation in our world, I have to say your blog article is nearly prophetic. Great article, John.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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      John Fioravanti

      November 17, 2016 at 4:26pm

      Thanks very much, Pat, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Peace to you!

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      John Fioravanti

      November 14, 2016 at 12:58pm

      Thanks, John – hopefully it’ll be enough to defuse the Marines. It’s funny that 600 years later, during the Genesis Saga, the Marine Corps was a much larger and better equipped force than the Crusaders. Also, the Marines in the days of the Saga were battle-hardened from the recent Krogg War, while the Crusaders never fought the Kroggs. Thanks for stopping by with your comments!

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        John W. Howell

        November 14, 2016 at 3:55pm

        I remember the Krogg war. It was the one that United the Earthers and Genesis as allies.

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          John Fioravanti

          November 14, 2016 at 4:47pm

          True, John, after the humans of Genesis failed to take back Earth from the Earthers, those same Earthers offered to lend a hand to rid Genesis of their unholy allies – the Kroggs. That’s all played out in Kenneth Tam’s “EQUATIONS” series.

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    Jan Hawke

    November 14, 2016 at 8:02am

    Oh boy! Let’s hope the Churchers finally get it… 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      November 14, 2016 at 9:15am

      Sometimes you just need to get their attention, Jan. We’ll see! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Anne Fioravanti

    November 14, 2016 at 7:09am

    It is exciting and you want to read more – your stories are good… almost like a tv series where they always end on a note when you have to see the next episode to know what happens!!

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